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IFA conducting housing survey

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July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) is conducting a statewide housing survey that includes several public hearings, one of which will be held in Atlantic. I-F-A spokesperson, Ashley Jared, says they’ve hired R-D-G Planning & Design firm to help gather as much information as they can on the housing situation statewide.
“Both the current housing stock as well as future needs for Iowans’ housing needs. This will include a lot of different elements, one of those is hearing from the public. A lot of different communities throughout Iowa have really different housing needs, anything from workforce housing to acquisition rehab improvement needs,” Jared says. 

Another part of the plan includes “expert roundtables.” Jared says R-D-G will meet with housing experts and organizations throughout the state to get their opinions on how things can be improved. “And then the last element is the use of data. R-D-G is compiling a lot of data on the current housing situation in Iowa that will be used in conjunction from what we hear from the public,” according to Jared. The I-F-A hopes to gain a better understanding of the things it does through the survey. “The Iowa Finance Authority is really going to take all of the information and help us in our strategic planning. So, if there are things that we can do differently in our current programs or if we can form new programs to best help Iowans housing needs, we will go ahead and take a look at that,” she says.

Jared says you can help by giving your input at the public meetings. “Really we are just hoping that they will be completely honest with us and tell us not only what is happening now in their communities — what needs to be addressed or what they have too much of or need more of — but also in the future, so looking ahead,” Jared says. The survey results should be completed and ready by this fall. The first public meeting on the issue was Monday.. Other meetings will be held in August at yet be determined locations in Mason City, Waterloo, Burlington, Ottumwa, Tama and Atlantic. For more information, go to:www.RDGUSA.com/IowaHousing.

(Radio Iowa)

Red Oak teen arrested on burglary charge

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July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Montgomery County say a Red Oak teen was arrested Monday afternoon on a burglary charge. 17-year old Eric Michael Chapin was taken into custody at around 3:25-p.m., on a Montgomery County warrant for Burglary in the 3rd Degree. Chapin was being held in the jail on $5,000 bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 24th 2012

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July 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man wanted in Colorado and Missouri has been arrested in northern Iowa. The Floyd County Sheriff’s Department says 67-year-old Ronald Reed was arrested Friday. In Colorado, Reed is wanted on charges of sexually assaulting a minor child and indecent exposure. Missouri wants Reed on warrants for forgery charges.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen-age driver involved in a fatal crash has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide. Eighteen-year-old Oscar Ramirez entered the plea Friday in Woodbury County District Court. He was the driver of a sport-utility vehicle that crashed Jan. 30, killing 18-year-old Nino Segura of Sioux City.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s corn crop has deteriorated further with 40 percent now in very poor or poor condition. A week ago it was 27 percent. The USDA says it has received reports of farmers chopping down their corn.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The mom of one of the two missing Iowa cousins says she went through a polygraph test that should prove she had nothing to do with their disappearance. Misty Cook-Morrissey says she was asked during yesterday’s test about whether she had anything to do with the abduction of her daughter, 10-year-old Lyric Cook-Morrissey, and niece, 8-year-old Elizabeth Collins.

WILD FIRE DANGER INCREASES ACROSS WESTERN & CENTRAL IA

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

COUNTIES: SAC-CALHOUN-WEBSTER-HAMILTON-HARDIN-GRUNDY-BLACK HAWK-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-GREENE-BOONE-STORY-MARSHALL-TAMA-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-POLK-JASPER-POWESHIEK-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-WARREN-MARION-MAHASKA-ADAMS-UNION-CLARKE-LUCAS-MONROE-WAPELLO-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD-DECATUR-WAYNE-APPANOOSE-DAVIS-

531 PM CDT MON JUL 23 2012

…WILD FIRE DANGER INCREASING ACROSS CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA…

THE COMBINATION OF VERY DRY CONDITIONS…AFTERNOON TEMPERATURES FROM 95 TO 105 DEGREES…HUMIDITY FROM 20 TO 40 PERCENT AND A SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 10 TO 20 MPH HAVE COMBINED TO PRODUCE CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR WILD FIRES ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH CENTRAL IOWA. THE SITUATION IS MOST DANGEROUS IN GRASSY AREAS AND RANGELAND. THE HOT AND DRY WEATHER PATTERN WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA THROUGH MIDWEEK. DURING THIS TIME…REFRAIN FROM OUTDOOR BURNING AND BE VERY CAREFUL WITH SMOKING MATERIALS. SEVERAL COUNTIES HAVE BURN BANS IN EFFECT. PLEASE CHECK IN YOUR COUNTY BEFORE BURNING.

ANY OPEN FIRE COULD SPREAD EASILY. A COOL FRONT MOVING THROUGH THE UPPER MIDWEST WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THURSDAY WILL PROVIDE THUNDERSTORM CHANCES AND COOLER TEMPERATURES SHOULD SHOULD DIMINISH THE FIRE THREAT.

