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Powerball jackpot $422 million after months without winner

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Powerball jackpot has soared to $422 million thanks to nearly three months without a winner of the big prize. If anyone matches the five balls and red Powerball in Wednesday night’s drawing, it will be the game’s first jackpot winner since May 7th. A jackpot winner could opt for a $422 million annuity paid out over 29 years or a $291 million lump sum. The prize would rank as the nation’s 11th largest.

The chance of winning Powerball is incredibly small, at 292.2 million to one. But players have much better odds, of about one in 25, of winning smaller prizes ranging from $1 million to $4. The big Powerball prize comes less than three weeks after a player in Indiana won a $536 million Mega Millions jackpot.

(Update 9:15-a.m.) 2 transported to metro hospitals following accident near Atlantic

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Chief Deputy Sheriff John Westring reports two people, a man and a woman, were transported to larger hospital facilities outside of Cass County, following a serious, single vehicle accident northwest of Atlantic, this morning. In an update to our earlier reports, Westring said the injured were transported by Atlantic Rescue and Medivac Ambulance to the Atlantic Airport and Cass County Memorial Hospital, following the crash that happened just before 8-a.m. on Highway 83, near the railroad bridge northwest of the Mahle Engine Components plant.

The man and women were in a four-door sedan when the crash occurred. Westring couldn’t provide any further details at this time, as the accident remains under investigation. Scanner traffic at the time rescue crews were dispatched, indicated one person was trapped in the vehicle, while another was out and complaining of back pain.

Accident northwest of Atlantic Tue. morning

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Update 8:55-a.m.) Two LifeNet Helicopters were called to transport two victims of a single-vehicle accident to trauma centers this morning, following an accident that happened just before 8-a.m. on Highway 83, near the railroad bridge northwest of Mahle Engine Components. Scanner traffic at the time indicated one person was trapped in the vehicle, while another was out and complaining of back pain.

One of the choppers was directed to the airport for transport of a victim. The other to CCCMH. No other details are available at this time.

Creston man arrested on Adams County warrant

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Creston Police Department reports a local man was arrested early this (Tuesday) morning, on a warrant out of Adams County. 27-year old Curtiss Daniel Bird, of Creston, was arrested just before 1-a.m., and later released on a $500 bond.

And, a man from Milwaukee, WI., reported to Creston Police that while he was at the YMCA in Creston, several of his items were stolen. Those items include:  A jersey and pants, Keen Shoes, a bicycle helmet, riding Gloves, a flip Phone, $300 in cash, and bicycle glasses.  The loss was estimated at $890.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 7/26/2016

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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Cass County Fair Beef Show Winners

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Fair officially ends its seven-day run with the Livestock sale getting underway at 8-a.m.  Yesterday, following the Beef Show, the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers and Heifers were chosen. The honors went to McKenna Potter,  of the Griswold Clubsters 4H Club, who displayed the Grand Champion 4H Market Heifer, which weighed-in at 1,246-lbs. McKenna is the daughter of Brent and Amiee Potter. Caroline Pellett, with the Pymosa 4H Club, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Heifer, which weighed 1,242 lbs. Caroline is the daughter of Brad and Kristy Pellett.

The Grand Champion Market Steer was shown by Aaron Suhr, with the Pymosa 4H Club. His steer “Leroy,” weighed in at 1,398 pounds. Suhr is the son of Kelly Cappel and Rod Suhr. McKenna Potter showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer, which weighed-in at 1,234 lbs.

The Grand Champion FFA Market Steer was shown by Nate Moen, with the Atlantic FFA. His animal weighed 1,423 lbs. Connor Pellett, with the Atlantic FFA displayed the Reserve FFA Market Steer, which weighed 1,271 lbs.

The Grand Champion FFA Market Heifer was exhibited by Lane Thomsen of CAM FFA. His animal weighed 1,257 lbs. Connor and Claire Pellett finished first and second respectively, in the Carcass Division. Connor’s animal began at 668 pounds and ended-up weighing 1,520 lbs, for an average daily gain of 4.02-lbs. Claire’s animal started out at 678 lbs, and finished weighing 1,516 lbs, for an average daily gain of 3.95-lbs.

Branstad talks about DOT downsizing, alcohol at athletic events

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says he’s not worried about the Department of Transportation’s decision to close driver’s license stations in Carroll and Spencer on August 31st after the department didn’t get the total increase in funding it requested. Branstad says the Carroll County Treasurer plans to open a driver’s license renewal station in his office. “Because of the timing of it, I want to talk to the D-O-T about extending the time before they close it so Carroll County can be ready,” Branstad says.

