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July 18th, 2012 by admin

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) –  The Missouri River Historical Development board, a nonprofit partner in the Sioux City riverboat casino, has voted to solicit proposals for a land-based casino. The Sioux City Journal says Penn National Gaming, the owner of the riverboat, will have to compete with other bidders if it wants to continue its partnership with the nonprofit group, which jointly holds the gambling license.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A state official says that up to 250 employees in northeastern Iowa lost their jobs following the collapse of a financial empire owned by a businessman arrested in connection with a $200 million fraud scheme. Iowa Workforce Development spokeswoman Kerry Koonce said the agency is piecing together the economic damage caused by the sudden downfall of Peregrine Financial Group CEO Russ Wasendorf Sr., who was arrested and charged last week.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) – Farmers have told Iowa Governor Terry Branstad they’re facing a possible financial disaster if the drought doesn’t break. Corn and pork producers met with the governor today at a forum in Mount Pleasant. One expert says this is the worst dry spell in Iowa in nearly 25 years.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The University of Iowa says testing of a white powdery substance in an envelope mailed to a residence hall shows no harmful substances. A student counselor reported feeling ill after opening the envelope at Stanley Hall yesterday. More tests are being run on the powder.

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) – The FBI says dogs aiding in the search for two missing girls have picked up their scent near Meyers Lake in northeast Iowa. But a spokeswoman says there are no witness reports to confirm Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook-Morrissey were at the lake. Family members say they believe the girls were abducted.

Heat Advisory in effect Wednesday afternoon for western & sw Iowa

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July 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

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400 PM CDT TUE JUL 17 2012

…HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM TO 7 PM CDT WEDNESDAY…

* TIMING…THE HEAT AND HUMIDITY COMBINED WILL IMPACT THE REGION
MAINLY IN THE MID AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING HOURS WEDNESDAY.

* TEMPERATURE…TEMPERATURES WILL APPROACH THE MID 90S ACROSS
THE SOUTH BY MIDDAY. EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON HEAT INDICES WILL
REACH 100 DEGREES AND HEAT INDICES WILL REACH 105 DEGREES BY
MID AFTERNOON AS HIGH TEMPERATURES REACH THE MID TO UPPER 90S.

* IMPACTS…THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH
HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT
ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS
EXPECTED. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS…WEAR LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING…
STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM…STAY OUT OF THE SUN…AND CHECK
UP ON RELATIVES… NEIGHBORS AND PETS.

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS…IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN
POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR
EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT
STROKE.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND
HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS
IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY
HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE
IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

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…HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 8 PM CDT WEDNESDAY…

Burn Ban in effect for Montgomery County effective Wed. July 18th

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July 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Montgomery County Emergency Management Coordinator Brian Hamman says a Burn Ban will be in effect for his County beginning at 8-a.m. Wed., July 18th, and until further notice. The ban was requested following a poll of fire department chiefs in the County, and approved by the State Fire Marshal’s Office. It means open burning is prohibited in Montgomery County. An application to your local fire chief can be obtained to allow a permit for an open burn if your local Fire Official believes it is safe to do so.  After approval of the permit, several entities within Montgomery County are informed to lessen the danger of false alarms.

Hamman says “Due to excessive heat and little to no precipitation over the last few weeks, Montgomery County rural areas are extreme to critically dry.  As a precaution to all residents in Montgomery County in this, “tinder box” condition, which is not only effecting Montgomery County but throughout the entire state.” Hamman says “This is a dangerous situation and we rely on the public to assist us in this ban.  The conditions are extremely favorable for a fast moving wildland fire that can destroy property and be life threatening if uncontrolled.  If adequate moisture is received, a revocation of the ban will be considered by all Montgomery County Fire Officials.” Hamman says also, that lit cigarettes should not be thrown from moving vehicles, residents should avoid using sky lanterns, and fireworks involving sparks or flames.

With the additional of Montgomery County, 31 counties in the State are currently prohibiting opening burning, due to the dry conditions, and extremely explosive fire danger possibility for grassland and crop acreages. Montgomery County is the only County in southwest Iowa to have instituted the ban, as of 5-p.m. Tuesday.

