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Carson man arrested for assault; Oakland man charged after damaging a jail cell in suicide attempt

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County say a man from Carson was arrested Tuesday evening, following a domestic disturbance. 56-year old Mark Henry Morrow was taken into custody during a traffic stop that followed an incident involving his girlfriend at a residence on Carson. Morrow was charged with Domestic Assault, and Driving While Barred. The girlfriend was not injured during the assault.

And, an Oakland man was transported by Council Bluffs Fire and Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital, after he reportedly tried to commit suicide while in a holding cell. The incident happened today (Wednesday), at around 1:50-a.m.  Officials say 35-year old Abraham Deng Mayom was in a holding cell because he was not being cooperative following his arrest on Monday. In an apparent attempt to kill himself, Mayom fell off a divider and hit his head on the floor, causing a severe laceration. As he fell, and before he hit his head, the man tried to grab a sprinkler head. In the process, the sprinkler head broke.

Mayom was charged with Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree in connection to the damaged sprinkler.

Reynolds sworn-in as Iowa’s next Governor – 1st woman to hold the job

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa – AP) Kim Reynolds has been sworn in as Iowa’s next governor, becoming the state’s first woman to hold the job after taking over for veteran Gov. Terry Branstad. The 57-year-old former rural county clerk took the oath of office Wednesday in a ceremony at the Iowa Capitol. She succeeds Branstad, who was sworn in the same day as U.S. ambassador to China.  Branstad was the nation’s longest-serving governor.

Reynolds will hold the position through January 2019, when Branstad’s term would have ended. She’s expected to launch a gubernatorial campaign in 2018.  Branstad signed a range of conservative-leaning legislation this year amid new Republican control of the statehouse. Reynolds is expected to support similar legislation, including tax cuts, though she faces budget constraints that could complicate the effort.

Branstad officially resigns from office – sworn in as U-S Ambassador to China

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Des Moines, Iowa – AP) Terry Branstad has resigned as Iowa governor and has been sworn in as U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad resigned in his formal office Wednesday morning at the Iowa Capitol. The ceremony was livestreamed to television screens in the nearby Capitol rotunda, where hundreds of people were awaiting the swearing in of Kim Reynolds as governor.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Steven Colloton swore in Branstad as ambassador after signing a resignation letter. Following the brief ceremony, a round of applause broke out in the rotunda. Branstad served for more than 22 years as governor, making him the nation’s longest-serving governor.

Atlantic School Board work session this evening (5/24)

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

(Updated) Members of the Atlantic School District’s Board of Education will meet this (Wednesday) evening during a work session in the High School Media Center. During their session at 5:30-p.m, the Board is expected to approve an agreement reached just today, with the Certified Staff Bargaining Unit. It’s also expected the Board will approve the employment recommendations of Montana Pence as K-3 Special Ed Teacher, and Michael Applegate, as 7th Grade Science Teacher.

They’re also expected to approve the resignation of Paul Iekel, Girl’s Track Head Coach/and Boys/Girls Head Cross Country Coach. In other action, the Board will act on approving an update for Board Policy 102, which revises terminology that pertains to Equal Educational Opportunity, by adding “Socio-economic status.”

Following the action items, the Board will hear a presentation from RSP Services, with regard to an enrollment study.

Ag group backs Grassley bill to help rural hospitals

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is co-sponsoring a bill designed to help keep rural hospitals open. Aaron Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union, says his group backs the legislation which would create a new “rural emergency hospital” classification under Medicare.

“Rural hospitals are so important to us because they provide trauma services and emergency room services that you can’t replicate,” Lehman says. “We need to do whatever we can to help them make ends meet. By making some simple changes to Medicare, we think that’s a great way to start.”

Lehman says the bill takes on added importance because farming is one of the most lethal occupations. “We know there are risks out there in rural Iowa and rural America and farmers are doing their best to change that,” he says, “but we know there’s a long ways to go and we need to be able to access those trauma services.” A study finds 60-percent of trauma deaths in the U-S occur in rural areas where only 15-percent of the population lives.

Lehman says that’s another big reason to pass the legislation. “If you look at the statistics, the number of injuries due to trauma are significantly higher in rural America,” Lehman says. “It’s very important to our folks out there in rural Iowa and across rural America.”

Under Medicare, many rural hospitals are designated as “critical access hospitals,” meaning, they’re required to maintain a certain amount of inpatient beds as well as an emergency room. However, they’re struggling to attract enough inpatients to keep that status.

(Radio Iowa)

Glenwood Police report 2 arrests

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested early this week on separate charges, in Glenwood. The Glenwood P-D says 38-year old Jacquelyn Pratt, of Glenwood, was arrested Monday on a warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance. Her bond was set at $2,000. And, on Tuesday, 27-year old Jonathan Pleake, of Glenwood, was arrested on a Mills County warrant for Contempt of Court. His bond was set at $1,000.

Glenwood Police said also, that the Glenwood Water Department reported an incident of Theft, Monday. No other information was released.

Child car safety seat recall

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DETROIT (AP) – Graco Children’s Products is recalling more than 25,000 car seats because the harness webbing can break in a crash and may not keep children restrained. The recall affects certain My Ride 65 convertible seats made on July 22, 2014 with a code of 2014/06 on a tag that’s on the webbing.

Documents posted Wednesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration say that agency tests discovered the webbing strength problem. Graco traced the problem to a single batch of webbing. Graco says in documents that it will notify owners and dealers will provide a replacement harness free of charge. The recall is expected to start on July 17.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 5/24/2017

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Travel Advisory: I-80 westbound near the Mall of the Bluffs closed due to a wreck

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

You might want to plan an alternate route of travel this morning if you’re planning on using I-80 westbound just south of the Mall of the Bluffs. The Iowa DOT reports a multi-vehicle crash has occurred near Madison Avenue, involving a semi. A detour is in place. The accident happened at around 7:30-a.m.

IA DOT/CB traffic cam

Planting times have been spread out this year

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May 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says farmers have been able to catch up quite a bit in their planting with some days of dry weather. But he says some of the corn that’s already emerged may have been in too much water to make it. “They’ll be a little bit of replant where some water has been standing. Most of the rest of the crop it sounds like is up and going,” Northey says. “There’s still some beans to be planted yet….and it is wet enough across Iowa it’s going to take a little while in some places to be able to get back in the field.”

It’s preferred to get the corn all planted by mid-May to avoid any loss in yield. While 92 percent of the corn was planted by the start of this week, Northey says there’s still plenty to be concerned about. “Even just eight percent of the corn means we have a million acres of corn yet to plant — and that’s not in here by the end of May — so we’ll see,” Northey says. “That starts to lose a little yield. Certainly some replants in some bottoms that’ll need to happen, that’ll probably be a little lower yield expectations for producers as well.”

Northey says farmers were busy at the various times when the weather was dry. He says there was one in April, one in early May and then the middle of May, so the planting times have been spread out and it is kind of an experiment in different planting times.

Northey says he’s gotten all his corn planted, but like other farmers, he needs some heat to get it growing. “We do need some warm weather to get it up and going. Most of it has emerged across the state, but it’s still coming yet,” Northey says.

He farms near Spirit Lake and says he still has some beans to get planted.

(Radio Iowa)