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Natural Resources Commission denies petition involving HUSH program

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January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A petition urging the D-N-R to no longer accept deer killed with lead bullets as donations to its food program that helps feed the needy was denied Thursday by the Natural Resource Commission. The D-N-R works with the Food Bank of Iowa in the Help us Stop Hunger or Hush program, which allows hunters to shoot a deer then donate it to be processed and fed to the needy. The N-R-C voted to reject the petition because commission members said there was not enough evidence to show the bullets caused lead poisoning. Cynthia Hansen, the manager of the “Lead Is Poison Coalition” testified that people eating venison are at risk when a deer is shot with lead.

“Many of the fragments are too small to see with the naked eye or to feel when the meat is being processed. But the lead is there as shown in the x-ray and CAT scans during the research studies,” Hansen says. Hansen cleaning the wounds won’t prevent lead poisoning. “So when deer is shot with lead the fragments are scattered beyond the wound channel,” according to Hansen. “And that lead can be dispersed anywhere from two inches to eighteen inches outside the wound channel based on research. “ While the commission recognized people are poisoned by lead in Iowa, the secretary of the N-R-C, Kim Francisco , says this lead often comes from other sources.

Francisco made the motion to deny the petition, saying there is no strong proof that the venison donated to HUSH contained toxic lead.  “There are some legitimate concerns, and we heard it today, the presenters did a really nice job, about sub-lethal levels. Certainly understand that but 800,000 meals a year and we haven’t had any public health issues come up, “ Francisco says. The D-N-R reports five-thousand-281 deer were donated to the program in the 2012-2013 season. Kim Francisco, says HUSH serves a couple of purposes.

“The value of the program both to the people who are utilizing the meat and discussing the deer management problem in the state. And so providing an outlet for that meat that way,” Francisco says. The commission also made the point that it was not the right venue to address the problem — instead it should be taken to the legislature. The D-N-R says just over 56-thousand deer have been processed in the program from 2003 to 2012, which resulted in 10 million meals being provided.

(Radio Iowa)

Atlantic woman arrested for Child Endangerment

News

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest on Thursday of 26-year old Lacey Dorris, of Atlantic. Dorris was charged with OWI/1st offense and three-counts of Child Endangerment. She was brought to the Cass County Jail and held pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Study ranks Iowa emergency rooms #11 in the USA

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January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s hospital emergency rooms rank just short of the top ten nationwide, according to a new study which finds support for hospitals and emergency room patients is ailing. Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, spokesman for the American College of Emergency Physicians, says the report gave the country’s E-Rs a grade of D-plus overall, and Iowa was just a little better.  “Iowa actually did relatively well, they got a C overall and they were 11th in the nation,” Dr. Hirshon says. “They’re about average or a little above average.”

While the state has moved up in the rankings to 11th from 19th in the last study, conducted in 2009, Hirshon says Iowa has actually seen declines in a few key categories. “They did best in public health and injury prevention and in access to emergency care,” Hirshon says. “But having said that, there are significant medical workforce shortages that threaten people’s access to emergency care in Iowa. This has declined quite a lot since 2009.”

Overall, he says the quality of care in emergency rooms nationwide is deteriorating and while Iowa is rising in the rankings, he says state’s performance in some categories is still very poor. Hirshon says, “They’ve got the lowest per capita rate of emergency physicians, and near last for having specialists such as neurosurgeons, plastic surgeons, orthopedists, hand surgeons and they’ve had a declining Medicaid C level since 2007.” He says Iowa’s rankings on the study should be red flags to residents.

“This really looks to be an alarming issue related to workforce and the ability to access physicians when you need them,” he says. The study ranked E-Rs in Washington D-C tops, followed by Massachusetts and Maine. The bottom-ranked states are: New Mexico, Arkansas and last, Wyoming. See the full report at www.emreportcard.org.

(Radio Iowa)

SW IA woman arrested for compulsary education violation

News

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Shenandoah report the arrest on Thursday of woman charged with a compulsory education violation.  49-year-old Tammy Cook, of Shenandoah, was taken into custody on a Page County warrant. Cook was also charged with Contempt of Court for illegal resistance in order to process. Cook was being held in the Page County Jail on a $600 cash only bond.

