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(Podcast) 8-am News 10/15/14

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Creston man arrested for attempted burglary

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Union County say a Creston man was arrested Tuesday evening at the Union County Jail, on a charge of Attempted Burglary in the 2nd degree. 26-year old Danny Alan Fry was later released from the Jail on $5,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. KJAN area news & funeral report, 10/15/14

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Harlan Police issue bad checks alert

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department is asking for the public’s help in being on the lookout for stolen checks and forgery. The checks are drawn on 1st Whitney Bank and Trust from Atlantic, and are from the account of the former Custom Body and Sound. The checks are signed by a “Mitch Mundorf.”

Authorities say if you see any of these checks, contact the Harlan Police Department at 755-5151.

(KNOD/Harlan)

Branstad & Hatch meet in Sioux City debate

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Last night Republican Governor Terry Branstad and Jack Hatch, the Democratic challenger, met in Sioux City for their third and final televised debate. The hour-long event gave Hatch’s low-budget campaign perhaps its final chance to make an impression with voters and Hatch came out swinging, criticizing Branstad’s priority of cutting property taxes and questioning Branstad’s job creation claims. “We can’t afford four more years of Terry Branstad and his promises kept or broken,” Hatch said. Branstad dismissed what he referred to as Hatch’s “wild accusations.” “And the state of Iowa is on the right track,” Branstad said.

Hatch says it’s time to cut income taxes for middle class Iowans. “You know we’ve done a lot of corporations,” Hatch said. “We haven’t done very much for the people who work for them and that’s going to be my focus in the next four years.” Branstad defended the bill he signed which has begun reducing commercial and industrial property taxes. “And I’ve had people all over Iowa say: ‘Thank you for doing something that was promised for 30 years and you’ve finally delivered,” Bransad said. “The Iowa commercial and industrial property tax is going down.”

Sioux City journalists who moderated the debate also focused attention on an issue important to the host city for last night’s event: completing the expansion of Highway 20 to four lanes. Hatch says Iowans are “expecting to have better roads.” Branstad says it will likely take a combination of things to get this and other projects done, including federal funding and perhaps a shift to charging the state sales tax on gasoline purchases to raise more funds at the state level.

In 2010, Branstad promised that if he was elected he’d create 200-thousand new jobs in Iowa within five years. Last night Branstad was asked how many jobs have been created since he returned to the governor’s office in January of 2011. “I’m proud to say that we’ve been working on this every day since we came into office and in a little over three and a half years, we’ve created 150,900 jobs,” Branstad said. “…We have created more jobs in less than four years than the previous two governors did in 12 years.”

Hatch says that’s “close…to lying.”” He’s created less than 80,000 jobs…Even a fifth grader knows you have to subtract those jobs that were lost,” Hatch said. “And what about those 80,000 jobs that were lost? Are they not important? I’m going to be a governor who focuses on those lost jobs as well.”

Halfway through the debate, the candidates were asked to cite something they admired in their opponent and the two offered “respect” to the other for putting their name on the ballot. Branstad then looked past November 4th. “I think working together is important,” Branstad said. “Once the election’s over, we need to recognize we all are public servants. We need to serve the people of Iowa.”

Hatch says he’d put the “people’s business” first if he’s elected. Hatch is a long-time state legislator from Des Moines who told the audience last night he first came to Iowa to attend college at Drake University, then stayed after graduation. Branstad, who is seeking his sixth term as Iowa’s governor, said in his closing statement that he “grew up poor” on a northern Iowa farm, where he learned to work hard at an early age.

A Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” conducted last week found Branstad holding a 15-point lead over Hatch. The debate was broadcast live on K-T-I-V T-V and K-S-C-J Radio and co-sponsored by the Sioux City Journal and the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans with Disabilities: Expect. Employ. Empower.

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With the need for more middle-skilled workers a growing concern statewide, more Iowa businesses are turning to individuals with disabilities to help fill the gap. David Mitchell with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services says a majority of people with disabilities want to work, and employers are realizing that a diverse workforce is good for the bottom line.

“Companies like HyVee, Walgreens, Winnebago Industries are all leaders in that area, and have increased their hiring and have spoken out to help other businesses recognize the value of considering people with disabilities.” About 350-thousand Iowans live with some type of disability, but among those who are of working age, fewer than one in four is employed full-time.

Key to closing the employment gap is expanding opportunities for education and job skills training, says Mitchell, along with streamlining support systems through the Employer Disability Resource Network. That collaboration of state, federal and community partners seeks to minimize duplication and maximize efficiency by providing businesses with a single point of contact.

“When a business wants to hire anybody, it gets confusing when they’re trying to talk to 30 different systems that are working with people with disabilities. So, through the EDRN, we can work with these other systems to try to get qualified applicants identified and resources back to the business.” For the state as a whole, Mitchell says getting more people with disabilities back to work helps Iowa’s economy, as those workers then pay taxes and need less assistance from the state.

“Then there’s also the quality of life issue. As people get out and get to work, they have more flexibility in making decisions on how they spend their money. They experience more social contacts, greater self-esteem.” October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.”

(Iowa News Service)

DeSoto, Boyer Chute refuges to close for hunting

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges will close this weekend for deer hunts. All refuge roads and nature trails will be closed beyond the visitor center on Saturday and Sunday to ensure public safety. Only the visitor center will remain open.

The refuge allows the hunts in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission as a way to control the deer population. Also, DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge will be closed entirely, including the visitor center, on Monday for repairs to the tour road loop.

DeSoto and Boyer Chute national wildlife refuges sit north of Omaha, Nebraska, along U.S. Highway 30 between Missouri Valley, Iowa, and along U.S. Highway 75 near Fort Calhoun, Nebraska.

Iowa News Headlines: Wed., Oct. 15, 2014

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates are bringing in top guns to campaign on their behalf as the race draws increasing national attention. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin from Iowa will participate in an event in support of Democratic candidate Rick Weiland Tuesday in Sioux Falls, while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be stumping for Republican candidate Mike Rounds on Friday. Weiland, Rounds and independents Larry Pressler and Gordon Howie are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Tim Johnson.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Libertarian Party candidate for governor says the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate put his heart and soul into running with a firm belief in individual liberty. Dr. Douglas Butzier (BUT’-zeer) died when the plane he was piloting crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport. The party’s candidate for governor, Dr. Lee Hieb, says Butzier just last weekend had flown her and several Libertarian Party candidates around the state to campaign.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Health officials have identified three cases of influenza in Iowa. The state Department of Public Health says the cases were reported in Henry, Johnson and Polk counties. Additional information was not released. The State Hygienic Laboratory’s confirmation of the cases indicates influenza activity remains at a low level in Iowa. However officials say it indicates the virus is circulating in the state.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Libertarian Party candidate for governor says the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate put his heart and soul into running with a firm belief in individual liberty. Dr. Douglas Butzier (boot-ZEE’-ay) died when the plane he was piloting crashed around 11 p.m. Monday near Dubuque Regional Airport. The party’s candidate for governor, Dr. Lee Hieb, says Butzier just last weekend had flown her and several Libertarian Party candidates around the state to campaign.

Atlantic Ambassadors visit Brymon’s Interiors

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October 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors recently visited Brymon‘s Interiors, in Atlantic. Jennifer Miller explained Brymons has made several changes and updates in the last few months. For instance, they improved the lighting and added signage.

Pictured are: Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Carole Schuler, Kerry Jepsen, Diane Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Jennifer Miller, Connie Wailes, Linda Hartkopf, Becky Steffen, Cate Christensen, Crystal Christensen, Ed Leistad, Carol Seddon, Rita Willmott, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Joanne Mueller, Christy Ladd, Patty Maas, Donnie Drennan, Dale Reinier, Dr. Keith Leonard, Jane Kay, Melissa Ihnen, Brian Lensch, Melanie Petty, David Schwab, Tammy Waters, Don Johnson, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Kate Olson, Lana Westphalan, Stuart Dusenberry , Loren Coder, Rich Perry, Debbie Lesitad, Nedra Perry, Sara Nelson, Jay Mendik, Sue Muri, Gerald Brink, Janet Cappel, and Russ Joyce.  Brymon employees not pictured Carolyn Bond and Barb Paulsen.

Pictured are: Dr. Mitch Peerbolte, Carole Schuler, Kerry Jepsen, Diane Gipple, Pat McCurdy, Jennifer Miller, Connie Wailes, Linda Hartkopf, Becky Steffen, Cate Christensen, Crystal Christensen, Ed Leistad, Carol Seddon, Rita Willmott, Jolene Roecker, Arlene Drennan, Joanne Mueller, Christy Ladd, Patty Maas, Donnie Drennan, Dale Reinier, Dr. Keith Leonard, Jane Kay, Melissa Ihnen, Brian Lensch, Melanie Petty, David Schwab, Tammy Waters, Don Johnson, JoAnn Runyan, Bill Saluk, Kate Olson, Lana Westphalan, Stuart Dusenberry , Loren Coder, Rich Perry, Debbie Lesitad, Nedra Perry, Sara Nelson, Jay Mendik, Sue Muri, Gerald Brink, Janet Cappel, and Russ Joyce. Brymon employees not pictured Carolyn Bond and Barb Paulsen.

“All New 4 U” are four principals you will experience when shopping at Brymons. They are an enhanced selection of items, the opportunity to take it home today, they will match pricing of advertised items from competitors, and you can order items online. Another new feature is the personalized gifts available.

Vehicles collide head-on in rural Shelby County

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October 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A rescue crew from Elk Horn, LifeNet helicopter and other authorities were called to the scene of a two-vehicle head-on crash Tuesday afternoon in rural Shelby County. Our sister station KNOD reports the crash happened just before 1-p.m. at 400th and Umbrella Road, or about half-way between Walnut and Elk Horn. No further information is available at this time.