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(Podcast) KJAN News & funeral report, 12/30/15

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The 7:07-a.m. news (podcast) w/KJAN News Director, Ric Hanson.

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I-80 westbound blocked north of Atlantic due to accident

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa DOT reports (as of 7:15-a.m.), Interstate 80 westbound in Cass County is blocked between Exit 57 (the Olive Street exit), and Exit 54 (Highway 173/Elk Horn), due to an accident. A KJAN listener reports a semi has tipped over onto its side, blocking both lanes. The crash is just beyond the Olive Street overpass. Westbound traffic was being rerouted off I-80 westbound at the Exit 57 ramp, across Olive Street and back down the I-80 westbound on-ramp, around the obstruction.

Additional details are not available.

Beware the morning commute could be slippery

News, Weather

December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The National Weather Service says a fast moving weather system will produce periods of light snow this morning. Snowfall amounts will range from a dusting to around one inch. The morning commute will likely be impacted with roads become snow covered and slippery. Just before 6-a.m., the Iowa Dept. of Transportation’s map at 511ia.org showed most roads in southwest Iowa between Highway 92 and Highway 44, were partially covered with snow. South of Highway 92, roads were mostly covered with snow. The snowfall should move east of the area by around noon.

Otherwise expect mostly cloudy conditions the remainder of the afternoon with highs in the 20s. Mostly cloudy and cold conditions are expected on Thursday although it should be dry. Quiet but cold conditions are expected on New Year’s Eve with lows in the single digits north to the lower teens south. Expect some sunshine on New Year’s Day with seasonal temperatures in the 20s.

Stanton man arrested Tue. night

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County arrested a Stanton man Tuesday night on a valid Page County warrant. 21-year old Cody Benjamin Carrol Johnson was taken into custody at around 9:50-p.m. on a warrant for Failure to Appear, on an original charge of Driving While Barred. Johnson was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $2,000 bond.

NW IA woman charged with attempted murder for Sept car wreck

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A northwest Iowa woman has been charged with attempted murder for her role in a two-vehicle accident in Plymouth County nearly four months ago. Authorities say 29 year old Melissa Ebert, of Cherokee, intentionally drove her vehicle into the path of a car driven by 28 year old Dustin Boll, of Le Mars, shortly before midnight on September 9th. Both drivers and a passenger in Ebert’s vehicle, 33 year old Damian Johnson, also of Cherokee, suffered serious injuries in the accident on a county road.

Ebert has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of serious injury by motor vehicle and second offense O-W-I. She’s being held in the Plymouth County Jail on $50-thousand dollars bond.

(Radio Iowa)

Presidential campaign round-up, starting with Trump in western Iowa

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A half dozen presidential candidates campaigned in Iowa Tuesday. During an evening rally in Council Bluffs, Republican front-runner Donald Trump told the crowd former New York Governor George Pataki’s exit from the race wouldn’t have much impact. “There’s not much to split up ’cause he was at zero,” Trump said, and the crowd laughed. “No, No. I always say: ‘Oh, let’s see. He dropped out. He’s got three. How many of the three can we get, the three percent?’ When they drop out at zero, you just say: ‘Let’s go on to the next.’ Right?”

For the second time in Iowa, Trump carried the Bible his mother gave him on stage and talked about “polling so well” with evangelical voters in Iowa.  “We love ‘The Art of the Deal,'” Trump said, referring to his book. “But the Bible is far, far, far superior. Right? Yes.” The crowd cheered. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has criticized Trump for opposing a hike in the minimum wage and Sanders suggests Trump’s tax strategies would help the wealthy and devastate the “disappearaing” middle class. Trump shot back last night (Tuesday).

“Forget about socialist. I think he’s a communist. He wants to bring your taxes up to 90 percent,” Trump said and the crowd started booing. “I mean, no, think of it. The guy wants to bring your taxes up to, like, whatever and give some people free (college). But you know who’s paying for it, folks? You’re paying for it. Lots of luck. Enjoy yourselves, O.K.? But he’s literally, people are talking about a 90 percent tax rate. Who would be happy paying 90 percent to taxes? Not too many people. No, it’s terrible.”

Sanders told a crowd in Muscatine late Tuesday afternoon that it is “absurd” that bright young kids cannot afford to go to college and it deprives the country of their economic potential. Earlier in the day Republican Chris Christie urged a crowd of about 50 in an Iowa City restaurant to choose an experienced candidate rather than a political novice “We’ve got former governors, current governors We’ve got current senators, former senators. We’ve got business executives and we’ve got a character,” Christie said, to laughter. “O.K? We’ve got it all and it’s been very entertaining, but this is what I tell Iowa: ‘Show time is over. It’s game time. You and the people in New Hampshire are the most powerful people in America. You are going to take this race from 13 to four or five.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio campaigned in eastern Iowa yesterday. He spoke to about 150 people in Clinton, then took questions from the crowd. “First of all I can see why Hillary would not run against you in 2016. That’s obviously obvious,” a man in the crowd said. Rubio replied: “But I do want to run against her.” South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy endorsed Rubio Monday and campaigned with him in Iowa.

