KJAN News

QR CODE 35357558

NEW!! SCAN (OR CLICK) THE QR CODE ABOVE TO SHOP THE KJAN BIG DEALS STORE!!

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

Fatal car vs. pedestrian accident in eastern IA Sat. night

News

February 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A pedestrian was killed when being struck by a vehicle while the victim was walking along Highway 20 in eastern Iowa, late Saturday night. According to the Iowa State Patrol, a 2012 Chrysler driven by 24-year old Angela A. Young, of Cuba City, WI., was traveling east on Highway 20 in Dubuque County, when her vehicle struck the pedestrian on the road, just before the Peosta exit (Exit 308). The accident happened at around 11:40-p.m.

The victim died at the scene. Their name was being withheld pending notification of family. The State Patrol was assisted at the scene by Dubuque County Sheriff’s Deputies, Peosta Police and Centralia Police and Fire Departments.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Feb. 26th 2017

News

February 26th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:20-a.m. CST

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Republicans are finding themselves squeezed between a polarizing president and the hundreds of angry voters shouting them down at raucous town halls. The national pushback is leaving some Republicans wary, complicating President Donald Trump’s ability to get his agenda through Congress.

UNDATED (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that age alone is enough to show a person needs protection from elder abuse under a state law enacted in 2014. The ruling Friday comes in the case of 69-year-old Judith Chapman, who successfully obtained an elder abuse protection order against her adult son, John Wilkinson Jr., in late 2014. Chapman sought the order after she said her son tried to force her out of her mobile home.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo man has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge in the July shooting death of another man. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 25-year-old Jacques Dominique Williamson pleaded guilty Friday to a single count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Williamson had been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder for his role the July 17 drive-by shooting that killed 21-year-old Otavious Brown and injured Dewon Campbell Jr. and Aundrey Roberts Jr.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County judge has ordered law enforcement not to disclose confidential information in the case of a man accused of killing two Iowa police officers after the man’s attorney asked for a gag order. Lawyers for Scott Greene complained about a Polk County Jail employee’s comment Feb. 17 on a newspaper Facebook post. Greene has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the Nov. 2 slayings of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.

10 Iowa Department for the Blind employees laid off

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ten Iowa Department for the Blind employees have been laid off to provide more money to a program that would focus on job training for teenagers. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the layoffs occurred Thursday. Eight of those who lost their jobs worked in the library, helping the blind access books.

Department director Emily Wharton says new federal requirements mean the department must spend more of its budget on job training. Wharton says the agency is required to spend 15 percent of the money it gets on services for teenagers and young adults to help them become employed and successful. Books, she said, can be accessed through audio and digital Braille.

Judge gags law enforcement on confidential Greene case info

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Polk County judge has ordered law enforcement not to disclose confidential information in the case of a man accused of killing two Iowa police officers after the man’s attorney asked for a gag order. Lawyers for Scott Greene complained about a Polk County Jail employee’s comment Feb. 17 on a newspaper Facebook post regarding Greene’s request for a change of venue. Details about the comment were sealed by the court.

Greene has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the Nov. 2 ambush-style slayings of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio. The shootings took place about two miles apart within minutes of each other as both officers sat in their patrol cars. Authorities have said that Greene turned himself in hours later.

Iowa high court: Age enough to order elder abuse protection

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that age alone is enough to show a person needs protection from elder abuse under a state law enacted in 2014. The ruling Friday comes in the case of 69-year-old Judith Chapman, who successfully obtained an elder abuse protection order against her adult son, John Wilkinson Jr., in late 2014.

Chapman transferred title of her mobile home to Wilkinson, telling him that when she died, the trailer would be his. Wilkinson later demanded $35,000 to transfer title back to his mother. When she refused, he posted eviction notices on her door.

On Friday, Justice David Wiggins wrote that the law defines vulnerable adults as those 60 or older who are unable to protect themselves because of “age or a mental or physical condition.”

Felony arrest in Clarinda late Friday night

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda late Friday night arrested a man wanted on a felony warrant for Stalking. At around 11:55-p.m., 43-year old Shane Michael Alan LeRoy Lorenz, of Des Moines, was arrested after officers conducted a traffic stop at 16th & Lincoln Streets in Clarinda, and discovered Lorenz was wanted on arrest warrants from Polk County.

Lorenz was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Page County Jail and held on a $10,000 cash only bond, pending return to Polk County.

Iowa One Call spokesman says poor planning not an excuse for digging without calling

Ag/Outdoor, News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa’s Attorney General announced seven lawsuits this past week against contractors who hit underground gas pipelines. State law requires contractors to phone Iowa One Call 48 hours before digging to have the lines marked. Iowa One Call communications manager, Ben Booth, says there’s no excuse for contractors who fail to make the call.

He says the call has been mandated since 1992 and became a law in 1993. “If you are a professional working in the industry, there’s no excuse not to know,” Booth says.
The law covers anyone in Iowa, and Booth says they try to keep everyone informed. “We do constantly have outreach…to target homeowners and new homeowners who may not know what the requirements of the law are,” Booth says. “For cases involving professional contractors, you do have to wonder if it is a matter of trying expedite your process and trying to avoid having to wait the required 48 hours — not planning effectively.”

Booth says not planning ahead is not an excuse to break the law. And he says saving a little time by digging without calling can end up costing contractors. “In the long run, you are really potentially opening up a much bigger can of worms by not waiting, by not planning appropriately,” Booth says.

The Attorney General says the seven lawsuits covered five counties. Four of the lawsuits have been resolved or have agreements pending Anyone planning to dig can notify the Iowa Once Call Notification Center or go online at www.iowaonecall.com, or by phone at 811 (or toll-free at 800-292-8989). The center is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

(Radio Iowa)

7AM Newscast 02-25-2017

News, Podcasts

February 25th, 2017 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks

Play

John Mellencamp to perform at Iowa State Fair

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A rock-n-roll hall-of-famer is coming to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines this summer. John Mellencamp will be performing at the Iowa State Fair for the first time in his 35-year career. Fair officials announced Friday that Mellencamp will be featured on the Grandstand stage on the night of Saturday August 19th.

Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. on March 3rd. Mellencamp has a new album that’ll be released in April. Some of the other acts scheduled to headline the Grandstand during the Iowa State Fair’s 11-day run include Nickelback, Little Big Town, and Alabama.

More on the web at https://www.iowastatefair.org/entertainment/grandstand/

(Radio Iowa)

More state budget cuts target universities, community colleges, prisons, and state patrol

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The governor’s office late Friday afternoon revealed details about MORE cuts in the present year’s state budget. The spending reduction plan legislators approved a few weeks ago directed the governor’s budget director to make another 11-and-a-half MILLION dollars in cuts on his own. That plan calls for community colleges to pare another one-point-seven MILLION dollars in spending between now and June 30th.

The University of Iowa must cut one-point-two MILLION dollars deeper. Iowa State University must cut nearly a MILLION and the University of Northern Iowa about HALF a million.

The state’s prison system will be required to make another quarter-of-a-million dollar cut and the Highway Patrol will have to cut its budget by more than a HALF million dollars.

(Radio Iowa)