Iowa Woman Released from Prison in Fatal Crash

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July 17th, 2012 by Jim Field

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman sent to prison for a deadly crash that killed two young brothers has been released from prison.

Twenty-year-old Karli Brown of Essex, pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide in the November 2010 head-on collision near Red Oak that killed 5-year-old Maliki Todd and 4-year-old Alex Todd, of Cumberland.  The accident happened about on U.S. Highway 48 near Red Oak.  The boys mother, Nina McNeese of Cumberland was injured in the crash.

Officials say Brown was speeding, texting and passing in a no-passing zone when the crash happened. She was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Montgomery County Attorney Bruce Swanson says a judge on Monday reconsidered Brown’s sentence. The judge suspended the sentence and placed her on five years of supervised probation.

Swanson says he was not surprised at the judge’s decision. Swanson says it was a case of “gross negligence” and the judge wanted her to see the inside of a prison.

Atlantic Police Activity for July 16

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July 17th, 2012 by Jim Field

On Monday, Atlantic Police arrested 23 year old Andrew Nickum of Lewis on charges of O-W-I, second offense and driving while suspended.  He was booked at the Cass County Jail.

No one was hurt in a two car collision at the intersection of seventh and Linn streets Monday.  Timothy Smith of  Lincolnton, North Carolina was charged with failing to yield making a left turn and no proof of insurance.  He hit a car driven by Brenda Bird of Atlantic while trying to make a left turn in the intersection.  Total damage to the two cars was estimated at four thousand dollars.

9AM Newscast 07-17-2012

News, Podcasts

July 17th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

8AM Newscast 07-17-2012

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July 17th, 2012 by Chris Parks

w/ Jim Field

Over 500 Atlantic High School Alumni Attend Weekend Festivities

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July 17th, 2012 by Jim Field

The Atlantic All Class Reunion saw success last weekend with alumni from several states and classes represented within a 50-year span.
“We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful weekend to host the All Class Reunion,” Atlantic Area Chamber Director Megan Roberts said. “The heat gave way on Saturday evening and the street dance crowd was much appreciative.”
Overall, more than 500 alum were present at the different events throughout the weekend of July 13-14, Roberts said. Pleased with the progress from last year, Roberts said she hoped to see it grow even larger in 2013.
“We have every intention of continuing the alumni event because the Chamber business community sees great value in bringing those folks back to town,” Roberts said.
The Reunion weekend kicked off with a wine and appetizer reception Friday night and was followed by tours of the Atlantic High School and Washington Elementary on Saturday. The Atlantic Middle School and Schuler Elementary were closed for construction. The history of Atlantic video was also shown Saturday as well. The weekend activities concluded with a street dance at the Rock Island Depot.
“We heard many positive comments about our beautiful schools and many alum were appreciative of the organized events,” Roberts said. “As always, you never know what opportunities for our community may come out of reconnecting some of these alumni with their home of Atlantic, Iowa.”

Altercation at Lake Icaria Results in Charges

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July 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

Adams County Sheriffs deputies had to help Park Rangers at Lake Icaria break up a fight at the beach Saturday.  33 year old Ty Vaughn of Corning was arrested and charged with assault of a police officer, harassment in the first degree, two counts of assault and third offense public intoxication.  He was taken to the Adams County Jail and held on cash-only bond of $10,000.  Deputies also arrested 39 year old Laura Vaughn of Corning on a charge of second offense public intoxication.  She was held on $1,000 cash-only bond.

Griswold Man Hurt in Motorcycle Accident

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July 16th, 2012 by Jim Field

A motorcycle accident Saturday has left a Griswold man seriously injured.  Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Officials say 56 year old Micky Rabe of Griswold was taken to the Cass County Memorial Hospital and transferred by helicopter to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha.  Authorities say Rabe was eastbound on Highway 92 riding a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle just east of 535th Street a little after two o’clock Saturday when he lost control and crashed through the ditch while trying to pass a slow moving vehicle.  Rabe was charged with not having a valid motorcycle license and failure to maintain control.