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Cass County Democratic Party Office Opens in Atlantic

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September 27th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Cass County Democratic Party has announced that its headquarters is now open at 511 Chestnut in Atlantic. Open seven days a week, the office has candidate information and yard signs available. Residents of Iowa can also register or re-register to vote in addition to signing absentee voter request forms.

Several candidates have already visited the headquarters—Steve Roe who is running for the Iowa House in District 20, Tim Ennis who is running for Iowa House District 21, and Sherrie Taha, candidate for the Secretary of Agriculture. A grand opening is planned for later in the election year.

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Student Fight at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High Leaves One in Critical Condition

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September 27th, 2014 by Chris Parks

A fight on Thursday, September 25th at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln High School ended with a 17-year-old student being sent to the hospital in critical condition. The Council Bluffs Police Department reports that a Council Bluffs School Resource Officer responded to a fight between two students at the school at approximately 7:45am Thursday.  During the course of the fight that occurred in a common area just outside the cafeteria, 17-year-old Dakota Escritt fell to the ground, striking his head on the tiled floor, which rendered him unconscious.  Staff intervened in the fight and rendered aid and upon arrival the officer requested ambulance assistance due to the serious nature of the injuries.

Escritt was transported to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs and later transferred to Children’s Hospital in Omaha, where he remains in Critical condition at the time of this report Friday evening.

The other student involved in the fight was identified as 16-year-old Gregary Teer whom was arrested after the incident.  Teer was charged with Assault Causing Serious Injury, a class D felony and was later released into the custody of his guardian.

Detectives are still working with school officials on the case and anyone with information regarding the incident are asked to contact the Council Bluffs Police Department, Criminal Investigation Division at 712-328-4765.

Red Oak Man Arrested After Fight at Convenience Store

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September 27th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department responded to a fight that occurred at the South Casey’s Store on Broadway Street in Red Oak around 5:00pm Friday (9/26) afternoon.  After investigation officers arrested 23-year-old Michael Eugene Sickels of Red Oak for Serious Assault which is a Serious Misdemeanor.  Sickels was taken to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility and is being held on $1,000 bond.

ISU Developing new exercise tool

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

An Iowa State University research team is using a 400 thousand dollar ($400,000) federal grant to improve a physical activity tracking program for kids. ISU Professor of Kinesiology Greg Welk says the online tool provides a more accurate picture of how much exercise kids actually get each day. “Schools might say, ‘well, we provide PE and recess, and so therefore we’ve given kids 30 minutes a day.’ But, the reality is kids might not actually be getting that much physical activity, those are just opportunities they have,” Welk says. Youth Activity Profile is the online system that tracks a child’s time spent exercising or at play. Welk says the measurement tool focuses student’s patterns of physical exertion to encourage them to get up and moving. “Most schools measure fitness in children and kids are used to doing fitness assessments and those provide a lot of value. But, a key need in physical education is a way to help kids to learn about their physical activity habits because physical activity is how you eventually change your fitness,” Welk says. The online tracker is filled out once a semester by students. The students report whether they walk or bike to school and answer other questions about their amount of physical activity. Then, the researchers pair that information with data collected from physical fitness monitors worn by a sample group of students. Health and fitness experts generally recommend children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Harkin says to help Africa

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

Senator Tom Harkin says it’s time to focus on building better “public health infrastructure” on the African continent, to help local officials more quickly deal with health threats like the current Ebola epidemic. “So when an outbreak happens like this, they don’t have the labs, they don’t have the technicians, they don’t have the public health personnel that are culturally sensitive to people to go out and out and stop this as soon as it starts,” Harkin says. Since 1976 there have been 17 outbreaks of Ebola in Africa, but the current outbreak is the largest in history. The United Nations held a meeting in New York City yesterday (Thursdsay) to discuss the outbreak and the president of “Doctors without Borders” said the global response to the crisis is “moving at the speed of a turtle.” Harkin says while U.S. health care workers did get to Africa early on to try to contain the spread of the disease, they met resistance. “And if they weren’t denied access, they were threatened by local people who thought they were coming in to do something to them,” Harkin says. “I mean, you’ve got to think when you’re in a rural village and you don’t even have the basics and some people show up in a truck and they’ve got these space suits on, that can be pretty frightening and so what happened is that local customs like washing the dead like they do and everything — it just spread that virus.” Harkin is chairman of a senate committee that drafts the budget for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and he is encouraged by last week’s vote in congress to approve 88 million dollars for C-D-C efforts to fight the Ebola outbreak. “We’re going to get on top of it,” Harkin says. “I don’t think we should be unduly alarmed in this country right now, but we’ve got to get on top of this in a hurry before it starts getting into more and more cities.” According to Harkin, the outbreak has been exacerbated because many Ebola victims in rural parts of Africa went to get help from relatives in urban centers. “That’s the place you want someone who’s tested positive for the Ebola virus to be,” Harkin says, “then it just started spreading like mad.” Harkin visited Africa last year to see for himself how health officials were responding to the AIDS epidemic on the continent. Harkin helped set aside six-million dollars in federal funds last year to start building facilities in Africa that are similar to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and later this fall the first two locations will be announced. I told my colleagues: ‘I’m leaving the Senate, but don’t drop the ball on this one,'” Harkin says. “We’ve got to build these laboratories and these institutions in these countries, so as soon as something break out, they’ve got the right personnel. It’s not me from America, it’s their people. They know how to test. They can do the laboratory work. They can do all that stuff right there.” The Ebola epidemic was first detected this winter in Guinea. It has spread to five West African nations and killed more than two-thousand people so far. Four medical missionaries who contracted the virus in Africa were flown back to the U.S. for treatment.

