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Iowa lawmakers OK tougher penalties for kidnapping

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers have approved a bill seeking to increase penalties for kidnapping cases involving minors after hearing from the mother of murder victim Kathlynn Shepard. A subcommittee and then the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved the bill Thursday. In urging passage of the bill, Denise Shepard told subcommittee members the story of her daughter’s killing last May. She says legislation to keep kidnapping offenders in jail longer would save children’s lives.

The bill would increase criminal penalties in cases involving children 16 and younger and cases in which the person convicted had previously been convicted of kidnapping. Kathlynn was 15 when she and a 12-year-old friend were kidnapped by Michael Klunder while walking home from school in Dayton.

The 12-year-old escaped but authorities say Klunder killed Kathlynn and committed suicide.

Iowa Democrats seek more funding for preschool

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Democrats want to boost state preschool spending, with a goal of making publicly-funded preschool available to all 4-year-olds whose parents want them enrolled. A bill that would provide more funding to school districts that expand or establish preschool programs for 4-year-olds was reviewed in a Senate subcommittee Thursday and has the support to move on to the Senate Education Committee for review.

Sen. Herman Quirmbach, a Democrat from Ames, says the additional funding would be offered for three years, starting in the fall of 2015. He says the effort could cost as much as $15 million. While this plan has support in the Democrat-majority Senate, it is not clear if the bill could win backing from Republicans controlling the Iowa House.

Lawmakers discuss gun rights in state constitution

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa House Republicans are continuing their effort to amend the state constitution to add the right to bear arms. Lawmakers debated the proposal in a House subcommittee Thursday. They did not vote to move the measure forward, instead pledging to have more discussions. The proposal from House Republicans would add language to the Iowa Constitution stating that the right to “acquire, keep, possess, transport, carry, transfer, and use arms to defend life and liberty” cannot be denied.

Changing the state constitution is a multi-step process, which would require approval by the current General Assembly and then by the one elected in 2014. After that it would go to Iowa voters. A similar bill was passed in the GOP-majority Iowa House in 2012 but did not advance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

Cass County Corn Growers/Extension to Hold DOT Ag Transport Informational Meeting

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Corn Growers and Cass County Extension Office are hosting an informational meeting in conjunction with representatives of the Iowa Department of Transportation. Javen Smith, President of Cass County Corn Growers says “We welcome area farmers and interested people to hear updates on rules and regulations specifically for agricultural vehicles and equipment.” The meeting will take place on Feb. 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cass County Community Center, 805 West 10th St., Atlantic, Iowa. Donuts and coffee will be served.

Smith says “A DOT transportation officer will speak. We hope that all people who are interested will come and learn more about these important vehicle issues before the spring planting rush begins.”  The public is welcome to attend this event that is sponsored by the Cass County Corn Growers, the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach of Cass County. No pre-registration is required.

Atlantic man arrested on theft charge

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Atlantic man was arrested Wednesday on a shoplifting charge. The Atlantic Police Department reports 27-year old Jacky Walters was booked into the Cass County Jail on a charge of Theft in the 5th Degree.

Legislative Coffees Scheduled for Cass County

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with PRIDE (the Progressive Rural Iowa Development Enterprise) have announced two legislative coffees will be held in Cass County during the 2014 legislative session. The first is at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 22, at the Griswold Public Library, 505 Main Street. The City of Cumberland is the second host on Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Fire Station, 216 Main Street.

PRIDE President Kenner Baxter says the coffees “Are opportunities to have face-to-face dialogue with our Iowa legislators. ” Usually, those legislators in attendance include Senators Hubert Houser and Jake Chapman, as well as Representatives Jack Drake and Clel Baudler.

P.R.I.D.E. is the economic development organization that works on behalf of communities, businesses, and citizens from Cumberland, Lewis, and Marne for Southwest Iowa development. For additional information, or to join P.R.I.D.E., please contact Kenner Baxter, president, at 781-2395, or Clarke Gerlock, vice-president, at 712-774-5476.

Iowa’s Best Burger Contest: nominations sought

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

It’s time once again to determine which restaurant makes the best burger in Iowa. The 5th Annual “Iowa’s Best Burger” contest is looking for nominations. The event is sponsored by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association. In this year’s quest, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are encouraging you to nominate your favorite burger, whether it is gourmet or down-home style.BurgerLogo23

All nominations must be in the IBIC office by 5-pm on March 17th and nominations begin today (Thursday). The entries need to be 100 percent all beef burgers. The contest rules and nomination forms can be found online at www.iabeef.org. Burger lovers can also find a link to the nomination form at the Iowa Beef Council Foundation Facebook page or text Beef to 313131 and receive information on your cell phone.

The more nominations a burger receives, the better the chances it will make the top ten list announced in late March. Finalists will receive a certificate and be eligible for the secret taste-test of contest judges. The winner will be announced the first week of May to kickoff Beef Month. Last year, the Iowa Beef Industry Council received 6,320 nominations for 349 restaurants. The winner was the 61 Chop House, in Mediapolis. Among the top 10 finishers was Sam’s Sodas and Sandwhiches in Carroll, and the Elm’s Club, in Creston.

 

8AM Newscast 02-13-2014

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February 13th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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LIFE Program starts at Anita Health and Wellness Center on February 19th

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February 13th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Extension in Cass County is partnering with the Anita Health and Wellness Center and CAM High School students to bring LIFE to Cass County! The Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) Program introduces older adults to “exergaming”, video games that integrate game play with physical activity. Younger adults (age 16-25) serve as LIFE trainers for the older adult participants. The program is part of a project developed by Iowa State University researchers, and funded by the Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Program of the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.  

The LIFE program will be coming to the Anita Health and Wellness Center, beginning on Wednesday, February 19th. Cass County Extension Staff are also looking for local volunteers aged 16-25 to start the program at a site in Atlantic. Any interested local adults aged 60+ are encouraged to participate in this 8 week program, which already has proven beneficial to previous participants. 

Participants in the LIFE program will meet twice a week, from 8:45 to 9:45 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays, for 8 weeks- working with CAM High School students to get active through “exergaming” and other group activities. Interested participants will also be asked to fill out a survey before the first class, and after the last class, to meet the research requirements of the project. All participant data will remain completely confidential and anonymous to research conductors.  

The local students serving as volunteer trainers for the LIFE program have completed training on using the Kinect® gaming system, leading interactive games, and offering assistance and applying safety precautions when working with older adults as they engage in physical activity. 

After the eight week program, participants are encouraged to continue the program on their own if they are interested in doing so. For 16 weeks they also will receive eight bi-weekly newsletters targeting physical activity, nutrition and wellness. 

Cass County Extension is looking for local volunteers, from 16-to 25-years of age, who are interested in leading the program at a site in Atlantic. If this may be you, or you know of someone who would be a good fit for the program, please call Kate Olson at the Cass County Extension Office (243-1132) or email keolson@iastate.edu. More information on the LIFE program can be found online at www.extension.iastate.edu/life.  

7AM Newscast 02-13-2014

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February 13th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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