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Bluffs 2-car accident results in house damage

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A collision between two vehicles Saturday morning in Council Bluffs resulted in $7,500 damage to the vehicles and about $5,000 damage to a nearby home. A police report cited by the Omaha World-Herald, says the accident occurred about 9:25 a.m. at the intersection of North 26th Street and Avenue B.

Officials say 28-year old Bradley A. Triplett, of Council Bluffs, proceeded into the intersection after stopping at the stop sign on 26th Street, when his Jeep Cherokee was struck by a Chevy Cavalier, driven by Jolena M. Shamblen, also of Council Bluffs. Shamblen was traveling east on Avenue B when the accident occurred. The collision caused Shamblen’s Chevy to leave the roadway and crash into a house at 201 N. 26th St. There were no injuries reported.

New segment of 4-lane Highway 20 should be done soon in NW IA, 1 year ahead of schedule

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The latest stretch of four-lane Highway 20 in northwest Iowa is expected to open this fall, likely in November. Shirley Phillips, president of the Highway 20 Corridor Association (www.4lane20.com), says it’s taken more than two decades to get the east-west thoroughfare to this stage. “We’re extremely pleased that this project is actually a year ahead of schedule because of the good weather and the bids that came in from the contractors,” Phillips says. “The advancement of four-lane Highway 20 has actually almost doubled in size.” Phillips said the latest 26-mile stretch of road should be open in time for Thanksgiving travelers.

“We’re looking at around Thanksgiving,” she says. “We don’t have an exact target date. The paving is actually completed but they do have to do shoulder work, painting and the signing has to go up before we can open the highway.” Phillips detailed how many miles will be needed to finish the four-lane project. “We have about 32 miles between Moville and Highway 71 that needs to be completed,” she says. “They will be working on a stretch between Moville and Correctionville. That’s the next segment to be done, then there will be a segment at Correctionville that will be five lanes through the heart of Correctionville.” Phillips said the goal is to have the entire four-lane project finished within five years. Phillips has been involved with the Highway 20 project for the past 24 years.

(Radio Iowa)

Boswell says former foe “told an untruth”

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Congressman Leonard Boswell gave a five-word explanation Sunday afternoon when asked about the lawsuit he filed Friday against his 2008 Democratic primary opponent. Ed Fallon of Des Moines claims two Boswell staffers offered him an 80-thousand dollar job on Boswell’s congressional staff if he would drop his bid to run against Boswell. During a news conference in Des Moines, Boswell was asked why he filed the defamation suit against Fallon. “Because he told an untruth,” Boswell said. Boswell said nothing more about the lawsuit or Fallon’s statements. During an interview with Radio Iowa Friday night, Fallon said his former wife, who served as his 2008 campaign manager, was in the room when the job offer was made. Boswell is seeking damages from Fallon, alleging Fallon’s recent public statements have damaged his reputation.

(Radio Iowa)

National Bullying Prevention Month begins today

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

October brings the start of National Bullying Prevention Month. July Hertzog, the director of the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center, says it’s a month to educate the public about this issue. Her organization, which is located in Minnesota, started addressing the issue in 2006.

Official T-shirt of National Bullying Prevention Month in support of PACER.

“We recognized at that time that bullying was going to be an issue that we wanted communities to get behind, so this is actually the seventh year of this event. And we have a message of ‘the end of bullying begins with me,’ and it’s about a time when communities can unite behind bullying prevention,” according toe Hertzog.

Hertzog says there will be activities across the state and nation addressing the problems of bullying in the classroom, and everyone is asked to wear orange on Unity Day on October 10. “It’s and activity that’s simple to do, we really encourage schools to take part in it,” Hertzog says. “Because what it does is just send that visible tangible message, that it is an issue that people care about and that they want to show support for those people who are being bullied.” Hertzog says the main way to end bullying is to work together and stand up to address this problem.

She said the message is to start addressing the problem right now to talk about it and take action. Hertzog says PACER offers help for those who want to address it with resources at www.PACER.org/bullying. There is also a national toll free phone number for more information on bullying prevention. It’s 1-888-248-0822.

(Radio Iowa)

Branstad defends school lunch menu changes

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October 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Governor Branstad says recent changes in school lunch menus can help Iowa reach his goal of becoming the healthiest state in the country.”More home-grown fruits and vegetables and more whole grain items is clearly what is needed — along with good exercise,” Branstad says. But critics say the changes aren’t going over well with the students, and more food is being thrown away. Registered dietician Teresa Nece is teaching a class at Iowa State University about food service management. She says give these new menus “time” to work.