 

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Latest Iowa Headlines

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) – A Tipton man is accused of looting his father’s bank account while his dad was being treated for rectal cancer. Court records say Timothy Gingerich is charged with theft, identity theft and 28 counts of forgery. Authorities say the 26-year-old wrote himself nearly $8,000 in checks from his father’s bank account.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Crews have installed what Cedar Rapids officials say are Iowa’s first permanent green bike lanes. The work yesterday follows a June test on Third Avenue Southeast. City spokeswoman Emily Muhlbach says that after yielding to bicyclists, motor vehicles may enter the green lane when making turns, pulling into driveways or maneuvering to park.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Officials say a rare Grant Wood sketchbook from 1929 is back in Davenport after it went missing from a museum about 50 years ago. The 100-page sketchbook signed by the painter of “American Gothic” is again in the possession of the Figge Art Museum. Collections and exhibitions manager Andrew Wallace says the small book was likely stolen during an open house in 1966.

USDA Grants and loans awarded

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $1.45 million in grants and nearly $3.9 million in loans to a host of projects across rural Iowa. USDA Rural Development Acting Under Secretary Doug O’Brien says that includes a $300,000 grant that’ll benefit the central Iowa town of Gilbert. The grant will help finance the construction of a building that will be used as a fire station, city hall, and community center. Other grants and loans will help build a fire station in Waukon, finance renovations to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinic, and help the Monogram Prepared Meats plant in Harlan expand its food processing capacity. The Iowa Foundation for Microenterprise and Community Vitality, headquartered in Boone, is also getting a $200,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to help what O’Brien calls micro-businesses. “Businesses with 10 or fewer (employees),” O’Brien says. “This is another example of how the USDA is able to partner with entities in a rural place and help serve small businesses, improve the quality of life, and create jobs.” O’Brien is a native of Dubuque County. He says, across the country, the USDA is awarding $59 million in grants and loans to projects similar to those in Iowa.

Take Drugs Back

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

The state Office of Drug Control Policy is asking you to take some time and look through your home for outdated and unused medications. Spokesman Dale Woolery, says this weekend is the second “Drug Take Back Day.” This Saturday will provide Iowans with an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and get rid of medicines they may not be using, but could cause problems if left around,” Woolery says. Woolery says the U-S Drug Enforcement Administration started sponsoring the days about four years ago after prescription drug abuse started becoming an issue. The diversion of prescription drugs, in particular controlled prescription drugs like pain relievers, has led to an increase abuse and addiction. And unfortunately, tragically, event some overdose deaths. And we’ve had more of those than ever before,” Woolery says. “It can start innocently with someone who takes a pain reliever for a broken arm, but it can lead to a dependence. It depends on how it is used and for how long.” The Iowa Department of Public Health show overdose deaths in the state related to methadone, other opioids and other synthetic narcotics –primarily pain relievers– increased to an all-time high of 77 in 2013. Heroin deaths jumped from eight in 2012 to a record high of 20 in 2013. Woolery says the drugs have become a target. “We’ve had reports in Iowa of young people getting in to medicine cabinets of parents, grandparents, other relatives and friends and taking meds that weren’t theirs,” according to Woolery. “We’ve also had reports of people maybe going into and open house and pretend to be interested in buying a home that was for sale. Maybe go into the restroom and take medicine. Now, it doesn’t happen very often, but we are trying to safeguard against that.” The O-D-C-P’s concerns have been supported by the amount of prescription drugs turned in each year. The numbers have been rising. We’ve seen about 21 tons of unused medicines disposed of at these various Take Back events over these last three to four years. The most recent event this last spring, netted over four tons,” Woolery says. Woolery says this will be the last event that is sponsored by the D-E-A due to some changes in regulations. Most Iowa sites collecting unused medicines will be open Saturday from 10 a-m to 2 p-m. To find the Iowa Take Back drop-off site nearest you, or to get more information on how to prevent or get help for prescription drug abuse, go to: www.IowaMedicineTLC.org.

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Freezing Alliant Rates

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September 26th, 2014 by admin

A rate plan approved by state regulators will hold the line on electric rates for the 530-thousand customers of Alliant Energy Company. Alliant spokesman, Justin Foss, says the rate plan came out of a new agreement to purchase power from the Duane Arnold Nuclear plant that began in February of this year. We are going to get a lot cheaper energy, a lot less expensive energy from the plant. So, that’s a great thing, so that lowers rates,” Foss says. Foss says the plan has a couple of parts, one is the rate freeze. The base rate — the majority of the price of energy — is going to stay the same, that it has been since late 2010, and it’s going to stay that way all the way through 2016,” he explains. The rate plan also includes 105 million dollars in customer credits, which began showing up on electric customer’s bills May 1. In 2014 we are going to be able to give back about 70 million dollars in credits to reflect that lower cost,” Foss says, “but, because our other costs are rising, the credits will be less in 2015 and 2016.” He says it’s hard to say how much credit each electric customer sees on their monthly bill. “It depends on how much you use. So, people who are seeing a lot of usage are seeing a little bit more credit on that, and people who are not using as much are not seeing as much credit,” according to Foss. “So, it’s really tough to put an average amount on that.” Foss says customers with questions can go to: alliantenergy.com/iowarates.

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