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Midwest economic survey suggests further slowdown

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggests the regional economy will grow slowly over the next three to six months, if at all. The Business Conditions Index dropped to a growth neutral 50.0 in December from 52.6 in November. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says surveys over the past several months “indicate that slowdowns in the national and global economies are putting downward pressure on the regional economy.”

The survey of supply managers and executives uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say that any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The states are Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Up-and-coming bull riders to compete at Iowa venue

News, Sports

January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The Professional Bull Riders will showcase some of its rising stars in a weekend of bull riding in Council Bluffs. The Omaha Invitational PBR Touring Pro Division will be held March 16 and 17 at the Mid-America Center. Up-and-coming bull riders will have a chance to compete alongside veterans in PBR-sanctioned events. Tickets cost $12 to $40.

For details, go to www.frontierrodeo.com.

Where to caucus?

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January 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Not sure where to attend your caucus tonight? Go to one of these two websites…

For Republicans (GOP): http://iowagop.org/caucus/findmycaucus.php

For Democrats: http://thecaucuses.com/yourcaucus.php

For information on how the caucuses work, check out this Des Moines Register link

http://caucuses.desmoinesregister.com/how-to-caucus/

New Year’s Day OWI arrest in Audubon County

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Audubon County report one person was arrested 30-minutes into the start of the new year, Sunday. 51-year old James Leroy Nicholl, Jr., of Audubon, was taken into custody at 12:30-a.m., on a charge of OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop on Highway 71, near Hamlin. Nicholl Jr., was brought to the Audubon County Jail and later released after appearing before the magistrate.

No tax books coming out this year

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The start of the New Year means it’s time to think about filing your taxes for 2011. You’ll have to seek out the forms if you want to file your state taxes the old fashioned way. The Iowa Department of Revenue will stop sending out paper tax booklets for the first time this year. Department spokesperson, Victoria Daniels, says you can still get the paper forms, but you’ll have to call their office or stop by. Daniels says it’s a cost-savings step and she says about 85-percent of individual filers already file electronically. Since this is the first year they are not sending out tax booklets, Daniels says the department is expanding its telephone and e-mail customer service hours during the month of January.

“Now is the time when those books would be coming out and…if they haven’t heard already, they are probably wondering when am I going to get my book in the mail, and they’re not, but there are still ways to get the forms in the mail if they want the paper forms,” Daniels says. The e-mail and telephone hours for January are 7:30 a-m until five p-m.

“We just encourage people if you have questions to call, that is why we are here. We don’t prepare returns for people be we certainly are available to answer questions by telephone or by e-mail,” Daniels said. There are walk-in hours at their offices in Des Moines Monday through Friday from eight a-m until 4:30 p-m. Or you can go to the departments website at: www.iowa.gov/tax.

(Dar Danielson/Radio Iowa)

Atlantic area schools receive play equipment

News

January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic area schools have received some much needed play items from the Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund.

Trevor Frederickson Memorial Fund donations, pic.1 (Photos provided by Melanie Petty)

Melanie Petty, spokesperson for the fund says The Washington Elementary School and  Jack and Jill Preschool were presented with the equipment prior to the Christmas holiday.  Petty said “We love supporting the youth of our community and this was a fun thing to do.” She said also, they “Hope the items we purchased will bring hours of enjoyment to the children.”

Interstate 29 Southbound re-opened in Fremont County

News

January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

10:14-a.m. 1/2/2012 – The Iowa DOT reports all southbound lanes of I-29 southbound 5 miles north of Hamburg in Fremont County have re-opened, following an accident in that area earlier this morning. Additional details about the crash are currently not available.

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January 2nd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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Santorum says he prayed for Rick Perry during debate

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January 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says he prayed for a rival candidate during a recent debate. The former Pennsylvania senator says it happened several weeks after Texas Gov. Rick Perry pledged to eliminate three Cabinet departments but could only think of two. In the subsequent debate, Perry said President Barack Obama had three options when an American drone crashed in Iran. Santorum says he quickly bowed his head and prayed that Perry wouldn’t “do it again.” The Texas governor didn’t stumble, and Santorum says Perry then leaned over to him and said, “I was taking a risk with that third one.”  The two Ricks are among the candidates competing for evangelical support in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses.