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Gronstal says he won’t run for Iowa governor

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – State Sen. Mike Gronstal says he won’t seek the Democratic nomination for governor and instead will focus on maintaining a Democratic majority in the Iowa Senate. Gronstal made his announcement Monday night in Council Bluffs and then issued a news release repeating his decision Tuesday.

Gronstal, the majority leader who has represented Council Bluffs in the Legislature since 1983, acknowledged previously he was considering running for governor. Republican Gov. Terry Branstad hasn’t announced whether he’ll seek re-election, but he’s been raising money and hiring campaign workers.

Gronstal says his decision was difficult because of what he called, “Governor Branstad’s poor leadership and lack of results.”  Cedar Rapids state Rep. Tyler Olson is seeking the Democratic nomination, and Democratic state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, is considering a run.

Sen. Grassley, at age 79, plans to join marathon run

News, Sports

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The coast-to-coast fundraising marathon that passed through Iowa earlier this month is nearing the finish line and more Iowans are joining the effort. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he’ll take part in one mile of the relay run tomorrow (Wednesday) morning as it winds through the nation’s capitol. “We’re going to meet at the Washington Monument at 6 o’clock,” Grassley says. “It’s for raising money for cancer. It’s bringing attention to a group coming across the country.”

Grassley says he usually runs three miles a day, four days a week, so he may hardly break a sweat on this short jaunt, yet he’s pleased to get the opportunity. “An Iowan who invited me is Steve Falck,” Grassley says. “He is a former state legislator from up in northeast Iowa. It’s part of Coast to Coast for Cancer.”

The Million Dollar Marathon is going four-thousand miles across the U-S and it’s being run by 160 cancer survivors who are each running a 26-point-two-mile leg. Grassley, who will turn 80 in September, says he’ll have his wife, Barbara, on his mind during tomorrow’s trek.  Grassley says, “I’ll be there because I run but I’ll be there also because my wife is a 25 or 26-year survivor of breast cancer.”

The senator takes part in a number of cancer fundraisers each year, including the Race For The Cure, held in Des Moines each October. Learn more about the run and make a contribution to the effort at www.aboveandbeyondcancer.org.

(Radio Iowa)

Harlan juveniles cited for Criminal Mischief

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Police in Harlan report three juveniles were arrested, cited and later released to a parent or guardian last week, after authorities investigated incidents of vandalism. 11-year old’s Randi Hess and Klaus Staton, along with 12 year old Kira Wilson, all of Harlan, were cited July 23rd for Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree. An investigation determined the trio allegedly vandalized 7 decorative fence post toppers in the Westridge Acres trailer court, and flipped over a desk.

The Harlan P-D reports also, the arrest on July 22nd, of 31-year old Tacy Bruck, of Panama. Bruck received an enhanced Public Intoxication charge due to a prior conviction. She was arrested followed a reported disturbance, and after being found lying in a yard located in the 1900 block of 19th Street.

Police in Harlan are also investigating an incident of mailbox damage. A resident reported on Sunday (7/28), that a black SUV had run over mailboxes at the corner of 6th and Dye Streets. Officials are looking into various leads, and asking for the public’s help in investigating the crime.

(9-a.m. News)

ISU Research & Demonstration Farms to Host Crops Field Day August 1, 2013

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms (ISU Armstrong Research Farm) along with the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research and Development is inviting the public to attend the Research Farm’s annual Crops Field Day at this Thursday, Aug. 1st, beginning at 5-p.m.

The evening will begin with a light supper compliments of the Wallace Foundation for Rural Research & Development. After supper everyone will load up on people movers and be transferred to four different stations while riding on the movers. The first station will be a demonstration of the new Weather Stations presented by Elwynn Taylor, ISU Agronomy Professor. He’ll discuss the system of the statewide weather stations and how the stations will measure soil moisture at four depths and be accessible by producers.

