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Branstad to press Obama on disaster declaration

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll press President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration along the Missouri River during the president’s trip to eastern Iowa. The governor told reporters at his weekly news conference Monday that he’s scheduled to meet with the president during Obama’s trip to Bettendorf on Tuesday and will use the occasion to seek a federal disaster declaration. That would allow the federal government to pick up roughly 80 percent of the costs of damage to public facilities due to flooding.

The governor has already requested a federal disaster declaration. Branstad says he is hopeful that request will be granted in the next few days. With the president scheduled to be in Bettendorf, Branstad says it makes sense to use that occasion to reiterate his request.

Outspoken Bachmann makes case for ‘bold’ 2012 pick

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – Republican Michele Bachmann is casting herself as the “bold choice” in the 2012 presidential race. The outspoken congresswoman and tea party favorite formally launched her bid Monday in her Iowa birthplace, after first making her intentions clear at a debate earlier this month.

Outside a historic mansion in Waterloo, Bachmann says she’s waging the campaign “not for vanity.” Instead she says voters “must make a bold choice if we are to secure the promise of the future.”

Bachmann enters the race as an Iowa poll shows her near the front of the pack in the first in the nation caucus state. Bachmann played up her tea party ties but also made mention of her Democratic roots.

8AM Newscast 06-27-2011

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June 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

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June 27th, 2011 by Doug Evans

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Assault arrest in Adams County

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested on an assault charge Sunday evening, in Adams County. The Sheriff’s Department says 56-year old Jeff Mendenhall, of Corning, faces a charge of Assault Causing Serious Injury.

Mendenhall was being held in the Adams County Jail.

2011 Cass County Relay for Life raises $72K for cancer research

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Funds raised during the Cass County Relay For Life event held Friday evening in Atlantic exceeded those raised last year, by more than $5,000. Relay Chairperson Carole Schuler said $72,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Proceeds from the event will be used to find a cure for cancer. Last year’s Relay For Life raised $67,000.

Schuler said around 150 people took laps around the Atlantic High School Track to help raise the funds, and celebrate those who have survived cancer and those who lost their battle with the disease.

Rainfall totals (updated 7:20-a.m.)

News, Weather

June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

24-Hour rainfall reports (7am-Sunday thru 7am today- Monday)…

2.57″ rain in Glenwood

2.68″ near Blanchard, in Page Co.

2.05″ in Massena

.65″ in Harlan (w/wind gusts to around 75mph)

.61″ in Atlantic (at the KJAN Studios)

Legislation continues tax incentives for firefighters & emergency responders

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON, DC – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham last week joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce legislation to continue federal tax benefits for volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders.

The legislation, the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (H.R. 2353), extends tax exemptions on benefits provided by state and local government entities to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel until 2015 and increases the annual cap to $600.

“Our community volunteer firefighters and emergency responders are the people we all look to for help and safety in times of crisis,” Congressman Latham said. “This legislation is a common-sense way to encourage the important work of our community first responders, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to help these selfless Americans.”

Congress originally approved tax exemptions for certain benefits (up to $360 per year) for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel in 2007, but the provision expired last year. The benefit protections have helped local governments attract and retain volunteer first responders.

Congressman Latham joined Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) as original co-sponsors on the legislation.

Travel forecast (gas & weather) for 4th of July holiday

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices have been falling in Iowa for weeks, but they’re still well above a year ago, so travel projections for the upcoming holiday weekend are down. Rose White, at Triple-A Iowa, says the motor club estimates 39-million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day Independence Day holiday. White says that’s a two-point-five percent decline from the Fourth Of July weekend last year. “Of those traveling, nearly 84% will plan to travel by automobile, another eight-percent will fly to their destination and the remaining eight-percent will travel by other modes including rail, bus and watercraft.”

Gas prices in Iowa were near four-dollars a gallon in May but have fallen to a current average around three-56 a gallon. That’s well above the statewide average price from a year ago of two-67. White says in addition to the regular road hazards, Iowa motorists will need to keep a closer eye on the highway. “Roadways near major waterways in the Midwest may be impacted by flooding,” White says. “Before you leave, pack a detailed road map in your vehicle in case you need to select an alternative route.” Also, she suggests you store phone numbers or web addresses to the state road departments on your cell phone or PDA.

If possible, White says to avoid driving at night since it’s hard to see flooded roadways in the dark. Do not drive across a flooded roadway, she says, but instead, dial 911 and report it. “Keep in mind that today’s automobiles are equipped with many electrical systems and computers that may be damaged if exposed to flood waters,” White says. “Always keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times, just in case an unexpected detour is required.”

While Iowa’s current statewide average for gas is three-56 a gallon, the national average is three-60. The state’s all-time high was set in July of 2008 with four-02 a gallon.

(Radio Iowa)

Sunday storms bring wind, hail & flooding

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Storms that formed in Nebraska Sunday late Sunday afternoon barreled through western Iowa Sunday evening, producing heavy downpours of rain, reports of large hail and winds sometimes in excess of 60-miles per hour, along with some property damage.

The Winds started picking up in southwest Iowa, at around 4:40-p.m., where they gusted up to 55-miles per hour near the Creston Airport, causing small trees to bend almost parallel to the ground. About 10 minutes later hail the size of quarters was observed by law enforcement in the same area.

Heavy rains also washed over the area, with law enforcement reporting at 5:25-p.m., water was flowing over the road at several locations near the intersection of 140th Street and Highway 25, in Union County. By 6-p.m., authorities in Cass County were receiving reports from the public of nickel-to quarter-sized hail falling about three-miles southwest of Bridgewater.

Additional flooded roads were reported by law enforcement about 10-miles north of Prescott, in Adair County, just after 7-p.m. Sunday. About 20-minutes later, one-foot of water was observed flowing over the intersection of Union and 150th Streets, about six-miles northeast of Prescott, in Adams County. Authorities in Carroll and Crawford Counties reported several trees were down due to storms that rolled through the area between 8:30- and 8:45-p.m.

Meanwhile, at around 8:50-p.m. law enforcement in Audubon County observed one-inch diameter hail falling just south of Audubon, and at 9:40, a large tree fell one a vehicle in Stuart due to winds officials estimated were up to 60-miles per hour. At around 9:30-p.m., winds estimated at up to 55-miles per hour were reported to have occurred 10-miles north of Greenfield.

Winds of up to 70-miles per hour blew a semi tractor-trailer over on Highway 30, near Carroll, at around 9:45-p.m., and there were reports of quarter-sized hail reoccurring about 10-minutes later back in Union County with scattered reports of similarly-sized hail occurring elsewhere.