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(Update) 3 Departments Respond to Fire East of Kirkman

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Firefighters from Irwin, Kirkman and Defiance were called to the scene of a structure fire about five miles east of Kirkman, Tuesday afternoon. The call went out about 4:20 to 2204 1500th St, the Plumb and Sons Tiling and Trenching business. Firefighters were able to contain the fire to one portion of the building, with some structural damage in that area. Crews were on scene for about 2 hours. The fire is believed to have been electrical in nature.

(KNOD/Harlan)

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. KJAN News & funeral report, 12/3/2014

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With News Director Ric Hanson.

Iowa Guardsmen warned about social media info

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve troops are being warned to remove personal and military data from their social media accounts, lest the information help terrorists launch attacks inside the United States. Officials with the Iowa National Guard and the Army Reserve’s 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) at Fort Des Moines, which oversees 5,000 troops in four states, told The Des Moines Register that troops won’t be barred from using social media accounts.

The National Guard spokesman, Col. Gregory Hapgood Jr., says the troops shouldn’t list anything about their employment or travel plans. Hapgood says Iowa National Guard units’ Facebook accounts now just mention events that already have occurred, rather than upcoming events.

Red Oak woman arrested following family dispute

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A family dispute Tuesday evening led to the arrest of a Red Oak woman. The Red Oak Police Department reports officers took 49-year old Rebecca Jean Gulick into custody on a charge of Public Intoxication, after officers responded to a residence in the 100 block of east Reed Street, at around 6:25-p.m.

Police had been called to resolve a family dispute. When officers arrived, the found Gulick with a strong odor of alcohol on her breath. She consented to a breath test and blew over the legal limit for public intoxication.

Gulick was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Iowa regents to consider scope of tuition freeze

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — How far should a tuition freeze go? That’s one key question that will face members of the Iowa Board of Regents when they meet by phone this (Wednesday) afternoon. The board is widely expected to adopt a third straight tuition freeze for undergraduate students from Iowa at the state’s three public universities. That would affect roughly 40,000 students.

But it’s unclear whether the board will want to go farther and freeze rates for students from other states as well as graduate and professional students. The board’s staff is recommending a 1.75 percent tuition increase for those students, who number about 38,000. Board members have been studying the issue since October. University presidents are generally against an expansion of the freeze, which would deprive their schools of millions in revenue.

Another candidate joins the race for Senate District 12

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Another Republican candidate has announced intentions to run for an Iowa Senate seat in District 12, which covers a section of southwest Iowa. Margaret Stoldorf, of Red Oak, will be on the ballot for the December 30th special election. Stoldorf is running for the seat that was held by U.S. Sen.-Elect Joni Ernst, who has formally submitted her resignation from the Iowa Senate.

Stoldorf was a member of the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors, a corporate executive, a small business owner and served as manager of her family’s farm, in addition to working in law enforcement. She currently serves as the Montgomery County Republican chair, 3rd District Republican Executive Committee chair and is a co-founder and leader of IGOP, a coalition of local Republican organizations.

In addition to Stoldorf, farmer Seth Watkins of Clarinda, Fremont County Supervisor Cara Marker-Morgan and State Rep. Mark Costello are vying for Ernst’s seat.

3 Special school elections held Tuesday w/mixed results

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three southwest Iowa school districts held special elections Tuesday, with a reorganization in Fremont County failing by a seven-vote margin while a tax increase was approved in Avoca. The Daily NonPareil reports in Pottawattamie County, voters in Avoca, Hancock, Shelby and Tennant approved a tax increase for school infrastructure projects, including transportation, facility repairs and technology. A total of 450 ballots were cast, with a 273-177 split earning a 60 percent majority.

An expanded physical plant and equipment levy allows the AHST Community School District to collect up to $1 per $1,000 taxable valuation for those specific purposes. The levy will be a combination of property taxes and income sales tax, and the district does not have to collect the full amount each year.

Voters in the Hamburg and Farragut school districts were asked to reorganize their districts into a combined Nishnabotna Community School District. While voters in Farragut overwhelming approved the proposal 372-32, voters in Hamburg narrowly defeated the merger with a 271-264 decision.

