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Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., 11/11/15

News

November 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A transgender woman has filed a complaint against a hotel in central Iowa, accusing staff of discriminating against her because of her gender identity and race. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Tuesday with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on behalf of 23-year-old Meagan Taylor.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carly Fiorina praised Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in the latest Republican presidential candidates’ debate. The businesswoman was the only one of the 12 candidates over the two GOP debates Tuesday in Milwaukee to mention Walker, who had been in the race until seven weeks ago.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson says he’s faced lies about his life story as part of what he suggests is unprecedented scrutiny. Several aspects of Carson’s biography have recently come into question, including his statements that he was offered a scholarship to West Point. Carson’s campaign has said he was a top ROTC student in high school, and his supervisors told him they could help him get an appointment.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Wells Fargo plans to open a museum in downtown Des Moines, giving a boost to city plans for a key downtown street. Don Pearson, a regional vice president, announced Tuesday the financial services company would open the Wells Fargo History Museum by fall 2016 in the bank’s lobby in the Financial Center building on Walnut Street.

 

HIGH WIND WARNINGS/WIND ADVISORIES for parts of western IA 11/11/15

News, Weather

November 11th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HARRISON-SHELBY-POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTIES: A HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM TODAY UNTIL 3 AM  THURSDAY. THE HIGH WIND WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT FOR THOSE COUNTIES.

AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON COUNTIES: HIGH WIND WARNING FROM 9-PM (WED.) THROUGH 6-AM THURSDAY.  WIND ADVISORY FROM 6-AM-TO 6-PM THURSDAY.

SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL COUNTIES: HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 6-AM THURSDAY, FOLLOWED BY A WIND ADVISORY FROM 6-AM THURSDAY UNTIL 6-P.M.

MILLS-MONTGOMERY-FREMONT AND PAGE COUNTIES: WIND ADVISORY 5-PM TODAY THROUGH 3-AM THURSDAY.

ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR AND RINGGOLD COUNTIES: WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9-PM WED. (TODAY) UNTIL 6-AM THURSDAY.

High Wind Warning for counties in gold, Wind Advisory for counties in brown

High Wind Warning for counties in gold, Wind Advisory for counties in brown

WINDS OF 35 TO 45 MPH WITH GUSTS OF 55 TO 60 MPH ARE LIKELY. WIND SPEEDS OF THIS MAGNITUDE WILL BE HAZARDOUS TO MOTORISTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. CERTAIN OUTDOOR ITEMS WHICH CAN BE BLOWN AWAY SHOULD BE SECURED OR BROUGHT INDOORS.

A HIGH WIND WARNING MEANS A HAZARDOUS HIGH WIND EVENT IS EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SUSTAINED WIND SPEEDS OF AT LEAST 40 MPH OR GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE CAN LEAD TO PROPERTY DAMAGE.

Moore wins first vote at nominating convention

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Republican Party Chair David Wiederstein reports Tom Moore, from Griswold, won a vote taken Tuesday night during a Special Nominating Convention for House District 21. The event took place at the Corning Opera House, in Corning. The Iowa House District 21 seat was left vacant by the death of State Rep. Jack Drake of Griswold. Moore was among six Republican’s seeking the nomination during the convention.

On Dec. 8th, Moore will face the Democrat who is selected during Thursday’s Democratic Party Nominating Convention in Massena. That event will take place beginning at 6-p.m., at the Massena Public Library. At last report, the lone Democratic candidate was Tim Ennis, of Corning, vice chairman of the Adams County Democrats.

Delegates eligible for both conventions are the precinct committee members from Iowa House District 21 elected at the 2014 precinct caucuses or those elected by their county central committee after the caucuses.

House District 21 covers portions of Pottawattamie and Cass Counties and all of Adams and Union Counties.

Former Congressman Boswell having tumor examined

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Former Iowa Congressman and current Transportation Commission chairman, Leonard Boswell, told the commission today (Tuesday) via telephone that his is in Arizona getting a tumor checked out. Boswell, a Vietnam veteran, says the tumor could be linked to the chemical known as Agent Orange that was used in Vietnam. He says he is seeking a second opinion on the diagnosis.

Boswell says he will get the second opinion in the next couple of days. Boswell spoke to the commission this morning during their informal workshop prior to their regular meeting. “Don’t be worried about me, I am still on my feet. I am doing the same, I just know that something is happening,” Boswell said. Boswell told the commission he would join the regular meeting via telephone.

Boswell, a Democrat from Davis City, was appointed to the Transportation Commission by Governor Terry Branstad in January of 2014. Boswell served in Congress from 1997 to 2013 and prior to that was a state legislator. He was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses while flying helicopters in Vietnam. Boswell, who is 81, had a non-cancerous tumor removed from his stomach in 2005.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan Police Dept. report 11/10/15

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department reports 39-year old Stephanie Anastasi, of Harlan, was arrested Monday on an active Shelby County warrant for theft in the 5th degree. Anastasi was taken to the Shelby County Jail.

