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No injuries reported following an accident in Montgomery Co., Monday

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people escaped injury following an accident Monday morning, in Montgomery County. Sheriff’s officials report a vehicle driven by Kimberly Dawn Freeman, of Auburn, NE., was traveling east on Highway 34 west of Red Oak at around 9:45-a.m., when the car drifted onto the shoulder of the road. Freeman over corrected, causing the 1996 Geo Prizm to fishtail into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Ronald Deane McGrew, of Emerson.

McGrew tried to avoid a head-on collision, but his vehicle struck Freeman’s car, sending it into the north ditch. McGrew’s vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the road. Authorities say Freeman was cited for Failure to Maintain Control.

Damage from the crash amounted to $3,600.

Many Rural Americans Left in Dust of Medicare Expansion

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The number of Americans who have health coverage under the Affordable Care Act continues to grow, but a new analysis finds that, especially in rural states, there are many who still can’t gain access to affordable insurance. All states were given the option to expand their Medicaid programs, but many did not, and according to Jon Bailey, director of the rural public policy program at the Center for Rural Affairs, those were mostly states with large rural populations.

“Then the converse is true for states that have a higher portion of their population in urban areas. They’re more likely to have expanded Medicaid,” Bailey said. “So if you live in a rural area, in a state that has a high rural population, it’s less likely that you’ll get the benefits of the Medicaid expansion.”

In Iowa, the Medicaid program is being expanded this year, increasing eligibility to those who earn up to 100 percent of the poverty level, or about $11,500 a year.

In rural states where there was no expansion there’s a significant coverage gap of low-income workers who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to receive tax credits under the new heath insurance marketplaces. Bailey said that coverage gap, percentage-wise, is about as large as the group of people whose policies didn’t comply with the ACA, where action was taken to let them keep what they had.

“Congress introduced bills. The president came up with a plan to solve the problem for a year,” he said. “That group of people is almost equal to the people in this coverage gap who have no insurance options at all, and really very few people are talking about how to resolve those people’s problems.”

Nationally, nearly 1.8 million rural and small-city residents are in the coverage gap.

(Iowa News Service)

Trial delayed again for Iowa doctor

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A trial has been delayed again for a Council Bluffs doctor charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl. The Daily Nonpareil says lead prosecutor Denise Timmins had asked for a continuance because of a scheduling conflict with the Jan. 14 trial date for Dr. Dennis Jones. The original trial date was Aug. 13. The new trial date is May 6.

Jones is accused of inappropriately touching the girl outside of his pediatrics practice. Jones’ attorney Mike Winter has said Jones is not guilty.  Court documents say investigators have found child pornography on at least one computer and several more digital devices owned by Jones.

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Iowa hospital reviews security after suicide

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) – A northwest Iowa hospital says it’s reviewing its security policy after a person committed suicide in one of its restrooms.  Officials at Cherokee Regional Medical Center say the incident happened Sunday evening. Additional information has not been released.

Cherokee Regional CEO John Comstock tells the Sioux City Journal that the person was not a patient and did not have contact with staff or other patients.  Comstock also says officials have found no fault with the hospital’s security policy, but they’re considering small changes. He didn’t say what those changes may be.

Red Oak men arrested on warrants

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak arrested two men overnight Monday into early this (Tuesday) morning. 32-year old Joshua Edward Mastin, of Red Oak, was arrested at 1-a.m. on a valid Page County warrant. Mastin was taken into custody in the 700 block of N. Broadway Street. He was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $7,500 bond.

And, at around 10:15-p.m. Monday, officers with the Red Oak P-D arrested 44-year old Danny Jo Lane, of Red Oak, on an active Montgomery County warrant for Probation Violation. Lane was brought to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on a $5,000 bond.

Iowa to explore facial recognition technology

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top Iowa Department of Public Safety administrator says the agency is exploring how it might use facial recognition technology to fight crime. Chari Paulson said Monday that Iowa hasn’t adopted the technology yet, but is interested in developing the capability. Paulson was the director of the Division of Criminal Investigation for the last year. On Monday, she confirmed that she has been reassigned to be director of the DPS administrative support and technology services bureau.

In that role, she says she’ll look at adopting innovative technologies and said that developing facial recognition capabilities is one on the agenda. She wasn’t specific, but some police agencies are using the technology to run photos of offenders through databases to track down information about them.

Privacy advocates worry about the technology.

New Veterans lottery ticket includes a chance to win a special motorcycle

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa artist known for painting patriotic pictures on a boulder in Adair County has painted a much smaller and more mobile object to help raise funds for veterans. Iowa Lottery C-E-O Terry Rich announced Monday a motorcycle built in Spirit Lake and painted by Ray “Bubba” Sorenson will be raffled off in conjunction with a new Iowa Veterans Fund lottery ticket. “All the non-winning tickets can then be submitted for this special edition of the Victory motorcycle,” Rich says.

Ray Sorensen III (Left) and Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich unveil a motorcycle to be raffled-off.

Ray Sorensen III (Left) and Iowa Lottery CEO Terry Rich unveil a motorcycle to be raffled-off.

The special veterans scratch-off tickets were created in 2008 and just over 14-million dollars from their sale has already gone into the Iowa Veterans Trust Fund. Rich says the tickets will still have their normal prizes, and if you can’t win one of them, you can have a second chance with the motorcycle. “You are able to go to www-I-A-Lottery-dot-com and actually register your ticket,” Rich explains. The Iowa Lottery will then set up a drawing of all the tickets that have been registered to draw for the winner of the motorcycle.

Sorenson has painted what’s known as “The Freedom Rock” for several years and says he wasn’t quite if he was the right artist for the motorcycle project. “I paint boulders and I’m a brush painter and I told them that this is going to be artwork that’s brush painted, there’s gonna be layers and you’re going to be able to see some of the brush strokes. And the more we talked about it, we thought that will make it unique,” Sorenson says. “This is my first time doing something like this. I think it turned out great and I hope you guys like it.” Sorenson kept with the patriotic theme on this project.

“My favorite colors are red, white and blue. One of my favorite animals is the eagle and so you might be able see a couple of those things on this,” Sorenson says. He says once the initial sketches for the design were completed it only took five days to paint the motorcycle. “When I took on the project I was done with the Freedom Rock tour for the summer and I wanted to completely concentrate on it, so I kind of locked myself in my studio for five days and completed the artwork,” Sorenson says.

Sorenson currently has an effort underway to create a Freedom Rock in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, but he’s not sure he’ll do any more motorcycle painting. “I don’t know, I think I might just keep this one as the unique one in Iowa — I don’t know,” Sorenson says. “I had fun doing it, but I think my specialty is on boulders.” You can see photos of the motorcycle at RadioIowa.com. TheIowa Lottery says the motorcycle is valued at around 31-thousand dollars.

The “Ride to Riches” tickets will be on sale through March 26, with the drawing for the motorcycle held sometime after that.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News headlines: Tue., Jan. 7th 2014

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January 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the extreme cold has added ice to Saylorville Lake but also has created some instability. The corps says the cold has reduced inflows to the reservoir northwest of Des Moines, so the water level below the ice can drop up to 2 inches a day. Visitors should contact the Saylorville Lake Administration Office at 515-276-4656 for more information.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Corrections says an inmate who escaped from a work-release facility in Fort Dodge has been apprehended in Minnesota. Department spokesman Fred Scaletta says 21-year-old Austin Runnells was taken into custody Sunday in Jackson County in southern Minnesota. Additional information was not released yesterday.

CHEROKEE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa hospital says it’s reviewing its security policy after a person committed suicide in one of its restrooms. Officials at Cherokee Regional Medical Center say the incident happened Sunday evening. Additional information has not been released. Cherokee Regional CEO John Comstock tells the Sioux City Journal that the person was not a patient and did not have contact with staff or other patients.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State remains the only school in the country with undefeated men’s and women’s basketball teams. Each squad is 13-0 and off to the best start in school history. Coach Fred Hoiberg’s men’s team is ranked ninth heading into today’s home game with Number 7 Baylor.