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State tax deadline two weeks away

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Today (Monday) is the deadline to file federal income tax returns, but you still have another two weeks to file your Iowa income taxes. Iowa Department of Revenue spokesperson, Victoria Daniels, advises you to file electronically. “That is best thing you can do for yourself. Number one, if you are going to get a refund, you will get it much quicker,” Daniels says. “Number two, a lot of the software programs, they actually do the calculations for you. And so you are less likely to have mistakes.”

Filing electronically also saves the state money. While it take less than one dollar for the Department of Revenue to process an e-filing, Daniels says it takes more than two dollars to process a paper return. Unlike the federal government, Iowa doesn’t allow people to ask for additional time to file their taxes. “If you don’t file on time and you don’t pay on time, then you’re going to be hit with a 10 percent penalty. And then also, if there is an amount due, that will earn interest at five percent a year,” Daniels says.

But, as long as you pay 90 percent of want you owe the state by May 2nd, you won’t suffer an additional penalty. Daniels says more than 90 percent of Iowans will get their tax refunds within two weeks of filing electronically.

(Radio Iowa)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 4/18/2016

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Council to consider penalty for snow removal in Sioux City

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – City Council members on Monday are scheduled to consider a proposal to penalize property owners an extra 25 percent on unpaid city fees for removing snow from sidewalks. The Sioux City Journal reports that the penalties would be levied on the unpaid fees added to the parcels’ property taxes.

City code requires owners to clear sidewalks within 12 hours after snow or ice has stopped falling. Noncompliance can result in a civil citation. If a sidewalk isn’t cleared after a 24-hour shovel notice is posted, a city contractor clears the sidewalk and the city bills the property owner for those costs.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 4/18/2016

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Creston Police report (4/18): 2 thefts, 1 arrest

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department says two thefts were reported over the past few days. Friday afternoon, a business owner told police someone took a chainsaw from his business (J&J Plumbing & Heating), at 211 S. Elm Street. The 20″ Jonsered chainsaw, which was taken sometime between 3:15-p.m. and 3:35-p.m. Friday, was valued at $503. And, Saturday evening, a resident in Creston reported sometime between March 16th and April 15th, someone took a fire ladder from an apartment at 301 W. Montgomery Street. The loss was estimated at $200.

Creston Police said also, 21-year old Todd Michael Murray, of Creston, was arrested over the weekend, on a charge of Driving While Suspended. Murray was later released from the Union County Jail on $300 bond.

SWIHTF seeks applicants for housing repairs in Red Oak

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Southwest Iowa Housing Trust Fund (SWIHTF), in accordance with grant
money received through Federal Home Loan Bank, says it is seeking applications from low to moderate income homeowners in the City of Red Oak for housing repairs.

SWIHTF currently has no waiting list for Red Oak, and seeks to find nine homeowners to participate in the program. The FHLB repair program can assist owner occupied households to eliminate health and safety hazards and to conserve energy in their homes. Examples of assistance include electrical, heating, plumbing, handicap accessibility, windows, etc. The assistance is in the form of a five year forgivable loan with a maximum of $5,000 per home in repairs.

Applicants must be the owner of record, reside in the home, and meet income guidelines. The condition of the home must be suitable for repair. Interested applicants should contact SWIHTF at 712-243-4196 for more information.

American Sign Language students at ISU visit Iowa School for the Deaf

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A program launched nearly four years ago at Iowa State University is designed to teach students how to communicate without talking, while learning the culture of the deaf community. Sheridan Mottet, a junior at ISU from Parkville, Missouri, is among the students in the American Sign Language (ASL) program who recently spent several days in Council Bluffs working with students at the Iowa School for the Deaf.

“It’s definitely interesting to see where the students live, where they go to school, and how their daily lives are so much different than ours. In other ways, it’s weird to see how similar they are as well,” Mottet said. Students in the ASL program at Iowa State are required to interact with members of the deaf community around Ames and other Iowa cities. Cylina Engelhardt, a senior at ISU from Coggon, says the experience helps build her signing skills while learning more about the deaf culture.

Iowa School for the Deaf“It’s what college is for, I guess, to immerse yourself in so many different cultures,” Engelhardt said. “I think this is a great experience. I have never been here before or anywhere outside of Ames for the deaf community. So, getting out somewhere else is incredible…for anybody to have this opportunity to come here.” During the trip to Council Bluffs, the ASL students were not allowed to talk out loud while they were at the Iowa School for the Deaf. Mottet said it was a significant challenge.

“In class, we’re not allowed to speak at all. So, it’s kind of the same as the classes, but this is for a much longer period of time and with a bunch of signers who are much better than me,” Mottet said. Cynthia Angeroth is the outreach coordinator at the Iowa School for the Deaf. She says the supply of qualified interpreters in Iowa is far below the demand.

“Iowa strongly needs teachers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and they need interpreters across the state,” Angeroth said. One explanation for why there are so few interpreters is the commitment — it can take seven or eight years for someone to become fluent in ASL.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested on theft & assault charges, Sunday

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies and Red Oak Police arrested a man on theft and assault charges, Sunday morning. 23-year old Justin Lewis Marsden, of Red Oak , was taken into custody at around 8:40-a.m. on a warrant for 5th degree theft, and assaulting a peace officer. Marsden was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Monday, April 18th 2016

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April 18th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:31 a.m. CDT

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prestage Foods is working to obtain the environmental permits it needs to build a $240 million pork processing plant in Mason City. The environmental review process will address how much water the plant will need, how its wastewater would be treated and what effect it might have on air quality. Many residents have spoken out against the project.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Despite all the attention on water quality initiatives at the Iowa Legislature this year, it appears unlikely lawmakers will reach consensus before adjournment over how to pay for it. Leaders in the split Legislature have fundamental differences over whether to use existing funds or to generate new dollars to deal with longstanding issues over Iowa’s polluted waterways. There is no indication they will reach compromise soon.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa nurse accused of having sexual relationship with woman he was caring for. Authorities say the woman may not have been capable of consenting to sex with the nurse.

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — All of the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge is opening for the summer season this weekend. That means nature trails, mushroom hunting and bird watching will all be available. The refuge is north of Omaha near Missouri Valley, Iowa.

Audubon School Board to act on budget reduction options

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April 17th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Audubon School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening in their Board Room at the High School, beginning at 7-p.m.  During their session, the Board will act on  Fiscal Year 2017 Budget reduction options that are equal to or greater than any increase in the District’s expenditure budget for FY17.

During a special session last week, the board held a public hearing on, and approved, a proposed regular program budget adjustment, during which their were no comments from the public. During their meeting Monday evening, the Board will also act on  approving an LED lighting project and softball field improvements.

Toward the end of the meeting, and prior to adjournment, the Audubon School Board will hold an exempt (closed) session for collective bargaining strategy negotiations.