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Elderly couple injured in tractor -vs- car accident in Cass Co.

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May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a car-versus-tractor collision Wednesday night, north of Atlantic. According to dispatch reports, a tractor and a Honda Accord collided about a mile south of Boston Road on Highway 173 (590th St.), at around 9:05-p.m.  An elderly male and female were reportedly suffering from neck pain and other, possible/unknown injuries. Both were transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital with what were considered to be non-life threatening injuries. The woman was later flown to an Omaha hospital for additional treatment.

Officials indicated the accident happened as the car hit the tractor from behind as both were traveling south and the tractor, which was pulling a seed carrier, was attempting to pull into a residential driveway. The driver of the tractor was not injured.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., May 16th 2013

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May 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $475 million after no tickets matched the winning numbers in the latest drawing. A message early Thursday on Powerball’s website says there were no jackpot winners for Wednesday night’s drawing. The winning numbers drawn Wednesday night: 2, 11, 26, 34, 41 and a Powerball of 32. The next drawing will be held Saturday.

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Officials at Tyson Pet Products say they hope to decide soon whether to expand operations in Independence and add more than 100 full-time jobs. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board awarded tax incentives about a month ago for the proposed project, and the city of Independence gave its official backing of the plan on Monday night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa drivers will be able to renew their driver’s licenses online under a bill signed into law by Governor Terry Branstad yesterday. It allows drivers between 18 and 72 to renew their driver’s licenses through the state Department of Transportation’s website without passing a vision test. The bill also extends the time licenses are valid from five years to eight years.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has approved a $41 million compromise economic development budget. The House and Senate both easily approved the plan yesterday. The budget next goes to the governor.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa legislators have approved a compromise budget plan for the state justice system. Yesterday lawmakers in the state House and Senate approved $547 million in spending that largely goes to prisons and public safety. The budget plan is an increase over the spending in the current fiscal year. It is more than the $534 million proposed by the House and less than the $560 million pushed by the Senate.

Federal agency will shut down 3 Iowa stream gauges including 1 at Bedford

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Geological Service says it will shut down three stream gauges in Iowa due to federal budget cuts. The agency announced Wednesday it would shut down the gauges on the West Fork Cedar River at Finchford, the Des Moines River at Humboldt and the East Fork 102 River at Bedford. The move was prompted by automatic federal spending cuts that have required reductions by most federal agencies.

The monitors are used to measure stream flows and warn of possible flooding. The USGS says the three gauges were chosen because their shutdown would have limited impacts on other organizations and were least likely to affect public safety.

Forecasters: US midsection could see bad weather

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters say portions of the central United States could see severe weather this weekend and Monday. The Storm Prediction Center at Norman, Okla., said Wednesday a bout of “fairly substantial” bad weather is possible in Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas on Saturday, from Oklahoma to Iowa on Sunday and from Oklahoma to Illinois on Monday.

Storms could become steadily worse through the period — starting with hail and high winds Saturday and evolving into a system with tornadoes possible by Monday in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. The bad weather could extend into Tuesday but forecasters said a longer term storm prediction was not possible yet.

Hit and Run Accident in Montgomery County

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May 15th, 2013 by admin

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports investigating a hit and run accident Wednesday (today) that occurred at Highway 34 and G Avenue west of Red Oak. The victim, Keyla McDougall was in her vehicle which was stationary at the northbound stop sign behind a semi tractor when the tractor and trailer began to back up, making contact with McDougall’s vehicle. The semi then went east bound on Highway 34. Damage to McDougall’s vehicle was estimated at $1,000. No injuries were reported.

Trial moved for Iowan accused of killing mother

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

SAC CITY, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a northwest Iowa man accused of killing his mother and kidnapping another woman has been moved to a courtroom nearly 50 miles away. A judge on Tuesday granted a change of venue request for 21-year-old Kirk Levin’s trial. It will be moved from Sac City in Sac County to Fort Dodge in Webster County. Levin’s attorney requested the change based on extensive media coverage in the county and surrounding counties.

The Sioux City Journal reports Levin’s trial is scheduled to begin on June 3. He is charged with first-degree murder and third-degree kidnapping. Prosecutors say Levin repeatedly stabbed Marilyn Schmitt in Early on Jan. 3, then kidnapped a 21-year-old woman. She later escaped. Levin had been released from prison days earlier after serving time for burglary.

Power outages in Harlan blamed on heat and wind

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Harlan Municipal Utilities say hot weather and high winds were responsible for the cause of electrical blinks and outages in Harlan on Tuesday. In a press release, HMU said a transmission line in the southern part of Harlan had excessive sag and the high winds caused the line to strike an adjacent line. The two hot lines kept touching causing the blinks.

HMU crews diagnosed the problem, isolated the line and rerouted power to avoid outages. HMU says crews made permanent repairs today to prevent the incident from happening again.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Glenwood pair arrested on drug charges

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man and woman from Glenwood were arrested Tuesday in Mills County, on drug charges. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office says 59-year old Carl Folke Herrick and 44-year old Julie Darlene Hughes face charges that include Manufacturing marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and failure to affix a drug tax stamp. The duo were taken into custody on Kane Avenue at around 9:15-a.m., Tuesday. Their bond was set at $10,300 each.

The sheriff’s office reports also, no one was injured during a single vehicle accident Monday morning about two-miles southwest of Glenwood. A 2002 Dodge driven by Damian Hoose, of Glenwood, was traveling on Highway 34 and negotiating a right turn onto Ingrum Avenue at around 7:15-a.m., when the vehicle, which was traveling too fast, began to skid. It went off the road and came to rest in a ditch. No citations were issued.

New Director for IWCC in Harlan

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials at Iowa Western Community College have announced a new director has been hired for the Shelby County campus in Harlan. For the past three years, Kelli Klaassen has served as director at IWCC, in Harlan. On April 22nd, the Harlan Community School District hired Klaassen to replace the retiring Terry Cox as Superintendent Secretary and District’s Board of Education Secretary.

Yesterday (Tuesday), Iowa Western announced Lori Stitz as the new director for the Shelby County Campus. Stitz says she has worked at the college for nearly 20 years in the economic and Workforce Development office for 19 of those years. Last September she switched to the continuing education office in Council Bluffs as business coordinator for continuing education.

Stitz will transition from her job in Council Bluffs in June, and hopes to be working full time in Harlan starting in July.

(Joel McCall/KNOD – Harlan)

 

Branstad to sign expanded DNA sampling bill

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May 15th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad is set to sign a bill into law that would require people convicted of certain aggravated misdemeanors to submit DNA samples.  The bill signing is scheduled for this (Wednesday) afternoon. The measure would require adults convicted of crimes like aggravated misdemeanor assault and theft to submit DNA samples to the federal DNA database.  Currently, only convicted felons and sexual offenders must submit samples.

The Senate changed the bill to exempt deferred judgment cases and misdemeanors related to hazardous waste, agricultural production and gambling. Traffic offenses are also exempt unless a person has three operating while intoxicated convictions in 12 years.