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Iowa DOT and Nebraska Department of Roads to take over Decatur bridge

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation and the Nebraska Department of Roads are working with the Burt County Bridge Commission to transfer jurisdiction of the Decatur-Onawa toll bridge connecting Nebraska 51 and Iowa 175 from the commission to the states.

Once the transfer is complete, the NDOR will maintain Nebraska 51 and be the lead state on issues related to the bridge, including maintenance and snow removal. The Iowa DOT will have control of Iowa 175. The agreement paves the way for the removal of tolls from the bridge beginning Nov. 30th.

The agreement was approved Nov. 12th by the Iowa Transportation Commission and a recommendation to proceed has been received from the Nebraska Highway Commission.

 

 

Online directory now available to find alternatives to throwing items in the trash

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CEDAR RAPIDS — Iowans looking for an alternative to throwing away unwanted items and materials now have an easy way to find places that will take them: the DNR’s Iowa Greenlist. Available at www.iagreenlist.com, the Iowa Greenlist is a web-based directory of locations that accept items to be recycled, reused or repurposed instead of ending up in a landfill.

“Iowans now have a one-stop shop to find other options to throwing away their items,” said Scott Flagg, Iowa Greenlist directory manager. “The Iowa Greenlist is the most comprehensive statewide resource currently available – Iowa’s ultimate recycling directory.”

The website allows the user to search by material, location or organization and displays contact information, a list of materials accepted and hours for all registered locations. The database currently has 506 registered locations available across Iowa that accept products ranging from electronics to used oil filters. New retailers are able to register on the website at any time.

Survey: Iowa schools spend 6% of food budgets locally

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The U-S Agriculture Department’s Farm to School Census finds Iowa’s school districts spent six percent of their food budgets buying from local farms in the 2011-2012 school year. Across the Midwest, most states report 25 to 50 percent of their school districts are buying from local farms, growing edible gardens or teaching nutrition –all parts of U-S-D-A’s Farm to School effort. Corry Bregendahl, of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, says increasingly she hears from districts that want to get more local foods on the table.

“They’re eager to be a part of this, but there’s still some significant challenges associated with their participation,” Bregendahl says. The challenges include regulations, such as the competitive bidding process, and school kitchen logistics. “The food service needs a lot of support because a lot of them don’t even have slicing equipment,” Bregendahl explains. “They’ve evolved to be warmers, not food preparers.” Bregendahl says the survey confirms some of the things farmers have been telling them about the use of local foods.

“We’ve been hearing anecdotal evidence for years that farmers were expanding their operations because they were getting access to new markets and they were ramping up their production,” according to Bregendahl. Bregendahl says, when local food sourcing does succeed it can have ripple effects on the local economy.

(Radio Iowa)

Only 136 Iowans get private insurance from healtcare.gov in October

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Fewer than 12 dozen Iowans acquired private health insurance through the federal healthcare-dot-gov website during its first troubled month of operation. A report from the Obama Administration indicates that during October applications were submitted through the federal website for coverage of nearly 11-thousand individual Iowans. Almost 45-hundred of those Iowans have incomes low enough that they qualify for coverage through Medicaid.

Another two-thousand of them qualified for government subsidies to buy private insurance. However, only 136 were able to complete the application process and buy a private insurance policy during the month of October.

Government subsidies for buying private insurance are only available to those who use the website to buy insurance. According to the Obama Administration report, over 255-thousand Iowans are either eligible for the subsidy to buy private insurance or are eligible for Medicaid. Almost 200-thousand of those are either working full-time, or someone in their household has a full-time job. The application deadline through health-care-dot-gov is December 15th, but the policies do not take effect until January 1st.

(Radio Iowa)

Street closure & bridge closed in Shelby County

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports the bridge over Mosquito Creek, just east of the intersection of 1800th Street and Highway 191, is now permanently closed. The bridge is located between Washington Township Sections 1 and 12. And, 2000th Street, just west of Hazel Road will be closed three weeks for a culvert pipe replacement project, beginning Mon., Nov. 18th. The culvert is located between Union Township Sections 29 & 32.

