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Iowa News Headlines: Wed., April 11 2012

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April 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The end of this year’s legislative session may be delayed by a late debate on abortion. Social conservatives in the House plan to push ahead with a proposal to end all public funding of abortions as part of a measure that would pay for human services programs. Public funding of abortions now is allowed only in rare instances. And even if the House passes it, it’s unlikely the Senate will follow suit.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Supporters of a measure that would prohibit local school districts from starting classes before the fourth Monday in August say it’s good for Iowa’s farm-based economy. The bill passed in the Iowa House yesterday. Opponents, however, think the state should leave school decisions to local school officials. The Senate will now take up the measure.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a Burlington car salesman who is charged with murdering a pregnant prostitute in 2007 is expected to last a week. During yesterday’s opening statements, a prosecutor said 34-year-old Chad Welsh choked 41-year-old Angela Hennes to death, then burned her body and dumped it in a rural field. Welsh’s defense argued that her death was accidental, the result of a consensual sexual encounter that went bad.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A woman accused of texting while driving in an accident that injured a motorcyclist has pleaded guilty to charges of serious injury by vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident. Holland resident Jennifer Moeller will be sentenced at a later date.

Iowa lawmaker seeks punitive damages, too

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Both sides say they intend to appeal a jury’s decision that a television campaign ad by Democrats libeled and slandered Sioux City Republican Sen. Rick Bertrand during the 2010 campaign. A Woodbury County jury last week awarded Bertrand $231,000 in damages in his lawsuit against his Democratic opponent, Rick Mullin, and the Iowa Democratic Party. Bertrand claimed he was defamed by an ad that said he “put profits ahead of children’s health” when he was a sales agent for a drug company. The party paid for the ad, which was approved by Mullin. Both sides plan to appeal — Bertrand because he disagrees with the judge’s decision that he can’t pursue punitive damages and Democrats because they disagree with the verdict.

House OKs bill prohibiting early school start date

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa House has approved a measure that would prohibit local schools from beginning classes before the fourth Monday in August. Backers say the measure approved Tuesday takes into account Iowa’s farm-based economy by keeping summer open for activities like the state fair and farming. Opponents say the state shouldn’t meddle in matters best left to local school officials. Current law says local schools can’t begin the academic year until after Sept. 1, but they are allowed to seek waivers from that requirement.  Many school districts seek the waiver and area allowed to begin earlier.  The measure cleared the House by a 54 to 44 vote and now goes to the Senate.

Feds confirm Neb. nuke plant fire was major threat

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Federal regulators have confirmed their preliminary finding that a fire last June at an idled Nebraska nuclear plant presented a serious safety threat. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission released its final determination on Tuesday, saying the small fire at the Fort Calhoun plant 19 miles north of Omaha merited the NRC’s most serious “high safety significance.” The finding mirrored the commission’s preliminary conclusion announced on March 12.  The fire briefly knocked out the cooling system for used fuel. The NRC says the plant was shut down at the time and that temperatures never exceeded safe levels.  But it also says the fire was a major concern because it could have happened when the plant was operational and that workers didn’t fully investigate an unusual smell in the area three days earlier.

Mills County fatal accident reported

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Mills County say an accident Monday evening south of Malvern has claimed the life of an Arkansas man. 32-year old Cade Kling, of England, AR., was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which took place just before 6-p.m., on southbound on 310th Street.

The Sheriff’s Department says Kling was driving a 1997 GMC Sonoma pickup truck, when the right front wheel left the road. Kling overcorrected, sending the pickup into a skid. The truck rolled over and came to a rest on its top. Kling, who was wearing his seat belt, was trapped inside the vehicle.

It’s not clear if alcohol was a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. The Mills County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Malvern Fire and Rescue and Glenwood Rescue.

Even colder temps on the way Wednesday morning

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

It’s not unusual for temperatures in Iowa to dip below freezing in April, but various crops in the state were damaged in this morning’s cold snap because they blossomed roughly a month earlier than usual this year. National Weather Service meteorologist Aubry Wilkins says the coldest spots in the state at 5 a.m. were in western and northwest Iowa. “Audubon and Carroll bottomed out near 21 degrees and Estherville dropped to 20 or 19 degrees,” Wilkins says. 

In Atlantic, the thermometer bottomed-out at 26-degrees early this morning. Temperatures below 25-degrees can kill fruit and other sensitive crops or vegetation. Another freeze warning is posted for Iowa early Wednesday. Wilkins says Wednesday morning’s temperatures could be even colder than they were this morning. Warmer weather is in the forecast by Thursday. “We will see a bit of a warming trend into the weekend,” Wilkins says. “And then this weekend, we do have the potential for severe storms. It looks like Saturday is the best potential for that.” 

This recent cold snap follows a month in which nine Midwestern states, including Iowa, recorded their warmest March on record.

(Radio Iowa/KJAN)

EHK School Board approves budget amendment, Exira Board lowers levy

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Elk Horn-Kimballton and Exira School District Boards of Education held their regular, separate meetings Monday. Superintendent of Schools Dean Schnoes said the EHK Board approved a $160,000 budget amendment for calendar year 2011-2012, and the 2012-2013 budget during their meeting, Monday afternoon. Schnoes said they also voted to increase the Driver’s Education fee for this Summer. He says the in-district fee went from $185 to $200, while the out-of-district fee increased from $290 to $300. Schnoes said a lot of that increase is attributed to the rising cost of fuel. The EHK Board also voted to hire Maria Ternus as the Business Manager for both the EHK and Exira Districts. She will begin training for the position Wednesday, and finish out the duties for the rest of the year.

Schnoes said the Exira School Board approved a decrease in the tax levy for the district, from 18.1% per thousand dollars valuation, to 16.38% per thousand. He says the higher land values allowed them to recoup tax dollars while at the same time lowering the tax rate. He says also, the Exira Board passed a resolution which is intended to move forward with the possibility of reorganization by July 1st, 2014. Schnoes says the attorney will look the resolution over in preparation for presentation to the Elk Horn-Kimballton School Board during their next regular meeting.

8AM Newscast 04-10-2012

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April 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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7AM Newscast 04-10-2012

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April 10th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Iowa (early) New Headlines: Tue., April 10th 2012

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April 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An education reform measure continues to move through the Iowa Legislature. The Senate yesterday approved a measure that would emphasize reading in early elementary school classes and expand core classes to include arts and technology. It’s vastly different from the House-backed plan that has Governor Terry Branstad’s approval, which calls for more testing.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a legal challenge to the Iowa commission that nominates candidates to serve on the state’s Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. The lawsuit, brought by conservatives, challenged the Judicial Nominating Commission’s makeup at a time when the panel was vetting applicants to replace three justices ousted by voters after legalizing gay marriage.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that could hurt its ability to pursue class-action discrimination lawsuit against an Iowa trucking company. The agency filed the suit on behalf of more than 100 women who claimed they were sexually harassed by male drivers in the training program at Cedar Rapids-based CRST Van Expedited.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of shooting a kitten is charged with reckless use of a firearm and animal abuse. Roger Brass was arrested after an off-duty police officer heard a gunshot Saturday night and saw a small kitten fly from the front of the house. Police say Brass said he shot at the kitten because he was “mad at his parents.”