Update on Thursday morning accident in Cass County

News

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

In an update to our story Thursday morning about a rollover accident just north of Interstate 80 near the Cass/Audubon County line, sheriff’s officials in Cass County report a Red Oak man faces numerous charges associated with the incident. Authorities say the driver of a Dodge van, 36-year old Timothy Welch, of Red Oak, was charged with Driving while Barred, 3rd offense OWI, three-counts of Child endangerment, Possession of a Controlled Substance, failure to maintain control, and failure to obey a stop sign. He was also cited for having no proof of insurance.

The accident happened at around 4:10 a.m., as Welch, an adult female, and three children, ages 3, 4 & 5, were traveling on 710 Street. The van went out of control and rolled onto its side. The children and one adult were taken by Anita Rescue to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic. Welch was transported to the Cass County Jail, where he was being held pending an appearance in front of a magistrate.

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Arrest in Red Oak, Thursday

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January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested late Thursday night. According to Red Oak Police, 23-year old Devin Alexander Davis was taken into custody at the intersection of west Valley and north Broadway Streets at around 11:35-p.m.  Davis was wanted on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Failure to Appear on a Driving While Revoked charge. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $2,000 cash bond.

IRS has early tax filing for some

News

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Internal Revenue Service has opened up tax filing early for some individuals. I-R-S spokesman Christopher Miller says those who qualify for free filing can get a jump on the process. “If you make 58-thousand dollars or less, you can sit at your computer and use brand name tax software and get your taxes done early with free file,” Miller explains. Miller says all you have to do is go online at I-R-S-dot-gov (www.irs.gov) to begin the process. “It’s a great program for first-time filers, students, families wanting to save money — even seniors — because it is so fast easy and free,” Miller says. He says they believe not everyone who is eligible is taking advantage of the free filing option.

“Last year in Iowa, around 26-thousand people used free file out of some one-point-four million filers,” according to Miller. “So, a a lot of people used free file in Iowa last year — but a lot more could.” Other filers have to wait until January 31st to send in their returns, but qualified free filers can now do it anytime. “As long as you have your W-2 in hand from your job, you can be in your pajamas and get your taxes done right now. All you need is an internet connection at a computer,” Miller says. Miller says the returns from the free filers will be entered into the system now and will be the first ones processed once that step begins after January 31st.

(Radio Iowa)

Boosting state funding for voluntary preschool an issue in legislature

News

January 24th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Senate Democrats intend to push for more state spending on preschool programs, but Republicans are expressing concerns about the idea. Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs says far too many Iowa four-year-olds are not enrolled in preschool. “Some district describe this as they have a waiting list,” Gronstal says. “It’s not a waiting list, it’s an exclusion list because the next year you’re five.” And you start kindergarten. Senate President Pam Jochum, a Democrat from Dubuque, says there are “thousands” of four-year-olds who aren’t in preschool today, but would be if there was an opening in the state-funded programs run by Iowa school districts.

“It has proven itself to be an incredibly successful program in closing that achievement gap, especially among children who are right now living in families that are having a very difficult time just meeting their basic needs,” Jochum said. The legislature’s top Republicans says he “does not anticipate” agreeing to spend more taxpayer dollars on preschool. In 2007, during Democratic Governor Chet Culver’s term in office, the state began sending Iowa public schools the money to finance voluntary preschool programs.

When Republican Governor Terry Branstad took over in 2011, he tried to turn it into a voucher program just for low-income preschool parents, but Democrats objected. Democrats would ultimately like to have mandatory preschool for all four-year-olds. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, says it’s not an issue Republicans are considering. “To the best of my knowledge, they’re the only ones talking about it,” Paulsen says. “…Nobody’s approached me on it.”

Under current law, state-funded preschool programs are to offer a minimum of 10-hours of instruction per week. Officials estimate about two-thirds of the four-year-olds in Iowa are enrolled in state-funded preschool programs.

(Radio Iowa)