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Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., March 9th 2014

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March 9th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

TRIPOLI, Iowa (AP) — The northeast Iowa town of Tripoli is advising its residents to boil their tap water before using it for drinking or cooking. The Waterloo Cedar-Falls Courier reports that the boil advisory was issued Friday afternoon. It follows a weather-related problem in the Tripoli water supply distribution system. The advisory is in effect until further notice.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The state is investigating what caused the death of Black Hawk County Jail inmate. Black Hawk County officials say a man being held at the jail was found unresponsive in a cell around 6:25 p.m. Friday. The inmate was taken by ambulance to a Waterloo hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Sheriff’s Office has not released the name of the inmate.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) — A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats after police say he acknowledged writing a threat on a wall at Spencer High School. The Sioux City Journal reports that the teen was arrested Friday and released to his parents. The case has been referred to juvenile probation authorities.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory at Number 24 Iowa Saturday night. Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble — the Big Ten’s leading scorer — was held to eight points on 3-of-11 shooting on his home court. The Hawkeyes have lost five of their last six games.

Central Iowa water utility plans for dry summer

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as central Iowa residents continue to deal with winter, one utility is warning that it could ration water this coming summer. The Des Moines Water Works tells television station KCCI that it anticipates a dry summer ahead and may ask customers to reduce water use.

If Des Moines faces drought conditions, customers may be asked to voluntarily cut lawn watering. But if a drought persists, mandatory cuts will be enforced. The utility says that under mandatory cuts, anyone going over a set amount of water could pay four times the normal rate.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, Saturday 3/8/2014

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

(Podcast) Saturday morning News – 3/8/2014

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Podcast of the 7:06-a.m. News with KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Bluffs man arrested on a weapons charge in Red Oak

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report the arrest of a Pottawattamie County man on a weapons warrant. 23-year old Michael Anthony Budka, of Council Bluffs, was arrested in Red Oak on a Pott. County warrant for Carrying Weapons. Budka was brought to the Montgomery County Jail, where he was being held on a $2,000 cash bond.

Nebraska, Iowa move to daylight-saving time; “Spring Forward”

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — It’s time to spring forward again, as the country makes the switch to daylight-saving time. Like those in almost all other states, Nebraskans and Iowans will trade an hour of sleep starting Sunday morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening.

The government expanded daylight-saving time in 2007 in an effort to save energy. It now begins on the second Sunday in March and continues until the first Sunday in November. The official change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday, local time, although people often set their clocks ahead one-hour before going to bed Saturday night. Daylight-saving time ends Nov. 2nd.

Loverboy, The Guess Who & Three Dog Night to perform at Loessfest

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Three rock bands with a long history of hits have been chosen to perform at the 2014 Loessfest along the riverfront, in Council Bluffs. The May 25th event at the Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park opens with a concert by Loverboy, The Guess Who and Three Dog Night. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Other events associated with the festival will run through June 8th. An estimated 30,000 people turned out to see the Beach Boys over Memorial Day weekend last year at the inaugural Loessfest. Several additional events will be announced between now and the start of the festivities.

The concert is sponsored by the Iowa West Foundation, American National Bank and ConAgra Foods.

Underwood School employees face stolen drug charges

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Pottawattamie County say two employees with the Underwood Community School District were arrested Friday on felony drug charges. The Daily NonPareil reports 34-year old’s Samantha and Heath Telleen, of Underwood, surrendered themselves to law enforcement after a warrant was issued for their arrests in connection with the alleged use of stolen prescription pads to obtain pain medication in Iowa and Nebraska.

Samantha is a Underwood Middle School worker, while her husband teaches Social Studies at the Underwood High School. The pair was charged with two counts of pharmacy prohibited acts, which are Class C felonies. If convicted, they face up to 20 years in prison and a maximum $20,000 fine.

In total, the couple allegedly used prescriptions pads from Underwood Family Practice 14 times, according to a criminal complaint released Friday. Additional incidents occurred in Nebraska. Jacqueline Sullivan-Ogg, who works at the practice, told investigators Samantha Telleen was given the key to the building in June 2013 to check mail and faxes while Sullivan-Ogg and her husband were out of town.

According to the criminal complaint, Sullivan-Ogg identified the prescriptions as fraudulent because they were inconsistent with how she wrote them. Investigators spoke with pharmacy officials in Council Bluffs and found the couple had used their driver’s licenses as identification to receive the prescription drugs.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said the couple was booked into jail and later released on their own recognizance. A court date is pending.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., March 8th 2014

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March 8th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — If you think this was a brutal winter, there’s data to back it up: Iowa officials say it was the ninth coldest in the state since record-keeping began more than 140 years ago. Harry Hillaker, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, compiled data on the meteorological winter season that ran from December 1st through February 28th. He says the past winter was also the coldest in 35 years.

SHELL ROCK, Iowa (AP) — Officials say no one was injured following a freight train derailment in the northeast Iowa city of Shell Rock. Iowa Northern Railroad Company tells the Waterloo-Cedar Fals Courier that the early Friday incident near a railroad crossing involved some train cars going off their tracks around 2 a.m.

TAMA, Iowa (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a 25-year-old man with the killing of his parents last month on the Meskwaki Settlement in central Iowa. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports an FBI agent Friday filed a criminal complaint against Gordon Lasley Junior in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids in the killings of Gordon Lasley Senior and Kim Lasley. They were found dead n their home on February 5th.

WALCOTT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her 5-month-old child have been hospitalized after hot liquid was spilled on them at an eastern Iowa apartment. The Walcott Police Department says the accident occurred around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the apartment on West James Street.

Ark. firm recalls 29,200 pounds of chicken product

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March 7th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas firm is recalling about 29,200 pounds of seasoned raw, chicken breast strips due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday the recall involves George’s Inc. of Springdale.

The products are formulated with soy protein, a known allergen, and monosodium glutamate. But they were released with a label for George’s boneless skinless breast pieces with rib meat, which does not declare soy or MSG on the label.

The products were produced and packaged from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23 and were sold to distributors in Tennessee and Iowa for further distribution. The recalled products bear the establishment number “P-13584″ below the USDA Mark of Inspection and “Packed on” date in the format of “month-day-year” on the carton label.