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Adams County Arrest Monday

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May 26th, 2014 by Chris Parks

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man on Monday for OWI after responding to a call from Lake Icaria.

Sheriff’s officials received a call at 10:00am Monday (5/26) stating that a red Dodge pickup with a red topper was driving and swerving on the pavement around the Lake Icaria beach and the driver had an open container.  A traffic stop was later conducted on Juniper Avenue and the driver 55-year-old Larry Dean Bickford was arrested for OWI first offense.  Bickford was taken into custody and held on $1,000 bond.

U-of-I contributes to study on how cancer care in rural US is failing

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Researchers at the University of Iowa were key contributors to a national study that finds cancer care in rural America is lacking and without significant changes, won’t likely improve. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Blase Polite, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, says there are too few cancer specialists in rural areas and they face an increasing number of cancer patients. “We know that 20% of Americans live in rural areas but we found that only 3% of our cancer docs, our oncologists, are living in those areas,” Dr. Polite says. “Amazingly, 70% of counties in the United States don’t have a cancer specialist and our concern is that this is likely to get worse.”

It costs a tremendous amount of money to maintain a cancer treatment practice and the report finds many smaller operations won’t be around much longer. Polite says those doctors face a host of challenges, not the least of which is burnout. Polite says, “A lot of our small practices, those one- and two-doc or four- and five-doc practices, we surveyed them and almost two thirds of them will likely close or merge or sell in the next year because a lot of the cost pressures going on.” Medical advances are helping people to live longer, healthier lives, but he notes, there’s something of a downside to our increasing longevity, especially for rural residents.

“As we live longer, it’s just a biological fact that more people are likely to get cancer but our cancer workforce isn’t going to keep up with that,” Polite says. “We anticipate that if we continue the way we’re going right now and continue the way we deliver care right now, as many as 400,000 cancer patients out there in the future may have a difficult time finding a doc.” One of the fears is that some rural patients will simply give up because of the uphill fight to get treatment in a far-away city.

Polite says, “You have to imagine when folks have to travel three and four hours to get care, especially if you’ve got cancer and you’re not feeling great, there are going to be some folks who just decide not to keep going forward with treatment.” Polite is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, which put out the report, “The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014.” Learn more at the website: www.asco.org

(Radio Iowa)

Boy reports abduction attempt in Sioux City

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities in Sioux City are investigating an attempted abduction near a park.
Sioux City television station KTIV reports that a 12-year-old boy told police he was walking home from Highview Park shortly after 6 p.m. on Friday when a man in a black ski mask tried to lure him into a van.

The boy reported that the van was white with a blue air freshener inside. Police are still searching for the suspect. Sioux City Police Sgt. Kevin Heineman is urging parents to remind their children not to talk to strangers and to report any suspicious activity to an adult.

(Podcast) 8-am Area & State News, 5/26/14

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Iowa principal OK with public talks of his firing

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An embattled Iowa high school principal says he wants school board discussions of his firing to be aired in public. The Des Moines Register reports that Red Oak High School Principal Jedd Sherman says he has nothing to hide, and he has requested that the Red Oak School Board conduct its talks about him in an open meeting.

Sherman says the board’s efforts to fire him are retaliation for him reporting two cases of student bullying. Sherman says top school officials were also unhappy after he requested that an already-planned bathroom remodeling project be done in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

School board member have declined to discuss their reasons for trying to fire Sherman, but have refused his request to conduct their discussion in public.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News & funeral report, 5/26/2014

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Smoke but no fire this morning

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters in Atlantic were called to the scene of a possible house fire early this (Monday) morning. The Cass County Communications Center dispatched the fire department to 602 Mulberry Street at 4:51-a.m., following a report of the smell of smoke in a bedroom.

Law enforcement arriving on the scene also detected a burning, electrical smell, but could not locate a fire. Fire crews determined an electrical outlet on a bedroom wall was hot. The problem was confined to the single outlet.There was no fire however, and no one was injured.

Power to the home was restored and fire crews returned to their station by around 5:25-a.m.

Red Oak man arrested Sunday evening

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County report the arrest Sunday evening of a Red Oak man. 43-year old Richard Bryan Jenkins was taken into custody at around 7:45-p.m., for Driving While Barred. Jenkins was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Mon., May 26, 2014

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several people who were helping distribute flags for Memorial Day are recovering from scrapes and bruises after the trailer they were riding on careened across a cemetery. The Quad-City Times reports 10 adults and children were on the flatbed trailer when it broke free from the truck pulling it and rolled several hundred feet downhill before hitting a tree. Davenport police Sergeant Eric Court says no one was seriously hurt.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A second Iowa facility for delinquent youths is being investigated for failing to meet educational standards. The Des Moines Register reports the state is being urged to examine the practices of the State Training School for Boys in Eldora after two separate investigations. Questions about the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo prompted the governor to close it in January.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say a 23-year-old inmate on work release in Cedar Rapids has escaped. The state Department of Corrections says Bernard James Butler the Second failed to return to the Larry Nelson Work Release Center in Cedar Rapids after work on Friday.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 22-year-old Houston Astros prospect’s first home run of the season was caught by a familiar fan: his father. The Quad City Times reports River Bandits first baseman Conrad Gregor launched a go-ahead, three-run shot in the sixth inning of the Class-A team’s 5-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport Saturday night. Gregory’s father Marty in the right-center field stands caught the ball.

Veterans Affairs director talks about Memorial day

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May 26th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Today is set aside to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for the country. Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director, Robert King, was in Washington, D-C recently and says it hit him as the plane took off and he saw the various memorials down below the impact of veterans on the country.

“You think about the veterans that you’ve known that served in those, the ones who didn’t come home. I’ve got good friends that served whose names are on the wall,” King says. He says there aren’t many people who don’t know someonw who died and their name is on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. King says you begin to understand Iowa’s contribution to the effort when you walk through the flag-lined roads of the cemeteries in the state. King visits the cemetery in Adel, where he sees the markers of those from his hometown. “Those guys who ran the gas station, ran the insurance company, ran the grocery story, my high school principal. In those days you knew nothing about them but what they did at in the town then,” King says. “But you go to the cemetery and you see World War Two and Korea, some of them World War One — it puts a whole new perspective on it,” King says. King is retired from the Iowa National Guard, and says Iowans have always answered the call to serve.

“Iowa is really a great patriotic state and if you go back through history, Iowans have lined up and signed up and marched off to war. And of course a lot of them didn’t come back home, ” King says. “Memorial Day is a day to honor those who served — regardless of the service and when they served — but it is certainly a day to commemorate those who have lost their lives and particularly those who lost their lives in combat.” King sums up things this way.

“Veterans made the country, veterans served us very well and Memorial Day is another opportunity to thank them for what they have done,” King says. King says there’s always been an awareness of veterans, and the awareness has been heightened more by the efforts of the Department of Defense to mark the anniversaries related to World War Two, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

(Radio Iowa)