He says the Carroll and Spencer D-O-T offices had the least amount of traffic. “And my guess is that when it is all said and done the public in these counties — Carroll County and Clay County — will feel like the public does in the other counties. They really appreciate having the quality of services that can be provided in these rural counties by county treasurer’s office where they are not that busy,” Branstad says.

The Republican governor also talked about the D-O-T plans to close seven maintenance garages in Akron, Centerville, Corning, Gowrie, Rock Valley, Sabula and Soldier. D-O-T leaders say the cutbacks may lead to some roads not getting plowed, but Branstad doesn’t buy that. “They’ve been in the process of consolidating that over time, and in so doing — and I’ve seen the math — they are going to be able to plow the roads and I don’t think it really is going to make a big difference in terms of that area,” Branstad says. “We are always looking for ways that we can more efficiently deliver the services and have more of the money going for building roads and bridges rather than for administrative costs.”

On another topic, Branstad was asked about the prospect of the three state universities expanding the sale of alcohol at athletic events. “I think they’ve got to be really careful. This is a Board of Regents decision, but there is a lot of drinking that goes on before the games with all the tailgating and all that. And binge drinking is a problem on college campuses,” Branstad says. “So, I think they need to look at the whole picture in terms of deciding whether if this is the thing they need to do, not just in terms of the money that they will bring in.”

When it comes to athletic funding Branstad says he doesn’t have an opinion on whether the athletic departments should give some funds to the university for academic programs. “I think that’s a university decision and if the athletic department wants to support the academic programs and the other part of the university. What did they used to say at Oklahoma? They wanted to have a university that the football team could be proud of,” Branstad said, then laughed.

Branstad made his comments during his weekly meeting with reporters.

(Radio Iowa)

Loess Hills Lavender Farm recognized as IFB’s latest Rural Iowa Award winner

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A Harrison County start-up lavender farm and western Iowa agri-tourism destination has been awarded the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Renew Rural Iowa” Entreprenuer Award. The IFB says Tim and Mary Hammer’s Loess Hills Lavender Farm is visited by hundreds of visitors each year.  The Hammers are transplants to the Loess Hills, and grow lavender on a hillside near Missouri Valley.

After a great deal of research and studying the agronomy of growing lavender, the Hammers found that the sloping hills and unique soil makeup in the Loess Hills is ideal for raising lavender. The Loess Hills Lavender Farm was established in 2009, and now the Hammers host visitors on the farm May through October. Visitors to the farm can walk through the fields, pick lavender flowers and visit a shop that features items made from local craftsmen.

Additionally, the farm features a boutique with lavender items including creams, lotions and sprays. The fresh cut lavender is distilled for its oil and is then used in all of the available products. Mary Hammer found the recipes for the products and fine-tuned them until they were ready to be sold to visitors.

RRIA is an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) initiative supporting new and existing businesses through education, mentoring, and financial resources. For more information about the next RRIA Business Success Seminar, “The Journey to Your Vision,” on September 22 in Winterset, go to www.renewruraliowa.com.

General Mills expands flour recall after 4 more illnesses

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — General Mills is expanding a flour recall issued over a possible link to an E. coli outbreak after four new illnesses were reported. The recall announced Monday covers several varieties of Gold Medal and Signature Kitchens flour produced on certain dates through February 10th.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said flour produced at a General Mills plant in Kansas City, Missouri, is a likely source of the outbreak, which so far has sickened 46 people in 21 states. The CDC says 13 have been hospitalized, and one person has developed a type of kidney failure. No deaths have been reported.

General Mills says the illnesses have been connected with consumers who ate or handled uncooked dough or ate uncooked batter made with raw flour.

Seminar on how to respond to active shooter in workplace

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July 26th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A seminar is scheduled for this morning (Tuesday) in central Iowa on how to respond to an active shooter in the workplace. Scott Smith, with the Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association, will speak at the Glen Oaks Country Club in West Des Moines. “It’s something people see on the news, they have questions, but they don’t necessarily want to bring it up and talk about it with co-workers. You know, it’s disturbing. It’s a difficult subject,” Smith says.

Law enforcement tactics have changed and they are now trained to confront active shooters, so Smith says people need to do all they can separate themselves from the shooter. “You can buy yourself time if you can get out of the building, if you can barricade yourself in a secure room. You’re buying yourself time until law enforcement gets there,” Smith says.

The seminar, scheduled for 9-11 a.m., is being presented by Des Moines insurance agency Holmes Murphy & Associates. (More info. at: http://www.holmesmurphy.com/event/aiming-safety-preparing-active-shooter-workplace/

(Radio Iowa)