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Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Sept. 9th 2013

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September 9th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Governor Terry Branstad has jetted off to Japan and India, embarking on his sixth international trade trip since 2011. Since 2011, the state has spent less than $10,000 on Branstad’s travels, but the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s foundation, which takes private contributions, has paid out nearly $114,000. It will spend another $10,000 on the current trip.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa law enforcement officials are debating the wisdom of granting gun permits to blind people. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa law doesn’t allow sheriffs to deny a permit to carry a gun in public based on physical ability. Some sheriffs have been granting gun permits to people with visual impairments while others have been denying them.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – Police say a 79-year-old man has drowned at a swimming area in a Mason City park. Mason City police Sergeant Steve Klemas tells the Mason City Globe Gazette several people pulled John Beery out of the water Saturday evening at Big Blue swimming area in Ray Rorick Park.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials at Iowa City-based USA Wrestling vow to keep improving the sport after reinstatement as an Olympic sport for the 2020 Tokyo Games. Wrestling, which was dropped from the list of core sports in February, received 49 votes Sunday to win in the first round of secret balloting by the International Olympic Committee.

Public hearing in Atlantic Mon. morning on variance application

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The City of Atlantic’s Board of Adjustment will hold a public hearing early Monday morning at City Hall, with regard to a variance request. Keith Leonard, of 1108 Roosevelt Drive has requested a variance to allow for the construction of a two-family dwelling on an 8,000-square foot lot that does not conform to the minimum lot size requirements in an “R-3″ High Density Single Family District, as stated in the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The site of the lot is at 801 Hickory Street.

The public hearing is slated to begin shortly after the board convenes at 7:30-a.m., Monday.

Atlantic School Board to act on several matters Mon. evening

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Community School District’s Board of Education will meet Monday evening at the High School, during a regularly scheduled session. During their 7:30-p.m. meeting in the High School Media Center, the Board will hear a special presentation from Ginger Bechtold, and architect Jerry Purdy will update the Board on the Middle School Renovation project.

Among the many action items on their agenda is approval of: the School Resource Officers’ (SRO) program agreement for 2013-2014; A sharing agreement with the Harlan Community School District for a Curriculum Director; an full-time At-Risk Advocate for the EOC/Level 3 Behavior/Preschool program; and lighting and electric bids for the AHS Auditorium lighting project.

The Board will also discuss Capital Projects and Board Training.

Public hearing in Audubon Monday night on the sale of property

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon City Council will hold a public hearing Monday evening at City Hall, with regard to the sale of City-owned property. The hearing, which takes place during the Council’s regular meeting beginning at 7-p.m., pertains to lots located at 414 Pacific Avenue, the west side of South Golden Street, 202 Washington, and 210 West Broadway.

Following the hearing, the Council will act on approving a Resolution authorizing the sale of the aforementioned property. And, Mark Heller and Mike Wede will speak to the Audubon City Council, with regard to a matter pertaining to the car wash.

Special Weather Statement: Heat related

News, Weather

September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON-GUTHRIE-DALLAS-CASS-ADAIR-MADISON-ADAMS-UNION-TAYLOR-RINGGOLD

518 AM CDT SUN SEP 8 2013

 …VERY HOT CONDITIONS TO RETURN TO IOWA MONDAY…

VERY HOT CONDITIONS WILL ARRIVE MONDAY WITH NEAR RECORD HIGH
TEMPERATURES OF 95 TO 100 DEGREES FORECAST. DEW POINT VALUES BY
THE AFTERNOON WILL DROP INTO THE 50S TO LOWER 60S AND COMBINED
WITH THE TEMPERATURES WILL ALLOW THE RELATIVE HUMIDITY VALUES TO
DROP TO 25 TO 30 PERCENT. THESE CONDITIONS WILL ACCELERATE THE
ONSET OF DEHYDRATION. IT IS RECOMMENDED FOR PERSONS THAT MUST BE
OUTDOORS TO DRINK PLENTY OF WATER…TAKE FREQUENT BREAKS AND
WEAR LIGHT COLORED AND LOOSE CLOTHING. OUTSIDE EXERCISE SHOULD
TAKE PLACE DURING THE MORNING OR DELAYED UNTIL THE EVENING.

