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Iowa 8th on list of “strongest states”

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January 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A new study ranks Iowa as the nation’s eighth strongest state. Iowa fell from seventh a year ago in the review by Politico Magazine. The survey uses federal data showing Iowa boasts the nation’s sixth lowest unemployment rate, the seventh-highest percentage of high school graduates, and the 16th lowest violent crime rate. On the negative side, Iowa is among 11 states with obesity rates above 30-percent. New Hampshire is ranked as the “strongest” state by Politico. Louisiana is as the bottom of the list.

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At least 3 winning Powerball tickets were sold across the U-S

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January 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Lottery officials in Tennessee say the winning ticket for the record Powerball jackpot in their state was sold in Munford, north of Memphis. The holder of that ticket will share the $1.6 billion jackpot with winners in Southern California and Florida. A news release from Tennessee lottery officials says the state also has a ticket that won $2 million. The winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing are 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10.

The winners can opt for annual payments over decades or a lump-sum payment. None of the winners’ identities have yet been revealed.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., 1/14/16

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January 14th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

(updated 3:50-a.m.)-  Lottery officials in Tennessee say the winning ticket for the record Powerball jackpot in their state was sold in Munford, north of Memphis. The holder of that ticket will share the $1.6 billion jackpot with winners in Southern California and Florida. A news release from Tennessee lottery officials says the state also has a ticket that won $2 million. The winning numbers in Wednesday night’s drawing are 4-8-19-27-34 and Powerball 10. The winners can opt for annual payments over decades or a lump-sum payment. None of the winners’ identities have yet been revealed.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The Linn County attorney will not press charges against two Cedar Rapids officers for a shooting death. Officers Bryson Garringer and Lucas Jones have been cleared of criminal charges for shooting and killing 21-year-old Jonathan Gossman in October. The officers fired 25 shots at Gossman after he reportedly fled the scene of a traffic stop and then pointed a gun at Garringer and a police dog.

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Seven students at Indianola High School have been diagnosed with mumps or a similar illness since the end of December. The first case was discovered just before Christmas break. Since then three other lab-confirmed cases have been reported along with three probable cases. Authorities say two of the seven students were not vaccinated.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court says the state is making progress in addressing racial disparity in its criminal justice system. Chief Justice Mark Cady spoke to the Iowa General Assembly on Wednesday. He says more than 700 judges, magistrates and other judicial branch staffers received training last year that helps them recognize implicit biases that may contribute to racial disparity.

Atlantic Education Association’s initial bargaining proposal calls for 5.9% increase

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January 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Representatives with the Atlantic Education Association presented their Initial Collective Bargaining Proposal for the 2016-17 School Year to the School Board, Wednesday evening. The contract, as proposed, is based on 190 contract days, including those for Professional Development. JoAnn Runyon spoke before the Board at the High School Media Center.

Runyon said their proposal includes a nearly 5.9-percent increase in salaries and benefits for Certified Staff, meaning the current base pay would increase $2,000, from $34, 411 per year to $37,411, including step and lane movement. That would put the base salary somewhat more in-line with what other Hawkeye 10 Conference schools are paying, based on enrollment figures. Their proposal also calls for a change in how much the District contributes toward family insurance coverage. Under the proposal, that would jump from $100 per month to $200 per month for teachers requesting family coverage. Employees who do not have a family policy can elect to receive a cash payment or have the amount applied towards a Tax Sheltered Annuity, under the Association’s proposal.

The Education Association also requested a change in the dollar amount for payment of FFA Sponsor from $1,374 to $2,748, and the addition of a summer weight room supervisor (under the Extended/Special Contracts Salary part of the proposal). That person would receive $4,000. The old provision simply said a weight room supervisor, outside of contract hours, would be paid $10 per hour.

And, the Association requested the number of Personal Leave days be increased from two, to three, or a maximum accumulated leave of five days in any one year, instead of three. They also requested a section of the current contract stating Personal leave days may not be used to extend a vacation or holiday..with certain exceptions…be stricken from the contract.

Officials with the Atlantic Community School District (ACSD) presented their proposal Jan. 6th. The next step is for the District to revisit its initial proposal, before additional talks are held.

Mills County Sheriff arrest report

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January 13th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Mills County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released information on multiple recent arrests.

