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Harlan Jazz Band No. 1 in Class 3A

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Harlan Community School District is celebrating today after another state victory, this time in Jazz Band. The State Competition was held Thursday in Des Moines. After performing around 2pm, the judges announced the Cyclones made it to the finals versus Pella. The finals were held later in the evening with the Harlan Community Cyclones named number 1 in Class 3A Jazz Band.

(Joel McCall/KNOD)

Cars slides off muddy road into a ditch in Cass County

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported after a vehicle slid-off a muddy road early this (Friday) morning, in Cass County. According to the Sheriff’s Department, a sheriff’s deputy responded at around 3:40-a.m. to a report of a single-vehicle accident on Richland Road in Cass County. It was later determined a 2013 Mazda SD driven by 28-year old Jennifer Lee Nye, of Nanticoke, PA, was westbound on Richland Road, when her car slid off the road and into the south ditch, before coming to rest against a sign post.  Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $2000.

8AM Newscast 04-19-2013

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Council Bluffs “Paint-A-Thon” set for August 17th

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Organizers with “Project Paint-A-Thon” say applications are currently being accepted through June 7th for a volunteer event designed to benefit homeowners age 60 or over, or who are permanently disabled. Applicants for the 25th Annual Brush Up paint-a-thon who live in Council Bluffs, or, Douglas and Sarpy Counties, in Nebraska, must meet financial guidelines listed on the official application, which is available by calling Southwest 8 Senior Services at 712-328-2540, or by calling 2-1-1. All applications must be returned by June 7th in order to be eligible for the August 17th event.

An independent Selection Committee made up of professionals from housing and human services will identify homeowners who are qualified. Homeowners selected will have their homes painted at NO COST. Volunteers paint the exterior of selected homes in August of each year.

The Paint-A-Thon was established in 1989, as a “Community Partnership” to spearhead a community-wide effort to paint the homes of older adults and disabled homeowners who are unable to either physically or financially, paint their homes. Since the program’s inception, volunteer teams have painted 2,495 homes. The goal for 2013, is to paint 80 homes, with the help of over 2,500 volunteers.

The event is made possible through the support of numerous companies, businesses and individuals, who donate materials and other forms of support for the volunteer teams.

(8-a.m. News)

7AM Newscast 04-19-2013

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Business services company plans 135 Iowa hires

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A business services company has announced plans to fill 135 new positions in Iowa. The Des Moines Register says CDS Global intends to add 50 of the jobs at its Des Moines operation and 85 at its Boone site.  The Des Moines-based company says the new workers are needed to handle the needs of a new, unnamed client. CDS provides mailing and other services for businesses in several industries.

CDS Global currently has 900 workers in Des Moines, 330 in Boone and has other Iowa offices in Council Bluffs, Harlan, Tipton, West Des Moines and Wilton. CDS is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hearst Corp.

Cass County Non-profits receive awards

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Chair of the Cass County Endowment Foundation has announced the latest rounds of grants to non-profit agencies within the County. Nicholas Hunt said the grant recipients had submitted applications to the CCEF by the Feb. 1st deadline, and were awarded grants by the Cass County Board of Directors.

Only those organizations providing services in Cass County were eligible for the funds, the checks for which were received by representatives of those agencies, on April 18th. The following nonprofit agencies or organizations with charitable missions is the areas of civic, cultural, health, education and social services received grants:

3 hour man hunt leads to arrest of Mo. Valley man

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Missouri Valley say a local man was arrested earlier this week following a pursuit and three-hour long search while he tried to elude law enforcement in Harrison County. Officials who spoke with The DailyNonPareil said 37-year old Rick A. Erwin, of Missouri Valley, was taken into custody at around 9 p.m. Tuesday near Old Lincoln Highway. Authorities say Erwin was arrested for suspicion of eluding, interference with official acts, reckless driving, driving without a driver’s license, careless driving and a number of other traffic violations. He remains at the Harrison County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

The incident which led to his arrest began at around 5:30-p.m., Tuesday, when a police officer attempted to pull Erwin over as he was driving a 1995 GMC Jimmy with no plate, in Missouri Valley. Erwin failed to stop and continued west onto East Erie Street, eventually leaving the city on U.S. Highway 30. He then reportedly stopped at a gas station. When the police officer exited his cruiser Erwin sped away, traveling east on Highway 30 before entering southbound Interstate 29. While on I-29 Erwin accelerated to speeds in excess of 100 mph, the police department said, before exiting at Loveland, where he traveled east on 145th Street before stopping. Erwin exited and ran across I-29 and down the east shoulder.

The chase and search for Erwin involved officers with the Missouri Valley Police Dept., Harrison and Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Departments, the Iowa State Patrol, and an Omaha Police Department helicopter. The search ended just before 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, when officers lost contact with the man and his vehicle. But about one-half hour later, authorities in Harrison County received a call about a subject walking along the railroad tracks north of the DeSoto Avenue and Old Lincoln Highway. They used a thermal imaging device to locate Erwin and take him into custody.

Deadly explosion in Texas may prompt review of fertilizer plant regulations

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas is prompting questions about regulatory oversight there. In Iowa, officials say fertilizer is only produced at a handful of sites across the state, but many others store fertilizer. Workplace safety in Iowa is overseen by Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Enforcement. Administrator Steve Slater says annual inspections aren’t required at most sites that handle fertilizer. “If we have a complaint or a serious injury, they’d certainly fall under our inspection list. But they’re not on a general scheduled inspection list as being a high-hazard industry unless there’s an issue like I just mentioned,” Slater says.

Depending on the circumstances, Slater says the rules may be tighter for plants that process fertilizer. Slater says Iowa has a mostly good track record with fertilizer plants, but the incident in Texas is likely to prompt reviews of regulations nationwide. “This is like the occurrence that just happened in Boston – you can’t predict this stuff – when it does happen, it makes big news and big headlines and provides good opportunities (to discuss) whether we’re doing enough and how we can do things better,” Slater says. Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials say there are at least two existing fertilizer plants in Iowa, located in Fort Dodge and Sergeant Bluff. A third facility has just begun construction in southeast Iowa’s Lee County.

The state Department of Agriculture’s website lists more than 3,000 companies licensed to store, sell or distribute fertilizer in Iowa. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates 700 retail facilities in Iowa that store more than 10,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia. Four people died and 15 more were injured when ammonium nitrate exploded at a plant near Sioux City in 1994.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Fri., April 19th 2013

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April 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says a mudslide behind a residence hall has damaged several vehicles in its parking lot. The university said yesterday that heavy rains caused the mudslide behind Mayflower Residence Hall late Wednesday night. No one was injured, but the parking lot behind Mayflower became inundated with several feet of mud and debris.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s state treasury has received an annual payment from tobacco companies totaling more than $65 million. The payment is the result of a 1998 settlement agreement between tobacco companies and states over tobacco-related health care costs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa program geared at helping people avoid foreclosure has received a federal grant for more than $600,000. The Iowa Mortgage Help foreclosure prevention initiative received the grant from the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling Program. State officials announced the award yesterday.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of Midwest bankers says that strong farm income continues to boost the economy in Iowa, Nebraska and other Plains states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey from Omaha, Nebraska. He says agricultural businesses and energy-producing firms continue to thrive in the region.