“National security (and) public safety are the most important issues to me and there is nobody better on those two issues than Marco Rubio,” Gowdy said. Gowdy is running a U.S. House investigation of the 2012 attack in Benghazi. Gowdy told the crowd in Clinton it is a “serious investigation” that will “find out what happened.” Democrat Martin O’Malley campaigned in Jefferson and Fort Dodge last night. Republican Rick Santorum met with supporters at a “house party” in Waukee.

(Radio Iowa)

(Update) Two people jump from window to escape fire in Sloan apt. building

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Fire destroyed an apartment building Tuesday in the northwest Iowa town of Sloan. Major Todd Wieck, of the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Department, says a deputy helped two female residents who jumped to safety from a second floor window of the four apartment, two story structure. “As he pulled up to the scene, he saw one female jump from a window. He got out of his car and ran over to the building. At that time, there was a lot of smoke and flames coming from the building,” Wieck said. “He assisted the second female victim out of the window and down to the ground.”

The two women suffered minor injuries.

Image courtesy Radio Iowa

Image courtesy Radio Iowa

Fire crews were sent to the apartment complex around 10 a.m. Residents of a nearby building were also evacuated. The apartment building, where the fire originated, is considered “a total loss,” according to Wieck. Heavy smoke from the fire forced the evacuation of residents of the second apartment building next door.

A total of 15 residents were displaced by the fire. The Evangelical Covenant Church across the street from the complex was being used as a shelter for the residents and the American Red Cross is also assisting. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 30th 2015

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December 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man has been charged on suspicion of robbing several convenience stores in Des Moines. The Des Moines Police Department says 31-year-old Bradley Michael William Boyd was arrested and charged with five counts of second-degree robbery. Police announced the arrest after they sought help from the public in identifying a suspect who robbed three convenience stores in Des Moines since Dec. 13. Two of the stores were robbed twice.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Three people from Sioux City, Iowa, have been arrested in a prostitution sting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The man and two women were arrested at a hotel after police responded to an online ad. Clemens says 23-year-old Brittany Leners and 28-year-old Amanda Meyer are each facing one count of prostitution. Clemens says 26-year-old Rashad Lee was arrested on one count of pimping after police found out he had driven the women to Sioux Falls.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Dozens of relatives of a police detective killed while serving with the military in Afghanistan are traveling from Iowa to New York for his funeral. Services for Joseph Lemm will be Wednesday. The man who grew up in Bernard was one of six Americans killed by a suicide bomber last week.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — This has been a record year for the ethanol industry in Iowa. A trade group says the state’s refineries produced a record of more than 4 billion gallons this year. Iowa has more than 40 ethanol refineries and a dozen biodiesel plants. It produces more than 25 percent of the nation’s ethanol.

Iowa ethanol plants produce record 4 billion gallons in 2015

Ag/Outdoor, News

December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa ethanol industry trade group says the state’s refineries produced more than 4 billion gallons of the corn-based fuel additive this year, a new record. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association says Iowa provided about 27 percent of the nation’s ethanol. Plants increased production enough to surpass last year’s 3.9 billion gallons by increasing efficiency. Several refineries that make ethanol from corn leaves, stalks and other plant parts also began making the fuel additive.

The group’s executive director Monte Shaw says a U.S. Department of Agriculture program that’s helping to install fuel pumps to further distribute higher blends of ethanol than the typical 10 percent is expected to push consumption higher next year.

Iowa, the nation’s leader in renewable fuel production, has 43 ethanol refineries and 12 biodiesel plants.

Soldier’s family travels from Iowa to New York for funeral

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December 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The extended family of an American soldier killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan is traveling from Iowa to New York to attend his funeral. The Telegraph Herald reports about 50 family members of Technical Sgt. Joseph Lemm boarded a coach bus Tuesday in Dubuque. They were expected to fly from Chicago ahead of funeral services Wednesday at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

Lemm, a detective for the New York Police Department, was one of six American troops killed Dec. 21 when an attacker rammed an explosives-laden motorcycle into their patrol. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in New York.

The newspaper reports Lemm grew up in Bernard, Iowa. The Omaha-World Herald reports Lemm also grew up in Beemer, Nebraska.