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(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/1/2016

News, Podcasts

June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

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History Teacher’s “Walk Forever Free” trek begins today

News

June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An Iowa native who’s teaching history in a Nebraska high school is starting out today (Wednesday) in eastern Nebraska, planning to walk 500 miles through Iowa and on to Chicago to call attention to modern-day slavery. His trek begins at 7-a.m. Along the way, he’ll make stops in Tabor, Hastings, Red Oak and Elliott. He’ll be at the Hitchcock House in Lewis, at around 2-p.m. Sunday. His next stops include Cumberland, Greenfield and Winterset, in the KJAN listening area.

Barry Jurgensen

Barry Jurgensen

According to Barry Jurgensen, “What I’d really like to do is help people become aware of this social injustice by using history of how we resisted slavery, so I’ll be following the Underground Railroad from Nebraska City to Chicago.” Jurgensen and his high school students in Arlington, Nebraska, were inspired by the story of two female slaves who escaped 158 years ago. Their path to freedom began in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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The following tentative schedule indicates where Jurgensen plans to spend each night while in southwest Iowa…. June 1: Tabor; June 2: Hastings; June 3: Red Oak; June 4: Elliott; June 5: Lewis; June 6: Cumberland; June 7: Greenfield; June 8: Winterset.

“Those two young women were just extremely inspirational to me because as I continue to research slavery, I realize that their story closely parallels the story of young boys and girls that are being enslaved today,” Jurgensen says. Jurgensen says Eliza Grayson and a woman history remembers only as Celia were slaves to a Virginia family that moved to Nebraska City, but the women were able to escape with help from people involved in the Underground Railroad. Jurgensen, who grew up in Denison, says he hopes his walk inspires people to do what they can today to help those who trapped in the sex trade or in forced labor.

“It’s difficult for young boys and girls to escape their enslavement because they’ve been almost brainwashed into depending on the people that have enslaved them,” Jurgensen says. Jurgensen calls his project “Walk Forever Free” and he’ll be joined along the way by many of his high school students. Jurgensen is hoping to raise 50-dollars for every mile he walks. He’s raised seven-thousand dollars so far. The donations will go to the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives. It’s an international non-profit that fights modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

The “Global Slavery Index” released yesterday (Tuesday) by an Australian group called the “Walk Free Foundation” concludes 46 million people around the world are living as slaves today. On Saturday, June 11th, Jurgensen will be about a third of the way through his walk and he’ll speak about his experiences during an event at the State Historical Building in Des Moines. You can follow him on Facebook at Walk Forever Free.

DOT warning: 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

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June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Traffic safety experts say we’ve entered the “100 deadliest days” for teenagers behind the wheel. Steve Gent is director of the Iowa Department of Transportation’s Office of Traffic and Safety. “It’s basically between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year…that time is the most deadly time for teenage drivers,” Gent says.

The Iowa DOT shared that message with drivers this week on their interstate message boards. Gent says one reason the summer months are so dangerous for teen drivers is their cars are often full of other teens. “The research has shown that when you have other teenage passengers in the vehicle, the crash risk goes up exponentially,” Gent says. “If there’s one other teenage passenger, traffic crashes increase 44-percent. If there are two teenage passengers, the crash rate doubles. If there are three or more, it quadruples the chance of being in a crash.”

Passengers aren’t the only distraction for teen drivers. Gent says all drivers, regardless of age, should put their cell phone away when they get behind the wheel. “You know, most (teenagers) had a cell phone in their hand long before they had the keys to the car in their hand. So, for them, it’s just second nature to have the cell phone,” Gent says.

The National Safety Council reports, every year, about 1,000 people die in crashes involving teenage drivers nationwide during the  stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. So far this year, 143 people have died in traffic crashes on Iowa roadways. That’s 35 more fatalities than the same period last year.

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Midwest economic survey index rose in May, report says

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June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Figures from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states have risen, suggesting economic growth ahead. A report issued Wednesday says the Mid-American Business Conditions index hit 52.1 in May, compared with 50.1 in April and 50.6 in March.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says the region’s manufacturing sector is expanding. The survey results are compiled into a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests economic growth. A score below that suggests decline.

The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Sidney woman arrested on drug charges Wed. morning

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June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Fremont County Sheriff Kevin Aistrope reports a traffic stop early this (Wednesday) morning in Sidney, resulted in the arrest of a local woman on drug charges. 22-year old Nicole Penfield, of Sidney, was taken into custody after the Fremont County K9 unit found her to allegedly be in possession of a controlled substance and numerous pieces of drug paraphernalia.

