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Child, 5, found dead in western Iowa ravine

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) – Authorities are investigating the death of a 5-year-old child who was found in a western Iowa ravine. KETV reports the child was found Saturday evening in rural Harrison County.  Harrison County officials say the child was reported missing and possibly injured around 7:15 Saturday.

Then the child’s caregivers told sheriff’s deputies that the child was found in a ravine and appeared to be dead. Deputies confirmed the child was dead. Authorities did not immediately release the child’s name or many other details about the death.

Ford recalls 370,000 cars: Iowa included

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NEW YORK (AP) — Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering. No incidents or injuries have been reported. The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada. Dealers will inspect the cars and may replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary resecure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.

States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.

Clarinda man dies in 1-vehicle crash near Glenwood, Sunday

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a one-vehicle crash that killed a 24-year-old man near Glenwood. The Iowa State Patrol says Jake William Champ, of Clarinda, died after the crash around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Champ was driving northbound on 221st Street north of Glenwood when he lost control of his 2007 Ford Fusion and drove down a steep embankment. The car hit several trees and rolled before landing on its roof, trapping Champ inside. Officials say he died at the scene.

Atlantic City Council to act on deer control & building/zoning fees

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council on Wednesday, will act on approving the second as well as third and final reading of an amended Ordinance pertaining to Urban Deer Control. Changes recommended by the Community Protection Committee include allowing hunters who take an anterless deer within the City limits to also take antlered deer. The amendment makes it clear, that once a hunter has qualified to bow hunt deer in Atlantic, that they will remain qualified in subsequent years, as long as they meet the requirements of the Ordinance.

The Council, Wednesday, will also act on a Resolution setting Building and Zoning fees. The Finance Committee has recommended the lowering of permit fees for unattached garages, gazebos, sheds, decks and similar accessory structures over 100-square feet, from 30-cents per square foot, to 15-cents/psf, but not to exceed $500. Commercial and Industrial structures, and residential dwelling building permit fees would still be assessed at 30-cents/psf, with the fee for Commercial/Industrial not to exceed $5,000. In addition, the fee for moving existing dwellings and structures to a new address, would be raised from $100 to $200, due to the number of City services required to assist in making such a move possible.

In other business, the Council will act on a request from the Iowa Dept. of Transportation, to make the shoulder of U-S Highway 6, in front of the KFC and Casey’s west stores, a “No Parking” zone, because according to the DOT, “There is a recurring safety and maintenance problem on the shoulder,” such as vehicles parked on the shoulder that interfere with the visibility of vehicles attempting to turn onto U-S 6, and because “Trucks parks on (the) shoulder are causing damage” to the area and “increasing maintenance costs.” If the Council approves the 1st reading of the Ordinance, it is possible the it could be adopted during their meeting on Sept. 18th, which would meet the deadline for the current recodification of the Ordinances.

The Atlantic City Council meeting begins at 5:30-p.m. Wednesday, in their chambers at City Hall.

Rainfall report: Sept. 1st 2013

News, Weather

September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As of 6-a.m. in Atlantic, the rain/thunderstorms that began at around 3-a.m., had ended. We received .35″ of precipitation here at the KJAN studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic). The last time measurable rain fell in Atlantic was August 15th, when we received .29″.

Precipitation for August in Atlantic was 1.57-inches, which is 2.31-inches below average. Precipitation year-to-date (Jan.-Aug.) amounts to 20.38-inches, which is slightly over 5-inches BELOW normal.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 1st 2013

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September 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power utility is warning residents not to fall for a phone scam that has targeted power customers around the country. The Des Moines Register reports that MidAmerican Energy has received reports from its customers complaining of suspicious callers seeking personal data.

DENISON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an accident led to an explosion and fire at a recycling plant in western Iowa’s Denison. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that the fire occurred Friday and took only 20 minutes for firefighters to get under control. But Denison residents say the explosion rattled windows in the area.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A swimming advisory has been issued for Clear Lake and McIntosh Woods state parks in north-central Iowa. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the advisories were issued after a water sample showed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the sampling was taken earlier this week.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — David Johnson ran for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns and caught passes for two more scores to lead Northern Iowa past Iowa State 28-20 Saturday night. Northern Iowa, seeking a return to the FCS playoffs after a rare losing record in 2012, jumped to a 21-7 lead on a steamy evening in Ames. The Panthers handed the Cyclones their first season-opening loss in five seasons under ISU coach Paul Rhoads.

NE man dies in Pottawattamie County crash, Saturday

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Nebraska man died as the result of rollover accident this (Saturday) morning, in Pottawattamie County. The Iowa State Patrol says 57-year old Thomas Vogtman, of Omaha, was flown by LifeNet to Creighton University Hospital in Omaha where he was pronounced dead. The Patrol says Vogtman was driving a 2004 Toyota RAV 4 eastbound on Interstate 80 about 5-miles northeast of Council Bluffs at around 11:10-a.m., when for reasons unknown, the vehicle veered left into the median and came back out before rolling across I-80 and coming to rest in the northeast ditch. Vogtman, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Iowa power utility warns of scam

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power utility is warning residents not to fall for a phone scam that has targeted power customers around the country. The Des Moines Register reports that MidAmerican Energy has received reports from its customers complaining of suspicious calls. People posing as electric company employees tell customers they are behind on their bills and must purchase a prepaid debit card, load it with money and hand over the serial number, or else face having their electricity shut off.

The utility is warning customers not to give credit card numbers, account information and personal information.

1 killed in Iowa motorcycle crash; man arrested

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August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man has died after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a pickup, and a woman riding as a passenger on the bike has been seriously injured. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that a man driving the truck has been arrested on suspicion of leaving the scene of a fatal crash and running a stop sign.

Sioux City police say the crash happened shortly before 11 p.m. Friday in Sioux City. Investigators say a woman who witnessed the crash performed CPR on the man driving the motorcycle until help arrived, but the man died at the scene.

The names of those on the motorcycle have not yet been released.

Sign up now for chance to rappel off one of Iowa’s tallest buildings AND raise money for charity

News, Sports

August 31st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

One of the primary annual fundraisers for the Iowa chapter of Special Olympics is next month and it involves overcoming one’s fear of heights. The event is called Over The Edge, according to Hal Pittman, president and C-E-O of Special Olympics Iowa. Participants can sign up now to rappel down the side of the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines, about 345 feet from the top, to raise money for the charity.

The unusual event will be held all day on Wednesday, September 18th, at one of the tallest buildings in the state. You can sign up through the website and then raise money for Special Olympics Iowa. The first 100 people to raise $1,000 get to take the leap. If you’re not interested in doing the deed yourself but would still like to help out the charity, Pittman says there are certainly options. Employees can get a team together at work to raise money to “toss the boss,” or you can “fling a friend” by signing up a buddy and raising the funds to get them to go over the edge.

Money raised will benefit the 11-thousand Iowans with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics. The event raised more than 35-thousand dollars last year. Learn more about Over the Edge at: www.soiowa.org.

(Radio Iowa)