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Iowa lawmakers say they’ve made progress on budget spending

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers say they’ve made progress in determining how much to spend on the state’s overall budget, including K-12 education. Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen and Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal say they’re optimistic, despite not reaching a deal Friday following another round of meetings at the Capitol. Paulsen, of Hiawatha, predicted lawmakers could be debating budget bills as early as Wednesday. Gronstal, of Council Bluffs, also indicated his office was communicating with various departments over proposed numbers.

But neither lawmaker elaborated on potential concessions over the budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The Senate and Gov. Terry Branstad have proposed overall general fund budgets of about $7.34 billion. House Republicans want to spend $7.17 billion. For schools, the two sides are about $50 million apart.

Bird flu cuts Iowa April egg production 4 percent from 2014

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa egg production for April fell 8 percent from the month before and 4 percent from a year ago as the bird flu claimed millions of egg-laying hens. The first case was found in Iowa chickens around April 20 so the decline reflected in the U.S. Department of Agriculture monthly report reflects only some infected farms. The June 22 report will show a more complete picture. The virus has spread to 63 farms killing more than 21 million egg-layers.

The average number of layers on hand was 56.1 million in April, 5 percent lower than the year before. The loss drove egg prices to a record on Friday. Midwest large eggs reached $2.32 a dozen. Commodity market analyst Urner Barry says the previous record was $2.27 set on Dec 4.

Man on a stolen forklift tries to ram cop car in Council Bluffs

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man driving a stolen forklift in Council Bluffs tried to ram a police cruiser this (Friday) morning. According to Bluffs Police, officers responded at around 9:20-a.m. to the area of 16th Avenue and High Street, for a reported hit-and-run accident, in which the caller said the vehicle responsible was a construction-type forklift.

While officers were enroute, the communications center received numerous other calls about the driver of the forklift operating the machine erratically. Council Bluffs Police Officer Ron Branigan saw the forklift in the area of South 10th Street and 7th Avenue. When the driver of the machine saw the officer’s cruiser, he turned sharply in an alleged attempt to ram the cruiser.

Officer Branigan was able to avoid a collision, and followed the machine in an attempt to stop it. At the intersection of South 10th and 5th Avenue, the driver spun the forklift around, and again tried to ram Branigan’s cruiser. The officer again avoided the collision. In the area of South 12th Street and 5th Avenue, the forklift stopped after essentially being surrounded by police.

The driver, 39-year old Michael Lynn Burgess, of Council Bluffs, was taken into custody without further incident and brought to the Pottawattamie County Jail. Burgess was charged with 1st Degree Theft, Assault on a Police Officer with a dangerous weapon, and leaving the scene of an accident. Authorities determined the forklift was stolen from Midwest Walnut, at 1914 Tostevin Street.

Glenwood man arrested Thu. for Domestic abuse assault/impeding blood-air flow

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Glenwood arrested 38-year old George Galvan, of Glenwood, Thursday, on two Mills County warrants. The warrants charge Galvan with Domestic Abuse Assault causing injury, and Domestic Abuse Assault impeding blood/and-or air flow. Galvan was being held without bond in the Mills County Jail, pending an appearance before a magistrate. And, 43-year old Dustyn Bond, of Malvern, was arrested Wednesday, for Parole Violation. He was being held without bond, as well.

Branstad to attend funeral of Omaha police officer from Iowa

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad plans to attend the funeral of an Omaha police officer from Iowa who was killed in the line of duty. Branstad says he will travel Tuesday to Omaha to attend the funeral of Officer Kerrie Orozco. The 29-year-old died Wednesday after she was shot by a man who was being served a felony arrest warrant. She and another officer had responded to a call for backup from officers who had come under fire from the suspect, who was also killed.

Orozco was a seven-year veteran of the department who lived in Council Bluffs and was a native of nearby Walnut. She was also a new mother with a premature baby in the hospital. Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday.

South Central IA man arrested in Union County warrant

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man from south central Iowa was arrested Thursday night at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Probation Violation. 25-year old Trevor Jack Dillon Loudon, of Bevington, was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Branstad orders flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of Walnut native

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May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, today (Friday) ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff Tuesday, May 26th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in honor of 29-year old Omaha, Neb., Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, who was a Walnut, Iowa, native and resident of Council Bluffs. Orozco was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, May 20, 2015, while attempting to arrest Marcus D. Wheeler on a felony warrant for first-degree assault.

The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under control of the State of Iowa. Flags will be at half-staff on the state Capitol building and on flag displays in the Capitol complex, and upon all public buildings, grounds, and facilities throughout the state. Individuals, businesses, schools, municipalities, counties and other government subdivisions are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.

For more information please visit www.governor.iowa.gov.

(Podcast) KJAN News, 5/22/2015

News, Podcasts

May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 8-a.m. Newscast w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Creston man arrested on assault & false imprisonment charges

News

May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston arrested 52-year old Kirby Konkler, of Creston, Thursday afternoon. Konkler was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a Union County warrant for Domestic Abuse Assault Impeding Air Flow, and False Imprisonment. He was later released on a $3,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 5/22/2015

News, Podcasts

May 22nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:06-a.m. report w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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