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(Update) Sac County shooting victim identified

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September 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

An obituary notice from Twigg Funeral Homes has identified the victim of Sunday’s shooting incident in Sac County, as 24-year old Megan Quinn Sloss, of Guthrie Center. Authorities said Monday the woman (Who was not yet identified at the time time of press release) was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle. The shooting was reported around 11:40 a.m. Sunday around two miles east of Lake View.

Megan Sloss (Photo from her obituary page at Twiggfuneralhome.com)

Megan Sloss (Photo from her obituary page at Twiggfuneralhome.com)

Officials said a man in the front passenger seat (Who has not been identified) was handling a loaded handgun when it went off and struck Sloss. She was taken to Loring Hospital in Sac City and then flown to a Des Moines hospital, where she died. The incident remains under investigation.

Her obituary says Megan was the daughter of Curt and Brenda Sloss, of rural Guthrie Center. She attended Guthrie Center Schools, Central College and was currently a master’s student at the University of Iowa studying social services. Megan planned to spend her career helping children and adults in need. She was currently working at Iowa KidSight and the University of Iowa Hospital in Iowa City.

Visitation is set for Thursday, Sept. 22nd, from 5:30-to 7:30-p.m. at the Guthrie Center High School Gymnasium, where a Prayer service is at 7-p.m.

Kaine in Ames, Pence in Mason City — making their case to Iowa voters

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September 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The vice presidential nominees of BOTH major political parties campaigned in Iowa Monday. “This race is deadly, deadly serious.” That’s Democrat Tim Kaine. He spoke to about 300 people in Ames in the middle of the afternoon. Mike Pence, the G-O-P vice presidential nominee, addressed about 300 people in Mason City at nearly the same time. “Let’s go get it done,” Pence said. “Let’s go make it happen, Iowa.” Kaine, the Democrat, appealed to “millennial” voters during his speech in Ames, arguing Clinton is more in tune with their social views and embrace of diversity.

“We know we’re stronger together if we treat each other with respect,” Kaine said, “but if we divide against one another, dissing somebody who’s disabled, saying the military’s a disaster, going after people if they’re of Mexican American heritage or the wrong religion, we’re going to be weaker.” Pence, the Republican, focused on the series of suspected terrorist attacks in New York and New Jersey this past weekend.

“Seven and a half years of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s leadership on the world stage has weakened America’s place in the world,” Pence said, “…terrorist attacks here at home and abroad — grim and heartbreaking scenes.” Pence questioned whether Obama and Clinton know “we are at war” with “radical Islamic terrorists.” “The weak and feckless foreign policy of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has emboldened our enemies and compromised the safety of the American people,” Pence said. In Ames, Kaine asked the crowd to hold Trump accountable for “challenging” President Obama’s American citizenship for five years — until last Friday when Trump said Obama was born in the U.S., “period.”

“I want to tell you why we can’t let him move on to the next issue,” Kaine said. “This is not just a wacky guy saying wacky stuff. This is incredibly painful to millions of people.” Kaine cites the infamous “Dred Scott” case. That’s when the court ruled all people of African ancestry could never become U.S. citizens. Kaine also made a mid-day stop at a coffee shop near Drake University in Des Moines. Pence made an evening appearance in Dubuque at a manufacturing plant where Mitt Romney held a campaign rally in 2011.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tues., 9/20/16

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September 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of Waterloo ordered the city’s police chief Monday to focus on rebuilding public trust after several highly publicized missteps involving white officers’ interactions with black residents. They city’s first black mayor, Quentin Hart, said at a news conference that he would let Daniel Trelka keep his job, ending speculation that the chief would be forced out.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says he doesn’t believe Hillary Clinton would support maintaining Iowa’s first-in-the-nation status during the presidential primary season, basing his opinion on her narrow win in the state in February. Branstad says he believes Donald Trump would keep Iowa first, though the Republican presidential nominee previously questioned the results of the state’s Republican caucus after he placed second behind Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. Branstad’s son heads Trump’s Iowa campaign.

