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Iowa officials: Medicaid providers sign contract paperwork

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say more than 12,000 Medicaid service providers have signed necessary paperwork to offer care under the state’s proposed privatization plan. Gov. Terry Branstad’s office said Thursday the four private companies scheduled to oversee Medicaid services on Jan. 1 signed the contracts since Nov. 1st.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says there are more than 17,200 active providers available to offer Medicaid services. Sen. Joe Bolkcom, a Democrat from Iowa City, said the figure shows low participation. He and other Democrats have been public about seeking a delay of the switch. They question the state’s preparedness, while Branstad and other state officials have said Iowa will be ready on time.

Iowa’s $4.2 billion Medicaid program provides care to low-income and needy people, including children and disabled individuals.

Harlan man arrested after confrontation with a judge

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Police Department has released a report on arrests that took place last week On Nov. 10th, 63-year old Gary Lee Anderson, of Harlan, was arrested following a confrontation with Magistrate William Early at the Shelby County Courthouse. Anderson was arrested the next day and taken to the Shelby County Jail where he was charged with assault – displaying a dangerous weapon.

And on Nov. 13th, 31-year old Michelle Longcor, of Harlan, was arrested following a traffic stop. Longcor was charged with unlawful possession of prescription drugs. Longcor was cited, given a court date and released.

$28,800 Granted to Cass County Nonprofit Agencies

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Nicholas Hunt, Chair of the Cass County Community Foundation, has announced that $28,800 was awarded this week to Cass County nonprofit agencies. CassWith these grants, the Cass County Community Foundation has distributed more than $1.2 million in grants and scholarships over the last 15 years.

The following nonprofit organizations, which submitted applications to the Cass County Community Foundation by the September 1st deadline, were awarded grants by the Cass County Board of Directors:
Organization                                Project                                                   Grant

  • Anita Child Care Center – Playground sound wall and picnic tables $1,000
  • Anita Health & Wellness Center – Nustep Cross Trainer machine $1,500
  • Ann W. Wickman Child Development Center – Replace worn toys and furniture $5,000
  • Atlantic Rock Island Society – Install suspended ceiling in American Legion Memorial Hall for donated lighting $2,000
  • Cass County Historical Museum – Install hinged storm windows and repair cornices $2,500
  • City of Anita – Construct food pantry building $3,500
  • Cumberland Public Library – Bookshelves and folding table $1,000
  • Friends of the Griswold Public Library – Laminator and cart $3,000
  • Friends of the Outdoor Classroom – Complete educational building improvements $4,300
  • Massena Historical Society – Repair roof of Heritage Park one-room schoolhouse $2,000
  • Kids Come First Child Care – Install a playground shade $2,000
  • Southwest Iowa Mental Health Center – Automated blood pressure cuffs $1,000

The total includes $1,500 for the Cass County Historical Museum and $1,125 for the Friends of the Griswold Public Library from the Griswold Community Development Endowed Fund, and $500 from the Triumph Endowed Fund for Cass County for the Friends of the Outdoor Classroom.

All grantees met the criteria as Cass County nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions in the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services. Only organizations providing services in Cass County were eligible. Cass County agency representatives received their checks on November 18th.

For information about donating or establishing an individual foundation/fund, please contact any of the Board Members, or call Dennis Nissen, Iowa Foundations Director, at 800-794-3458.

$15k Winning Mega-Millions ticket sold at Hy-Vee in Atlantic

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Hy-Vee in Atlantic announced on their social media page that a Mega Millions ticket worth $15,000 was sold at the store for last Tuesday’s drawing. If you purchased a MegaMillions ticket from the Atlantic Hy-Vee for the Nov. 17th drawing, check you numbers. The winning combination was 12-14-18-24-61 and the MegaBall was 10. The Megaplier number was 3.

Bankers predict weak economy in rural parts of 10 states

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Bankers continue to predict the economy will slow in the months ahead in rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states. The economic index for the region slipped to 43.7 in November from last month’s 44.4. The overall index is based on a monthly survey of rural bankers Creighton University conducts, and organizers say any score below 50 suggests that factor will decline.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says low crop and commodity prices and manufacturing slowdowns are all weighing down the economy. The confidence index fell to a weak 38.9 in November from October’s 42.1. The strong U.S. dollar is also hurting exports.

Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.

Sioux City airport board endorses United Airlines as carrier

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – The Sioux City Gateway Airport Board of Trustees has endorsed United Airlines’ bid to replace American Airlines as the airport’s only carrier.
The Sioux City Journal reports that United and American are competing for a two-year federal contract to fly at least 13 routes per week between Sioux City and Chicago O’Hare International Airport. United asked for a subsidy of about $324,000 per year, while American requested $1.26 million annually.

The U.S. Department of Transportation is taking public comments on the two proposals through Dec. 7. The airport board’s support for United’s proposal likely will weigh heavily in the federal agency’s deliberations. The contract will be awarded early next year. Sioux City Mayor Bob Scott says the city council will back the airport board’s decision.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 11/19/2015

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Snow Ordinance reminder for Clarinda residents

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

With the chance of accumulating snowfall to occur in Clarinda later this weekend the Clarinda Police Department would like to remind the citizens of Clarinda about the emergency snow ordinance. The ordinance states that; no person shall park any motor vehicle or other apparatus upon any street of the city that will obstruct the removal of snow when there has been an accumulation of two (2) inches or more. Any vehicle left parked on any street in violation of this ordinance may be impounded, and the registered owner of the vehicle will be subject to a $15.00 parking fine, and payment of all applicable towing and storage fees in order for the vehicle to be released.

Creston man arrested for Domestic Assault

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Wednesday evening on a Union County warrant for Domestic Assault. 38-year old Jeremy King was brought to the Union County Jail and held while awaiting a bond hearing.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 11/19/2015

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November 19th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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