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Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 14th, 2012

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a school spending plan that continues a freeze on spending for this school year and leaves in place a 2 percent increase for next school year that’s already been approved. The budget plan was approved 56 to 39 on Monday evening.

NEVADA, Iowa (AP) — An April trial is scheduled for a central Iowa woman accused of killing her newborn twin daughters and hiding their bodies in the trunk of her car last month. The Des Moines Register says court records show 22-year-old Jackie Burkle of Huxley is to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder beginning April 3. She entered a written plea of not guilty on Jan. 30.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa House panel has approved an eight-cent-a-gallon fuel tax increase and an increase on the tax paid when purchasing a new vehicle. Together they would combine for about $230 million a year to be used on road repairs. A Senate committee approved raising the fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will host first and second-round games for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament games in 2013. It is the 13th time Carver-Hawkeye Arena has been a host site. Next month, first- and second-round games will be played in Ames’ Hilton Coliseum, and Des Moines will host regional semifinals and finals.

Dense Fog Advisory until 10-am for parts of Western/SW IA

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February 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: MONTGOMERY-FREMONT-PAGE-MONONA-HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE-MILLS-

310 AM CST TUE FEB 14 2012

DENSE FOG ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CST THIS MORNING

* VISIBILITY…VISIBILITIES OF A QUARTER MILE OR LESS WILL BE COMMON THROUGH THE MORNING DRIVE. PARTS OF EASTERN NEBRASKA AND SOUTHWEST IOWA WILL SEE VISIBILITIES DROP AS LOW CLOUDS CLEAR TO THE EAST THROUGH SUNRISE.

* IMPACTS…REDUCED VISIBILITIES COULD CAUSE DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. ALSO…TEMPERATURES WILL DROP INTO THE TEENS AND LOWER 20S…SO SOME FREEZING FOG COULD OCCUR ON AREA ROADS AND SIDEWALKS. SLICK CONDITIONS WILL RESULT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

Terry Peak reports second ski death

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

LEAD, S.D. (AP) — Officials at Terry Peak resort in western South Dakota’s Black Hills say a second person died at the resort over the weekend. President and General Manager Tom Marsing says a 46-year-old man collapsed in the Nevada Gulch Day Lodge early Sunday afternoon and died on the scene. Authorities earlier said 24-year-old Tina Heilman, of Orange City, hit a ski lift tower Saturday as she was skiing down a beginner’s slope at the resort and died. Marsing says the woman was a novice skier and she wasn’t wearing a helmet.

A family friend says Heilman worked as a nurse in Sioux Falls. She was a graduate of Dordt College, a Christian college in Sioux Center, Iowa.

Free women’s health screenings offered in Cass County

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Health System and Cass County Home Care today (Monday) announced the availability of free women’s health screenings.  The screenings are made available through the Iowa Care for Yourself program and a grant from the Iowa Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  Screenings include mammograms, clinical breast exams, and pelvic exams with or without pap smears. Karla Akers, Care for Yourself Coordinator of Cass County Home Care, says “Regular preventive screenings help diagnose disease at an early stage. Every woman needs to take care of herself first—these screenings are an important part of taking care of yourself.” 

Some age, income, and insurance guidelines apply, but Akers encourages women to call about availability.  Enrollment numbers are limited and services must be completed by the end of March.  Pat Markham, Cass County Memorial Hospital Administrator, says “Cass County Health System providers are available to offer screening appointments that will comply with the March 30 deadline.”

Women interested in accessing the women’s health screenings should contact Karla Akers at 712-243-7443.

Winter Weather Advisory cancelled

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1145 AM CST MON FEB 13 2012
 
 …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS CANCELLED…
 
 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA/VALLEY HAS CANCELLED THE
 WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR PARTS OF WESTERN & SW IOWA.
 
 ALTHOUGH SOME PATCHY VERY LIGHT FREEZING DRIZZLE AND FLURRIES WILL
 BE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE REST OF THE AFTERNOON…NO ADDITIONAL SNOW
 ACCUMULATION IS EXPECTED. SOME PATCHY SLICK SPOTS WILL REMAIN ON
 UNTREATED ROADWAYS…SIDEWALKS AND IN PARKING LOTS.

Adair woman injured during accident east of Anita this morning

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says an Adair woman was injured during a single-vehicle accident this (Monday) morning. 21-year old Jennifer Jean Chrystine Flax was transported by Anita Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, following the accident which happened at around 8:45-a.m., about one-quarter of a mile east of Anita. Officials say Flax was traveling west on a snow covered White Pole Road (730thStreet), when her 2007 Chevy Uplander went out of control and entered a ditch, where it collided with a culvert. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $6,500. 

The Sheriff’s Department reports also, a central Iowa man was arrested following an investigation into a non-injury, single-vehicle accident which occurred on Feb. 8th. 26-year old Kyle Christopher Goudeau, of Cambridge, was charged with OWI 1st Offense and Driving Under Suspension. The accident he was involved in took place at the intersection of 645thand Jasper Road. Goudeau was booked into the Cass County Jail but released later that same day on his own recognizance.

(Update) Several motorcycles destroyed in shop fire near Wiota

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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(Update) Woman found in sewer ditch id’d

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs have identified a woman who was found freezing in a sewer ditch Sunday afternoon. Officials say 24-year old Melissa Ramirez spent at least 24-hours in a sewer ditch before being rescued. Ramirez told officers with the Council Bluffs Police Department she’d been walking along a retaining wall Saturday, and accidentally fell into the sewer opening near 515 North 6th Street. She was found at around 4:45-p.m. Sunday, by two men. Ramirez was said to have been naked, from the waist down. Authorities said she had been apparently been suffering from hypothermia after having spent Saturday night outside in sub-zero air temperatures. Paramedics took the woman to a Council Bluffs hospital, where she was reported to be in critical condition.

Police and fire officials have not been authorized to release any updates on her medical condition. The case remains under investigation.

8AM Newscast 02-13-2012

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February 13th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Shop fire reported southeast of Wiota this morning

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February 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Anita, Cumberland and Wiota have been dispatched to a fire southeast of Wiota. The first pages went out just after 8-a.m.  The Cass County Communications Center said a shop at 58282 690th Street (about 3-miles southeast of Wiota), was fully engulfed in flames at 8:20-a.m.  The property is said to be owned by David Fredericksen. No other details are currently available.