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Non-injury accident in Atlantic


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police said today (Thursday), no injuries were reported following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday afternoon, near the intersection of 8th and Cedar Streets. Officials say a vehicle driven by William Bennett, of Kimballton, struck the door of a legally parked car registered to Paige Boken, of Atlantic, as Bennett was traveling south on Cedar. The accident happened at around 2:20-p.m.

Damage from the mishap amounted to $7,000. No citations were issued.

Gov. Branstad encourages Postmaster General to consider numerous options to close budget gap


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Branstad today released two letters he has sent to United States Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe regarding the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) plan to close rural post offices and processing centers in Iowa. Gov. Branstad has asked Postmaster General Donahoe to consider numerous options as they seek to overcome financial challenges.

“Under the USPS’s current plan, Iowa would see 17.9 percent of our state’s post offices closed, compared to 11 percent of proposed closures nationally,” said Branstad. “I am concerned that the Postal Service’s current plan is disproportionate and puts too much of the burden on rural Iowans.”  

Branstad suggests there are many options to close the USPS budget shortfall, like having postmasters serve multiple locations, reducing service hours or permitting the Postal Service to sell non-postal products. Many of the rural communities, their citizens and their business owners rely on the services of the Post Offices. Closing the Post Offices would put the communities at an economic disadvantage, stated Branstad.

Gov. Branstad and Lohrville Mayor Donny Hobbs co-wrote a letter to Postmaster General Donahoe requesting a meeting with senior USPS officials. They also encouraged the creation of a commission to reconsider closure recommendations and called for a moratorium on closure of postal facilities.

Additionally, Gov. Branstad co-authored a letter with Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn requesting a meeting to explore all cost saving options that both fits the USPS’s business model and serves Iowa and Illinois’ rural citizens.

“I would like to personally thank Iowa’s entire congressional delegation for voicing their constituents’ concerns to federal leaders,” said Branstad. “Iowans understand the need for fiscal discipline and a balanced budget, but they also believe the Postal Service should consider reasonable alternatives suggested by the people and communities affected by the closures.”

For more on information, please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.

Flood closes fuel terminal, raising gas prices & causing outages of some blends


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Missouri River is falling back into its banks after months of flooding, yet the high water is still causing problems. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says the flooded waterway has caused the temporary shutdown of an Omaha fuel distribution terminal that provides gasoline to many retailers in the region. White says some gas stations have run out of certain blends and gas prices have jumped up a dime-a-gallon.

“This is expected to be short-term and we’re hoping that the problem will be resolved within the next week,” White says. “In the meantime, they seem to be getting product from other suppliers so it is getting into the metro area as needed.” However, White says those oil tankers are being forced to drive to Des Moines and other locations to get fuel. White says there is no shortage of gas, so hording is not necessary.

“The one thing we do not want to do is create any type of panic situation,” White says. “There is plenty of a supply available so we do encourage all motorists to just buy your supply as needed as you normally do.” Since the gasoline is being transported from more distant locations, White says gas stations in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area may not have some fuel blends available. She says, “Some stations may experience temporary outages of certain blends of fuel due to delivery delays but the problem is not expected to be long-term or widespread.”

Once the terminal in Omaha is running again, White says gas prices should start to drop.
“When the supplies resume back to normal and with the summer travel season coming to an end, the combination of the two will hopefully help to drive down prices,” she says.

The statewide average price for gasoline is now three-63, a penny higher than the national average.

(Radio Iowa)

Audubon Co. woman arrested for theft from a business


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

An Exira woman was arrested this (Thursday) morning on a charge of 2nd degree theft, in connection with the theft of more than $5,000 from her employer. Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reports 43-year old Sherri Lynn Jorgensen was taken into custody at around 8:30-a.m.

Johnson says the charges stem from an investigation to money allegedly taken from an unidentified Exira business, where Jorgensen was an employee. The funds were allegedly misappropriated over the course of the past year.

The incident remains under investigation. The sheriff says Jorgensen made an appearance before the magistrate, and was released from custody. Her preliminary hearing was set for September 19th.

Many Hamburg residents may leave after flooding


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) – The town of Hamburg may lose many of its roughly 1,100 residents after the summer-long flood along the Missouri River. Floodwaters have limited access to the town since June, and last month ConAgra Foods announced it would close its microwave popcorn plant and eliminate 95 Hamburg jobs. Several real estate agents say that the number of homes currently on the market is higher than normal. Candy Bradley and her husband are trying to sell because they’re tired of dealing with flooding, which is a chronic problem in Hamburg.

