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Group: Rising Des Moines rents outpacing low-income wages

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A housing shortage for low-income workers in Des Moines is being exacerbated by soaring rent costs, a local organization has found. The Des Moines Register reports that rents in the city have increased by more than 15 percent in past five years.

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund also says that Polk and eastern Dallas counties are almost 8,000 units shy of meeting demand for single people making less than $15,000 annually. Only one low-income housing, tax-credit development project was approved this year in Polk County by the Iowa Finance Authority. The Libertad will provide 40 units for families and individuals who have struggled to find permanent housing.

Hubbell Realty Co. says all 1,966 new rental units built last year in Des Moines were market rate.

Accelerant detection dog in Iowa helps investigate arsons

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An accelerant detection dog in northeast Iowa has had a busy first year sniffing around fires. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Radar joined Waterloo Fire Rescue in May 2016. The golden retriever and yellow lab mix has investigated the charred remains of 30 fires to determine if there are any traces of flammable fluids.

His partner, City Fire Marshal Chris Ferguson, then collects samples from areas Radar highlights and sends them for testing at the state crime lab. Ferguson says the evidence Radar finds can be used in trial or to help get a guilty plea. He says only one of Radar’s arson cases have gone to trial so far.

Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs are the only other cities in Iowa that have an accelerant-sniffing dog.

Iowa man dies in rollover crash on Idaho interstate

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

MOUNTAIN HOME, Idaho (AP) — A 70-year-old Iowa man riding in the back seat of a pickup without wearing his seatbelt died after the vehicle rolled on Interstate 84 in southwestern Idaho and he was ejected into oncoming traffic and struck by a tractor-trailer. The Elmore County Sheriff’s Office says a 70-year-old Iowa woman driving the 2002 Dodge Durango drifted off the shoulder of the eastbound lanes just before 3 p.m. on Friday.

Police say the woman overcorrected and the vehicle crossed both eastbound lanes and entered the median where it rolled, coming to rest on its wheels and blocking both westbound lanes. The woman and a 52-year-old man from Idaho also riding in the pickup were transported to a Boise hospital.

The tractor-trailer driver was treated at the scene. Names haven’t been released.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 8/12/2017

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Tanzanian children treated in Sioux City ready to go home

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Three Tanzanian children who were flown to Sioux City for medical treatment after surviving a bus crash that left more than 30 people dead are about to head home. Wilson Doreen and Sadia joined their mothers at a farewell reception Thursday at Mercy Medical Center. Twelve-year-old Wilson Tarimo thanked the Stem Medical Missionaries who rescued them from the May 6th bus crash in Africa, and then those who treated her in Iowa. She thanked all the doctors and nurses who who helped here recover.

Wilson Doreen suffered spinal injuries and could not move her legs when she was flown to Sioux City. She can now walk with crutches after being treated at Mercy and at Madonna Children’s Hospital, and is expected to be able to run in three months. She also thanked all of those who helped her.

Mercy Marketing Director Matt Robbins says the entire Siouxland area was greatly impacted by the children as they got to know them the last several weeks. “Three months ago when Sadi, Doreen and Wilson and their families and friends came to us here in Sioux City — they kind of came to us as strangers — and now a few months later, they’ll leave not only as friends, but also family as well,” Robbins says. “They are part of the Mercy family, but also the family here in Siouxland.”

The children and their mothers will fly back home next week.

(Radio Iowa)

Several factors can keep wind turbines from turning

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

If you’ve driven through areas of the state where there are wind turbines you may’ve noticed there are times when the giant blades are not moving. Alliant Energy spokesman, Justin Foss, says his company expects a 40 percent operating capacity for the turbines they install. “New designs, new technology and better understanding of how they operate is allowing us to generate energy from them more often,” Foss says.

He says the turbines can stop if there is not enough wind, and also have to be shut down if the wind is too strong. “It needs a wind speed of between seven and 45 miles-an-hour to operate. Our new turbines are going to go from between just below seven all the way up into 60 mile-an-hour winds to be able to generate that energy,”Foss says, “that’s just improved design and technology that allows them to capture more of that wind and turn it into energy.”

