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(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 12/12/18

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Prices plunge for recyclable materials in Iowa, nationwide

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The president of the Iowa Recycling Association says a perfect storm has come together to cause the price of recyclable materials to plunge. Alan Schumacher says part of the problem is some Iowans think everything can be recycled and they’re bogging down the system with trash that should go to the landfill. “Garden hoses, somebody must think those are recycling, so they’ll put that in there or mayonnaise jars that are half full,” Schumacher says. “People have to handle that material and then, we’ve got to have end markets for it.” Business in former end markets like China and various Third World countries has been drying up, Schumacher says, but China is now looking to get into the recycling business on American soil.

“They’re buying up some of our paper mills on the East Coast and up in Wisconsin and the north-central part of the United States,” Schumacher says. “They’re going to start putting money into these mills and buy recovered fiber domestically and then send the pulp or finished byproduct overseas for themselves now. Instead of exporting the material and having to sort through it, they’re going to do that here.” In the new legislative session opening next month, he says the association will be pushing Iowa lawmakers for an enhanced bottle bill, including more money for redemption of five-cent bottles and cans.

“It would spring up new facilities and new locations all over the state of Iowa and we could be collecting all of this material,” Schumacher says. “We have buyers for aluminum. We have buyers for PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles. We have buyers for Gatorade bottles. We just need to get ’em collected.” Instead of being recycled, recent reports found 20 tons of paper per day were sent to landfills in central Iowa this summer because China tightened the standards on what it would accept. Dozens of companies and governmental entities are members of the Iowa Recycling Association.

Man arrested for eluding and reckless driving in Taylor County

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Taylor County report 55-year old James Meek, Jr., of Blockton, was arrested Tuesday near the intersection State Highway 2 and Sherwood Avenue, following a traffic stop.. Meek was charged with Eluding, Driving While Barred, and Reckless Driving. Additional charges are pending. Meek was being held at the Taylor County Jail on $4,300 bond.

Union County man arrested in Creston on Forgery & other warrants

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

A man from Union County was arrested Tuesday morning in Creston, on numerous warrants, including three counts of Forgery. Creston Police report 21-year old Paul Albrechtsen, of Kent, was also arrested on warrants charging him with Failure to Appear on original charges of Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree, and Possession of a Controlled Substance/1st offense. Albrechtsen was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense, Possession of Paraphernalia, and two counts of Possession of Burglary tools. He was being held in the Union County Jail on a $38,500 bond.

And, Tuesday night, Creston Police arrested 40-year old Brandie Whitney, of Creston, for Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor, and Driving While Barred. Whitney was taken into custody at McKinley Park, in Creston, and later released on a $3,000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 12/12/2018

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

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

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Eastern Iowa man killed in van crash on Highway 20

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DYERSVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has died in a crash on U.S. Highway 20. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 60-year-old Russell Faust was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash just west of Dyersville on Tuesday evening. The Iowa State Patrol says Faust was driving eastbound when a semi driven by 54-year-old Davis Steger, of Colesburg, turned onto the highway from a county road. Authorities say Faust’s van struck the semi and caught fire, trapping Faust inside. The crash happened around 6:50 p.m. Authorities are still investigating.

Semi hits school bus near Belmond, 4 students & driver rushed to hospital

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — A semi collided with a school bus from the Belmond-Klemme (CLEM-ee) School District in Wright County on Tuesday afternoon near Belmond. The accident occurred at 4 p.m. on County Highway C20 just north of Belmond. The semi driver allegedly did not see the school bus traveling along the road and ran a stop sign, striking the bus on its side near the rear of the bus. The impact spun the bus around on the road, but the bus never actually left the road surface.

An ambulance and a Wright County Sheriff’s Deputy quickly arrived on scene and the four students and driver appeared to be unharmed, but were transported to the Iowa Specialty Hospital in Belmond for further examination. The driver of the school bus is identified as Randy Dougherty, a veteran driver with 39 years of experience. The driver of the semi has not been identified and it’s unclear if charges will be filed. The district says the parents of the four students were quickly informed of the accident and were directed to the hospital where the students were being examined.

Harlan Bond issue defeated

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Voters in the Harlan Community School District have defeated a proposed $28.5-million bond referendum for District improvements that would have increased property taxes. According to the Shelby County Auditor’s Office, Proposition “A”, the issuance of a General Obligation Bond to fund the facility updates, was defeated by a vote of 947-No (73.64%) to 339 Yes (26.36%). Proposition “B”, authorizing an increase in the tax levy by $4.05/$1,000 taxable property value, was defeated by a vote of 898 No (70.10%) to 383 Yes (29/90%).

