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UPS semi overturns – no injuries

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April 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says no injuries were reported after a United Parcel Service (UPS) semi overturned early this (Tuesday) morning, on southbound Interstate 29, about 2-miles north of the Missouri border. The semi, pulling double trailers, blocked a portion of the southbound lanes when it flipped over at around 4:35-a.m. The driver, 47-year old David Koons, of Smithville, MO., told authorities when he swerved to avoid several deer in the road, he lost control of the rig, causing it to overturn. Strong winds were also considered to be a factor in the crash.

8AM Newscast 04-23-2013

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April 23rd, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Western Iowa dentist agrees to pay $2,500 penalty

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April 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A dentist in western Iowa has agreed to pay a $2,500 penalty for not having a valid federal registration for prescribing medication.  The Daily Nonpareil reports that Dr. Michael Rensch made the agreement in a settlement with the Iowa Dental Board.

The board said Rensch repeatedly prescribed controlled substances without a valid registration required by the Drug Enforcement Administration.  The dental board says Rensch’s DEA registration expired on June 1, 2009, and says Rensch confirmed that he issued several prescriptions for controlled substances while lacking the DEA registration. He reinstated his DEA registration in March 2012.

7AM Newscast 04-23-2013

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Deal reached in Iowa pipeline explosion lawsuit

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April 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

HINTON, Iowa (AP) – A construction company and a natural gas pipeline owner have settled a lawsuit filed after a northwest Iowa pipeline explosion nearly a year ago.  Omaha, Neb.-based Northern Natural Gas Co. had sued DeRocher Construction, of Le Mars, for negligence. Northern sought more than $439,000 in damages.

Officials say the April 25 blast near Hinton occurred after two DeRocher workers who were using machinery to install drainage tile struck the underground pipeline, rupturing it. They ran and escaped fatal injury before it erupted into a fireball.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office in August fined DeRocher $20,000 for failing to call Iowa One Call to have underground utility lines located before digging.  The companies have delayed court proceedings while final settlement details are worked out. Spokesmen for both companies declined to comment.

Google expects to invest another $400-million into its Council Bluffs facility

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April 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the search engine giant “Google” say the company will likely invest another $400 million into its data center in Council Bluffs, bringing the company’s total investment in the center to $1.5 billion. The Daily NonPareil says a filing with the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IAEDA) indicates Google is pursuing an additional $400 million expansion. The Mountain View, CA-based Google, spent $600 million to open a data center in 2009 in the Lake Manawa area, then launched a $300 million expansion a year ago aided by state tax incentives. Last November, the had company announced that it was investing another $200 million in expansion.

Google, a year ago, won approval of state tax incentives of up to $9.6 million for the $300 million expansion, which would create 50 jobs. Its latest filing is seeking to add $400 million on top of that. It asks to boost the state tax credits to the company to $16.8 million. How many jobs that would create was not indicated.

IAEDA scheduled to vote this morning in Des Moines on amending its tax incentive agreement with Google.

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 23rd 2013

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April 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have given the all-clear at an Ames post office where a suspicious suitcase was reported. Officials determined yesterday that the suitcase did not pose a threat. It was found in the lobby earlier in the day.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say they lured a man outside of his home with a pack of cigarettes to end a 30-hour standoff in Des Moines. Police used a stun gun to subdue 53-year-old Michael Reed when he stepped on the front porch to get the cigarettes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker who got national attention last week for critical remarks about homosexual lifestyles says he wants to go to lunch with a gay colleague. Sen. Dennis Guth, of Klemme, says on Monday that he’d like to do lunch with Sen. Matt McCoy, of Des Moines, and “get to know each other.”

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved legislation offering a tax break to small businesses if they cover part of employees’ health insurance. The Democratic-majority Senate unanimously approved the plan yesterday.

Atlantic School Board tables bond petitions

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April 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Board of Education was expecting to receive and accept petitions calling for a bond referendum during their meeting tonight (Monday), but the matter was instead tabled. Superintendent Mike Amstein said that was because the committee responsible for gathering the petitions wanted more time to get information out to the public in an effective manner. Amstein said the committee felt they couldn’t do that in the short amount of time the current election might be held. They requested the Board table the matter until a decision can be made on when the issue moves forward. The petitions are with regard to an $11-million dollar bond referendum for Capital Improvement Projects. Because the School Board took no action on the petitions, a Resolution ordering a special election on the issuance of $11-million worth of General Obligation School Bonds, was also tabled.  A tentative vote on the referendum was set to take place June 25th.

Mr. James Northwick, Elementary Principal at the Emerson-Hubbard, NE School District, approved as the Schuler Principal/Curriculum Director. (photo from the E-H School District website)

The Atlantic School Board was also briefly introduced Monday, to James Northwick, the man who will succeed Cam Smith as the Schuler Elementary Principal/Curriculum Director. Northwick comes from the Emerson-Hubbard School District in Emerson, NE.  Northwick, his wife and young daughter were in the community Monday searching for housing.

Gary Sinclair (Ric Hanson/photo)

Prior to adjourning for the evening, the Board heard a presentation with regard to District Finances, from Gary Sinclair, a former Superintendent with the Dallas Center-Grimes School District. Sinclair serves as the Finance Support Co-Director for the Iowa Association of School Boards and is the Senior Financial Adviser for PMA Financial Network. He spoke about the Financial Planning Program (FPP) to help provide additional resources and support for districts.

Atlantic woman arrested for harassment

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April 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic report the arrest Sunday of a local woman. 55-year old Cheryl Harrelson, of Atlantic, was arrested for Harassment by Communication. Harrelson was booked into the Cass County Jail and held pending an initial court appearance.

ACCF announces grant recipients

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April 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Audubon County Community Foundation (ACCF) Chair Brett Irlmeier reports grants totaling $104,076 were recently awarded to five nonprofit agencies within the County. The largest grants of $34,692 each, went to the Audubon Recreation Foundation, for the construction of a recreation center, and the Exira Community Club, for the expansion and renovation of the Exira Rec Center.

Irlmeier says also, the City of Kimballton received a $24,692 grant to replace the Town Hall/Community Center, and, the Audubon County Agricultural Society along with the Audubon County Free Clinic, each received $5,000 grants from the ACCF, for their separate projects.

Only those nonprofit organizations within Audubon County that met the criteria of having charitable missions in five different areas, were eligible to apply for the grants. Each of the groups received their checks on April 12th.