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7AM Newscast 01-27-2012

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January 27th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Flags ordered flown at half-staff for Iowa Marine

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January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered flags flown at half-staff to honor a Marine with Iowa roots who was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Travis Riddick died on Jan. 21. A memorial service is scheduled for Sunday at Centerville High School. Branstad has ordered all U.S. and state flags flown at all state buildings to be flown at half-staff beginning at 5 p.m. today (Friday) until 8 a.m. Monday in honor of the 40-year-old Riddick, who is formerly from Centerville. Branstad also encourages individuals, businesses, schools and city and county offices across Iowa to lower their flags to half-staff during those hours as a sign of respect.

Study says biking has $365 million impact on state

Ag/Outdoor, News

January 27th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A study by the Iowa Bicycle Coalition has determined that the economic and health benefits of cycling amount to nearly 365-million dollars of direct or indirect impact on the state. Coalition executive director, Mark Wyatt, says the direct impact involves a lot of things. “It’s people spending money on bicycle gear and equipment, and it’s people taking trips and enjoying unique trails, or having the opportunity for hotel stays, and things like that that really add up in dollars very quickly,” Wyatt says. He says the impact is bigger than they expected. “That’s a million dollars per day that’s spent on bicycling…averaged out over the year,” Wyatt says. The study estimates that bicycling saves the state 73-point-nine-million dollars in healthcare costs for those who cycle recreational, and it shows another 13-thousand-266 dollars in health care costs saved by those who commute to work. Wyatt says the impact of the states bike trails could be even bigger.

“I think there’s a huge opportunity for tourism, and one of the things that this study didn’t address was out-of-state tourism dollars coming into the state,” Wyatt explains. The survey was released on the heels of the annual Iowa Bicycle Summit, which is Saturday in Des Moines.  Wyatt says the summit has been an education session the past eight years, but this year they’ve expanded it to a consumer expo. “People can come and look at bike gear and talk to people who’re running bike trail events, and all sorts of trends and what’s great about bicycling,” Wyatt says. There are some 50 vendors who will be at the summit. The event runs from 8:30 a-m until 4:30 p-m at Veterans Auditorium in Des Moines. You can find out more at: www.iowabicyclecoalition.org.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Illegal hunter in trouble again in Page County

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Page County Sheriff Lyle Palmer said Thursday, a Clarinda man cited last month for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn, and arrested five days later for illegally possessing a firearm, is in trouble again. The Sheriff says 29-year old Donald Ernest Runyon was arrested at around 2-p.m. Thursday, on a warrant charging him with two counts of Failure to appear on the original charge of Dominion / Control of Firearm / Offensive weapons by a person convicted of Domestic Abuse Assault. Runyon appeared before the magistrate, posted a $5,000 bond, and was released from custody.

The Iowa DNR had cited Runyon on December 17, 2011, for trespassing while hunting near Hepburn. He pleaded guilty January 4th and paid nearly $400 in fines and court costs. Five days later, he was arrested after officials realized he should not have had a gun in the first place. Runyon was once convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, which prohibits him from possessing firearms. A violation is a Class D felony. He was later released on a $5,000 cash bond.

WB I-80 Rest Stop to remain closed through Friday Between Adair & Casey

News

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation says the scheduled closure of the westbound Interstate 80 rest area, located between Adair and Casey at milepost 80, is being extended into Friday, Jan. 27th, to complete work underway at that location.  The facility had been scheduled to re-open today (Thursday), at 5-p.m.  The rest area is closed to allow two large cranes to install a 148-foot tall, vertical wind turbine blade.

The blade will essentially serve as sculpture, and will join several other pieces of art and plaques at the rest area that highlight Iowa’s wind energy industry. Last year, Iowa became the first state in the nation to generate at least 20 percent of its electricity from wind power. Iowa currently has nearly 2,900 wind turbines creating 4,500 megawatts of electricity.

Iowa House approves $1.3-million tuition grants for veterans

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January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa House has given final legislative approval to an emergency allotment of one-point-three million dollars ($1.3 million) that will cover tuition costs for Iowa National Guard soldiers who’ve enrolled in college courses. Representative Chris Hall, a Democrat from Sioux City, has heard from a number of soldiers in his district who saw their individual benefits cut by 13-hundred dollars for this semester. “During the first week of the legislature, I know that I received emails from several of our Guardsmen from the 185th Air Refueling Wing,” Hall says. 

The Iowa Senate approved the bill last week, but Republicans delayed action in the Iowa House to ensure the Guard indeed needed that much money to fulfill its tuition grant promises. Representative Royd Chambers, a Republican from Sheldon who is a member of the Iowa Air National Guard, says Republicans were just going their “due dilligence” in checking the numbers. “We are, of course, all in support of supporting our National Guard members,” Chambers says. “But we also must remember that we are responsible for spending our tax dollars wisely and efficiently.” 

Legislators set aside the money for the program last year, before about three-thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers came back to Iowa after active duty in Afghanistan. The Guard announced in December that Education Assistance grants to its soldiers would be cut because there wasn’t enough money set aside to cover the tuition grants for the 14-hundred Iowa National Guard soldiers who’re enrolled in college. Governor Branstad has indicated he’ll sign the legislation. In other action this morning, the Iowa House approved spending three-million dollars in state money to help restore the U-S-S Iowa, a World War II era battleship that will be docked in Los Angeles as a floating museum. The Iowa Senate approved that level of spending on the project last week.

(Radio Iowa)

Flood risk for E. Nishnabotna River is low over the next 90-days

News, Weather

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service in Des Moines has issued the first hydrologic, or flood outlook for this coming Spring. The outlook covers a period from early February through late April. In general, the Weather Service says the risk of flooding from late Winter into Spring is near or below normal for all locations in their coverage area. Officials caution, however, that a considerable amount of the Winter season remains, and people with interests near river basins need to continue to monitor both weather and river conditions, as well as future Spring Flood outlooks.

The Weather Service says as far as the East Nishnabotna River near Atlantic is concerned, there is only a 10-percent chance the river will reach 16.8-feet. Flood stage along the East Nish near Atlantic, is 17-feet.   The East Fork of the 102 River near Bedford has a 10-percent chance of reaching 18.8-feet.  The flood stage for that body of water is 21-feet. There is a 90-percent chance in the current outlook, that the East Fork River will reach 13.7-feet in the next 90-days, which is still well below flood stage.

The numbers in the outlook were calculated using multiple Spring Season scenarious from 30-or more-years of climatological data. They also take into account current river conditions, snow cover and soil moisture. The next Flood Outlook will be issued by the Weather Service, on February 16th.

Shenandoah man arrested on a burglary charge

News

January 26th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Shenandoah Police Department reports two men were arrested Wednesday, on unrelated charges. 28-year old Lyle Stogdill, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody Wednesday night on a charge of burglary in the 3rd degree. Stogdill was also cited for Public Intoxication. His arrest stems from an incident which occurred in the 500 block of Harrison Street in Shenandoah. Stogdill was being held at the Page County Jail in Clarinda, on $2,000 bond. 

A couple of hours later, Shenandoah Police officers arrested Todd Pederson, of Essex, on a Nodaway County, MO. warrant for 1st degree burglary and parental kidnapping. Pederson posted a $10,000 bond, and was released from custody.

8AM Newscast 01-26-2012

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January 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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7AM Newscast 01-26-2012

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January 26th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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