Nicole Penfield

Nicole Penfield

Penfield was being held at the Fremont County Law Enforcement Center on $1,300 bond.

Red Oak man arrested for possession w/intent to deliver Meth

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June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak, Tuesday afternoon, arrested a man on a felony drug charge. 31-year old Andrew Thomas Copeland Falk, of Red Oak, was arrested for Possession, with the Intent to Deliver – Methamphetamine. Falk was also charged with Unlawful Possession of Prescription Pills. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on a $50,000 cash bond.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., June 1st 2016

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June 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 2:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified the 60-year-old man whose body was recovered from the Des Moines River last week. Authorities say Leonard Dawson’s body was pulled from the river Thursday afternoon near the Southeast 14th Street bridge in Des Moines. Police say Dawson was reported missing by his family earlier this month. Authorities have not released an official cause of death but they say there were no obvious signs of injury

LA MOTTE, Iowa (AP) — No injuries were reported after a Dubuque school bus hit an agricultural sprayer. The bus drove onto private farm property near La Motte in an attempt to turn around Tuesday morning and hit the boom of a sprayer. The sprayer broke the front windshield of the bus and also hit a side window. The sprayer broke the front windshield of the bus and also hit a side window. Students on the bus were not injured.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Although rain has slowed progress in some regions of the country, farmers planting corn remain ahead of schedule. Nationally, 94 percent of the crop is planted, two percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Most students at Iowa’s three public universities would pay $300 more in the upcoming school year under a plan to increase tuition. The 4.4 percent increase for undergraduate in-state students would replace a tuition freeze approved by the Board of Regents and make up for a stingy budget approved by lawmakers.

Firework permit applications available in Cass County

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Auditor Dale Sunderman reports applications for a permit to display fireworks in the rural portions of Cass County are available at the County Courthouse in the office of the Cass County Auditor. Person interested in using fireworks on their property will need to do so accordance with CODE OF IOWA 727.2 FIREWORKS, which says a permit is required for display of fireworks.

CODE OF IOWA 727.2 FIREWORKS.
1. The term “fireworks” includes any explosive composition, or
combination of explosive substances, or article prepared for the
purpose of producing a visible or audible effect by combustion,
explosion, deflagration, or detonation, and includes blank
cartridges, firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, roman candles, or
other fireworks of like construction and fireworks containing any
explosive or flammable compound, or other device containing any
explosive substance. The term “fireworks” does not include
goldstar-producing sparklers on wires which contain no magnesium or
chlorate or perchlorate, flitter sparklers in paper tubes that do not
exceed one-eighth of an inch in diameter, toy snakes which contain no
mercury, or caps used in cap pistols.
2. A person, firm, copartnership, or corporation who offers for sale,
exposes for sale, sells at retail, or uses or explodes any fireworks,
commits a simple misdemeanor. In addition to any other penalties,
the punishment imposed for a violation of this section shall include
assessment of a fine of not less than two hundred fifty dollars.
However, the council of a city or a county board of supervisors may,
upon application in writing, grant a permit for the display of
fireworks by municipalities, fair associations, amusement parks, and
other organizations or groups of individuals approved by the city or
the county board of supervisors when the fireworks display will be
handled by a competent operator…

Plan would raise tuition at 3 Iowa universities by $300

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May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Most students at Iowa’s three public universities would pay $300 more in the upcoming school year under a plan to increase tuition released Tuesday. The 4.4 percent increase for undergraduate in-state students would replace a tuition freeze approved by the Board of Regents last year.

Board leaders had warned lawmakers that the freeze was contingent upon receiving additional state funding. The budget signed last week by Gov. Terry Branstad gives the universities a $6.3 million increase, less than one-third of the $20.3 million they had requested.

The tuition increases proposed Tuesday would generate $19.9 million in new funding, including $14.3 million from in-state undergraduates. Annual tuition would rise to $7,178 at the University of Iowa and $7,148 at Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

Rain slows Iowa/Nebraska crop planting but corn progresses

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 31st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Although rain has slowed progress in some regions of the country, farmers planting corn remain ahead of schedule. Nationally, 94 percent of the crop is planted, two percentage points ahead of the five-year average. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday virtually all the corn is planted in Iowa and 90 percent of the plants have emerged from the dirt, about five days ahead of average.

Iowa’s soybean planting is 10 percentage points ahead of normal with 88 percent planted. Nebraska’s corn crop is at 96 percent, near the five-year average and soybean planting is at 73 percent, behind the average of 82 percent.

Rain is presenting challenges in areas of both states and water is reported standing in some fields from the frequent showers and thunderstorms in recent days.