The turbines are also shut down for maintenance. “They do go through routine maintenance at least twice a year — so each turbine gets serviced at least twice a year — so they will shut that down while it’s being serviced,” Foss explains. The capacity of the power grid is another factor that might lead to turbines being shut down. “Sometimes we just get too much wind on the grid. And it’s not because we’ve got too much wind here, but maybe there is just not enough demand on that day,” Foss says. “We see that Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays we have the lowest demand on the power grid. And if you’ve got too much energy going onto the grid that will cause problems and you have to shut some stuff off to match the demand with how much is being generated.”

He says all the changes have allowed them to increase the turbine use to 40 percent. “If you look back just a few years ago — even a decade ago — it was in the 20’s and 30’s,” Foss says. Information from the American Wind Energy Association says Iowa generates nearly 37 percent of is electricity from wind.

(Radio Iowa)

Backpack drive helps Omaha kids get back to school

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Salvation Army and Omaha television station KETV are distributing new school supplies to needy kids this weekend. Since 1998, the Back to School backpack program has helped thousands of children in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Iowa, by providing them with backpacks and school supplies at locations across the metro.

New backpacks and school supplies were distributed on Friday, and teams will do so again on Saturday at the Omaha Kroc Center, the Omaha North Corps Community Center and the Millard Public Library. Those seeking to receive a backpack are required to bring a Social Security card or birth certificate or proof of school enrollment for each qualifying child, as well as identification for the parent.

Monetary donations for the drive can be made online at www.GiveSalvationArmy.org .

Iowa mosquito trapping reveals ongoing West Nile virus risk

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Mosquitoes from traps at central Iowa parks have tested positive for the West Nile virus. The testing was recently conducted at parks in Ames by Iowa State University and the University Hygienic Lab.

While there is a lag time between collecting the samples and the testing, the results suggest mosquitoes with the potential to carry the virus are likely still present in the community. ISU entomologist Ryan Smith says late summer is the peak season for transmission of the virus.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems. The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes, which acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 8/12/2017

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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Atlantic Fest takes place today! (Aug. 12th)

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August 12th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Today, residents of Atlantic celebrate the spirit of the community, civic organizations, volunteers and businesses, during the Annual AtlanticFest event. The day begins with a Road Race sponsored by Connect-A-Dock, at 8-a.m. (Registration is at 7-a.m.), and it includes a 5-mile run, 2-mile run, and a 2-mile walk. Chip timing is available, as well as giveaways like a free pair of running shoes, running swag, and more.

The 3rd Annual Bags Tournament begins at Noon at the Beer Garden, presented by Megan Roberts/State Farm, and Weirich Welding. Registration is from 11-a.m. until Noon. The Local Beer Tent will be open from Noon until 3, presented by Doll Distributing, and offers free samples of beer made in Iowa, to persons of legal age.

The 19th Annual AtlanticFest Car Show, presented by Atlantic Motor Supply/NAPA, starts off with registration from 8-a.m. to 11-a.m., with awards at 4-p.m. A Bike Show presented by Olsen’s Outdoor Power and Plastic Professionals, has registration from 8-a.m. until Noon, with awards at 3:30-p.m.

There’s also a Pedal Pull sponsored by Weirich Welding, TS Bank, Grain & Livestock Hedging, and ADM Grain Co., beginning with registration at Noon, and the pedal pulls right around 1-p.m.  11 food vendors will be in the downtown area and City Park, along with 35 crafters on Chestnut Street, beginning at 10-a.m.

Live, local entertainment is available for you to enjoy on the A.M. Cohron Stage in the City Park, beginning at 11-a.m. There’s performances by Villa Dance Company, Salute Gymnastics, Dance Atlantic, Susan Tridle, Sarah Selders, Jessica Jacobsen, Samantha Kirchoff, Monica Boos, Troy Boos, and Mary Young. Local favorite Sheltered Reality will perform at 4-p.m.

AtlanticFest serves as a fundraiser for the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce. The funds are used to grow the event each year and improve other, upcoming events. It also supports business-based programs, while supporting Shop Local.