KJAN News

QR CODE 35357558

NEW!! SCAN (OR CLICK) THE QR CODE ABOVE TO SHOP THE KJAN BIG DEALS STORE!!

KJAN News can be heard:
Monday – Saturday at 6:30 am, 7:05 pm, 8:00 am, 9:00 am, 12:00 pm, 12:40 pm, 3:05 pm & 5:05 pm

Keep up-to-date with Fox News Radio, Radio Iowa,  Brownfield & the Iowa Agribusiness Networks!
Check our Program Schedule Page for times!

Eastern IA man arrested on Union County warrant

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Union County Sheriff’s Office reports an eastern Iowa man was arrested Wednesday evening on a Union County warrant. 19-year old Brazon Jordan Davenport, of Tama, was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of domestic abuse assault. Davenport was being held in the Union County Jail on $2,000 bond.

Bridge replacement project in Shelby County

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Shelby County Emergency Management Agency reports Mulberry Loop in Shelby County, is currently closed for a bridge replacement with low water crossing. The bridge is in the 800 block of Mulberry Loop in Fairview Township Section 23. The bridge has been removed and will be replaced with a low water crossing. Work will continue as weather conditions permit.

Area affected by closure

Riverside School bus deaths ruled accidental

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office reports the two victims of a Riverside School bus fire on December 12th, died of smoke and soot inhalation coupled with thermal injuries. The deaths of a passenger, 16-year old Megan Klindt, and the driver, 74-year old Donnie Hendricks, have been ruled accidental. The fire broke broke out around 7 a.m. after the vehicle backed out of a farm driveway and entered a ditch across the road.

Deputies arrived on scene around 7:20 a.m. but were unable to board the bus because it was fully engulfed in flames. Fire department crews from Carson and Oakland extinguished the fire. The farmstead was the first scheduled stop on the bus route. No one else was on board.

Ford, Mazda recall pickups a 2nd time for air bag problem

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) — Ford and Mazda are recalling more than 380,000 older small pickup trucks for a second time to replace Takata air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel.
The recalls cover driver and passenger inflators in certain 2004 to 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series trucks made by Ford. Takata uses ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion that inflates air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate over time and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister. At least 20 people have been killed worldwide.

The trucks were recalled in 2015 and 2016 to replace inflators with newer ones as a temporary fix. Under the latest recalls, inflators will be swapped for ones that don’t use ammonium nitrate.
Owners will be notified starting later this month.

Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s report (12/21)

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office reports a man from Hancock turned himself-in to the Sheriff’s Office, Wednesday afternoon. 43-year old Jeffrey Bruce Willett was wanted on a Probation Violation warrant. He was transported to the Jail and booked-in. And, a Council Bluffs man was arrested Wednesday morning for Interference with Official Acts. 47-year old Kenneth Edward Petty was arrested after a Deputy went to Petty’s home to serve legal papers. Petty allegedly became argumentative, even after he was warned to stop, or face arrest. He continued to show resistance while being arrested and while being put in the patrol vehicle.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/21/2017

News, Podcasts

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

More area and State news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Play

Calls to the poison center bounce during the year-end holidays

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

It’s a busy time of the year for everyone, especially the medical experts working the phones at the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center. Registered nurse Joan McVoy says the number of accidental poisonings involving children typically rises during the holiday season. “When you have your holiday visitors come in, make sure they’re storing their medications up, out of reach, out of sight, so small children don’t get into them, teenagers don’t get into them,” McVoy says. “That’s the thing that we get, most of our calls are going to be medications.”

Another potential problem at this time of year is those tiny, button-sized disc batteries. “You’ll find them in remotes, the Christmas greeting cards that play music, watches, toys and games,” McVoy says. “Amazingly, even though we talk about this every year, last year, over 2,000 kids swallowed disc batteries and that was a 14-percent increase nationally.”

There will be celebrating the season with alcohol in many Iowa households, especially for New Year’s Eve, which can also pose a threat. “After the party, what happens is a lot of times we get calls here, the parents were tired in the evening and just go to bed and when the kids come down in the morning, they’re hungry and they’re looking at all of the empty drink glasses sitting around and they’ll get into the drinks,” McVoy says, “and then we’ll get a call from a parent.”

Should you need to make the call to the Sioux City-based hotline, it’s staffed around-the-clock at 800-222-1222.

(Radio Iowa, w/Thanks to Karla James, Omaha)

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 12/21/2017

News, Podcasts

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

Play

Branstad’s back to spend Christmas with family in Iowa

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Ambassador Terry Branstad is back home in Iowa for the first time since assuming his post in China. The former Iowa governor attended his brother’s funeral in Leland on Monday and plans to spend the holidays here. On Wednesday, Branstad worked from a desk in the governor’s office, catching up on ambassador business. An aide stopped him from discussing embassy affairs, but Branstad did reveal that in recent weeks he has traveled to the Chinese border with North Korea.

“I’ve been to Tuman which is on the river that separates Jilin province of China with Korea,” Branstad said. “I was there three days after they had the nuclear test and I met with the party secretary who’s the top person up there and, you know, they felt it.”

Branstad says North Korea is one of the top issues he’s addressing as ambassador. “I think we’re getting gotten more cooperation from China than we’ve ever gotten, but there’s still more that needs to be done to try to convince North Korea that this course they’re on, I mean, this is the most dangerous thing to humankind right now this nuclear and ballistic missile program they are embarked on,” Branstad says.

Branstad’s wife, Chris, his daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters who’ve been living in China since this summer accompanied him back to Iowa. Branstad’s oldest son, Eric, has been working in Washington, D.C. in the U.S. Commerce Department since January, while his wife and kids remained in Des Moines. Branstad’s other son, Marcus, has remained with his family in central Iowa. The Branstads plan to attend Christmas Mass in Des Moines and celebrate Christmas together. Ambassador Branstad plans to head back to China January 3rd.

(Radio Iowa)

Davenport charity is closing after losing most funding

News

December 21st, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A longtime Davenport charity is closing after losing funding and struggling to resolve questions about mismanaging funds. The Quad-City Times reports that United Neighbors Inc.’s board announced Wednesday that the social service agency would close. United Neighbors has been struggling for more than a year since it fired its former executive director and three staff members.

Questions about spending prompted the Iowa Finance Authority to suspend funding and demand repayment of $235,600 in grants for rental assistance. United Neighbors traces its roots back to a related organization that started in Davenport in 1911.