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November 5th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Bullying investigation underway in Bedford


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Police Chief in Bedford released a statement Saturday criticizing the writer of an article in the Des Moines Register, with regard to an incident which led to a Bedford High School student being hospitalized in critical condition, after suffering from a brain injury.

Police Chief Jeremy Holben said Kyle Munson’s article in Saturday’s paper was wrong when he said Bedford Police were not involved in an investigation of the alleged bullying incident involving 16-year old Kacey Strough, a Bedford student and football player. Holben said Munson never spoke with him or any of the officers on the Bedford Police force prior to publishing the story. The Chief said there is an active investigation into the incident, one that has been underway since it was reported two weeks ago.

In his article, Munson quoted family members who stated that Strough’s condition was the result of bullying by teammates. Holben said because of Strough’s medical condition, officers have not been able to interview him about the incident.

Montgomery County man arrested for child endangerment & assault


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest Sunday night, of 34-year old Justin Wayne Swartz, of Grant. Swartz was charged with Child Endangerment and Simple Domestic Assault, following an incident that occurred at around 9:50-p.m., during which he allegedly hit a residence in the 300 block of 1st Street in Grant, with a skidloader. Swartz was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond. The Iowa State Patrol, along with Deputies from Cass County and Officers with the Iowa DNR, assisted at the scene.

2 injured in crash near Viking Lake State Park


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured, one of them seriously, during a collision Sunday northeast of Viking Lake State Park, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials say22-year old Bradley Lee Dumler, of Villisca, was transported to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha by Mercy 3 helicopter, following the crash that happened at around noon, Sunday, near the intersection of 220th Street and S Avenue.

Dumler was a passenger in a 2007 Chrysler HHR driven by 25-year old Melissa Lynn Dumler, also of Villisca. Authorities say the couple was traveling west on 220th, when the vehicle hit loose gravel at the bottom of a hill. The vehicle went out of control and entered the north ditch, where it rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels in a field. Melissa Dumler suffered minor injuries. She was transported to the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital by Red Oak Rescue, treated and released. The vehicle was a total loss.

2 vehicle accident in Montgomery County Sunday afternoon


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a collision between a pickup and an SUV Sunday afternoon, east of Red Oak. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened at around 12:45-p.m., at the intersection of Highway 34 and 200th Street. Official say a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup driven by 40-year old Shelly Rae Jennings, of Red Oak, was stopped at the intersection, when her vehicle was rear-ended by a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica, driven by 32-year old Elizabeth Susan Hausen, of Clarinda. Hausen told authorities she was having mechanical problems with the SUV at the time of the impact. Damage to the vehicles was estimated at $2,000 each.

Latham versus Boswell in third district


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The race in Iowa’s third congressional district is one of just two in the country that feature two incumbents battling to return for another term in the U.S. House. Republican Tom Latham was first elected to congress in 1994. Democrat Leonard Boswell first won his seat in congress back in 1996. Iowa has had five congressmen for the past decade, but after the 2010 Census, the district lines were redrawn — and divided into just four districts. “Losing a congressional district sort of really re-rolled the dice,” says Creighton university political science professor Richard Witmer. The two congressmen are running to represent Iowa’s new third district. It covers 16 southwest Iowa counties and includes the cities of Des Moines and Council Bluffs.

Witmer says both men have had to use some of their campaign cash to build up their name I.D. in the district. “Sort of stating that opening case and introducing themselves to new voters, which is not something you would expect an incumbent to do,” Witmer says. The battle between these two congressmen has been characterized by attack ads as well as some intense verbal jousting during their six debates. Republicans hold a voter registration edge in the district of about nine-thousand. There are more than 150-thousand independent or “no party” voters in the third district compared to nearly 158-thousand Democrats and about 167-thousand Republicans.

(O.Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

King versus Vilsack in fourth district


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 2012 contest in Iowa’s fourth congressional district pits a five-term Republican congressman against a former Iowa first lady.
Republican Congressman Steve King and his Democratic challenger, former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack, are running in what is geographically the largest of Iowa’s four congressional districts. The new fourth district has 39 counties, with Mason City and Ames along the east side and Denison and Sioux City to the west. The fourth district is also the most heavily-Republican area in the state, with 50-thousand more registered Republicans than Democrats.

