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7AM Newscast 09-29-2011

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September 29th, 2011 by Chris Parks

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Iowa is Nation’s Top Hog Producer

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Iowa has widened its lead over North Carolina as the nation’s top hog producer.

The Des Moines Register reported Thursday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture lists Iowa’s herd total at 19.6 million, an increase from last year’s 18.9 million.

The hog inventory in No. 2 North Carolina dropped by 7 percent to 8.5 million. Producers blamed the decline in North Carolina on the high cost of corn, which is shipped to the state to feed the hogs.

The USDA says the nation’s total hog inventory was 66.6 million. Producers have been seeing strong prices.

Shane Ellis of Iowa State University Extension says per-head profits were $21.33 in August. He expects those profits to drop into the single digits in September.

–AP

Council Bluffs Neighborhood Evacuated Because of Gas Leak

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Officials have evacuated a Council Bluffs neighborhood because of a natural gas leak.

About a dozen houses were evacuated before dawn Thursday morning.

The area was being evacuated as a precaution while officials searched for the source of the gas leak.

The affected neighborhood is a couple blocks east of Interstate 29 on the west side of Council Bluffs near 36th and B streets.

–AP

Winterset Drought Plan

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

Winterset residents are being asked to conserve water as the level of the lake that supplies the city’s water continues to drop.

The level of Cedar Lake is at its lowest since 2006 and KCCI reported the 65-acre lake’s level gets lower each day.

The city’s water utilities manager says there hasn’t been any significant rain since July and with little rain in the forecast, the city is taking steps to keep more water in the lake by asking residents to voluntarily conserve water.

Officials say if the lake falls another 2 1/2 feet, the city will have to buy water from the Southern Iowa Rural Water Association. Residents are being asked to not wash cars, water their yards or run water when they brush their teeth.

–AP

Iowa School On Lockdown Tuesday Night

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

An Iowa High School was put on lockdown Tuesday evening for a short time.

Dallas Center Grimes High School was put on lockdown during a volleyball game Tuesday evening when officials noticed a suspicious person walking along highway 44 near the school. The person reportedly looked to be carrying a rifle and a bullet proof vest.

After calling 911, the school’s doors were locked and officials were put on high alert for any suspicious activity that might occur. At the time of the lockdown, a volleyball game was taking place at the school.

Authorities eventually arrested Michael Jensen who is being held in the Polk County Jail on $100,000 cash bond.

WWII Veterans Gathering in Council Bluffs

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September 29th, 2011 by admin

A gathering of World War II Veterans will take place in Council Bluffs starting next Tuesday. Prisoners of War who surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 will be gathering at the annual Mukden Survivors and Descendants Reunion at the Holiday Inn and Suites at Ameristar in Council Bluffs from October 4-8.

The Mukden Prisoner of War Camp was a Japanese slave labor camp using men surrendered during WWII. Mukden POW camp was located in Manchuria in northeast China. It was one of the largest POW camps of the Japanese imprisoning 1500 Americans as well as military men from Great Britain, the Netherlands and several other nations.

Registration will be next Tuesday, with a banquet held on October 8th at the Holiday Inn.

On October 8 from 10:00-11:00am, the public is invited to meet and listen to the stories of these former WWII Japanese prisoners of war at the Holiday Inn.

For more information about the event, contact Gloria Myers, at 712-784-3913. Reservations for the banquet are $25 and need to be made by Saturday.

I-680 Construction Zone Closed to Public

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September 28th, 2011 by admin



The Iowa DOT is reminding the public that all persons are prohibited from entering the Interstate 680 construction site. The construction site will only be open to contractor employees and individuals directly involved in the rebuilding project.

The Iowa DOT would like to have interstate 680 partially or completely open by the end of the year. Disruptions caused by the public by entering the construction site could cause delays in re-building the interstate.

The contractor is mobilizing its equipment to the site and beginning work using heavy equipment and trucks. The work environment is heavily congested and unsafe for observers.

The Iowa DOT says it will let the public know if there are any opportunities in the future to view the construction site.

VITA Tax Volunteers Needed in SW Iowa

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September 28th, 2011 by admin

Volunteers are needed in southwest Iowa to help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA Program is an IRS-sponsored program that certifies community volunteers to prepare and e-file basic tax returns at no cost for low to moderate income individuals and families.

Those interested in volunteering in southwest Iowa to help prepare 2011 income taxes should have a basic understanding of income tax laws, an interest in helping others, and basic computer skills.

Volunteers will be provided basic training to help people fill out their basic 1040 tax forms.

To find out more about the VITA program contact the Shelby County Extension Office at 712-755-3104, or Mary Beth Kaufman, Extension Family Program Specialist at 712-755-3104 or e-mail: mbkaufma@iastate.edu. Those interested will need to complete a one page application.

Flood Damage at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge

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September 28th, 2011 by admin

Officials at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge say flooding from the Missouri River caused about $3 million in damage. That led to the park temporarily closing. Typically the park sees hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Flooding at the park in Missouri Valley Park tore down massive trees, split roads and dropped sand everywhere. Rushing water also carved new channels, with some being 25 feet deep and a third of a mile long.

The flooding will cause park officials to look for new ways to attract more wildlife. Wildlife refuge manager Tom Cox tells KETV in Omaha the refuge managers are looking at new ways to manage the land and attract more wildlife. That could include making changes to the grassland, forest and wetland regions of the park.

Despite the flooding, DeSoto’s visitors’ center will be back because its exhibits are safe.

Early estimates show the park fully re-opening sometime next spring.

Adams County Elections

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September 28th, 2011 by admin

The final list of candidates appearing on the November 8th ballot for both City and County government positions in Adams County have been announced.

In Corning, two people will be running against incumbent mayor Gay Brace. Judith Butcher and Janet E. Scheilz-Wood will attempt to unseat Brace.

Also in Corning, three people will be running unopposed in three separate city council elections. Wayne Moore will be running in Ward 1. Warren G. Blaisure will be running in Ward 3, and Bert Peckham will be running for an at-large council seat.

In Nodaway, Patricia A. Shipley will be running unopposed for mayor.

Meanwhile on the Nodaway City Council, four candidates will be running for five positions. The fifth position will be filled by write-in. The four people running include Hartford Cooper, Christine Dunn, Becky Poen, and Chris Wiechman.

In Carbon, Brian Corpe will be running unopposed for mayor.

Also in Carbon, four people will be running for five potions on the city council, with the fifth position filled by write-in. Those running for the council include Richard Avila, Jauson King, Donna Rochau, and Dwight Sunderman

In Prescott, nobody filed to run for mayor, so the position will be filled by write-in.

Also in Prescott, two at-large positions are open for the city council. John Grossnickle filed to run for one of the positions, while the other will be filled by write-in.