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

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September 30th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Oil industry economists say a link between ending a 40-year oil export ban and lower prices at the gas pump is not as direct as Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush would have voters believe in his new energy proposal. Bush’s overall premise that lifting the ban would expand economic growth holds up to independent scrutiny. However, environmentalists say the negative impact on the planet would be too great.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A judge has granted a delay until at least mid-January for the trial of a 22-year-old man accused of killing his 3-week-old son in southeast Iowa. Randall Payne’s attorney, James Beres, asked a Des Moines County judge yesterday to postpone Payne’s trial, which had been scheduled to begin Oct. 13. He said he needs more time to prepare a defense. Payne has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge is upholding an Iowa law that requires the boards of corporations and labor unions to approve any money they spend to influence elections. U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt ruled yesterday that the board-approval requirement does not violate the right to free association or illegally restrain speech. He says the requirement lets the public know such spending is backed by the group and not “just an individual with access” to its bank account.

SERGEANT BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — More than 3,600 workers are helping construct a $2 billion fertilizer plant being built near Sioux City, and hundreds more workers will be hired soon. The Sioux City Journal reports that the workforce at the sprawling CF Industries plant is more than double what the company originally had planned. Project director Nick DeRoos says the construction peak will be in late October or early November, when more than 4,000 workers will be employed.

Fertilizer plant construction workforce likely to top 4,000

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

SERGEANT BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – More than 3,600 workers are helping construct a $2 billion fertilizer plant being built near Sioux City, and hundreds more workers will be hired soon. The Sioux City Journal reports the workforce at the sprawling CF Industries plant is more than double what the company originally had planned.

Project director Nick DeRoos says the construction peak will be in late October or early November, when more than 4,000 workers will be employed. Work on the three-year project is about half complete and will likely continue into March. Inclement weather and other problems had slowed construction, prompting contractors to increase staffing to meet the targeted completion date.

When finished, the plant will triple the complex’s production of ammonia, which is used in nitrogen-based fertilizer.

Eat Smart, Live Strong program for Older Adults in Montgomery County

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Good intentions and knowledge about health are not enough to make people healthy. Unless older adults actively do something, their health status does not improve and may even decline more rapidly. Each session in Eat Smart, Live Strong focuses on changing behavior by guiding participants in learning and practicing new skills.

Changing habits is hard, and Eat Smart, Live Strong will help you focus your efforts on just two behaviors. If participants adopt and maintain just these two simple behaviors, they can make a difference in their lives.

This program is sponsored by the Montgomery County Extension Council and will be held for four consecutive Thursday evenings in October, starting on the 1st. It will be from 6 to 7 PM at the extension office in Red Oak and is open to anyone age 50 and older. There is no cost but pre-registration is recommended to prepare materials and food samples. Call Jodie or Stephanie at 712 623-2592 for more information. The sessions will be led by Barb Fuller, MA, RD, LD ISU Extension and Outreach, Nutrition and Wellness Specialist for SW Iowa.

Judge upholds Iowa law disqualifying felons from voting

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa judge has upheld a state law that disqualifies felons from voting and an executive order requiring felons to petition the governor for restoration of voting rights. Judge Arthur Gamble also strongly suggests the Iowa Supreme Court sort out the confusion it caused last year when it ruled not all felons are automatically disenfranchised.

Gamble ruled Monday in the case of Kelli Jo Griffin of Montrose, who voted in a 2013 city election, thinking her voting rights had been restored after she completed probation for a felony cocaine delivery charge. She was charged for voting as a felon but a jury last year found her not guilty.  She sued, challenging Iowa’s voting laws.

Gamble dismissed the suit but Griffin’s attorney says she is appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court.

1st degree murder charge filed in Bluffs case

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man accused of killing his father last month, stealing his van and driving to Colorado, has formally been charged with 1st Degree Murder and Theft. 20-year old Sean Schendel was found in Sterling, Colorado, just days after authorities discovered the body of his father, 55-year old Robert Schendel, in his Council Bluffs home.

Prosecutors said Sean Schendel withdrew money from his father’s bank account after the homicide. He’s pleaded not guilty in the case.

