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State Fire Marshal’s office preaching fireworks safety

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With the Fourth of July coming up this week, Iowans are being reminded that most fireworks are illegal in the state. Dave Linkletter, with the State Fire Marshal’s office, says there’s a simple reason why – they’re dangerous. “Last year, there were 53 fireworks-related fires in Iowa,” Linkletter says. In 2011, there were 26 fireworks-related fires in the state. Linkletter is especially concerned about keeping illegal fireworks out of the hands of children. And even the legal fireworks – such as sparklers, snakes and caps – can cause injuries.

“The risk of fireworks injuries is highest among children 5 to 19,” Linkletter says. “So, we want to make sure that when we are using legal fireworks, they are being used in a responsible manner and when they’re used by children, they’re supervised by adults.”

Anyone caught igniting illegal fireworks in Iowa could face a fine of $750, plus court costs.

(Radio Iowa)

Keeping Your 4th of July Holiday Healthy

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

As the Independence Day holiday nears, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reminds Iowans to keep food safety in mind at picnics and barbeques. IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says “When large gatherings like holiday-related picnics and meals happen, we typically hear about people getting ill with diarrhea and vomiting from foodborne illnesses.” Quinlisk said most of these illnesses are caused by foods that are improperly cooked or stored.

Food safety begins at the grocery store, according to Quinlisk. She says “When shopping, buy cold foods like meat, poultry and dairy products last, right before checkout. Plan to drive directly home from the grocery store so the food doesn’t sit in a hot car any longer than necessary.” In addition, she says it’s a good idea to take a cooler with ice or insulated grocery bags to transport perishables home – especially if your drive home is more than half an hour. And, once you’re home, place cold foods like meat, poultry and dairy products in the refrigerator right away.

To make sure you, your family, and friends have a healthy holiday, remember the following tips:

• Cook all meats thoroughly; especially ground meats like hamburgers and sausages (like bratwursts). Use a meat thermometer to ensure the middle of the meat has reached a temperature that will kill the organisms that can make us sick. Cook chicken to 165 F, ground meats like hamburger to 160 F, and whole meats like steaks or pork chops to 145 F.

• Marinate foods in the refrigerator – not on the kitchen counter or outdoors. In addition, if you plan to use some of the marinade as a sauce on the cooked food, set aside a portion before adding the raw meat, poultry, or seafood. Don’t reuse marinade as this can re-contaminate the food.

• Cook thoroughly and immediately after “partial cooking.” If you partially cook food in your kitchen to reduce grilling time, do so immediately before the food goes on the hot grill.

• Keep cold food cold and hot food hot. Whether in your car or on the picnic table, illness-causing bacteria can grow in many foods within two hours and during the summer heat, that time is cut down to within one hour.

• Don’t reuse platters or utensils. Using the same platter or utensils that previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood allows bacteria from the raw food’s juices to spread to the cooked food. Instead, have a clean platter and utensils ready at grill-side to serve your food.

• Have a way to wash your hands prior to eating. For example, if picnicking, bring soap and water or hand wipes so that everyone can clean their hands before they eat.

For more information on preventing foodborne illness, visit www.idph.state.ia.us/Cade/Foodborne.aspx.

2 arrests Sunday, in Atlantic

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Atlantic arrested two Atlantic men, Sunday. 31-year old Brian Stout was taken into custody for Simple Assault, and, 38-year old Troy McCurdy was arrested on a Cass County warrant for Tampering with a Witness. Both men were booked into the Cass County Jail.

Accident Friday, in Atlantic

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

No injuries were reported following an accident Friday afternoon, here in Atlantic. The Police Department reports a vehicle driven by Robert Hansen, of Atlantic, was traveling east on 7th Street from Linn, when it was rear ended by a vehicle being driven by Travis Fulk, of Atlantic. Damage to the vehicles amounted to $5,500. There were no citations issued.

8AM Sportscast 07-01-2013

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July 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Former police intern arrested on burglary charges in Clarinda

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Clarinda arrested two teens early this (Monday) morning, on burglary charges. Police Chief Keith Brothers reports that oat around 4:20-a.m. officers interrupted a burglary in progress at J Bruner’s Restaurant, located at 1100 E. Washington Street, in Clarinda. While conducting routine patrol officers observed a window that had been pried open on the west side of the restaurant and heard noises coming from inside the business. Officers investigated and apprehended two males inside the restaurant. 18-year old Kyle S. Adams, of Westboro, Missouri and a 17-year old male juvenile from Clarinda, were charged with burglary in the third degree, possession of burglary tools, trespass, theft in the fifth degree and criminal mischief in the fifth degree.  

Adams was being held in the Page County Jail on $5,000 bond, while the 17-year old male was released to the custody of his parent, pending action by the Page County Juvenile Court.  Chief Brothers said ironically, Adams is a former intern of the Clarinda Police Department, having interned at the department during his senior year at ClarindaHigh School. 

The Clarinda Police Department was assisted by the Page County Sheriff’s Department with the apprehension and arrest of Adams and the 17-year old.

June weather data for Atlantic

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The month of June was slightly wetter and cooler than normal, here in Atlantic. According to weather data compiled here at the KJAN studios (The official National Weather Service reporting site for Atlantic), rainfall for the month amounted to 5.03-inches, which was just .05″ (five one-hundredths of an inch) above the average of 4.98″.

The average high temperature for the month was 80 (normal average is 83), and the average low was 56 (normally, 59). Precipitation thus far this year (from January through June, including melted snowfall), amounts to 18.68″ (normal precip. for the period is 16.91″).

7AM Newscast 07-01-2013

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July 1st, 2013 by Chris Parks

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Survey: Midwest, Plains economy remains strong

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey suggests the economy remains strong in nine Midwest and Plains states and business will continue to improve in the months ahead.  The overall index for the region declined to 55.6 in June from 56.2 in May, but any score above 50 suggests growth.
 
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says business leaders expect slower growth in the next few months. Modest job growth is also expected as the hiring index dropped to 53.7 in June from May’s 59.3.
 
The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota. The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below that suggests decline.

Cass County man cited Saturday in Montgomery County

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July 1st, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Cass County man was cited Saturday evening for an alcohol-related offense. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reported Sunday that 51-year old, Myron Lee Flathers, of Cumberland, was cited for having an open container of alcohol.