Residents and emergency responders should plan to take alternate routes. If you have any questions, call the Shelby County Engineer’s Office at 712-755-5954.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Local/Area News: Nov. 14, 2013

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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NE man charged in SW IA sex case faces additional charges in NE

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Nebraska say a man who faces sexual abuse charges in Iowa now faces additional charges in Nebraska. The Daily NonPareil reports 64-year old John Robert Schondelmeyer is being charge with two counts of incest in Sarpy County, Neb.  Schondelmeyer was charged in Iowa with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of lascivious acts with a child. He was arrested Oct. 17th at his Bellevue, Neb. residence by Bellevue Police.

An arrest warrant says the alleged incidents involving two girls, ages 7 and 8, occurred on Sept. 19, 20, 21 and 22 at Schondelmeyer’s home in Bellevue, the victims’ residence and Mills County. Schondelmeyer pleaded not guilt to the charges in Mills County on Nov. 5th. An arraignment is scheduled 9:30 am. Monday at the Mills County Courthouse. If convicted on the Iowa charges, Schondelmeyer faces up to 50 years in prison for the two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and up to 10 years for each count of lascivious acts with a child. He is being held in the Mills County Jail on a $70,000 bond.

Authorities in Sarpy County say they are waiting for Schondelmeyer’s court proceedings in Mills County to conclude before transferring him to Nebraska, where he is being charged with two felony counts of sexual assault of a child under 12 years of age and two felony counts of incest. He faces up to two life sentences in prison for the sexual assault charges and up to 40 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for each of the incest charges.

Officials in Mills County says when he was arrested in October,  Schondelmeyer was in the process of moving to Fayetteville, N.C.

Red Oak man arrested for violating probation

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday evening for a probation violation. According to Red Oak Police, 35-year old Timothy Orville Welch was arrested in the 100 block of West Coobaugh Street at around 5:45-p.m.   Welch was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $5,000 bond.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Nov. 14 2013

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November 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for possession of child pornography. Thirty-six-year-old Nicholas Michael Jackson of Boone, Iowa, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Washington, D.C. He had pleaded guilty in March. Prosecutors say the registered sex offender shared about 20 images of child porn with an undercover officer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Vision Iowa Board has awarded $1.1 million toward the renovation of a plaza in downtown Des Moines. The board awarded the money yesterday to the Cowles Commons Renovation, a $9.7 million project to replace a 35-year-old space previously known as Nollen Plaza. Demolition of the site began in October and completion of the project is expected in late 2014.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Council Bluffs have arrested a man following an hour-long police standoff. Police Lt. Mark Galvan says Lucas Walk was taken to a hospital after being removed from the residence yesterday. A police dog had bitten him. Police say they had been trying to serve an arrest warrant to Walk and thought he might be armed but later found no weapons.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — The case of a former Iowa jail guard accused of killing his pregnant wife has gone to the jury. The Henry County jury got the case yesterday. Seth Techel is charged with first-degree murder in last year’s death of his wife, Lisa, and their fetus. Prosecutors say he wanted to kill his wife to be with another woman. A defense attorney says a former neighbor may have been a better suspect in Lisa Techel’s death.

Police end standoff at Council Bluffs home

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November 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man involved in a police standoff in Council Bluffs is now in custody. Lt. Mark Galvan of the Council Bluffs Police Department tells Omaha television station KETV that Lucas Walk was taken out of a residence Wednesday following a standoff that lasted about an hour. He was taken to a hospital after a K-9 dog bit him.

Police say Walk had several, outstanding felony warrants for stolen property, and that they were serving an arrest warrant to Walk when the incident began. Authorities say they thought Walk may be armed, but no weapons have been found. Nearby homes were briefly evacuated. The scene was cleared and residents were allowed to return home, at around 5:45-p.m.