John Schmaltz, a political science professor at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City, has been following this race. “You really have two vastly different candidates here,” Schmaltz says. “You have somebody who is really pretty liberal in Christie Vilsack and you have a very conservative candidate in Steve King and this has been identified even nationally by various conservative and liberal groups as one of those races that they want to win.” The intensity of the race has played out over the airwaves in a barrage of advertising and in the debates the two participated in this fall. King has not debated a Democratic opponent since his first congressional campaign, in 2002. King and Vilsack met in seven debates this year.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Report details state organic crop and livestock production

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A report from the U-S Department of Agriculture says Iowa had nearly 61-million dollars in sales from organic farms in 2001. Iowa Ag Secretary, Bill Northey, says organic farms add to the diversification of the farm economy. “We have about 467 organic farms in Iowa, that 60-million dollars of sales not only helps those farms, but also helps anybody that is maybe buying those products. Maybe they are buying corn and also raising some cattle and processing the meet from organic production,” Northey says. The state certifies one-third to one-half of the organic farms, with the rest being certified privately.

“People generally have to pay a premium to buy organic products, and so to do that they want to know that animals are taken care of in a certain way, that they are fed organic crops, or if they are buying organic grain, the they are produced without fertilizer or without herbicides,” Northey says. “So they want to make sure that the folks are getting a premium for their products really are raising them the way the buyers want to have them raised.” Northey says organic farms increased steadily the last 10 years, but have leveled off recently due in part to the economy, as people had less income to spend on the products.

“But the other piece is that the producers used to be producing organics in a very low-price commodity market. so, we maybe had two-dollar corn and then and extra two or three dollars for organics on top of that,” Northey explains. “So now we have seven-dollar corn and maybe an extra four or five or more dollars on top of that. So it’s still worth a premium, but the commodity market values are enough better that some of those folks who were looking for a premium have decided to stay in the commodity markets.” Organics are a small part of the 25 to 30-BILLION dollars of agriculture production in Iowa, but he says it has a place.

“There’s lot of reasons why folks buy organics. Some people believe that there is a difference, and some studies have said that there isn’t,” Northey says. “Some believe that they like the way things are produced. And some just believe that they are more boutique products and they are premium products, and therefore because they are priced higher that they must be better. I think we operate in a great economic system that offers choices by consumers and that means they can pay extra for organics if they believe that it is worth the extra value.”

Sales of organic crops in Iowa accounted for 29-point-six-million dollars, livestock and poultry sales accounted for six-point-three million dollars, and livestock and poultry products accounted for 24-point-eight million dollars. Sales of organic vegetables were just over one million dollars, organic fruit sales were 23-thosuand-849-dollars, and sales of organic berries were 30-thousand-777 dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines – Mon., Nov. 5th 2012


November 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of Iowans convicted of crimes will be ineligible to vote Tuesday under a policy imposed by Republican Governor Terry Branstad while others remain uncertain over whether they have voting rights because of confusing laws. Branstad signed an executive order last year that reversed a policy started in 2005 by Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack. Under that policy, felons automatically regained voting rights once they were discharged from state supervision. The change made Iowa among four states where ex-felons must apply to have rights restored.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating the death of a hunter who appeared to have fallen from his tree stand in Henry County. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says 38-year-old Clint Lawrence was found dead near Mount Pleasant around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Fans of the American bald eagles featured on an Iowa web cam may have to wait to see the birds because they are building a new nest outside the camera’s view. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the eagles are building a new nest near Decorah about 300 feet away from their own one.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Pizza Hut deliveryman lost his job after apartment security cameras caught him urinating on a customer’s door. The Des Moines Register reports the incident happened in Des Moines on Thursday.

Arrests of University of Iowa students up in 2012


November 4th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The number of University of Iowa students arrested or ticketed was up last year as the number of female students getting in trouble continued to grow. University officials told The Gazette in Cedar Rapids that 1,369 arrests or citations were issued to students last school year. That’s up from 1,313 the previous year and 1,072 in 2009-2010. During last school year, 508 female students were arrested or ticketed by either university or Iowa City police. That’s up significantly from the 324 female students in trouble during the 2009-2010 year. The majority of the arrests or citations were related to alcohol. For instance, 441 students were arrested or ticketed on suspicion of public intoxication last school year, and 67 were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving.