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Iowa governor considering action on 40 bills


May 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has about 40 bills awaiting a decision, a hefty stack of policy and spending measures lawmakers sent him in a flurry as the Legislature adjourned earlier this month.

He has about two more weeks to decide whether to sign bills, which include measures regulating the use of unmanned aerial drones, allowing some people with epilepsy to take a marijuana oil derivative, and ending dog racing at Council Bluffs but letting it continue in Dubuque. About 10 of the bills Branstad must consider are spending measures that make up large portions of the state’s $6.97 billion budget.

The governor has 30 days from adjournment to consider bills sent to him at the end of the session. Branstad has signed just over 100 bills into law.

Probation Violation Arrest in Montgomery County


May 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested Saturday night on a warrant, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say 21-year old Zachary Thomas Marchese, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody at around 10:30-p.m. on a warrant for Violation of his probation.

Marchese was arrestedin the 1500 Block of Highway 34 and brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center, where he was held awaiting extradition to Pott. County.

Single Vehicle Rollover in Montgomery County Saturday


May 18th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to a single vehicle property damage accident at 12:20pm Saturday, May 17th 2 1/2 miles Northwest of Red Oak in the 1700 Block of G Avenue in rural Montgomery County.

Officers determined that a 1991 Oldsmobile 98 Regency owned and operated by 23-year-old Jameson C. Sands of Red Oak was southbound on county gravel road G Avenue when the driver lost control on loose gravel and entered the the west ditch and rolled once and struck a utility pole coming to rest on its wheels.  Sands was checked at the scene by Red Oak Rescue but refused any further medical treatment.

The vehicle sustained $2,500 damage and is a total loss. Damage to the utility pole owned by Mid-American Energy is estimated at $750.  No citations were issued.

Audubon City Council Special meeting set for Monday


May 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The City Council in Audubon will hold a special meeting at Noon on Monday (May 19th), to approve a compensation package for the new City Clerk. In other business, the Council will change the date or cancel the next regular meeting, due to the holiday. They’ll also act on approving a request from the Chamber of Commerce with regard to the Flight Breakfast, and approve claims along with lifeguards for 2014, and discuss a Tyler Handicap stall for Dr. Doug Olsen.

The meeting takes place in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall, in Audubon.

King says he’s “flattered” to be considered main House roadblock to immigration reform


May 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two key Democrats in the U.S. Senate say Steve King, Iowa’s Republican congressman, is to blame for the impasse in the nation’s capital over immigration reform. The Senate has passed what was billed as “comprehensive immigration reform” last year and New York Senator Chuck Schumer says King is the main Republican road block to getting the bill through the House. “The reason the House has done nothing on immigration is because House Republicans have handed the gavel of leadership on immigration to far right extremists like Congressman Steve King,” Schumer said this week during a speech on the Senate floor. “…It is time for the House Republican leadership to decide whether they stand with the majority of the American people…or if they’re really going to let Steve King continue to dicate the policy of the Republican Party on immigration. Just to be clear, right now Steve King is winning.”

King says he’s “flattered” to get credit for blocking the “amnesty agenda” Democrats are pushing.”I’ve been hoping not to work on immigration at all between now and the election because the only thing I have confidence in the president doing with regard to that is to do whatever is in his political interest, but he’s not enforcing the law,” King says. “He’s ordering ICE to actually break the law, violate the law and now he’s turned loose 36,007 criminal aliens onto the streets, some of them murderers, some of them rapists numbered in the hundreds, by the way, not just one or two in the 36,000.”

This past week Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid also criticized “extremists in the House” like King for doing “absolutely nothing” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system. “The senate did its work,” Reid said. “For the past 10 and a half months…House Republicans have twiddled their thumbs. It’s time for the House Republicans to act. Let a vote occur in the House. If a vote occured, the legislation would pass overwhelmingly.” King says the two Democratic leaders in the senate are trying to goad House Republican leaders like House Speaker John Boehner into taking action.

“Our speaker will occasionally utter something that sends a message to the country that he’s looking for an opportunity to pass some kind of amnesty and the speaker has said that of all the issues that are on the table or even off the table with he and President Obama, the one he agrees with most is the immigration issue and that he’s hell-bent on passing something, so that means the topic is up,” King says. “It’s alive.”

King says he’s fighting to preserve the rule of law. If immigration reform passes congress this summer, King says Republicans will be a fractured party heading into the fall elections.

(Radio Iowa)

CCHS Women’s Health Program – Bladder and Heart Health


May 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Health System Women’s Health Initiative is offering an educational program Thursday, May 22, 2014. Officials say Kim Kopp and Peggy Perkins will present a program at 2:00 pm at the Anita Public Library.

Kim Kopp, RN, CWOCN, is the CCHS Wound, Ostomy, Continence Director. She will speak about bladder health and incontinence. These are issues that affect many women as they age, and can be inconvenient and embarrassing at times. Kim will share simple techniques to improve daily life and independence, as well as some information about medical interventions available.

Peggy Dunbar, RN, is the CCHS Cardiac Rehab Director. Peggy will present information about cardiac health, risk factors to be aware of and how to reduce your risk of heart disease. While people sometimes think about heart disease as a men’s health issue, it actually is the leading cause of death among women, according to the American Heart Association.

The program is free of charge and no pre-registration is necessary. For more information, contact Kim or Peggy at Cass County Health System, 712-243-3250.

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Red Oak Woman Arrested for Indecent Exposure


May 17th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police department reports the arrest on Friday, May 16th of a Red Oak Woman for Indecent Exposure.  Officers arrested 23-year-old Kirstin Lynn Wilwerding  of Red Oak in the 1800 block of East Summit Street at 11:32pm.  Wilwerding was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $1000 cash bond.

Police chase runs from Nebraska to Iowa and back


May 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of trying to abduct children in Omaha was arrested after leading police on a chase from Nebraska to Iowa and back. KETV reports that 23-year-old Sean Collins was arrested Thursday in Omaha’s Old Market district. Police say Collins fled from officers after they were called to a report of a motorist who was trying to lure two children, ages 6 and 10, into a van.

Officers say that when they found the van, the driver turned the lights off and a woman appeared to flee from an open door. The driver sped off, crossing into Council Bluffs and then back into Omaha on Interstate 480 before crashing into two vehicles.

Collins is charged with attempted abduction, attempted robbery, flight to avoid arrest and theft by receiving.

Branstad to visit Coon Rapids & sign Renewable Fuels Bill

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May 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Governor’s office say Iowa Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds this coming week, will travel to Coon Rapids, to sign Senate File 2344 into law. The bill will protect Iowa’s renewable fuels industry by extending the state’s biodiesel production tax credit and enhancing the state’s E15 retailer tax credit.

The event takes place at the POET ethanol facility at 1015 Grant Avenue in Coon Rapids, from 12:30-1:15-pm, Wed., May 21st.

Joining the Governor and Lt. Governor, will be Monte Shaw, Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), and several renewable fuels and agriculture industry leaders.