On Tuesday, January 12th at 11:00am officers arrested 37-year-old Dusty Linn Evans of Glenwood on a Warrant for Theft 4th Degree.  Evans was held on $1,000 bond.  At 4:01am officers arrested 21-year-old Cory Lane Jones of Council Bluffs for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Jones was held on $300 bond.  At 4:27pm deputies arrested 37-year-old Joseph Cory Jack of Glenwood on a Warrant for Theft 5th Degree.  Jack was held on $100 bond.  Finally on Tuesday at 6:31 pm officers arrested 23-year-old Lance David Weber of Glenwood on a Warrant for Harassment 3rd Degree.  Weber was held on $500 bond.

Mills County Officials also report two arrests on Wednesday.  At 12:01 am deputies arrested James Craig Thomas of Council Bluffs for Driving Under Suspension and on a Warrant out of Pottawattamie County.  He was held on $300 bond.  Then at 1:12am deputies arrested 47-year-old Wendy Renee Huftless of Council Bluffs for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Huftless was held on $300 bond.

A single vehicle accident occurred on Tuesday as well in Mills County.  Jaime Bostic of La Vista, NE was driving a 2005 Honda at 8:14am northbound on Levi Road and lost control for unknown reasons.  Bostic went of the edge of the roadway to the right and then over corrected skidding to the left and back across the roadway striking the embankment.  The vehicle then came to rest in the east ditch on its top after rolling.  No injuries were reported at that time.

Red Oak man arrested for probation violation

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January 13th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police department reports the arrest Wednesday of a Red Oak man on a valid warrant for Probation Violation.  At 3:20pm officers arrested 49-year-old Russell Lee Peterson of Red Oak at 106 West Coolbaugh Street.  Peterson was taken to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center and held on $10,000 bond.

(Update 2:30-p.m. 1/13) – Pickup stolen from Bluffs Casino recovered in Omaha

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January 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs report a Ford F-350 pickup stolen Monday night or early Tuesday morning from the parking lot of the Harrah’s Hotel and Casino in Council Bluffs, was recovered early this (Wednesday) morning near 11th and Grace Streets, in Omaha. A Yamaha R6S motorcycle that was also stolen has not yet been recovered. Authorities are still asking for your help in locating the motorcycle.

Tuesday evening, authorities announced Omaha Police had recovered an SUV and the trailer it was being hauled on. Both were also stolen from the Hotel/Casino parking lot in Council Bluffs.

Stolen Yamaha motorcycle

Stolen Yamaha motorcycle

The vehicles and trailer belong to Nicolas Craig and his wife, Rochelle, who were in the process of moving from Virginia Beach, Virginia to the state of Washington. They had stopped in Council Bluffs Monday evening and got a room at Harrah’s and awoke Tuesday morning to discover their vehicles, a trailer and many of their personal belongings were missing.

If you have any information about the thefts, call 712 328-5737, and select Option 1.

Injury accident in Atlantic Wed. afternoon

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January 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was transported to the hospital following an accident this (Wednesday) afternoon, here in Atlantic. Police Lt. Dave Erickson said the accident happened at 3rd and Walnut Streets at around 1:30-p.m.  A black pickup headed east on 3rd stopped at the intersection. A car traveling south on Walnut also stopped at the intersection. Both vehicles pulled out at the same time and collided in the middle of the intersection. The female driver of the car was injured and transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital. No names were immediately released.

Exira-EHK Board to hold special session Thu. night

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January 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Members of the Exira-Elk Horn Kimballton School Board will meet in a special session Thursday night. During their 7-p.m. meeting in the Conference Room at the High School in Elk Horn, the Board will enter into a Closed Session for the Selection of Superintendent/Principal Candidates.

The search for a new Superintendent/Principal began last October, when current Superintendent Dean Schnoes announced he would be retiring at the end of the current school year.

Iowa justice: Judicial system is tackling racial disparity

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January 13th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court says the state is making progress in addressing racial disparity in its criminal justice system. Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady says more than 700 judges, magistrates and other judicial branch staffers received training last year that helps them recognize implicit biases that may contribute to racial disparity. He says three Iowa counties are working on pilot projects that try to eliminate racial disparity in the juvenile justice system.

Cady spoke to the Iowa General Assembly on Wednesday during the annual Condition of the Judiciary address. The Judicial Branch is seeking more than $190 million in funding for the fiscal year that begins in July, a 4 percent increase. Gov. Terry Branstad recommended that request in his budget proposal released Tuesday.