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Atlantic Parks & Rec Board to meet Monday

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Parks and Recreation Department’s Board of Directors will meet Monday evening in a regular session, in the Council’s Chambers at City Hall. On the agenda for the 5:15-p.m. meeting, is a presentation pertaining to a Tobacco Policy, discussion with regard to the Schildberg Recreation Area campground plan, updates on the Parks and Rec Capital Improvement Plan, and, an update on plans for a dog park at the Schildberg Recreation Area. In addition, Parks and Rec Director Roger Herring will provide his regular, monthly report.

Iowa district says bullying database has helped

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – School administrators in Sioux City say a new state bullying database helped them stop harassment. The Sioux City Journal reports that school officials have used the system to track where instances of bullying have taken place.

The database required by the Iowa Department of Education has been in use for the past month. The system collects detailed reports about where bullying has occurred, who was involved and why the victim was targeted.

Sioux City schools administrator Marilyn Charging says the database has helped administrators identify where bullying has occurred, allowing them to increase staff in problem areas.  The Iowa Department of Education says districts filed nearly 11,000 reports of bullying in the 2011-12 school year.

Another flag and flag pole theft reported in Villisca

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County are asking for your help in identifying the person or persons responsible for the theft of flag posts and flags from a residence in Villisca. Officials said Sunday, that sometime between the hours of 9:45-p.m. Saturday and 11-a.m. Sunday, a person or persons unknown stole a metal flag post and a Stanton Viking flag from the front yard of a residence at 103 West 3rd Street, in Villisca.

Authorities say the theft marked the third time the Stanton flag has been stolen from the same yard, and the second time a metal post has been taken from the property. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Montgomery County Crimestoppers at 1-800-432-1001.

Rainfall in Atlantic (updated 7-a.m. Sunday)

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Rainfall overnight in Atlantic (at the KJAN studios), as of 7-a.m. Sunday (Oct. 14th), was 1.06″.  That is also our 24-hour total. The rain had pretty much ended by 7-a.m., with just some light drizzle remaining in town. Total rainfall for Atlantic, including the Friday-Saturday precipitation, amounted to 1.93-inches.

Bluffs Elementary School named best in IA in English education

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education has named Bloomer Elementary School in Council Bluffs, as the best in the State at educating students in learning English. The school is set to receive the IDED’s “Breaking Barriers” award, next month. The institution is one of five schools scheduled to receive the honor.

The IDED says Bloomer Elementary was the only Iowa schools awarded for how its English-learning students did on the state math and reading tests, as compared with the state average for the same group of students. Districts and schools receive the distinction for narrowing the achievement gaps between better-off groups of students, and disadvantaged groups, such as those students learning English or students from low-income families.

(Update 7:11-p.m.) One killed after vehicle crashes into Council Bluffs house Saturday

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Council Bluffs Police Department reports a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a house Saturday died, while the driver of the car was injured. The accident happened at around 4:47-p.m. Saturday, near North 16th Street and Avenue F. The names of the victims were released late Sunday night.

Officials say a 1990 Geo Prizm driven by 47-year old Patrick Coover, of Council Bluffs, was traveling north on North 16th Street, when for reasons unknown, the car crossed over the center median heading in a westerly direction across Avenue F. The car then crashed into the side of an unoccupied  residence at 1602 Avenue F. Coover and a transient passenger in the car, 36-year old Rogers Williams Jackson, were transported to the hospital, where Jackson was pronounced dead. Coover was being treated at the Creighton University Medical Center. A report on his condition is not available.

The crash remain under investigation. Authorities say alcohol is believed to have been a contributing factor to the crash, while speed may-or-may not have played a role. Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department’s Special Operations/Traffic Unit. Call 712-328-4948.

Iowa gets much-needed rain as storms hit Midwest

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe thunderstorms were expected throughout the midsection of the country on Saturday, but many in Iowa are likely happy to see the rain after a summer of drought. The National Weather Service says much of the state will get at least some rain, with some areas in south central Iowa getting as much as 2 inches by today (Sunday). Iowa has struggled with record drought this year. As late as Thursday, three-fourths of the state remained in extreme or exceptional drought — the two worst classifications.

Iowa early News headlines: Sun., Oct. 14th 2012

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Bruce Springsteen’s campaign tour to support President Barack Obama will bring him to Iowa. The musician will be in Ames on Thursday. A news release from Obama campaign says Springsteen’s appearance will be free and open to the public, but does not say whether he’ll put on a musical performance. Springsteen campaigned for Obama in 2008, but his appearances next week will be his first of the 2012 cycle.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) —The National Weather Service says it expected as much as two inches of rain for south central Iowa by midafternoon yesterday. Iowa has struggled with record drought this year. As late as Thursday, three-fourths of the state remained in extreme or exceptional drought — the two worst classifications.

PALO, Iowa (AP) — Residents of the eastern Iowa town of Palo are being urged to boil their tap water before using it following a water main break. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that city officials issued the boil order Friday afternoon. The break happened while construction equipment was installing more public water lines to residents in the area.

SWISHER, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa father has been arrested, accused of assaulting his teenage daughter and threatening her friends with a gun. The 46-year-old Swisher man faces seven charges, including assault, harassment and weapons counts. He’s being held at the Johnson County Jail in lieu of $72,500 bail. The man was arrested Thursday.

NM company linked to illness expands peanut recall

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October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON (AP) — A New Mexico food company that produced the peanut butter linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning has expanded an ongoing recall of its products to include raw and roasted peanuts. The federal Food and Drug Administration said Saturday that Sunland Inc. added raw and roasted shelled and in-shell peanuts sold in quantities from two ounces to 50 pounds to its recall. FDA inspectors have found salmonella in raw peanuts from the Sunland processing plant. Sunland manufactured the peanut butter sold by Trader Joe’s that’s been linked to 35 salmonella illnesses across 19 states. Sunland has recalled everything made in its contaminated plant since March 2010. Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

(Podcast) Local News – Sat., Oct. 13 2012

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October 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The 7-a.m. News podcast from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….