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Adair County man arrested on Union County warrant

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September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report the arrest Wednesday morning of an Adair County man. 49-year old Paul B. Pals, of Orient, was arrested at the Union County Law Enforcement Center on a warrant out of Union County for OWI/1st offense. Pals was later released from the jail on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 9/18/2014

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September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Commodities prices predicted to drop further for farmers

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September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa farmers are preparing to roll out their combines for harvest season but they may be hitting the fields in a few weeks with mixed emotions. A new report from the U-S Department of Agriculture projects a four-point-three bushel-per-acre increase in the corn yield nationwide. The U-S-D-A’s chief economist Joe Glauber says that much corn means only one thing. “No question, looking at lower prices as a result,” Glauber says.

Corn prices have been falling all summer and the latest projection shows another 21-percent decrease in prices in the next marketing year for corn. Soybean prices are also expected to drop 23-percent. Iowa is the nation’s top producer of both corn and soybeans so those statistics will hit especially hard here. “The question is, where does all this look once you’ve netted out the cost of production,” Glauber says. “I think the real factor there looming has been the high cash rents. We know cash rents have gone up over the last few years. In some areas, they’ve begun to come down a little bit and we’d expect with lower returns, certainly, that those will come down.”

However, what was paid for cash rent this year is what will go into the production formulas. A U-S-D-A report out last week found the average price to rent Iowa farmland has gone up slightly this year, averaging 260-dollars per acre for corn and soybean ground. That’s about five-dollars an acre higher than last year. Glauber says it may be a challenge to find places to put all of the bumper crop.
“Pressure on storage capacity is going to put pressure on transportation,” he says. “There are already problems in the transportation service, particularly in the Northern Plains, where we’ve seen bases widening, long delays.”

Glauber says the good news is — there is a market for all that corn about to be harvested as ethanol production and exports remain very strong. Iowa is the nation’s top ethanol producer.

(Radio Iowa)

Hospitals expect number of births to increase

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September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Hospitals around the state are projecting a slight increase in birth rates. Nurse Deborah Tell at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines says the economy is finally stable enough for people to have children.  “You know I do think it has increased, especially here at our hospital. You know I look at the national statistics that have said the last few years the birth rates went down, but now they are coming back up again,” Tell says. Tell says the weather in the winter months at the start of the year can sometimes have an impact on the birthrate.

“We can look back and see when there was maybe a major storm and schools were closed and businesses were closed — or if it’s extra cold and people don’t go out as much,” Tell says. The eighth and ninth months of the year, August and September, are known for having some of the highest birth rates of the year.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., Sept. 18th 2014

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September 18th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Bruce Braley is focusing on policy in his bid to win Iowa’s U.S. Senate contest and his recent television ads have featured others talking about the four-term congressman’s record. Braley’s Republican opponent Joni Ernst has built her campaign around telling voters her story as a down-home farm girl and military veteran. A poll of likely Iowa voters released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed Ernst leading Braley 50 percent to 44 percent. The poll — which had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points — was the first recent survey to show Ernst with such a lead.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad issued a disaster emergency proclamation yesterday regarding four Iowa counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation covers Adair, Guthrie, Ringgold, and Warren counties following severe weather and heavy rains on September 9th.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport alderman has defended his right to carry a concealed weapon into City Hall. Alderman Bill Edmond told the Quad-City Times on Tuesday that he carries his weapon for personal protection.

OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — The former mayor of a northeast Iowa city pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges alleging he sexually abused two girls. Court records show 36-year-old Jason Manus entered the plea to five counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The former mayor of Oelwein was scheduled to go on trial October 8th.

Atlantic Council sends vacating matter to committee

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones announced during Wednesday’s City Council meeting, that action on a request to vacate a Lot in the Southern Heights Subdivision Second Addition would not be taken during the meeting. Instead, he said the matter being sent to the Community Development Committee for further discussion, because the “Language was not quite right.”

Southern Heights II Subdivision. (Courtesy Don Sonntag)

Southern Heights II Subdivision. (Courtesy Don Sonntag)

Local developer Don Sonntag asked if there would be a timeline for the transferring of the street vacation. Jones said there would need to be a date set for a public hearing after the matter comes back from the Community Development Committee, and the hearing held before any further action could be taken. Sonntag said he has two units “spoken for,” but he can’t get started until the vacating of the street is approved.

