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June is one of the top months for car-deer collisions

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Motorists in Iowa might not think of June as being a high-risk time for running into deer. But, Kevin Baskins, with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says this is one of the more dangerous months of the year for car versus deer collisions. “This time of the year is the time when last year’s fawns are kind of being pushed away from the mother. These are deer that are kind of finding their own way at this point, they aren’t used to being away from mom, so they sometimes don’t really have their wits about them,” Baskins says.

In addition, Baskins says deer aren’t immune to the thought that the grass might be greener on the other side of the road. “Right now is also the best time for them to eat,” Baskins says. “Everything is budding, there is a lot of green vegetation out there for them to feed on, and a lot of times they want to cross roads to get to what they perceive to be a better place to eat.”

According to Iowa Department of Transportation statistics, most car-deer crashes happen during harvest season in October, November and December. The month of June is usually fourth on the list. Baskins says deer are usually on the move at daybreak and sunset — so those are the times when most crashes occur. “And sometimes the lighting conditions can be a little more difficult for motorists too. That setting sun and rising sun can create a glare that makes it a little harder to see,” Baskins says. “So, those are times when people want to be more cautious.”

(Radio Iowa)

Rural Red Oak woman arrested for assault

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A rural Red Oak woman was arrested Tuesday afternoon, for Domestic Assault. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 25-year old Jessica Faye Davis was taken into custody at around 3:45-p.m.  Davis was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 cash bond.

Three-wheeled Romeo arrested in Council Bluffs

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A Council Bluffs man was cited for public intoxication after he was found on the Pottawattamie County Jail grounds trying to make contact with his incarcerated girlfriend. The Omaha World-Herald says according to an arrest report, at around 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, deputies found 46-year old Todd O. Roberts near the north shed at the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office and jail area. Roberts was riding a tricycle.

Sheriff Jeff Danker said Roberts told deputies that he was trying to contact his girlfriend, who’s currently in jail. The Sheriff’s Office arrested Roberts on suspicion of public intoxication.

 

Former Middle School Teacher from Underwood pleads guilty to sex abuse charges

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A former western Iowa school teacher accused of sexually abusing a student has taken a plea deal.

Barret Glasnapp

Barret Glasnapp

Barret Glasnapp pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of sex abuse and two counts of sexual exploitation by a school employee. The 46-year-old Glasnapp had taught at Underwood Middle School and was accused of having sexual interaction with a female student while she was 13 and 14-years-old and in 8th grade. Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Dan McGinn says, as part of the plea deal, Glasnapp will serve 90 days in jail and then spend up to two years in a residential treatment center and complete sex offender treatment.
“Right now he’s not allowed to have contact with any children, including his own, until he gets through treatment,” McGinn said. Glasnapp is married and has two children under the age of 14. If Glasnapp were to violate his probation over the next two years, he’d likely face a long prison term. “We would make an application to the court to have the suspended sentences imposed and he could go to prison for a maximum of 25 years,” McGinn said.

Glasnapp’s trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday. He’s required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

(Radio Iowa)

State tax receipts up 6.1 percent in past 11 months

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

There’s been a noticeable drop in farm income in Iowa this year, but the rest of the state’s economy is more than making up for that. The State of Iowa collected nearly 970-MILLION dollars in gros tax receipts in May. There has been only one other month in Iowa history when more taxes were taken in by the state and that was back in May of 2013.

State tax receipts for the past 11 months are more than six percent higher than during the same period in the previous fiscal year. Iowans have paid nearly 22 percent more in personal income taxes to the state. That growth in salaries and wages more than makes up for the dip in farm income.

(O.Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)

Senate approves new tax credit for gas station call buttons

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Senate has approved legislation designed to help more disabled motorists summon a gas station employee to pump their gas. Senator Rita Hart, a Democrat from Wheatland, has been touting this bill for the past few years. “The world has changed,” Hart says. “It’s no longer full-serve. It’s now self-serve and disabiled individuals who find it difficult or impossible to use the controls at the pumps were left out.”

The bill would not force all Iowa gas station owners to equip their pumps with new call buttons. Instead, gas stations would get a new a 500-dollar state tax credit for every “refueling assistance device” installed. The proposal cleared the Senate on a 30-to-20 vote on Tuesday afternoon, but has not yet been considered in a House committee.

(Radio Iowa)

Tuition freeze at U-of-I, ISU, UNI in doubt

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Legislators began to take votes on key pieces of their state budget plan on Tuesday, with the House last night approving the budget bill that outlines state spending for the three public universities. However it’s unclear whether the plan will provide enough of a boost in funding to fulfill the promise of a tuition freeze for in-state students at Iowa, Iowa State and U-N-I. Senator Bob Dvorsky, a Democrat from Coralville, says the three schools are getting a one-and-a-quarter percent inflationary boost in general state support.

“It’s my understanding that they could probably live with that, so we’ll see,” Dvorsky says. “We hope that the Regents will carefully look at it.” The board that governs the universities and the governor have indicated it would require more to maintain a tuition freeze for a third consecutive year. A spokesman for the Board of Regents has declined to assess the likelihood of a tuition freeze until all the state budget details are finalized.

More state taxdollars for the Regents schools are likely to be included in another bill that’s still under development. Legislators are aiming to conclude their 2015 session by week’s end. On Tuesday the House and Senate approved a status quo spending plan for the state’s judicial branch, although more money for court operations may be included in another piece of pending legislation.

(Radio Iowa)

Lawmakers approve judicial branch budget at current level

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers have approved a budget for the state’s judicial branch that maintains the current funding level. The Iowa House and Senate on Tuesday night approved the $174.6 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Lawmakers in the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-majority House agreed to the compromise legislation as part of a lengthy budget negotiation.

Democrats had originally sought more funding for judicial services. Republicans said the state could not afford more ongoing spending. Judicial Branch administrators and supporters have warned that without any new dollars, there may have to be cuts. But Sen. Tom Courtney, a Democrat from Burlington, said he expected there would be additional funding for the judicial system in another budget bill.

Iowa early News Headlines: Wed., June 3rd 2015

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June 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

AREDALE, Iowa (AP) — An overturned construction crane has caused an estimated 10 gallons of diesel fuel and hydraulic oil to spill into a small creek in northern Iowa. No injuries were reported in the Butler County spill into Boylan Creek. The crane downed power lines at a construction site near Aredale.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials are investigating two more potential cases of bird flu in the state. Two probable cases were at farms in Clay and Hamilton counties. If the disease is confirmed, birds in the affected farms will be euthanized. The farm in Clay County has an estimated 1.1 million birds.

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — The death of a 29-year-old Iowa woman whose body was found in the Missouri River in southeastern South Dakota is being investigated as a homicide. Alicia Hummel, of Sioux City, Iowa, was found dead Monday in Vermillion near the Myron Grove boat launch.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Republican-led Iowa House have approved a small funding increase for the school year that starts in the fall of 2016, but the move is not expected to win favor in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The plan would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year.

Iowa House approves funding for 2016-2017 school year

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June 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Republican-led Iowa House have approved a small funding increase for the school year that starts in the fall of 2016, but the move is not expected to win favor in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The House on Tuesday approved a plan that would provide about $125 million in new dollars in that year, with some of the money going to a teacher leadership program. But Democrats said the funding level was inadequate. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal said his members would not consider the proposal.

The Legislature is supposed to approve school funding levels more than a year before the academic year starts, but they often fail to meet that requirement. Lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on funding for the coming school year.