LAKE VIEW, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman who was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in northwest Iowa. The Sac County Sheriff’s Office says the shooting was reported Sunday morning around two miles east of Lake View. The office says a man in the front passenger seat was handling a loaded handgun when it went off. The woman died later at a Des Moines hospital.

SANDUSKY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say 44 people were cited and one person was jailed during a weekend protest intended to block construction of a $3.8 billion, four-state oil pipeline in southeast Iowa. Thirty-eight adults were cited for trespassing and released after authorities removed them from the work site entrance of the Dakota Access Pipeline in Sandusky. Six juveniles were cited and released, and one person was held on charges of trespassing and interference with official acts.

Report shows Iowa had 674 organic farms in 2015, 5th highest in US

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Iowa remains among the nation’s top states for making and selling organic foods. A report from the USDA shows Iowa consumers spent over $120 million on organic items last year. Organic sales in the state doubled from the previous national survey conducted in 2011.

In 2015, Iowa ranked fifth in the nation for the total number of certified organic farms with 674 farms covering 93,707 acres. That’s up from 81,634 acres of certified organic farmland six years ago. California is far and away the national leader in both organic production and sales.

Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania are also ahead of Iowa for the number of organic farms.

(Radio Iowa)

Ernst to host Cattle Producer Roundtable in Atlantic Oct. 5th

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today (Monday) announced she will hold a roundtable in Atlantic to speak with cattle producers about the issues affecting cattle feeders, and the agriculture industry as a whole. The roundtable, which takes place 12:30-p.m. Wed., Oct. 5th, will be held at the Rock Island Depot (102 Chesnut Street), and is open to the public.

Sen. Ernst says “Our Iowa cattle producers play a vital role in our state economy and help to feed the world. This roundtable provides a great opportunity to discuss the many issues facing our cattle producers, and the ways in which we can ensure continued growth, stable markets and expanded trade opportunities for the industry.”

Traffic stop results in Treynor man’s arrest on drug charges

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Saturday morning in Pottawattamie County resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges. The Sheriff’s Office reports 21-year old Tanner Joseph Mathews, of Treynor, was taken into custody for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. His arrest occurred after a deputy pulled over a 2007 Ford Fusion for speeding at around 3-a.m. Saturday, on Old Lincoln Highway at the intersection with the Old Mormon Bridge road.  14.5-grams of marijuana was recovered at the scene, along with marijuana pipes and a marijuana grinder.

5 arrests in Audubon County

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office reports 5 people were arrested over the past few days. Today (Monday), 23-year old Daylan Gene Kleen, of Audubon, turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office on an outstanding warrant. Kleen faces charges that include Possession of Marijuana within 1,000 feet of a public park, Possession of Marijuana/1st offense, 4 counts of Possession of Prescription drugs, and removing labeling of a drug and altering a drug. The charges stem from an investigation into a traffic stop Sept. 14th near Highway 44 and Bluebird Avenue. A search warrant was also executed at Kleen’s residence in the 200 block of W. Broadway in Audubon on Sept. 15th. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by K9 “Axel,” and the Audubon Police Department.

19-year old Tristin Lee River Stevens, of Audubon, also turned himself-in to the sheriff’s department today (Monday). Stevens was wanted on an warrant for Child Endangerment issued by the Iowa State Patrol. The charge stems from an investigation into a traffic stop in Audubon on July 8th. Stevens was seen by a magistrate and released, with a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 6th.

41-year old Mitchell Lee Zinke, of Gray, turned himself-in to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office today (Monday), as well. Zinke was wanted on a warrant charging him with Theft in the 5th Degree, with regard to a check written on June 28th to a business in Audubon County. He pled guilty to the offense and was fined.