In a letter to the Council, Sonntag said the City of Atlantic’s Planning and Zoning Commission “Has thoroughly discussed, reviewed and unanimously voted twice that [the] street easement is not needed, and the layout [he] presented to them was discussed for approval.” Sonntag Development, LLC is considering building a total of more than 30 condominium units over a period of time, which he says would bring in a minimum of $215,00 in tax revenue annually for the City. He said “…if [the] land is not vacated, [the] project will not proceed.”

In other business, the Council set October 1st as the date for a public hearing on the disposal of City properties located at 1200 Birch and 1106 Poplar Streets. The lot on Birch Street is vacant, while the other property has a house on it. After the public hearing, the person who buys the property on Poplar Street would be responsible for tearing the house down. Mayor Dave Jones also set October 31st as the date for Halloween trick-or-treating. The hours are from 5-to 7-pm.

And, the Mayor made mention of efforts to bring an electronics recycling service to Atlantic. The company would bring a tractor trailer to the community that would allow old TV’s, microwaves, computers and other small electronics for free drop-off and recycling. It would cost about $5,000 to bring the service to town for a limited time. The Public Safety Committee would be responsible for coordinating the date and times. Donations to help pay for the service will be solicited from public sponsors, and maybe the Community Protection Committee. More details on the program will be released later.

Menlo woman arrested on drug charges

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Guthrie County said Wednesday, that a woman from Menlo was arrested on drug and other charges following a traffic stop last Friday. A deputy stopped a vehicle driven by 33-year old Heather Marie Luckinbill, of Menlo, at around 1-a.m. Friday for being driven with the headlights off.  During the course of the traffic stop, the deputy became suspicious that the occupants were under the influence of methamphetamine. A search was conducted of the stopped vehicle and approximately one gram of methamphetamine was located. Luckinbill was arrested for possession of methamphetamine first offense and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was transported to the Guthrie County Jail where she underwent testing for suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Additional charges are pending at this time.

Disaster proclamation issued for 4 Iowa counties

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday issued a disaster emergency proclamation for four Iowa counties in response to recent severe weather. The proclamation covers Adair, Guthrie, Ringgold, and Warren counties following severe weather and heavy rains on Sept. 9. State resources can now be used to help affected communities in those counties.

The proclamation also activates an individual assistance program that grants up to $5,000 for households with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The money can be used for temporary housing, home and car repairs and other items.

It’s personality versus policy in Iowa Senate race

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The race for Iowa’s open Senate seat could be dubbed the Resume vs. the Personality. Democrat Bruce Braley is focusing on policy in his bid to win the contest and his recent television ads have featured others talking about the four-term congressman’s record. He doesn’t appear in the ads himself. His Republican opponent Joni Ernst has built her campaign around telling voters her story as a down-home farm girl and military veteran.

A poll of likely Iowa voters released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University showed Ernst leading Braley 50 percent to 44 percent. The poll — which had a margin of error of 2.9 percentage points — was the first recent survey to show Ernst with such a lead. Other recent polling has shown the two closely locked.

Iowa chiropractor in groping case gets reinstated

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September 17th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa chiropractor accused in the past of inappropriately touching female patients can resume practicing, a state board announced Wednesday. The Iowa Board of Chiropractic’s decision to reinstate Stuart Hoven‘s license is contingent on several conditions. He is on permanent probation and will need a female chaperone present when treating patients who are women. He must also submit to polygraph testing every six months.

Hoven, of Winterset, had been accused multiple times of inappropriately touching his patients’ breasts. Two women reported incidents in 2012. Other patients reported incidents in 2004 that included alleged inappropriate comments of a sexual nature. His license was suspended indefinitely in January 2013. Hoven later expressed interest in returning to work, but the board ruled in September 2013 that he wasn’t ready.

A document filed by the board this month said Hoven has fully complied with requirements for seeking reinstatement. That includes completing individual and group therapy, as well as finishing a coaching program on professional sexual misconduct.

Hoven previously had clinics in Winterset and Osceola.