The second station will be presented by Mark Hanna, ISU Ag & Bio-systems Engineering. Mark will discuss the Farm Energy Project being done at the ISU Armstrong Research Farm. Mark will tell us about the new project monitoring fuel usage with farm equipment and corn drying costs. At station number three Aaron Saeugling, ISU Crops Field Specialist, will be discussing corn development at various corn planting dates. The final station on the tour will be a Cover Crop Study by Ajay Nair, ISU Horticulture Assistant Professor. He will be discussing nine different cover crops to be trialed and discussed.

The ISU Armstrong Research Farm is located 12 miles southwest of Atlantic on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and a half mile east on Hitchcock Avenue, or 13 miles east of Oakland on Highway 6, half a mile south on 525th Street, and half a mile east on Hitchcock Avenue. Call 712-769-2600 is you have any questions. The field day is open to the public at no cost.

Iowa encourages applications for art grants

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials are reminding individuals and organizations to apply for grant money aimed at creating art in the state. The Iowa Arts Council says applicants can submit proposals for the project grant or job creation grant programs until Thursday. They may request between $1,000 and $10,000.

The project grant money would invest in projects that impact the vitality of the arts in the state and demonstrate public value. The job creation grant money would create jobs that contribute to the cultural vitality of the state. The money can be used for proposals occurring between October and the end of June 2014.

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Corning woman arrested for child endangerment

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An Adams County woman was arrested Monday evening, on a charge of Child Endangerment without Injury. Sheriff’s officials say 28-year old Valerie Cross, of Corning, was taken into custody at around 6:30-p.m., on an Adams County warrant stemming from a warrant executed at her residence on July 25th. Cross posted a $2,000 bond and was released while awaiting trial.

West Nile virus detected in Pottawattamie County

News

July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The mosquito spread West Nile virus is appearing in the area, and the threat for persons to become infected is spreading. According to the Daily NonPareil, human cases have been reported in Shelby County, and now a sentinel chicken in Council Bluffs tested positive for the virus, which means human are susceptible to coming down with the it.

This year’s first human case in Iowa was announced on July 3rd by the Iowa Department of Public Health. It was in a middle-aged man from Linn County, who was not hospitalized. The Shelby County case was reported a couple weeks later. Health officials say in that particular case, the patient was a women age 18-40 who also did not need to be hospitalized.

Approximately 20 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than 1 percent of people infected become seriously ill and, rarely, someone dies. There is no vaccine or medical treatment for the illness. Since West Nile virus first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in the state, either in humans, horses or birds. In 2012, there were 31 human cases of West Nile virus and no deaths.

The Iowa Dept. of Public Health recommends Iowans take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

• Use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products on children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.

• Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks whenever possible outdoors.

• Eliminate standing water around the home. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers and pet water dishes. Change water in bird baths every three to four days.

 

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., July 30th 2013

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July 30th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa man has been accused of disciplining his 12-year-old son with a dog shock collar. Knoxville Police Chief Daniel Losada says 35-year-old Daniel Hardwick was arrested Thursday after the state Department of Human Services contacted authorities. The department says it’s not commenting on the investigation.

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — The Monona County auditor has been released on a promise to appear in court after her arrest on charges of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says in a statement that 27-year old Brooke Kuhlmann scheduled a methamphetamine buy and pickup from an undercover Iowa State Patrol officer yesterday who had seized a dealer’s cell phone the day before. Kuhlmann, a Democrat, is serving her second term as auditor.

LA PORTE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers pulled out plenty of trash from the Cedar River last weekend during a 26th annual cleanup. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports about 30 people joined Saturday for the Cedar River Cleanup, which this year focused on a stretch of the river in southern Buchanan county and northern Benton County.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Newark Mayor Cory Booker will not be making an appearance in Iowa next month. The University of Iowa’s website says that the Democratic candidate for Senate from New Jersey will be giving a lecture on the Iowa City campus on August 29th. But Booker campaign spokesman Kevin Griffis said yesterday that Booker will not give the speech.