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Fire Marshal continues effort to get smoke detectors in every home

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February 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A spokesman for the State Fire Marshal’s office says they are making progress in getting smoke detectors in every home. The Fire Marshal has provided over 20-thousand smoke detectors to local fire departments since 2010 to be installed in homes. Special Agent, Dan Wood, says they’re keeping track of the number of lives saved. “What we’ve asked all fire departments in the state to do is, if you have a fire and people heard a detector going off and they get out, if it’s a family of two that’s two lives saved by a smoke detector,” Wood says. The saves by the devices hit triple digits last year.

Wood says, “In 2013 we had 112 saved by smoke detectors.” The numbers show smoke detectors have helped save over 600 lives across Iowa in the last four years.  “I feel like we’re making a dent, we are helping the people of the state of Iowa,” Wood says. “We’ll keep going as long as we can with this project — and hopefully we’ll do get to that goal of everybody having smoke detectors in the state.” Five people died in an Arlington home without smoke detectors during a fire in January. Burlington, Waterloo and Bondurant all had deadly house fires last year in which there was no working smoke detector.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa News Headlines: Fri., Feb. 28th 2014

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February 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate unanimously approved a measure yesterday lessening the penalties for people who unknowingly expose someone to HIV with no intention of infecting them. The bill heads to the House. The law now says anyone who exposes a partner to HIV without that person’s consent can be convicted of a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Police say a Colorado man found dead in Iowa was beaten and stabbed to death. An autopsy on 61-year-old Grant Michael Frazier determined he died from blunt force trauma and multiple stab wounds. The death was ruled a homicide. Frazier was last seen February 16th and his body was found this week in Newton, Iowa.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — University of Iowa President Sally Mason discussed her own experience of being accosted by a stranger when she was a college student. Mason opened a campus forum on sexual assault issues yesterday as her job appeared to be on shaky footing. She has faced criticism for a remark she made about sexual assault.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — Small Iowa cities are having a harder time finding and keeping enough volunteers to staff their ambulances. In the northwest Iowa communities of Fostoria and Peterson it’s difficult to find people willing to attend the 100 hours of required training. Even in communities with willing volunteers, many must work out of town and aren’t available for calls during the work hours.

USDA plans to force schools in low-income areas to give -all- students free meals

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February 28th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Some Iowa schools may soon see changes in how they administer free and reduced-price meal programs. U-S Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new proposal calls for schools in high-poverty areas to serve free breakfast and lunch to -all- students, not just those who qualify under the current guidelines. Vilsack says, “We’ve already tried this in 11 states and what we’ve seen is an increase in school lunch participation of 5% and in the school breakfast program of almost 10%.”

Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, says the program change would see free meals provided for all children in certain schools where now about 40-percent of the students qualify. “Why not just simply let all the youngsters in the school, since you have a high percentage, to access the school lunch program and the free lunch program,” Vilsack says. While it stands to reason that feeding more students would increase costs, Vilsack says the change is designed to save money.

Vilsack says, “We’re not only going to save administration expense, over the next four years as we phase this in, we’re going to see increased participation in school lunch and also in school breakfast.” The U-S Department of Agriculture says nine-million children in 22-thousand schools nationwide would qualify.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak man arrested for child endangerment

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February 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of Child Endangerment. 30-year old Michael Lisle Parson was taken into custody at around 11:15-a.m., following an investigation into an incident that took place on Feb. 25th. Parson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 cash bond.

McCurdy & Godwin Scholarship Deadlines approaching

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February 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Students in Cass and Audubon Counties have an opportunity to receive scholarship funds from two area endowed scholarships administered through the Community Foundations of Southwest Iowa. For students in Cass County, the Cass County Community Foundation is accepting applications for the Dustin McCurdy Endowed Scholarship Fund.The McCurdy Scholarship provides two scholarships of approximately $500 each to high school seniors from Cumberland Anita Massena High School (C-A-M).

Students in Audubon County, can submit their applications for the Exira Lions Club/Harold and Beverly Ann Godwin Endowed Scholarship. The Fund will award one scholarship for $1,000 and is open to any high school senior from the Exira-EHK School District pursuing a two or four year degree, full-time, at any accredited vocational/technical or educational institution or a college or university.

 

In both counties, applications are available from your high school guidance counselor.  Applications are due to your guidance counselor no later than March 31st.  

Glenwood Man arrested on drug charge

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February 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest on Wednesday, of a Glenwood man on a drug charge. 24-year old Thomas Michael Cash was arrested for allegedly possessing Drug Paraphernalia. He was taken into custody and around 6:30-a.m., and held in the Mills County Jail on $300 bond.

Lt. Gov. Reynolds to Launch Statewide STEM Town Hall Tour

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February 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today (Thursday) announced a series of town hall meetings will be held across Iowa, with regard to “The importance of giving students a great education in science, technology, engineering and math.”

Reynolds is co-chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council along with Mary Andringa, CEO of the Vermeer Corporation. The Council’s goal is to raise student interest and achievement in STEM and building a stronger STEM workforce.

The tour this spring will update Iowans on the progress being made by the Council, showcase student STEM presentations and seek feedback from community members about how the Council should set STEM priorities moving forward. Governor Branstad, Mary Andringa and local business leaders will join Reynolds at select town halls.

The public is welcome to attend STEM town hall events, one of which will be held in Corning on Tuesday, March 6th, beginning at 1:30-p.m. Lt. Gov. Reynolds and Gov. Branstad will be in attendance for the meeting, to be held in the Southwest Valley High School Auditorium.

Cass Supervisors to act on DOT agreement & CAC recommendation

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February 27th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Board of Supervisors are set to hold their weekly meeting Friday morning, here in Atlantic. On their agenda for the 8:30-a.m. session, is approval of an Iowa DOT Preconstruction Agreement for the reconstruction/bridge deck replacement of a bridge on County Road M-56 over I-80 (at the Marne exit).

The Board will also act on a Resolution to encourage the implementation of a recommendation from the 2011 Citizen’s Advisory Council (CAC), with regard to: Increasing the state fuel tax rates across the board by 10-cents; increase the “Fee for New Registration” from 5-to 6-percent, and, allocate new funding to go to the TIME-21 Fund up to the $225-million cap, with the remaining new funding  to be distributed consistent with the Road Use Tax Fund (RUTF) distribution formula.

The TIME-21 Fund is an additional source of State revenue is dedicated primarily to maintenance and construction of certain primary highways in the state (60 percent), but also of secondary roads (20 percent) and municipal streets (20 percent). TIME-21 was created by the legislature in 2008, as a response to a “perfect storm” of factors threatening to create an estimated $267 million per year funding shortfall, hindering the state’s ability to adequately maintain and improve public roadways in Iowa

8AM Newscast 02-27-2014

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