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I-80 EB blocked between the Marne and Elk Horn exits

News

February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation reports Interstate 80 eastbound between the Marne and Elk Horn Exits (Exit 51-54) is blocked this morning, due to an accident.
Last updated today at 6:48am CST

Atlantic Police advise you to stay home today!

News, Weather

February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

With whiteout conditions being experienced in Atlantic and the rest of the area this morning, Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says he and other authorities are advising you to stay home, warm and safe, today. Travel conditions are extremely dangerous, with near zero or zero visibility at times due to heavy snow and blowing snow. Roads this morning are, or will be, completely covered with snow. Bridges and overpasses are also reported to be icy. Many businesses, and all schools in the listening area are closed today.

Near white-out conditions in Atlantic this morning

News

February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 AM WEDNESDAY. FOR THE AREA.  A HEAVY SNOW BAND DEVELOPED OVER SOUTHERN IOWA AND IS QUICKLY MOVING NORTHWARD THIS MORNING. EXPECT THE BAND TO CAUSE BURST OF VERY HEAVY SNOW AND VISIBILITY WILL RAPIDLY DECREASE TO LESS THE ONE QUARTER MILE…ESPECIALLY ALONG THE INTERSTATE 80 CORRIDOR TO HIGHWAY 30.

THE PERIOD OF HEAVIEST SNOWFALL IS LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM 7 AM TO 11 AM THIS MORNING WHERE 1 TO 2 INCH SNOWFALL RATES ARE ANTICIPATED. EVEN A BRIEF PERIOD OF THUNDERSNOW IS POSSIBLE AND MAY RESULT IN NEAR 3 INCH PER HOUR SNOWFALL RATES. A BREAK IN THE PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON FROM SOUTHWEST IOWA THROUGH DES MOINES AS DRIER AIR IS IS FORECAST TO PUNCH INTO THE STATE. A BRIEF PERIOD OF FREEZING DRIZZLE IS POSSIBLE FURTHER NORTHEAST THIS AFTERNOON. STRONG WINDS AND ANOTHER ROUND OF SNOW LOOKS TO DEVELOP THIS EVENING.

* STORM TOTAL SNOW/ICE…ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 9 INCHES ARE
EXPECTED. LITTLE ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE POSSIBLE.
* WINDS/VISIBILITY…NORTHEAST WINDS BECOMING NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH
WITH GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 45 MPH. VISIBILITIES BELOW A HALF MILE
TO EVEN NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE.
* IMPACTS...EXTREMELY HAZARDOUS TRAVEL TO NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AT TIMES. PLEASE RECONSIDER ANY TRAVEL PLANS.

Education money debate on legislature’s agenda

News

February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Legislators stayed at home Monday to attend their Caucuses last night (Monday), but they’re back in the statehouse today (Tuesday) with a major item on the to-do list. Democrats and Republicans are trying to reach a quick agreement on state spending on K-through-12 schools — for the school year that starts in the fall. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, the legislature’s top Republican leader, says “We can do it sooner or we can do it later and there’s no reason not to do it sooner.”

Upmeyer said also, “Our members are talking about this. We’re working with the Senate. We’re visiting with the governor. We’re all looking at this.” Senate Democratic Leader Mike Gronstal of Council Bluffs says Democrats are leery of the Republican governor’s involvement since Branstad unexpectedly vetoed some education spending last summer.

“So it really behooves the House and Senate to work together, see if we can come to an agree-to number and pass that,” he says. Last year’s school spending debate in the legislature lasted for months, but — like Upmeyer — Gronstal is urging a speedy decision. “Spending an extra two-and-a-half or three months for something that ends up gets vetoed doesn’t really make sense,” Gronstal says. “And so we’re going to strongly encourage our folks to find a way to reach agreement.”

Whatever compromise may be reached must clear the Democratically-controlled Senate and the Republican-led House. The negotiating positions heading in have House Republicans offering a two percent boost in state support of schools. Democrats are calling for twice that much. Governor Branstad’s recommendation is in between — a two-point-45 percent increase.

(Radio Iowa)

Farragut man arrested for assault Mon. night

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s deputies in Fremont County investigating an alleged assault that took Monday night in Farragut, arrested 49-year old Larry White, of Farragut, early this (Tuesday) morning. The sheriff’s department says the incident occurred a little after 8-p.m. , Monday, at 1008 Jackson Avenue, in Farragut.