On Saturday (Sept. 17th), 21-year old Dustin Owen Ferguson, of Brayton, was arrested for OWI/1st offense, following a traffic stop in Exira. Ferguson was released after appearing before the magistrate. And, last Thursdsay (Sept. 15th), 50-year old Timothy Duane Smith, of Audubon, was charged with Driving While Barred. The charge was the result of an incident that occurred Sept. 4th. Smith was cited into court on Oct. 6th.

Man arrested for vehicular assault in Des Moines; one victim in critical condition

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police have identified three men involved in a vehicular assault at a baseball field in Des Moines. It happened Sunday morning at the Highland Park Little League complex. Polk County Sheriff’s deputies say 40-year-old Chad Winninger of Monroe was working at the complex with two other men, 49-year-old Dean Bradham of Sioux City and 56-year-old Edwin Sullivan of West Des Moines, when Winninger struck the two men with his truck before crashing into a concession stand. Winninger fought with responding officers before he was arrested. Bradham was not seriously injured, but Sullivan remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Photo courtesy Dsm PD

Photo courtesy Dsm PD

Winninger is facing charges of willful injury causing serious injury, willful injury causing bodily injury, criminal mischief 1st degree, and three counts of interference with official acts causing bodily injury.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa’s six Catholic colleges to try sharing resources, academic programs

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The six Catholic colleges in Iowa are banding together to address the challenges facing private higher education. The Iowa Catholic Collegiate Association will explore possible joint ventures and shared academic programs. Ham Shirvani, the president of Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, says the schools hope to see their economy of scale increase by joining forces. Shirvani says, “Each of these schools are small and therefore there are a lot of costs incurred when you are small.”

The coalition also includes: Clarke University and Loras College in Dubuque, Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Saint Ambrose University in Davenport and the Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines. Shirvani says the schools see advantages to collaboration. “When you join forces, you suddenly become a major force,” Shirvani says. “Your economy of scale increases, your efficiency increases, you can serve the students better with a lower cost.”

Shirvani says savings may also come in jointly purchasing equipment and bringing in guest speakers as a group.

(Radio Iowa)

Branstad wary of two-tiered tuition system at ISU

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September 19th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad says he “has some concerns” about a proposal from Iowa State University’s president, that juniors and seniors pay higher tuition than freshmen and sophomores. “A lot of our students are starting out at the community colleges because they can’t afford to go to the state universities, so we don’t want to penalize them by having a higher tuition for them in their junior and senior years,” Branstad says.

I-S-U president Steven Leath unveiled the “two-tiered” tuition proposal last Wednesday during a speech on the Ames campus. Branstad first heard of the idea “over the weekend” after news reports outlined Leath’s idea. Branstad says the board that governs Iowa State needs to “carefully study” the proposal, to ensure I-S-U doesn’t price itself out of the market for community college transfers. “We already know that a lot of students are starting in the community colleges and I think one of the reasons for that is the cost,” Branstad says.

Eight years ago, half of Iowa State’s operating budget was financed by students through tuition payments and the other half was state taxpayer support. Leath says the state finances about 30 percent of Iowa State’s general operations now, and students’ tuition pays the other 70 percent. Branstad says he doesn’t know “what the right mix” should be in terms of state funding. “We need to make sure that’s it’s accessible to Iowa students and that it’s affordable and if you look at Iowa State University, they’ve been extremely successful,” Branstad says. “They now have a record enrollment of over 36,000 students and a growing share of Iowa students have chosen to go to Iowa State University.”

Iowa State’s challenge now is overcrowding, according to the governor. “But it also says something about the fact that Iowa students and their families see because they have programs like engineering and agriculture that are much in demand, they’re a leader in STEM education — those things have benefited Iowa State University,” Branstad says.

On a related topic, Branstad is praising members of the Board of Regents for saying they’ll start coming up with two-years worth of tuition recommendations at a time. Branstad says that will help students and their families better budget for the cost of going to Iowa State, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa.

(Radio Iowa)