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Bridge at Decatur, Neb., stops collecting tolls

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November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DECATUR, Neb. (AP) — Travelers driving over a Missouri River bridge at Decatur in Nebraska to cross over into Iowa are paying their last toll to use the bridge. The toll booth is closing Saturday now that the ownership of the bridge has been turned over from a private company to Iowa and Nebraska state transportation departments.

KTIV television reports both states will share duties of snow removal and maintenance on the bridge that carries 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles a month. The bridge links Nebraska and Iowa about halfway between Omaha and Sioux City. Many drivers cross from Decatur to Iowa heading to Onawa about seven miles to the east in Iowa.

It has cost $1 to cross over but no more after Saturday.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. Local/State News, 11/30/13

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November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Water levels being lowered on Missouri River

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November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Water levels on the Missouri River below Gavins Point Dam have been falling in recent days and the levels will continue to fall as releases from the dam are further cut back. Dave Becker, operations manager for the U-S Army Corps of Engineers at the dam, says they are headed into their winter flow pattern which will be lower this year as the region is still recovering from the drought of 2012. Becker says, “We have been stepping down our releases at 3,000 cubic feet per second per day, starting on (November) 23rd, hoping to get down to about 15,000 CFS.” Once that level is reached, he says it’s typical to hold up on any further cuts in the flow rate.

“They’ll run 15,000 for a few days and see if we’re still meeting the water needs downstream and if we are, they’ll probably inch us down to 12,000,” he says. Not only is navigation an issue, but some communities along the Missouri River have intakes for their water systems at certain heights. Flows coming from the dam are well below what would be normal for winter levels, as the reservoir system upstream is still rebounding from the effects of last year’s drought.

“On a normal situation, when the reservoir system is at a level where we can support that, we have a winter flow of 17,000,” Becker says. “Because we’re a little low in the reservoir system yet, they’re conserving water.” Even though 2013 has been a little wetter than normal, the system is still recovering from the severe drought of 2012. With the changes following the months-long flood of 2011, Becker says 12,000 cubic feet per second today is equivalent to a flow of 8,000 cubic feet several years ago.

(Radio Iowa)

Shenandoah woman reaches plea deal in sex abuse case & is free, for now

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November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A woman from Shenandoah charged for her role in a sexual abuse case is free on probation, after making a deal with prosecutors. The Omaha World-Herald reports District Judge Kathleen Kilnoski this week sentenced 38-year old Jennifer Stogdill to one year in jail, then suspended the jail term and placed her on unsupervised probation. The conditions of her probation agreement are not final, and if Stogdill violates its terms or if she has a run-in with the law, her probation could be revoked.

Stogdill had earlier pleaded guilty to compounding a felony for her connection to husband Tony’s abuse of a then-15-year-old girl in 2009. In a plea agreement, the federal government agreed not to prosecute Stogdill in exchange for her plea in district court. Tony Stogdill faces up to 17 years in prison for the rape of the girl in June 2009.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., Nov. 30th 2013

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November 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — U.S. District Judge Stephanie Rose has sat in judgment of defendants since becoming appointed to the bench last year. But the tables will turn on the nation’s youngest federal judge in an unusual trial scheduled to begin Monday in Sioux City. Jurors and a judge will hear allegations that Rose carried out a harsh and illegal campaign of employment retaliation against then-assistant U.S. Attorney Martha Fagg when Rose was the top federal prosecutor in northern Iowa.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — A North Liberty woman has been accused of attacking her girlfriend and threatening her with a kitchen knife. North Liberty police tell the Press-Citizen they responded to a home Thursday night where a woman claimed she was attacked by 26-year-old Sondra Irving.

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Urbandale police say a male suspect is in custody in connection with reports of a robbery and hit-and-run. Police say they received reports Friday afternoon of gunshots at locations in Urbandale and Johnston, two suburbs outside of Des Moines. The Des Moines Register says no injuries have been reported. The suspect’s name has not been released.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Jake Rudock threw for two touchdowns, including a 24-yarder to Kevonte Martin-Manley right after Iowa had stuffed Nebraska on a fake punt, and the Hawkeyes finished the regular season with a 38-17 victory on Friday. The Hawkeyes converted two of Nebraska’s three turnovers into touchdowns and got a short field for another TD in Lincoln.

Iowa deputy, suspect scuffle in altercation

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HULL, Iowa (AP) – A Sioux County deputy and a suspect have been treated for minor injuries following an altercation.  The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Florencio Ortigoza-Victoriano, of Hull, got into a scuffle with Sheriff’s Deputy Caleb Haverdink Wednesday following a domestic disturbance call.  Ortigoza-Victoriano is accused of trying to remove Haverdink’s firearm from its holster. Other deputies helped take Ortigoza-Victoriano into custody.

The Sioux City Journal reports Ortigoza-Victoriano was taken to Sioux Center Community Hospital with minor injuries. He was released a short time later. Haverdink was treated for minor injuries and released from Orange City Hospital. Ortigoza-Victoriano was arrested and faces charges of domestic assault, interference with official acts, assault on a peace officer and attempting to disarm a peace officer.

Free Holiday String Concert in Stuart

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Project Restore Foundation say their annual Holiday String Quartet Concert will take place Sunday, December 8th beginning at 3-pm, at the Saints Center (320 N. Fremont Street), in Stuart. The public is invited to the free concert with refreshments served afterwards.fronttop

According to event organizers, the featured musicians are from the Des Moines area and play a variety of Christmas songs. This special holiday tradition began as a way to give back to the community for all their support during restoration and the Project Restore Foundation plans to continue the tradition.

For more information on this free public event as well as the Saints Center for Culture and the Arts, please visit www.saintscenter.com.

 

ISU prof. to present NASA with anti-asteroid plan

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University professor has a plan for saving humanity from a devastating asteroid collision, and he’ll soon meet with officials at NASA to discuss his proposal. Engineering professor Bong Wie says one way to stop an asteroid from hurtling toward earth is to break up the rock with a nuclear device. He will meet Tuesday with NASA officials to talk about his research, which is being hashed out at the Asteroid Deflection Research Center in Ames.

The Des Moines Register says Wie plans to request a five-year, $5 million grant to put the research into action and launch a practice satellite. A NASA spokesman says there’s no grant request scheduled in the Tuesday meeting. Wie says developing the project will take more than a decade.

8AM Newscast 11-29-2013

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November 29th, 2013 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

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Copper siding stolen from museum in Council Bluffs

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November 29th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – Copper siding has been stolen from a museum in Council Bluffs.  The Daily Nonpareil says police reported the theft on Wednesday. The siding is valued at $1,000. It apparently was taken early Saturday morning from the Western Historic Trails Center.  The museum is owned by the state of Iowa.