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8AM Newscast 01-23-2014

News, Podcasts

January 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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AHST & Walnut Schools announce Whole Grade Sharing begins next fall

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January 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the AHST Community School District have announced AHST and the Walnut Community School District will officially begin Whole Grade Sharing of grades 7-through 12 beginning in the fall of 2014. The Walnut School Board approved the 4-year sharing agreement at their regularly scheduled meeting this past Monday. The AHST Board approved the same agreement during their meeting on Wednesday.

The process of Whole Grade Sharing began in Sept. 2013, when both districts passed a resolution to enter into negotiations for sharing. Following  a a period of public comment, a draft Whole Grade Sharing agreement was presented in Dec. 2013, during separate public hearings to patrons of both districts.

All students in grades 7-through 12 will be served at the AHST secondary school. The name of the secondary for extracurricular activities will be AHSTW. The mascot will be the Vikings and Lady Vikes, with the colors remaining blue, red and white. Walnut will reimburse AHST for 80-percent of the district cost per pupil by the state, to educate their resident students.

AHST also approved the expansion of programs and staff. Next year, the AHSTW secondary will have a full-time Agricultural Education and Industrial Technology program. AHST is also adding a full-time TAG (Talented And Gifted) program teacher, a secondary Language Arts teachers, a Student Services Coordinator, as well as increasing staff in the Special Education and Title 1 departments.

Persons with questions about the Whole Grade Sharing agreement may contact AHST/Walnut Community School District Superintendent Jesse Ulrich.

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7AM Newscast 01-23-2014

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January 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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USDA Report 01-23-2014

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January 23rd, 2014 by Chris Parks

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Many Iowa, Nebraska schools delay openings

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January 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Subzero cold and chilling winds have forced many Iowa and Nebraska schools to cancel classes or delay opening by a couple of hours.  The National Weather Service says temperatures across Iowa on Thursday morning were as low as minus 12 in Mason City, with a wind chill of minus 37. In Davenport the wind chill was minus 29. In Sioux City the wind chill was minus 26 around 6 a.m. A wind chill of minus 25 was reported for Des Moines.

You can find a list of school late starts on kjan.com. Under the “Community Hub” on the right side of the home page, click on “Cancellations.”

Van rollover on Cass-Aud. County line Thursday

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January 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No serious injuries were reported following a rollover accident near the Cass-Audubon County line early this morning.

Photo courtesy Mike Kennon - Cass County Emergency Management

Photo courtesy Mike Kennon – Cass County Emergency Management

According to dispatch reports at 4:10-a.m., a Dodge van carrying five people rolled onto its side off of 710th Street, near the “Tree in the Middle of the Road” landmark, a few miles north of Interstate 80.

Two adults and three children, ages 3, 4 & 5 were outside the van and conscious, but cold. Anita Rescue and a Cass County Sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene. One of the adults and the three children were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital for evaluation.

Authorities say the driver of the van was charged with Driving While Revoked, with additional charges pending. The driver’s name has not yet been released.

NWS forecast for Cass & area Counties: 1/23/14

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January 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

346 AM CST THU JAN 23 2014

…WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON CST TODAY…

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLEAR. BITTERLY COLD. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. WIND CHILL READINGS 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO.

TODAY…SUNNY. VERY COLD. HIGH 5 TO 10 ABOVE. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH. LOWEST WIND CHILL READINGS 20 BELOW TO 30 BELOW ZERO IN THE MORNING.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. BREEZY. NOT AS COLD. LOW ZERO TO 5 ABOVE. SOUTHWEST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. BREEZY. MUCH WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 40S. SOUTHWEST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH.

FRIDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN THROUGH MIDNIGHT. BREEZY. NOT AS COLD. LOW IN THE LOWER 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 30 MPH.

SATURDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. NORTHWEST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. BREEZY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 23rd 2014

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January 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Senate panel is giving preliminary backing to a bill that would exempt military pensions from the state income tax. A Senate subcommittee approved the legislation during a brief hearing yesterday. The military pension exemption is a top priority for Republican Governor Terry Branstad, who has made support for veterans a key part of his budget plan this year.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former residents and employees of the Iowa Juvenile Home testified before a legislative panel and urged lawmakers to support a measure that would force officials to reopen the facility that closed last week. Those testifying Wednesday before the Senate Human Resources Committee told lawmakers they tried to create a safe environment for teens at the Toledo, Iowa home which closed January 15th.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is appealing a district court’s decision to reinstate Iowa State basketball player Bubu Palo to the team. The Des Moines Register reports the Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed a motion yesterday on behalf of the board that seeks an immediate stay of a Webster County district judge’s recent order to let Palo rejoin the team.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Nik Stauskas scored 26 points, and Number 21 Michigan held off 10th ranked Iowa 75-67 last night to remain unbeaten in the Big Ten. Aaron White scored 14 of Iowa’s points in a row down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to rally the Hawkeyes from an 11-point deficit.

3 arrests in Montgomery County, Wednesday

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January 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report three arrests on Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Department says Connie Williams, of Villisca, was arrested at around 10:20-a.m. on a Montgomery County warrant for Theft in the 5th Degree. And, at around 12:30-p.m., Zach Holland, of Red Oak, was arrested on a warrant out of Red Oak, for Theft in the 5th Degree and Trespass. Both subjects were transported to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond, each.

And the Red Oak Police Department reports the arrest at around 2:40-p.m., of 58-year old Kevin Kay Fish, of Red Oak. Fish was arrested on a Red Oak P-D warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault and was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

Atlantic City Council fails to pass rezoning ordinance

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January 22nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council overwhemingly voted down the first reading of an ordinance which would eventually have allowed the rezoning of a 50-foot lot on the southwest corner of 7th and Olive Streets, from Residential to Highway Commercial. Prior to their 7-0 vote, the Council had received a petition from residents in the immediate area opposed to the request from Plummer Investments to have the lot rezoned.

The owner has said he would tear down a 133-year old dilapidated home on the lot he owns because it hasn’t been kept up according to the City’s Minimum Maintenance Code, but he didn’t say what the lot woud be used for. That was still a mystery during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting. Mayor Dave Jones said “We have no plans from the person requesting the variance about what he’s gonna do. I’m not sure what the motive is behind it.”

The City Zoning Board recommended the rezoning be approved, but City Administrator Doug Harris pointed out the proposal doesn’t conform with the intentions of the City’s Comprehensive Plan for residential zoning in that area. Harris said he would be reluctant to rezone the lot unless the City receives more specific plans that would show how it would benefit the neighborhood and conform to the Comprehensive Plan.

The only access to the lot is through an alley, which the Council agreed is not conducive to parking or the flow of traffic in the area, if a commercial structure were to be built on the lot. David Riedeman, real estate agent for the property owner, tried to speak to the Council’s concerns over plans for the property. He said Plummer also owns an adjacent property to the west of the lot in question, and is willing to sell that property as well, if a potential commercial buyer needs parking. Reideman says his client intends to sell the lot for commercial development.