Both school districts’ voters had to approve the reorganization by a simple majority. One over vote, with both yes and no selected, and one under vote, with neither choice selected, were recorded, according to results released Tuesday night by the Fremont County Auditor’s Office. Early returns showed Hamburg firmly split 22-22 in absentee ballots. Hamburg residents had bemoaned the decision to create a joint high school in 2012, and the Hamburg School Board decided earlier this year not to renew the contract of a shared superintendent with Farragut, which forced both districts to hire independent leadership.

Dee Owen, the deputy auditor in charge of elections, said a recount would be done if someone officially requests it. She said the ballots were hand-counted Tuesday evening. Turnout was about 35 percent in Farragut and about 45 percent in Hamburg, according to unofficial returns.

Without the reorganization, the Hamburg and Farragut districts have pledged to continue whole-grade sharing. Officials from both districts will go before the School Budget Review Committee in January and the Iowa Department of Education in February to address deficiencies and overspending. Officials have warned that significant cuts may be necessary to address spending in excess of each district’s spending authority. With enrollment under the threshold the state considers viable, Hamburg and Farragut also face the possibility of being dissolved if they cannot address the state’s concerns.

Deal reached in special needs abuse case

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man accused of abusing his special needs son has reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors on charges that he committed Social Security fraud. The Daily NonPareil reports 43-year old James Beyer pleaded guilty to Social Security theft, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents.

In April of 2011, Beyer became the payee for Social Security payments to his son. As part of the plea deal, Beyer admitted that he did not use all of the money for the benefit of his son, cheating the 21-year-old out of almost $17,000. Sentencing in the matter is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2015, in federal court.

Beyer – along with his wife, Rebecca, and stepson Ryan Smith – were arrested in June of 2013 on suspicion of first-degree kidnapping for alleged abuse against Beyer’s then-20-year-old developmentally delayed son. Rebecca Beyer was also charged with willful injury causing serious injury stemming from the abuse, including charges that she would heat forks and spoons on a stove and burn her stepson. Smith accepted a plea deal in May for an aggravated misdemeanor charge.

James and Rebecca Beyer were both accused of abusing the man, including keeping him chained inside a detached garage at her Avenue C home. James Beyer had been scheduled to face trial on Tuesday for the state charges, but the matter has been continued as prosecutors look to finish both cases at the same time, according to Amy Zacharias with the Pottawattamie County Attorney’s Office.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., Dec. 3rd 2014

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December 3rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Advocates seeking more funding for Iowa’s bridges and roads are launching a new advertising campaign. In a television ad that started airing Monday, a narrator notes the thousands of structurally deficient bridges in Iowa. At the end of the ad, paid for by the Iowa Good Roads Association, the voice of an emergency operator says: “We have a bridge collapse with a bus full of school children.” Gov. Terry Branstad has said he was open to ideas for increasing road construction funding.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered that all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff in honor of state Rep. Dwayne Alons. U.S. flags and Iowa flags under the state’s control will be lowered and flown at half-staff from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to remember Alons, who died Saturday. The 68-year-old Alons announced in October that he was battling renal cancer. He had represented Iowa House District 4 since 1998. A memorial service for Alons is scheduled Wednesday morning at First Reformed Church in Hull.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An official says a student at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo has been injured while in the school’s welding lab. College spokeswoman Kathy Flynn says the student is being treated for burns following an incident Tuesday morning. Additional information about the injury or the student’s identity is not available.

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Grinnell College has received a $4 million bequest from a graduate who died last year after a successful career as a tax attorney. The college says 1950 Grinnell graduate Marilyn Walsh had made the gift to establish a scholarship for Iowa residents admitted to the school. Walsh was a native of Woodbine who received a bachelor’s degree in history, then earned law degrees at New York University. The scholarship will be open to students who have lived in Iowa at least five years.

GAME POSTPONED

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December 2nd, 2014 by admin

The Griswold versus Bedford Girls/Boys Basketball Doubleheader for tonite (12-2-14) has been postponed to a later date due to an electrical issue.