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Missouri Valley neighborhood evacuated

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

(Updated 4-p.m.)

MISSOURI VALLEY, Iowa (AP) – Residents of a neighborhood in Missouri Valley have been evacuated after water from the overflowing Boyer River broke through a levee. About 70 residents in the southeast corner of the city were asked to leave their homes after the levee breach occurred at around 7 a.m. Monday two miles east of Missouri Valley near U.S. Highway 30.

Residents on four streets have been evacuated as of noon. Mayor Clint Sargent says a shelter was set up in the city of 2,700 but no one has made use of it with most people staying with relatives or friends.

Sargent says it’s unclear how long the evacuation will be needed but the river was receding.

Storms roll through Midwest with strong winds

News, Weather

September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A storm spotter remains hospitalized in Sioux City after lightning struck him as storms moved across several Midwest states Sunday night leaving power outages, trees down and campers overturned. Hardest hit in Iowa was the Denison area where Crawford County Emergency Management Director Gregory Miller says five travel trailers were overturned at Yellow Smoke Park. No injuries were reported.

Miller says winds of at least 70 miles an hour knocked down trees and blew down outbuildings on two farms. Denison and areas to the south saw flash flooding from heavy rain.

In Nebraska, Omaha officials rescued eight people from the fast-moving Elkhorn River and some buildings were damaged by strong winds. In Kansas City, the Indians-Royals game was suspended due to rain.

Flood Warning – Levee breach: Harrison County

News, Weather

September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

HARRISON IA-

127 PM CDT MON SEP 1 2014

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN OMAHA HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR A LEVEE FAILURE IN…SOUTHWESTERN HARRISON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST IOWA…UNTIL 730 PM CDT MONDAY.

* AT 124 PM CDT…EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT REPORTED FLOODING WAS OCCURRING IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS DUE TO A BREACH IN THE LEVEE OF THE BOYER RIVER.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE…MISSOURI VALLEY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A FLOOD WARNING MEANS THAT FLOODING IS IMMINENT OR HAS BEEN REPORTED. ALL INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD TAKE NECESSARY PRECAUTIONS IMMEDIATELY. ADDITIONALLY…COUNTRY ROADS AND FARMLANDS ALONG THE BANKS OF CREEKS…STREAMS AND OTHER LOW LYING AREAS ARE SUBJECT TO FLOODING.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, 9-1-2014

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Police ask for your help in finding a missing western IA teen

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen from Rockwell City. KCCI TV reports 16-year old Cassie Simkins went missing around 2:30 a.m. Saturday, and she does not have her necessary epilepsy medications. Police said she’s believed to be with 20-year-old Chance Kinney.
The public is urged to contact the Rockwell City Police Department at 712-297-7583. cassie-simkins

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. News & funeral report, 9/1/2014

News, Podcasts

September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Contract between CHI Health, insurer expires

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The contract between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Catholic Health Initiatives’ UniNet has expired without a new agreement. UniNet represents CHI Health facilities across Nebraska. Starting today (Monday) people who visit doctors or hospitals in Nebraska associated with the CHI Health network will have to pay more if they have insurance from Blue Cross. CHI Health’s Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, should not be directly affected, but Iowa residents with Blue Cross policies who seek treatment in Nebraska would be.

Blue Cross says CHI Health, which used to be called Alegent Creighton Health, routinely charges 10 to 30 percent more than other Omaha hospitals. CHI Health says those figures are misleading and it believes its total cost of treatment is lower, even if certain services cost more.

2 busted on alcohol charges Sun. night in Red Oak

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested while another was cited on alcohol-related charges late Sunday night, in Montgomery County.  According to Red Oak Police, 51-year old James Franklin Durbin III, of Red Oak, faces a charge of OWI/1st offense, after he was pulled over at around 11:35-p.m. in the 2000 block of Avenue G, in Red Oak.  Durbin was being held in the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $1,000 bond.

And, 51-year old Dean Karl Zucco, of Red Oak, was cited for open container of alcohol, after the vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped at around 11:53-p.m., near the intersection of west Coolbaugh Street and Avenue G. Zucco was cited for the offense and released.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 1st 2014

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September 1st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Severe storms have been sweeping across Iowa, with heavy rains causing some flooding and strong wind gusts snapping tree limbs and affecting power lines. The Des Moines Register said the National Weather Service received a report of one person injured by lightning during the storms Sunday, but details about the severity were not available late last night.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa legislative leaders don’t plan to change ethics rules for political work after a former state senator admitted to lying about receiving payments to switch his support from one Republican presidential candidate to another. The U.S. Department of Justice announced last week that former Senator Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty to receiving thousands of dollars in “under the table payments” from a 2012 presidential campaign and lying about the money.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least 10 driving instructors licensed in Iowa have criminal records or driving infractions in their past, but they’ve been allowed to keep working with teens because of a forgiving state law. The Des Moines Register reports at least three driving instructors have drunken driving convictions, two have assault convictions and four have more than a dozen driving citations and other infractions.

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa company hopes its corn-based vodka will succeed because of a new process that eliminates impurities in the finished liquor. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports IngeniOz vodka started selling for about $24 a bottle in Iowa stores a month ago.

Severe storms roll through Iowa with strong winds

News, Weather

August 31st, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Severe storms swept across Iowa, Sunday, with heavy rains causing some flooding and strong wind gusts snapping tree limbs and affecting power lines. The Des Moines Register said the National Weather Service received a report of one person injured by lightning during the storms Sunday. The Iowa Storm Chasing Network said on its social media page that eastern Iowa storm chaser Danny Murphy was hit by lightening late Sunday afternoon near Denison, but was last reported to have been resting comfortably in the hospital.

Crawford County emergency management coordinator Gregory Miller said several highways were covered at various points during the storm. Heavy rains broke through a farm retention dam in Denison, causing flooding on Iowa Highway 39.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that I-29 was closed when the roof and sidewall blew off a building and into a pickup pulling a trailer. Sioux City Police Sgt. Dane Wagner said the truck toppled, but no one was injured.

Other storm reports from western Iowa, as relayed by law enforcement, the public & media to the National Weather Service:

8:19-p.m. Heavy rain 5 miles e/se of Charter Oak in Crawford Co.; 3.6″ of rain from 6:30-8:15-p.m.

8:15-p.m. Est. 80mph winds in Bayard and Yale in Guthrie Co.; Power poles & lines down.

8:12-p.m. 58mph gust of wind in Audubon.

7:45-p.m. estimated 65mph wind gust 2 miles e. of Earling in Shelby Co.

7:45-p.m. Tstorm wind damage E/SE of Manning in Carroll Co.: Tree limbs down.

7:42-p.m. Flash Flood 5 miles N of Denison. Dam Failure. Huwy 39 closed due to flash flooding.

7:42-p.m. Tstorm wind gust estimated at 60mph in Irwin.

7:40-p.m. 2″ diameter tree limbs down in Templeton (Carroll Co.)

7:32-p.m. Tstorm wind damage 1 mile w. of Denison. Campers tipped over.

7:30-p.m. Funnel cloud reports 1 mile w. of Vail in Crawford Co.

7:30-p.m.  Numerous large trees down in Manning.

7:15-p.m. Tstorm wind gust est. at 63mph in Denison. Multiple trees down, person hit by lightening. Numerous power outages.

7:13-p.m. Tstorm wind damage in Missouri Valley. 5″ dia. tree limbs blown down.

7:09-p.m. 60mph winds in Missouri Valley.

6:56-p.m. est. 50mph wind gust in Dow City (Crawford Co.); 1″ dia. hail also.