“In schools we have to teach habits,” she says. “…To make that type of a change — to increase fruits and vegetables to students — we really have to look at how long does it take a student to learn to like something and science tells us it can takes as many as a dozen times for children to learn to like a new food item.” The governor suggests kids can embrace changes in the school lunch menu — if it’s presented in the right way. “What I find is when you really get kids involved in this, they become enthusiastic about doing the right thing and recognizing that this is something that will help them throughout their lives.”

David Stark, president and chief operating officer of Blank Children’s Hospital in Des Moines, says the changes have been a topic in his home. “Ask my four kids about the fewer desserts in their school menu this year — they’re disappointed,” Stark says. “I’m thrilled, as their dad, that that’s happening and we’ve got to do more of that.” Stark says he and his wife haven’t been the most popular soccer league parents over the years because for treats they brought slices of fresh oranges. But Stark says his own children are starting to embrace the changes in their school lunch menu and recently raved about the fresh raspberries they were served.

Stark, Nece and Branstad made their comments during a news conference on a related topic — improving the equipment in school kitchens so staff can prepare food that’s more appetizing and attractive to students.

(Radio Iowa)

Foulkes’ sentencing set for Monday morning

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September 30th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sentencing is set to take place at 9-a.m. Monday in Cass County District Court, in the case of a former Anita Community School District teacher who pled guilty on September 4th, to two-counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor by a School Employee, Counselor or Therapist, with the intent to arouse. 65-year old William Glenn Foulkes entered into voluntary plea agreement which stipulated he would plead guilty to the two Aggravated Misdemeanor counts in exchange for a felony charge of Sexual Exploitation, and the remaining 47 Aggravated Misdemeanor charges of Sexual Exploitation being dropped.

Foulkes admitted to kissing a juvenile female on numerous occasions while teaching the student in a math program, from August 2009 until November 11th, 2010. He resigned from his teaching position in November 2010.

Foulkes remains free on $50,000 bond pending sentencing. As part of his sentence, he will likely be required to register as a Sex Offender, and complete a Sex Offender Treatment Program in a residential correctional facility. He is also expected to pay restitution to the State and Victim, and have no contact with the victim.  In addition, it’s expected Foulkes will be required to serve two, two-year terms of supervised probation for the combined counts, with the time to be served consecutively, or back-to-back. He had faced a maximum of 103-years in prison and fines of more than $300,000.

He’ll also be required to pay fines for each count ranging from $625 to $6,250, plus court costs and surcharges.

8AM Newscast 09-29-2012

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Sign Up for 2011 FSA SURE Progam to Begin

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency John R. Whitaker announced that disaster assistance under FSA’s Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program begins on October 22, 2012.

In order to be eligible for SURE a farm or ranch must meet the following requirements: 1. At least a 10 percent production loss on a crop of economic significance.  2. Insured all economically significant crops.  3. Been physically located in a county that was declared a primary disaster county or contiguous county by the Secretary of Agriculture under a Secretarial Designation.  Without a Secretarial Disaster Designation, individual producers may be eligible if the actual production on the farm is less than 50 percent of the normal production on the farm due to natural disaster in 2011.  Other insurance qualifications do apply.

Those producers that suffered a loss in 2011 are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to learn more and to apply.

For more information about the SURE program or other disaster assistance programs you can visit the FSA’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Harlan Man Gets Prison Time for Homemade Grenade

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September 29th, 2012 by Chris Parks

A western Iowa man is headed to federal prison for possession of a homemade hand grenade.

Federal prosecutors in Iowa say 38-year-old Alan Lee Heath of Harlan was sentenced Friday to 30 months in prison for possessing a destructive device. U.S. District Court Judge James Gritzner also ordered Heath to serve two years of supervised release once his prison term ends.

Authorities says Heath was stopped by two Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies in December, after he was seen trespassing at a private residence. Deputies say they had to subdue him, and a search of his person found a device that included a plastic cylinder with gun powder, wrapped with electrical tape. The device had .22-caliber bullets taped to the outside.

4 Charged in Shelby County Speedway Theft

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September 28th, 2012 by admin

Officials in Shelby County say 4 people were arrested in connection with the theft that took place on September 8th at the Shelby County Speedway. KJAN’s sister station KNOD says the Harlan Police Department reports 26 year old Zachary Scheffler, 27 year old David Coenen, both of Harlan and 19 year old Kaitlyn Stessman of Defiance, were all charged with 1st degree theft. In addition, 18 year old Zachary Kloewer of Harlan was charged with possession of stolen property. 23 year old Jacob Scheffler of Harlan, along with Kloewer and Coenen were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.