Corn, soybeans deteriorate further in drought

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s corn crop has deteriorated further with 40 percent now in very poor or poor condition. A week ago it was 27 percent. The USDA says it has received reports of farmers chopping down their corn. Just 23 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition down from 36 percent a week earlier.

For Iowa soybeans 30 percent are now in very poor or poor condition. It was 20 percent a week ago. Just 28 percent of the crop is in good or excellent condition down from 38 percent a week ago. Nationally, 45 percent of the corn crop is very poor or poor. Last week it was 38 percent. For soybeans, 35 percent is now poor or very poor compared with the 30 percent a week earlier.

CWD found in captive deer in southern Iowa

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A deer at a hunting preserve in south-central Iowa’s Davis County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The disease is fatal to deer and Iowa Department of Natural Resources spokesman, Kevin Baskins, says that’s why it’s important to keep on top of the situation. “Well there’s always a concern about the spread of it, but the good news is that this particular animal was contained. It’s not like it was just a deer that was just roaming wildly and had a lot of exposure to other wild deer,” according to Baskins. “I think at this point we’re just going to have to look at this particular facility and what can be done there to contain it as much as possible.”

It’s not know how long the deer had been at the facility and where it came from.  “No, I think that’s what we are going to be talking to the owner about, trying to trace back the history of this particular animal,” Baskins says. C-W-D can also be found in elk and deer and involves a protein in the brains of the animals, leading to symptoms that include weight loss and abnormal behavior. Baskins says tests are conducted on thousands of captive animals each year. “This particular facility, there’s been a hundred and 17 deer in the last five years tested – including 43 in the last year — and this was the first positive detection that we have had of Chronic Wasting Disease in that particular herd,” according to Baskins.

The state began taking samples from hunters in 2000 to test the wild population of deer after the disease was confirmed in surrounding states. The state tested just over 43-hundred deer during last year’s hunting seasons. “Nothing has turned up at all so far, but I think what you’ll also see too is that we’ll be increasing the number of deer tested in that immediate area to make sure that it didn’t get into the wild population,” Baskins says. while the disease is deadly to deer, the D-N-R says there is no evidence that C-W-D can spread to humans, pets or domestic livestock such as pork, beef, dairy, poultry, sheep or goats.

(Radio Iowa)

American Idol to host small-town tryouts: Iowa included

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — “American Idol” plans stops in some smaller cities in search of singing talent for its 12th season. The FOX television show’s website says the new “Small Town Audition Bus Tour” is scheduled to make stops in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Billings, Mont.; and Casper, Wyo., as part of a 10-city tour that starts next month. The dates, times and locations are to be announced. Small town auditions also are scheduled in Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. The stops include Iowa City and Rock Rapids.

The show also is taking nominations for people who may not think of trying out, and it’s accepting online video submissions for two weeks, starting Aug. 1st.

Clearfield man pleads guilty to arson charges in connection w/Lenox Motel fire

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Lenox Police Department reports a Clearfield man plead guilty last week to arson charges, in connection with an investigation into a fire at the Lenox Hotel. 25-year old Christopher Jo Cameron, plead guilty of 3 felony counts of Arson in the second degree on July 17th. He was charged as the result of a joint investigation with the Lenox Police Department and the State Fire Marshals office into a fire at the Lenox Motel.The investigation also provided information which showed Cameron was responsible for two additional fires in Clearfield.

Cameron was sentenced to 10 years in the custody of the Department of Corrections and a $1000 fine for each of the three counts of arson. Additionally he was ordered to pay $118,256 in restitution, $4,050 in jail fees to the Taylor County Sheriffs office and $1,039 in medical restitution to the Taylor County clerk of court. Cameron has been transferred to the custody of the Iowa Medical Classification Center at Coralville.

Arrests in Atlantic

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Three people were arrested in Atlantic over the past few days. According to the Atlantic Police Department, 22-year old Devin Register, and 23-year old Tara Woodard, both of Atlantic, were arrested Friday on charges of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Both were booked into the Cass County Jail.

And, on Sunday, 25-year old Jeffrey Knight, of Atlantic, was arrested for Theft in the 5th Degree. Knight was also booked into the Cass County Jail.

Rollover accident in Montgomery County – no injuries

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July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following a rollover accident this (Monday) morning northwest of Stanton. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says they received a 9-1-1 cell phone call at around 9:15-a.m. about the crash west of Nature Avenue, on 200th Street. When deputies arrived, they determined a 2000 Chevy 1500 pickup, owned and operated by 64-year old Gary Merl Jackson, of Stanton, was traveling west on 200th Street and had attempted to pass a tractor.

In the process, Jackson noticed an eastbound vehicle approaching. He locked-up his pickup’s brakes and cut -in behind the tractor before the pickup caught traction on the pavement and rolled onto its top. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $8,000. No citations were issued.

(12-p.m. news)