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Atlantic man arrested for Domestic Assault

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports the arrest on Monday, of 18-year old Austin Van Aernam. The Atlantic man was taken into custody on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault, causing injury. He was booked into the Cass County Jail.

Young has less than $90,000 for House race

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican David Young has less than $90,000 in the bank for his run in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Young’s campaign spokesman said Monday night that Young had raised just over $110,000 during the most recent reporting period, which ended June 30. He has nearly $90,000 in cash. That’s far less than his Democratic opponent Staci Appel, who said last week that she had more than $725,000 on hand.

Young, a former chief of staff for Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, and Appel, a former state lawmaker, are vying to replace retiring Republican congressman Tom Latham. Campaign finance reports are due Tuesday to the Federal Election Commission. The 3rd District covers much of southwest Iowa, stretching from Des Moines to Council Bluffs.

Iowa Tourism Office offers $250,000 grant program

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

July 15, 2014 (Des Moines) — Tourism-related entities in Iowa have until August 4 to apply for grants available through the Iowa Tourism Grant program. Administered by the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Tourism Office, the grants provide financial assistance with marketing initiatives, meetings, events and professional development efforts. Complete details about the program, including its administrative rules, can be found in the Industry Information section of traveliowa.com.

Eligible applicants are tourism-related entities based in Iowa. Applicants must demonstrate a 25% cash match of the grant amount. The project must be completed in fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). The minimum grant amount is $500 and the maximum grant amount is $5,000 per application.

Of the approximately $250,000 in funds available, $100,000 will be dedicated to marketing Vision Iowa projects. All Vision Iowa, Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) and River Enhancement Community Attraction and Tourism (RECAT) recipients are eligible to apply for funds to support marketing activities.

For more information about Iowa tourism, visit www.traveliowa.com, call 800.345.IOWA or stop at any Iowa Welcome Center.

Sen. Grassley working to find solution to illegal immigrant situation

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s working out a plan with colleagues from both parties that would see a relatively quick end to the situation involving thousands of children from Central America who are illegally crossing the border into the U-S. Governor Branstad says he does not want the federal government sending any of the children to Iowa and Grassley says with fast action, that may not become an issue.

“The next step needs to be two things,” Grassley says. “One, the immediate thing, to take care of some immediate humanitarian needs that are out there for the kids, and the second one is, to change the law so that they can be sent back to their country.” Grassley, a Republican, is scheduled to attend a hearing on the border situation tomorrow (Wednesday) that includes ranking officials with Homeland Security, Health and Human Services and the U-S Attorney General’s office.

“I’m working with a group of senators that develop these solutions that I just talked about but to develop solutions that can also garner bipartisan support,” Grassley says. “In fact, we’ll be having a meeting this afternoon, other than the briefing you’re talking about, among those senators with the leaders to see what we can come up with.” Deportation of the children is scheduled to begin later this week, starting with those being housed in New Mexico. Reports say more than 57-thousand undocumented, unaccompanied children have crossed the U-S border with Mexico since October.

(Radio Iowa)

8AM Newscast 07-15-2014

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July 15th, 2014 by Chris Parks

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(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 7/15/2014

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic City Council to hear a report on Tax Abatement recommendations

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council is set to hear a report this week from the Community Development Committee, with regard to Tax Abatement recommendations. The report will be featured as part of the Council’s regular meeting Wednesday evening in their chambers at City Hall, beginning at 5:30-p.m. During the Council’s meeting July 2nd, Mayor Dave Jones asked the Development Committee to discuss whether or not tax abatement should be allowed in the Pine Ridge Subdivision, since it is already receiving tax increment financing.

In other business, the Council will act on: Approving a request by the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce for the closing of portions of Chestnut, Walnut and Poplar Streets in the downtown area, for the August 9th AtlanticFest celebration; The awarding of a contract to Snyder and Associates Engineers for the purpose of conducting a Nutrient Reduction Study for the Waste Water Treatment Plan, in conformation with DNR Requirements; and, they’ll decide whether or not to approve the awarding of a contract for Asbestos Removal at 611 Linn Street, to AAA Budget Environmental, Inc.

Turkey truck overturns in Council Bluffs

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

No serious injuries were reported after a tractor-trailer loaded with live turkeys toppled over Sunday in Council Bluffs. According to the police report, a semi driven by 30-year old Bryan Todd, of Ghent, MN, was traveling north on Interstate 29 at around noon, Sunday, when a vehicle tried to merge into his lane. Ghent swerved to avoid a collision but ended up losing control of the semi, which overturned near the 35th Street exit in Council Bluffs.

The wreck caused traffic to be restricted to one-lane for about three-hours.  It’s not clear how many of the turkeys were injured or if any were killed.

Traffic stop in C. Bluffs over the weekend nets 15-lbs of pot

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

An Ohio man faces charges after a drug bust on Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs netted 15 pounds of marijuana. The Daily Non Pareil says according to the Council Bluffs P-D, a little after 8-a.m. Saturday, an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that was speeding on eastbound Interstate 80 near mile marker 5. When officers questioned the driver, 44-year old James E. Reeder, of Concord, Ohio, they thought his story of where he was going and coming from didn’t add up.

A k-9 unit was called-in and indicated there were drugs, giving authorities probable cause to search the Hyundai. When officers searched Reeder’s vehicle, they found 15 pounds of marijuana in a suitcase in the cargo area. Police estimated the drugs to be worth $15,000.

Reeder was arrested for suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, drug tax stamp violation, prohibited acts and possession of drug equipment. The intent to deliver charge is a Class D felony.He was being held on a $5,000 bond at the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Crop report shows dry days, though NW Iowa still seeing wet corn

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July 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The U-S-D-A crop report issued Monday showed drier conditions allowed farmers to get more work done in the fields last week. The report says there were four-point-two (4.2) days suitable for fieldwork — the first time since mid-June that farmers have had over three suitable days across the whole state to work in the field. Some of that field work included replanting drowned out crops, or adding nitrogen to areas that saw it washed out. Parts of northwest Iowa had more than 20 inches of rain in recent weeks. Iowa State University Agronomist, Paul Kassel, says that continues to create water problems.

“The big issue is there’s some corn that has moisture stress from having way too much moisture and our drainage systems are overtaxed,” Kassle says. He says the water doesn’t drain away and that impacts the corn. “We have some corn that just looks terrible, it’s maybe knee-high, it’s very yellow. The question is how do we manage that, what do we do about that,” Kassle says. He says in some cases farmers are trying to rescue some of their nitrogen-starved corn crop.

“Some of that corn we think is probably worth it — maybe it’s only one stage behind the kind of normal corn,” Kassell says “Some people are side-dressing extra nitrogen on that with high-clearance rigs. Some of that is going on with airplanes with aerial application.” Kassel says the worst areas in northwest Iowa are in Buena Vista, Clay, Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties.

Overall, the crop report says 76-percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition, unchanged from the previous week. Seventy-three percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition, unchanged from last week.

(Radio Iowa)