Proposition “C”, an extension of the PPEL (Physical Plant and Equipment Levy), was denied by a vote of 729 No votes (56.82%) to 554 (43.18%) Yes votes. And, Proposition “D”, an extension of the ISL (Instructional Support Levy), was denied by a vote of 733 No votes (57.27%) to 547 Yes votes (42.73%). Harlan School District voters also voted down the IWCC bond measure for improvements to Iowa Western Community College’s Council Bluffs campus. The vote in Harlan was 674 No votes (52.62%) to 607 Yes votes (47.38%).

Iowa county wants custody of animals taken from ‘puppy mill’

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

MANLY, Iowa (AP) — County officials in northern Iowa are trying to maintain custody of nine dogs and four cats that were taken from a commercial breeder accused of neglecting the animals. The Des Moines Register reports that court records describe overcrowded and filthy conditions at the Manly, Iowa property. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is caring for the animals and calls the operation a “puppy mill.”

Officials seized 154 Samoyeds and four cats from the property last month. In several visits to the property, a Worth County sheriff’s deputy says he saw kennels covered with feces and mud and visibly skinny dogs with no water and little food. The owner denies animal neglect allegations, but says she struggled to maintain the operation after her husband’s 2017 death.

Iowa Lottery to ask for updated law allowing e-pay and e-play

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December 12th, 2018 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The Iowa Lottery will ask state lawmakers in January to allow them to modernize their operations making it easier for customers to purchase and play lottery products electronically. Iowa Lottery spokesperson, Mary Neubauer says they’ve been talking about the issue for ten years or more.”Things have now reached such a tipping point that we at the lottery truly believe it is our fiduciary responsibility to tell the public and lawmakers that with the ongoing trends in retail that we are seeing, that our proceeds aren’t going to hold, or be able to continue to grow,” Neubauer says. She says the Iowa Lottery is a paper cash business in a world where that is becoming more uncommon. [ “So many people don’t carry any cash any more — or if they do they only have a little bit with them,” Neubauer says. “Certainly we’re buying more and more products online — even everyday staples like groceries. And people just expect convenience today, consumers expect convenience.”

You can now buy lottery tickets with a debit card, prepaid gift cards and cash, but not anything that involves a credit card. “And that would continue to be the case under the legislation that we have filed,” Neubauer says, “however we have added to the definition that people could use to pay for lottery tickets would be an e-wallet or an electronic account that people would be able to open with the lottery.” She says they would also be able to develop ways for people to play the games electronically without having to buy a paper ticket. But the plan isn’t to scrap the paper altogether. “What we truly envision is that e-gaming or e-lottery would be an addition to our existing products and would really compliment those products, but would never replace them,” according to Neubauer. “….I anticipate that the physical products, the traditional products that we have in retail locations would continue on.”

Neubauer says they need to recognize the shift in customers who rely on paying and playing electronically while also continuing to meet the needs of those who don’t “This isn’t for everyone. There are some folks who don’t maybe have the latest smart phone and don’t really participate in e-commerce and they don’t have to. There would continue to be traditional products available for them,” she explains. “But for those folks who do like that convenience or ease of use, we could make that available in a secure manner.”  Neubauer says the Iowa Lottery has been following the 10 states that now offer electronic forms of lottery games. She says one of the advantages beyond the convenience are the number of security measures the electronic games provide. She says really you can’t track who paid for tickets now because it’s cash. Or can you track how much they’ve spent and where the money came from. “But with an electronic system you can put limits in place for how much people can deposit into their accounts. You can put limits in place for how long people can play. You can allow people to exclude themselves,” Neubauer says.

There has been a lot of talk recently about sports betting online. Neubauer says the Iowa Lottery knows there will be legislation filed this year on that issue and decided to take a supporting role instead of writing competing legislation. “We want to be part of the conversation and act as one of the state’s business experts when it comes to the issue of gaming,” Neubauer says. “And our retail organizations have said that they will make their voices heard that they want the option to add sports betting. So, I really think that the business conversation is that way that that conversation should occur on that side,” Neubauer says.

Neubauer says the Iowa Lottery will focus this upcoming legislative session on getting the legislation passed that they believe is necessary for the Iowa Lottery’s continued business success. The Iowa Lottery had sales of 371 million dollars in the last fiscal year, with 87-point-one million going to the state. That was the second highest amount every produced.