On Sunday, officer with the Harlan P-D were called to the 700 block of Broadway for a disturbance. As a result of the investigation, 29-year old Charles Hayes, of Harlan, was arrested and transported to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with burglary in the 1st degree for allegedly entering the residence at 708 Broadway, uninvited, and a scuffle ensued. Justin Henriksen, of Harlan, was treated at Myrtue Medical Center for a severe laceration as a result of that scuffle.

And, last Friday, officers were called to the 400 block of Durant for a family disturbance. 18-year old Christopher Buttry, of Harlan, was arrested and taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault. Matthew Buttry, age 43, was also cited for assault and released.

Snow, tornadoes expected as system plows toward central US

News, Weather

November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say a mixture of bad weather including heavy snow and tornadoes is expected as a strong storm system plows toward the central U.S. from the Rocky Mountains. A blizzard warning has been issued for Tuesday night and Wednesday in the Great Plains east of Denver, while tornadoes and high winds could rake parts of the Midwest on Wednesday.

Wet, heavy snow fell in Nevada on Tuesday morning, shuttering schools in Reno and knocking out power to thousands before moving eastward. Northeastern Colorado and western Kansas and Nebraska expect 6 inches of snow and wind gusts up to 60 mph overnight — a combination that can cause white-out conditions.

The Storm Prediction Center says an area from Nebraska to Illinois might face high winds, large hail and tornadoes Wednesday.

 

USDA expects record soybean crop, third-largest corn crop

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With most of this year’s corn and soybeans harvested, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is boosting its expectations for the size of the crops. An update Tuesday says farmers are expected to produce a record soybean crop totaling 3.98 billion bushels, up 1 percent from last year. That’s based on 95 percent of the crop harvested.

Illinois looks to remain the nation’s leading soybean producer with 550.5 million bushels, followed closely by Iowa. The corn crop will be the third-largest in USDA records at 13.7 billion bushels, based on 93 percent harvested. Iowa maintains its corn production lead with 2.49 billion bushels.

The abundance is sending downward prices that are already below production costs. Farmers who rent land will struggle to make a profit. Consumers shouldn’t see much effect.

Rand Paul to stop in Council Bluffs, Wednesday

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Fresh from a recent Republican Primary Debate, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), will make presidential grassroots campaign stops in Iowa, Wednesday. Paul will be in Council Bluffs at 4-p.m, for a “Stand with Rand,” meet and greet at 2702 Mid America Drive.

Later in the evening, he has stops in Des Moines, and Ames. While on the campaign trail, Paul will discuss the importance of protecting the entire Bill of Rights, and his conservative agenda, which includes limiting the powers of those elected to office in Washington, D-C.

Rand Paul continues his visit in Iowa on Thursday, with another appearance in Ames, followed by a stop in Altoona, and at 3-p.m. in Winterset, at the Public Library.

(Update) Manning resident arrested following Shelby Co. pursuit

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(In an update to our earlier post….)

A pursuit that began this (Tuesday) morning in Harlan, resulted in the arrest of a man from Manning. According to Harlan Police, 32-year old Anthony John Bruns was taken into custody and faces numerous charges, including Felony Eluding, Possession of a Controlled Substance (marijuana), Possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, and Failure to obey a stop sign. Additional charges are possible.

Authorities say at around 7:40-a.m., a Harlan Police Officer attempted to stop a black 1999 Ford Ranger for equipment violations near 9th and Cyclone Avenue. The driver – later identified as Bruns – refused to stop, and sped off. His vehicle eventually left the city limits northbound on County Road M36. The road surface turned to gravel and speeds reached 70-80 MPH. In addition to speed, Bruns ran numerous stop signs.

He stopped on Timber Road near 1500th Street where Shelby County Deputies had the road blocked in front him. Bruns surrendered to officers just before 8-a.m, was taken into custody, and transported to the Shelby County Jail.

Special Nominating Convention to be held in Corning this evening

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November 10th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Republican delegates from southwest Iowa will gather this (Tuesday) evening in Corning, for a Special Nominating Convention. The event begins at 6:30-p.m. at the Corning Opera House. At least four Republican candidates…Tom Moore of Griswold, John Hartkopf of Atlantic, Ian Barris, of Atlantic and Doug Borkowski of Elliott…have expressed an interest in filling the Iowa House District 21 seat left vacant by the death of State Rep. Jack Drake of Griswold.

The Democratic Party Nominating Convention will be held this 6-p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 12th, at the Massena Public Library. Delegates eligible for these conventions are the precinct committee members from Iowa House District 21 elected at the 2014 precinct caucuses or those elected by their county central committee after the caucuses.

House District 21 covers portions of Pottawattamie and Cass Counties and all of Adams and Union Counties.