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Iowa feedlot operators adjusting to new rules

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa cattle and hog producers are working to comply with new state rules that are designed to keep animal waste from polluting nearby waterways. The Sioux City Journal reports Craig Moss and his family created new concrete drainage systems with grates to ensure rain can leave their feedlot without carrying manure with it.

Moss says his family wants to make sure that fresh water flows around the feedlot and dirty water from the feedlot is directed through terraces into a field. The new clean water rules increased state inspections and oversight of large feedlots. The state adopted the rules last year to satisfy the Environmental Protection Agency’s concerns about lax enforcement.

Small Iowa schools may face pressure to close

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OWASA, Iowa (AP) — Across Iowa, many former rural schools are now vacant buildings, and more small schools may feel pressure to close in the next few years. The Des Moines Register reports  a budget guarantee that had help small districts with declining enrollments survive expired last year after being phased out over a decade.

So it may become harder for small schools to stay open. Today, Iowa has 338 school districts. In 1950, there were 4,652 districts. The idle school building in Owasa is symbolic of the trend because local leaders fought a 1958 law that required all schools to be part of a K-12 district.

Owasa’s school closed after an Iowa Supreme Court ruling in 1967, and the town’s population has declined 60 percent since then.

Program seeks to bring more doctors to rural Iowa

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to get more doctors in rural Iowa through a state-run loan forgiveness program moved forward this year, though backers say they still need more funding. The first group of students was awarded funding through the Rural Iowa Primary Care Loan Repayment Program this year. The eight recipients will each get up to $200,000 in loan aid in exchange for working for five years in small town Iowa.

Dr. Brent Hoehns, a family physician in Knoxville who chairs the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, says this kind of investment is needed. The ultimate goal is to use state and private dollars to provide the loan aid to 20 students each year who commit to rural jobs, which can often pay less than other physician positions

McNees and Eilts named receive the honor of “Scrooge” in Atlantic

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce, Saturday, said Karla Eilts and Mark McNees were named as this year’s “Scrooge” contest winners. Chamber Program Director Chelsea Amundson said both McNees and Eilts served as Grand Marshals in the Lighted Christmas Paraded on Saturday evening. McNees and Eilts earned their title by collecting the largest amount of donations for the Atlantic Area Chamber’s 14th Annual Scrooge Contest sponsored by Hockenberry Family Care and Longaberger Consultant – Dolly Bergmann. All contributions were donated to the Atlantic Food Pantry.

The 2014 candidates included: Karla Eilts, from Rex Pharmacy; Kevin Wieser, with Brown’s Shoe Fit; Kyle Bartholic, Youth Leader at E-Free Church; Mark McNees, Atlantic Fire Chief and U.S. Postal Service worker; and Rob Tarrell with the Cub Scouts.

Eleanor Hoover has been coordinating the contest since 2002 just one year after the inaugural Lighted Parade. She said she is “So proud of our Scrooge Candidates and our community for supporting
Atlantic food Pantry.” Hoover said also “Winning is not everything, but making the effort to win is.”

The Atlantic Area Chamber would like to thank everyone who donated. Past Scrooge titles have been awarded to: Devin Ferguson 2002, Eleanor Hoover 2003, Rex McDermott 2004, Tonia Goft 2005, Rick Harlan 2006, Mary Ann Moorman 2007, Dana Halder 2008, Tammy Wise & Janet Huey 2009, Ritchie Anderson 2010, Janet Cappel 2011, Melanie Petty 2012 and David Miller 2013.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Dec. 7th 2014

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Police say one person has died after an early-morning shooting in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the shooting was reported near a Prime Mart convenience store around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. No arrests have been made. Waterloo police say they’re seeking the public’s help with the investigation.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A Burlington police officer on paid leave has retired after a video showed him slapping away a cellphone from a man who was recording him at a domestic disturbance. The Hawk Eye newspaper reports that officer Dale Wyatt stepped down after an internal police investigation of the November 9th incident.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two Iowa youths stole a pizza delivery car and went on a joyride in Des Moines. KCCI-TV in Des Moines says police caught a 13-year-old and 12-year-old after the car was reported missing on Thursday. Papa John’s Pizza driver Borislav Paji told police he was delivering pizzas to an apartment complex after 8 p.m., and when he stepped outside, his silver Kia was gone. The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify juveniles charged with crimes.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is reiterating his support for football coach Kirk Ferentz, while acknowledging that the Hawkeyes failed to live up to expectations this season. Barta said this weekend that the team’s 7-5 season “isn’t unacceptable”.

Cass County K-9 unit assists in Montgomery County man hunt

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December 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County K-9 unit consisting of Deputy Kyle Quist and his partner “Vader,” along with Deputies from the Page County Sheriff’s Office and Troopers with the Iowa State Patrol, participated in a lengthy man hunt late Saturday night into early this (Sunday) morning. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports the efforts of their deputies, with assistance of the other law enforcement agencies, resulted in the arrest at around 1:45-a.m. today (Sunday), of 23-year old Jeremy Scott Dolph , of Villisca.

Dolph was taken into custody in connection with an incident that had occurred at around 8:50-p.m. Saturday. Dolph faces a felony charge of Willful Injury, Aggravated Domestic Assault, and Violation of a No Contact order. He was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail.

Iowa athletic director backs Kirk Ferentz

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December 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa athletic director Gary Barta is reiterating his support for football coach Kirk Ferentz, while acknowledging that the Hawkeyes failed to live up to expectations this season. Barta said Saturday that the team’s 7-5 season “isn’t unacceptable,” adding that success at Iowa is measured by championships. But Barta says Iowa has a strong foundation under Ferentz, now in his 16th season as head coach.

Ferentz has five seasons left on the 10-year contract extension he signed on the eve of the 2010 season. It includes a buyout clause of nearly $3 million a year should Iowa decided to fire Ferentz. The Hawkeyes (7-5, 4-4 Big Ten) closed the season with home losses to Wisconsin and Nebraska.

They’ll find out which bowl they’re headed to on Sunday.

Fatal accident in Carroll County, Saturday morning

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December 6th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One-person was killed during a single-vehicle rollover accident Saturday morning, in Carroll County. The Iowa State Patrol reports 44-year old Kevin J. Steffes, of Templeton, died in the crash northeast of Templeton at around 7:20-a.m.

Officials say Steffes was driving a 2000 Chevy 2500 pickup southbound on Kittyhawk Avenue, just south of 250th Street, when his pickup left the road and entered the west ditch, where it rolled over and came to rest on its passenger side, facing north.

Steffes, who was not wearing a seat belt, was transported by Templeton Rescue to St. Anthony Hospital in Carroll, where he died.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. KJAN News, 12/6/2014

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(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News/funeral report, Sat. 12/6/2014

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