By the time deputies arrived, White had fled the scene on foot. A search was conducted, but White could not be found. At around 12:20-a.m. today (Tues.), deputies were advised that residents in the home on Jackson Avenue believed White had returned. He  was located in a shed near the property and taken into custody without incident.

White was arrested for 2 counts of Domestic Abuse Assault, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Child Endangerment. He was being held at the Fremont County Jail without bond.

Midwest economic survey figures rise for 1st time in months

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – January results from a survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states suggest some improvement in the regional economy but not enough to generate optimism. A report issued Monday says the Mid-American Business Conditions Index jumped to 48.3 in January from 39.5 in December – the first increase in six months.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says falling agriculture and energy commodity prices and global economic uncertainty continue “to restrain supply managers’ expectations of future economic conditions.” 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.

Iowa News Headlines: Tue., 2/2/16

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — It’s really close between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Democratic caucuses. Sanders describes it as a “virtual tie.” But the Clinton campaign team is casting her performance as a win. Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told reporters, “we believe strongly that we won tonight.” He’s pointing to Clinton’s capture of at least 22 delegates to the party’s national convention to Sanders’ 21, with one left to be decided.
Bernie Sanders says his razor-thin contest against Hillary Clinton in Iowa is giving his campaign a “kick-start.” The Democratic presidential candidate says it shows the American people that “this is a campaign that can win.” Sanders tells reporters traveling aboard his flight to New Hampshire early Tuesday that his message of addressing wealth inequality resonated with voters in Iowa. He predicts it will resonate in the early voting states of New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.
Ted Cruz tells The Associated Press that his victory in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses is a victory for the grassroots, and he says his triumph is part of a larger movement of conservatives against what he calls the “Washington cartel.” Cruz says his win “was a victory for courageous conservatives in Iowa and all around the country.” The first-term Texas senator says that from “Day One, we built our campaign as a movement for Americans to organize and rally to band together against the disaster of the Washington cartel.”

Democrat Martin O’Malley is pulling out of the presidential race after the Iowa caucuses on Monday night, but says the party must “hold strong” behind the eventual nominee. The former Maryland governor says Democrats must stick to their beliefs, including a responsibility to advance the common good.

IA State Patrol prepares for Winter Storm

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February 2nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

With the potential impact of a severe weather winter storm, the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa State Patrol (ISP) is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of all Iowans who may be traveling and offering travel tips.ISP patch

The Iowa State Patrol offers the following travel tips for those driving during this potential storm:

  • Allow proper stopping time by increasing the following distance
  • Do not use cruise control on snow or ice covered roadways
  • Use caution on overpasses, bridges, and all ramps
  • Be alert and focused on driving
  • Allow extra travel time
  • Adjust the car’s speed to road conditions
  • Wear a seatbelt in the front and back seat
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Emergency roadside assistance kit
  • Use 911 if assistance is needed or 1-800-525-5555

The Iowa State Patrol wants you to arrive safely at your destination. Provide yourself the lowest risk of a collision by driving without any distractions. Failure to maintain control of your vehicle, even in poor driving conditions, could result in an unwanted outcome.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety reminds Iowans and others traveling through Iowa to follow the Iowa Department of Public Safety and it’s Divisions on social media for up-to-date winter weather information, including road reports, pictures and safety tips.

Nodaway woman arrested for theft in Red Oak

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February 1st, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department responded to a call of a shoplifter at the Dollar General Store in Red Oak at 1:37pm Monday.  After investigation officers arrested 75-year-old Bonnie Bee Nosekabel of Nodaway for Theft in the 5th Degree.  Nosekabel was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 cash bond.

Accident in Mills County, Monday

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February 1st, 2016 by Ric Hanson

One person was injured during a single-vehicle accident Monday morning, in Mills County. According to the sheriff’s report, Troy Schneckloth, of Red Oak, was transported by Malvern Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, after the 2004 Chevy he was driving hit a patch of black ice on 370th Street near Ellington Avenue, just after 7-a.m.

The vehicle went off the road to left and into a ditch where it hit a sign and drainage tube. The vehicle continued across a farm drive and came to rest on the opposite side of the drive.