A COLD FRONT WILL DROP SLOWLY THROUGH IOWA MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY. THE HEAT WILL LIKELY PERSIST ACROSS SOUTHERN IOWA THROUGH TUESDAY.

IN ADDITION…THERE WILL BE AN ELEVATED WILD FIRE DANGER MONDAY
AFTERNOON ESPECIALLY ACROSS AREAS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IOWA
WHERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS HAVE RETURNED. THE COMBINATION OF LOW
HUMIDITY…BREEZY SOUTHWEST WINDS AND DRYING VEGETATION COULD LEAD TO QUICK FIRE GROWTH SHOULD A FIRE BE IGNITED.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sun., Sept. 8th 2013

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September 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new survey of Iowa farmers says renting an acre of land to grow crops costs a state average of $255 an acre. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that’s an increase of $20 an acre from a year ago and is the highest since the department began compiling comparable records in 2008. Cash rent paid for pasture in Iowa, at $49 per acre, was up $3 from 2012.

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — In a sign of increasing drought, the Farm Service Agency has authorized emergency grazing on land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program in Muscatine County. The Muscatine Journal reports that the emergency authorization runs until September 30th. Those interested in emergency grazing of Conservation Reserve Program acres must first get approval from the Farm Service Agency.

ATLANTIC, Iowa (AP) — Residents of Atlantic in southwest Iowa might find fall’s hottest color to be hunter orange. The Daily Nonpareil in Council Bluffs reports that the Atlantic City Council passed an ordinance this week allowing deer hunting within city limits. It’s hoped the change will help reduce the exploding deer population within the town’s borders. Hunting packets and applications are available at the Atlantic Police Department.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — David Johnson eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark for the eighth consecutive game and Northern Iowa’s offense was too much for Drake in a 45-14 win on Saturday night. Northern Iowa used 31 first-half points to top Drake in Cedar Falls.

Emergency haying extended for Cass, Audubon & Guthrie Counties

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September 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Audubon county FSA office reports emergency haying on CRP acres has been extended until September 20th. Denny Heflin, FSA Director, says  “Farmers can come into their FSA office after they get the work completed, they just need to remember when they get it done they have to go in and certify it and agree to the terms and conditions. The payment reduction is still the same 10% and bales have to be removed within ten days after completing the harvest.”

The measure came about because of the extended period of dry weather. The emergency haying on CRP acres includes Audubon, Guthrie, and Cass Counties.

(Update 9:16-p.m.) 1 killed in Omaha crash of pickup; Neola teen escapes injury

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September 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police say a passenger in a pickup that careened off an interstate ramp in Omaha has died of his injuries. 19-year-old Matthew A. Doty, of Council Bluffs, was one of three people in the pickup that crashed about 6:15-p.m. Friday. Doty was thrown from the truck and declared dead at the scene. Police say the driver of the truck, 30-year-old Evan Shiplett, of Zanesville, Ohio, lost control as he exited Interstate 480 in eastern Omaha, and the truck rolled.

Police say Shiplett was taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition with non-life-threatening injuries. Police said another passenger, 18-year-old Jacob R. Levene of Neola, walked to a nearby store to call for help. He was transported to a hospital by a third party. His injuries are not life-threatening. None of the three men were wearing their seat belts.

Authorities say alcohol, speed and reckless driving were contributing factors in the crash. Charges are currently pending.

USDA: Iowa farmland rent averages $255 an acre

Ag/Outdoor, News

September 7th, 2013 by Chris Parks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new survey of Iowa farmers says renting an acre of land to grow crops costs a state average of $255 an acre. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that’s an increase of $20 an acre from a year ago and is the highest since the department began compiling comparable records in 2008.

Farmers in Grundy County are paying $316 an acre and those in Ida County $314 an acre, the two highest. The lowest cash rents were paid in southern Iowa with Appanoose County listed at $150 an acre and Van Buren County at $156. Fifteen counties had average rent less than $200 per acre in 2013, compared with 20 counties in 2012.

Cash rent paid for pasture in Iowa, at $49 per acre, was up $3 from 2012.

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