Adams talks about 3rd District bid

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

We’re over 13 months away from the 2016 General Election, and some campaigns are already in full-swing trying to garner support. Desmund Adams made stops in Cass County, Monday, including here at the KJAN studios. Adams, of Des Moines, is running for the Nov. 6, 2016 Democratic ticket, hoping to take over the 3rd District Congressional seat in Iowa currently occupied by Republican David Young.

Desmund Adams

Desmund Adams

Adams says his journey to acquire political office began with a “non-traditional” path. He was a high school dropout who didn’t care much about education. Ironically, he went on to get his GED in the Job Corps, and eventually graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor of Science degree, in Education. He became a teacher and went back to Drake where he pursued and gradated with, a Law Degree. He interned for a former Iowa Supreme Court Justice. For the last decade, he’s been a small business owner.

Adams says his campaign and concerns focuses on people, especially the working class. Adams ran as a Democratic in 2012, for Iowa Senate District 22. He says there are a lot of differences between this race and the last campaign. The last race covered two counties and some 45,000 people. The 2016 race covers more than a dozen counties, and the issues are somewhat different. He says the issues are more Federal, as opposed to State, but individuals are still the same. Adams added, “We’re still dealing with increases in poverty, challenges in education [and] business…but one of the major differences is the third district has a broad diversity in both people, and businesses.”

He says he cares about those in the rural communities as well as those in urban districts. He plans on visiting both traditional and organic farms and listening to farmers’ concerns and understand their challenges. He says Iowans he’s spoken with so far, have concerns over the lack of small town growth and poverty, loss of manufacturing jobs. Adams says people are telling him our political leaders are not listening to their concerns, and that’s where he wants to stand out among the candidates. He says he wants to step-up to the plate and address challenges like education, a crumbling infrastructure and get those issues resolved.

Adams faces a challenge in his party by Jim Mowrer, an Iraq War veteran. Another potential candidate for the 3rd District is Democrat State Senator Matt McCoy. To date, David Young doesn’t appear to have any challengers from his own party. The 3rd Congressional District covers 16 counties, including all of southwest Iowa, south of Interstate 80.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 9/29/2015

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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2 arrests in Creston, recently

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police said today (Tuesday), a 42-year old Creston man was arrested at around 12:30-a.m. today for OWI/1st offense. Clinton Ward Lovely was later released from the Union County Jail on $1,000 bond. And, a little after noon, on Monday, Creston Police arrested 49-year old Melissa Rae Rodden, of Murray. Rodden was charged with OWI/1st Offense and also later released on $1,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 9/29/2015

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

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

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Atlantic couple arrested on drug charges Sun. in Pott. County

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September 29th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop for a vehicle with expired license tags resulted in the arrest of a man and woman from Cass County on drug charges. The Daily NonPareil says 32-year old Randi Shafer and 32-year old Jacob Leary, both of Atlantic, were taken into custody at around 12:45-p.m. Sunday, after the car they were in was pulled over by a Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputy near the intersection of Highway 6 and 470th Street, near Oakland.

According to the police report, during the course of the stop, officers found 16.1 grams of methamphetamine as well as four syringes, which were classified as drug paraphernalia. Shafer and Leary were arrested on a felony suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, charge, and possession of drug paraphernalia. If convicted on the felony charges, Shafer and Leary face up to 25 years in prison and fines amounting to $50,000.

Jacob Leary

Jacob Leary

Sunday’s arrest was the third in two months for Leary, who was arrested in Cass County on felony drug charges on Aug. 4th, and burglary and theft charges on Sept. 12th. Before Sunday’s arrest, Leary was scheduled to appear in a Cass County courthouse for a pre-trial hearing on a felony charge of possession of less than five grams a controlled substance (methamphetamines) within 1,000 feet of a park or school. If convicted of the Class C felony, Leary could face up to 10 years in prison. Court records show Leary was released after paying $3,000 of his $30,000 bond.

Randi Shafer

Randi Shafer

Shafer and Leary were arrested Sept. 12th for breaking into a vehicle and stealing personal items. They were charged with third-degree burglary and fifth-degree theft, according to court documents. Shafer was released from the Cass County Jail on her own recognizance. Leary was released after posting $2,000 of his $10,000 bond.

Both were being held Monday in the Pottawattamie County Jail on $25,000 bond, each.