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Branstad hints at end for MHIs in southern Iowa

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June 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad has until July 6th to make final decisions on the entire state budget outline legislators sent him earlier this month, but Branstad’s giving strong hints he’ll reject the legislature’s plan to keep the Mental Health Institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open. “I would point out Iowa was late to get serious about redesigning our mental health system,” Branstad says. “Other states like Minnesota went from 11 institutions to one. They’ve done that. Wisconsin has reduced the number of institutions. So has Nebraska and Illinois — most of our neighboring states.”

Already last week layoff notices were sent to 28 employees at the state-run Mental Health Institute in Mount Pleasant and 53 M-H-I employees in Clarinda. Branstad says he wants to “move forward” and shift to community-based mental health services. “We haven’t made a final decision, but I have shared my philosophy and my goals to have a better system that better meets the mental health needs of Iowans and I believe makes more sense,” Branstad says.

Branstad made his comments during taping of the Iowa Press program that will air today (Sunday) at Noon, on Iowa Public Television.

(Radio Iowa)

3 arrests in Red Oak

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June 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report three, recent arrests. Early this (Sunday) morning, 18-year old Cara Belle Hale, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at 106 W. Coolbaugh Street, on a charge of Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. Hale was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond.

And, late Saturday night, 25-year old Mildred Helenora Douglas, and 30-year old Jeremy Ray Dilocker, (also known as “Meatball”) both of Red Oak, were arrested on charges of Public Intoxication. Both were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $300 bond, each.

Iowa Board of Regents to part ways with top legal counsel

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June 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The governing board for Iowa’s three public universities is cutting ties with the man who has served as its top lawyer since 2004. A June 16 memo obtained by The Associated Press shows general counsel Tom Evans will soon no longer be employed by the Iowa Board of Regents and his legal duties have been transferred to others.

Evans has been the board’s chief negotiator for contracts with labor unions and advises the regents and schools they govern on legal and human resources matters. News of his departure has surprised some colleagues but the board has refused to explain the move.

The move comes amid other personnel changes at the board’s Urbandale office, where three long-time staff members recently took advantage of an early retirement program aimed at cutting costs.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, June 28th 2015

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June 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CLIVE, Iowa (AP) — A Clive auto repair business reports that 90 percent of the vehicles on its property have been ruined by a flash flood. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Acheson Auto Works, which backs up to the Walnut Creek, was flooded early Friday, destroying about 40 vehicles. Workers plan to continue the cleanup throughout the weekend in hopes of opening on Monday.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa food pantries will benefit from a donation of about 44,000 pounds of fresh boneless pork loins being made by the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation and Iowa Select Farms. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the pork is being delivered through June 30th to local community organizations, food shelves and pantries across the state. The Hawkeye Harvest Food Bank in Mason City is one of the beneficiaries. The donation is valued at $126,800. In total, 820 cases of pork loins will be distributed.

STORY CITY, Iowa (AP) — Rescue crews have saved a man trapped in a collapsed trench as a construction site in central Iowa’s Story City. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the collapse happened at the Bethany Manor construction site Friday morning. The worker, who has not been named, was pulled out around 10 a.m. and taken to a Des Moines hospital by ambulance.

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy has announced its intention to stop using coal as its energy source in Burlington by 2021. The Burlington Hawk Eye reports that Alliant and Burlington city officials met Friday to make the announcement.

Vehicle strikes Neola Post Office

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June 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say the Post Office in Neola sustained $10,000 damage Thursday, when an elderly woman attempting to park her vehicle stepped on the gas pedal by mistake, instead of the brake.  87-year-old Shirley Kenealy, of Neola, was not seriously hurt when her vehicle jumped over the curb and hit the corner of the building.

She was treated at the scene for complaints of pain, but did not request transport to the hospital. Damage to her vehicle was estimated at $5,000.

Red Oak Police Department Reports Arrest Friday Evening

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June 27th, 2015 by admin

On Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 7:45p.m. officers of the Red Oak Police Department arrested 41 year old of Alan Foster of Red Oak for driving suspended. Foster was transported to the Montgomery County jail and held on a $300 bond.

Friday Morning Multiple Vehicle Accident South of Atlantic

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June 26th, 2015 by Chris Parks

On Friday morning at approximately 7:30-a.m. the Cass County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 630th Street & Oxford Road, south of Atlantic for a multiple vehicle accident. Upon arrival it was determined that there were two vehicles involved with five injured parties. All of the parties were transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Two of the injured were later air lifted to CHI Creighton University Medical Center with critical injuries. The three others transported to the hospital were treated and released. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Atlantic Police Department and the Department of Transportation Road Maintenance Staff. The injured were treated by area Fire and Rescue Departments from Cumberland, Massena, Lewis and Atlantic Medivac. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

Iowa State expanding stadium to 61,000

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June 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State is in the final stages of a major renovation to the south end zone at Jack Trice Stadium, highlighting a $60 million expansion that’s set to be completed in late August.

It’s arguably the most ambitious renovation in the 40-year life of the stadium, which will soon be the third-largest in the Big 12 with a capacity of 61,000. Iowa State opens the season Sept. 5 when it hosts Northern Iowa behind what should be the biggest crowd in school history.

 

Iowa hog inventory of 21 million is second largest on record

Ag/Outdoor, News

June 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest report on the status of the Iowa hog industry shows the state with 21 million hogs on Iowa farms as of June 1. That’s the second highest number ever since records began in 1870. The highest figure was December 2014 when the state had 21.3 million hogs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which released the report Friday, says the latest figure is a 10 percent increase over the inventory of a year ago.

Iowa is the nation’s leading pork producer by far. The figures show Minnesota is second with just over 8 million hogs and North Carolina is right at 8 million. Illinois had 4.6 million, Nebraska 3.2 million and Missouri 2.9 million. The national inventory is 66.9 million head.

 

Red Oak man arrested Fri. on Criminal Mischief charge

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June 26th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

An investigation into an incident at the Montgomery County Jail that took place Monday (June 22nd), has resulted in additional charges for a Red Oak man. 23-year old Justine Lewis Marsden, who was being held on felony drug charges, was also charged today with Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree. Marsden is alleged to have caused $1,350 damage to the jail while in custody. He remains held on an additional $5,000 bond.