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Iowa News Headlines: Sun., May 5th 2013

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May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a final funding request from the University of Iowa to help replace its flood-damaged museum. The Museum of Art’s lower level mechanical and electrical systems were damaged during the Iowa City’s 2008 flood. Officials estimate there’s about $4 million worth of damage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge will review a recording of a Des Moines school board meeting about a former superintendent to determine if the meeting was illegally closed. The board had invoked a law that says meetings can be closed to evaluate the competency of an individual to prevent injury to that person’s reputation.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer has been captured in Texas. Jamal Dean was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in Riviera, Texas. Police believe he was headed to the border between the United States and Mexico.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 200 people have attended the funeral of one of two abducted Iowa cousins whose remains were later found. Elizabeth Collins was laid to rest in a wooden casket inside a burial vault painted pink. Elizabeth’s mother, Heather Collins, says the service offers closure for her daughter’s three siblings.

5 U-S Troops killed in roadside bomb in Afghanistan

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – An official with the U.S.-led international military coalition says the five troops killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan were all Americans. Capt. Luca Carniel confirmed that the troops killed on Saturday were U.S. service members.  The coalition did not disclose the location of the blast.

However, Javeed Faisal, a spokesman for the governor of Kandahar province, said a coalition patrol hit the roadside bomb in Maiwand district of the province, the spiritual birthplace of the Taliban.  With the deaths, 47 members of the coalition have been killed so far this year – including 32 Americans.

Officials: Iowa gender balance law tough to meet

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – It’s unclear whether a law requiring gender balance on boards and commissions is getting more women involved in local government, but some officials question the need for the law.  Iowa is the only state that requires gender balance of state and local boards and commissions. Legislators who backed the law in 2009 say it pushes officials to give women the encouragement they need to seek public office.

The Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics at Iowa State University found 49 percent of all county boards and commissions are gender balanced. The group is studying results for city governments.

In the small northeast Iowa city of Calmar, Mayor Cory Meyer says it’s hard enough to find volunteers to fill unpaid, time-consuming positions. He pays little attention to the law.

Saturday Local/Western IA News (podcast) – May 4th 2013

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest area News from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson…

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Creston man arrested for OWI after car found in ditch

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says a Union County man was arrested early this (Saturday) morning after authorities investigated a report of a car in the ditch near the 54 mile marker off of Highway 34. Deputies determined the driver, 43-year old Timothy Coleman, of Creston, was intoxicated. He was taken into custody at around 1:15-a.m. on an OWI charge.  Coleman was being held in the Adams County Jail pending an initial court appearance or the posting of bond.

Suspect in NW Iowa Police Officer shooting caught in Texas

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A man suspected of opening fire and wounding a Sioux City Police officer following a traffic stop on Monday, has been captured in Texas. According to Sioux City TV station KCAU,  21-year old Jamal Dean was taken into custody early this (Saturday) morning in Texas, by United States Marshals.  Dean was being held on an arrest warrant for Attempted Murder in connection with the April 29 shooting of Sioux City Police Officer Kevin McCormick.

McCormick stopped a car that Dean was a passenger in when Dean allegedly stepped out of the car and fired on the officer. One of the bullets crashed through McCormick’s windshield and hit him in the head. The officer was treated at an area hospital and has since been released. Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says after realizing he was shot, Officer McCormick still called in a description of the suspect.

Dean fled the area after the shooting and was the subject of a search that spanned from Omaha to Denver and beyond. Officials say several agencies worked closely together to ensure the suspect was found. Dean is suspected of being involved in several other shootings. He also was wanted on a warrant out for his arrest for burglarizing a Sioux City home with his brother Levon, who was arrested Monday night while they were searching for Jamal. Court records indicate after Levon and Jamal broke into the home, Jamal hit the home’s owner on the head with the butt of a .22 rifle, splitting the victim’s head open. The same weapon is believed to have been used in Monday’s shooting of officer McCormick.

Logan woman killed in Harrison County crash

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Harrison County say a woman from Missouri Valley died Friday morning from injuries she suffered during in a single-vehicle crash near Logan. 39-year old Amy Hardy, died at Alegent Health Community Memorial Hospital in Missouri Valley, following the crash that resulted in her being ejected from her 2002 Ford Taurus when it left the road and hit a tree. The accident happened about two-miles west of Logan on 260th Street.

According to the sheriff’s department, Hardy was traveling west on 260th, when her car’s tires dropped off the edge of the roadway. The woman over-corrected and lost control of her car, which entered the north ditch before striking a large tree. The accident scene was discovered a little after 9-a.m. Friday, but authorities aren’t sure when it actually took place. An investigation into the crash continues.

New data on Iowa’s older residents

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates about 15 percent of Iowans are over the age of 65. Nearly 458-thousand of the people who were living in Iowa in 2011 were over the age of 65 according to this new Census report. That group collected more than half a billion dollars in Social Security benefits in 2011. A majority — 57 percent — were women. nearly 30 percent of all elderly Iowans were living alone. Four other states have a higher percentage of elderly residents. The Census Bureau also found three-quarters of Iowans over the age of 65 were born here.

Wahpeton, a town to just the west of West Lake Okoboji that has a population of about 350, has the highest percentage of elderly residents of any iowa city. Nearly 45 percent of Wahpeton’s population is over the age of 64.

Iowa’s Steve King turns down GOP bid for US Senate

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he will not run for the U.S. Senate, opening the race to lesser-known Republican aspirants in the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin. King, a six-term House member from western Iowa, says in a press statement issued Friday, “I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in 2014.” King’s decision follows the same decision Thursday by Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds last week and Congressman Tom Latham in February.

Republicans need six seats to gain control of the Senate. Harkin, elected in 1984, announced Jan. 26 that he would retire after five terms. Congressman Bruce Braley is the only Democrat to declare his candidacy. The Waterloo House member raised $1.1 million since declaring his candidacy in February.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., May 4th 2013

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May 4th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Congressman Steve King says he will not run for the U.S. Senate. That opens the race to lesser-known Republican aspirants in the race to succeed Democrat Tom Harkin. Republicans need six seats to gain control of the Senate. Harkin announced his retirement in January.

CLARION, Iowa (AP) — The father of a boy accused of fatally shooting his mother says he thought his son was joking about the death. Noah Crooks faces charges of first-degree murder and assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. William Crooks said his son had a loving but sometimes stormy relationship with his mother.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A funeral is scheduled this weekend for one of two cousins abducted in Evansdale and later found dead. The service for Elizabeth Collins is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. The cousins went missing in July after riding their bikes in Evansdale. Hunters found their bodies in a wooded area in December.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A former manager at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa has appeared in a U.S. courtroom on charges that he harbored immigrants in the country illegally. Hasam Amara pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging him with 25 counts related to harboring people in the U.S. illegally and two counts related to document fraud.