John Sheldon with Green Valley Realty says the number of people wanting to sell is up about 20 percent. Sheldon says it will be important to rebuild Highway 2 into Nebraska.

8AM Newscast 09-01-2011

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September 1st, 2011 by admin

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Alliant Energy to initiate Appliance Cycling in Iowa today


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Sept 1, 2011 – Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL), an Alliant Energy company announced today that it will cycle air conditioners for all participating Iowa customers. Weather conditions are such that from 1-7 p.m. today customers enrolled in the Appliance Cycling Program will have their air conditioner cycled in 15 minute intervals to reduce overall energy usage. Today, Alliant Energy will be sending a signal to the switch for the 48,000 participating customers throughout the state. This cycling event is expected to reduce overall electricity demand by 33 megawatts. 

Participating customers have a small control switch placed on or near their central air conditioner. The control switch will cycle the outdoor cooling unit off and on every 15 minutes. The furnace fan will continue to circulate the cooler, drier air already in the home. Alliant Energy pays each participating customer $8 per month from June through September – whether the air conditioner is cycled or not. A similar program for electric water heaters is also included in today’s event.  Customers enrolled in that program receive a $2 per month discount during the same June through September time period. Appliance Cycling events typically occur between May 15 and September 15 on weekdays from 1-7 p.m. They are not initiated on weekends or holidays. Participation in the program is limited.

This marks a record tenth time Alliant Energy has cycled residential customers this year.

(Press Release)

IDPH Raises Heart Attack Awareness


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges Iowa women to educate and empower themselves and their families about the seven symptoms of a heart attack most commonly seen in women. According to the American Heart Association, only half of U.S. women recognize chest pain and pain in the arm, neck and shoulders as the typical symptoms of a heart attack. The “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health, seeks to increase women’s knowledge of the symptoms of a heart attack. 

“A woman suffers a heart attack every 90 seconds in the United States,” said Terry Meek, IDPH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program project coordinator. “Yet according to a 2009 American Heart Association survey, only half of women indicated they would call 9-1-1 if they thought they were having a heart attack and few were aware of the most common heart attack symptoms.” 

IDPH urges women to make the call to 9-1-1 immediately if they experience any one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, discomfort, pressure or squeezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Light-headedness or sudden dizziness
  • Unusual upper body pain, or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck, jaw, or upper part of the stomach
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat 

For more information about the “Make the Call. Don’t Miss a Beat” campaign, visit www.womenshealth.gov/heartattack. For information on the IDPH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention program, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/hpcdp/hdsp_home.asp.

Traffic stop on I-80 near C. Bluffs nets big drug haul


September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop on Interstate 80 northeast of Council Bluffs Wednesday evening resulted in the arrest of two New Jersey women on drug charges. Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Department Investigator, Sgt. Dwayne Riche told KJAN News Deputy Brian Miller pulled a 2005 BMW X-3 over for speeding, on eastbound I-80 near the nine mile-marker, just after 5-p.m.

The deputy requested permission to search the vehicle, but was denied. Riche says Miller deployed his K-9 partner “Francisco,” who alerted to the presence of drugs in a rooftop car carrier on the vehicle. A search of the carrier resulted in the recovery of approximately 21-pounds of hydroponically grown marijuana, 2.2-pounds of cocaine and 28-grams of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

The driver of the vehicle, 27-year old Justine Magno, and her passenger, 26-year old Allison Wolfe, both of Teaneck, New Jersey, were arrested on charges of Possession of Drugs with the Intent to Deliver, Possession of Controlled Substances, and other, drug-related charges.

The women were being held in the Pott County Jail on $100,000 bond, each.

10 companies recall fuel gel for firepots

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 1st, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) – Ten companies are recalling 2 million bottles and jugs of the gel fuel used in outdoor decorations known as firepots because of the risk of serious burns. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the gel fuel has been linked to several dozen injuries when users could not tell whether the flame was extinguished. Pouring more gel on a burning pot can lead to dangerous flares or burns.

The companies recalling gel fuel are: Bird Brain Inc. of Ypsilanti, Mich.; Bond Manufacturing of Antioch, Calif.; Sunjel Company of Milwaukee; Fuel Barons Inc. of Lake Tahoe, Nev.; Lamplight Farms Inc, of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Luminosities Inc. of St. Paul, Minn.; Marshall Group of Elkhart, Ind.; Pacific Decor Ltd. of Woodinville, Wash.; Real Flame of Racine, Wis.; Smart Solar USA of Oldsmar, Fla.