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Nationwide Foundation donates $1.5 million to Food Bank of Iowa

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March 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Nationwide Foundation announced a gift of one-and-a-half million dollars Thursday to the capital campaign of the Food Bank of Iowa. Michelle Book is the president of the Food Bank, which serves 55 counties in the state. “This is a big game changer, it’s a jump starter. It is the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for our effort. Nationwide doesn’t do something like this every day — but when they do something like this for the Food Bank of Iowa, the community will stop and stand up and look around to says ‘hey what’s going on here, this is something worth doing,'” Book says.

The organization moved into an old beer distributing warehouse in Des Moines in 1999 and Book says they need to renovate the office and warehouse space. “The HVAC system is outdated, the lights don’t work most significantly, we have a warehouse that is configured to move a half a million pounds of food a month. We move a million pounds of food a month,” Book says.

The project will cost eight-point-one million dollars and the capital campaign is trying to raise seven million. “With this gift and others, including a small amount of savings that the Food Bank of Iowa had to put toward the project, we are halfway toward our goal,” according to Book. Nationwide vice president, Jeff Rommel, is also a board member for the Food Bank of Iowa. “We really appreciate the great work that the Food Bank does across Iowa for hungry Iowans and are really excited to be partners with them for this initiative,” Rommel says.

He says this is the largest gift the Nationwide Foundation has ever made in central Iowa and he says they feel it will have a great impact. He says one in five children across the state and one in eight Iowans as a whole are still “food insecure.”

The staff of the food bank will move out of their offices at the end of the month an into temporary offices as Nationwide while the work begins on the office portion of the project. Book says they will begin work on renovating the warehouse portion of the project in July. She says that will be done in phases so it does not interrupt the food distribution and could take a year to complete.

(Radio Iowa)

Police find 2 bodies in central Iowa home

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March 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

BOONE, Iowa (AP) – State agents are helping local officers investigate the deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a home in Boone. The Boone Police Department says someone called around 10 p.m. Wednesday to report a dead person. Officers found the second body after entering the home.

Authorities haven’t released the names of the two people or said how the two died. Autopsies have been ordered. Neighbors say a woman and her son lived in the home.

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, 3/24/2017

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March 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

UNDATED (AP) — Despite some impressive achievements, Iowa State University President Steven Leath mixed personal, political and professional interests in ways that could land him in hot water. Leath has been named the next Auburn University president, and he’s known as a prolific fundraiser and engaging academic. His 5 ½-year tenure at Iowa State included booming enrollment and growth but also scandals that involved questionable business dealings and travel.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who leads a legislative oversight committee says he’s launching an investigation into how Iowa handles child protective services following the October death of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly starved. Rep. Bobby Kaufmann announced Thursday that he wants to question the Iowa Department of Human Services on how it handles child placement and allegations of abuse and neglect.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have amended a voter identification bill to reduce the number of early voting days. Lawmakers voted 26-21 Thursday in support of the bill. It includes a provision to reduce early voting before a general election from 40 days to 29 days. The bill also would require people to show acceptable identification at the polls. The state would send identification to people who need it.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa have declared a 5-year-old boxer-Labrador mix a dangerous dog for attacking a toddler just hours after it was adopted from an animal shelter. Clinton Police Chief Kevin Gyrion says the dog’s new owners took it to a friend’s house hours after they had adopted him on March 15. Sometime after arriving, the dog bit a 15-month-old boy in the face, leaving massive facial wounds. The boy will need reconstructive surgery.

GOP lawmaker seeks investigation following Iowa girl’s death

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who leads a legislative oversight committee says he’s launching an investigation into how Iowa handles child protective services following the October death of a 16-year-old girl.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann announced Thursday the House Government Oversight Committee will question the Iowa Department of Human Services on how it handles child placement, including abuse allegations.

Kaufmann says the effort is inspired by the death of Natalie Finn, a West Des Moines teenager. A Democratic lawmaker who has met with state officials says the girl was starved to death. The girl had been involved in the state’s foster care and adoption program.

Kaufmann says he wants DHS to attend hearings, but the questions will not be specific to Natalie’s case. Gov. Terry Branstad and Republican lawmakers have criticized Senate Democrats for launching an informal investigation into child protective services. Officials for DHS and Branstad say they support an effort by lawmakers to learn about the state’s child welfare system.

Iowa GOP lawmakers back statewide minimum wage, no increase

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers are forging ahead with a bill prohibiting cities and counties from increasing the minimum wage, but House leaders say GOP legislators aren’t interested in raising the statewide wage.

The House has approved a bill blocking local jurisdictions from approving minimum wages above the state level of $7.25 and the measure now awaits action in the Senate. If approved, the move would mean workers in some Iowa counties that have approved higher minimums could see pay cuts.

House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow said Thursday GOP lawmakers want a statewide minimum but don’t support increasing that wage. The Legislature last increased the wage in 2009.

Report: Dallas County among fastest-growing US counties; Adams County highest decline

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says Dallas County was the fifth-fastest-growing county in the latest population estimate. The bureau says in a report released Wednesday night that from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, Dallas County’s population grew by 4.6 percent. The county population has increased by more than 27 percent since 2010.

Gary Krob of the State Data Center at the State Library of Iowa says that 2016 population estimates show that the state population continues to grow, but it’s occurring in just 23 of Iowa’s 99 counties. He says the Des Moines-West Des Moines Metropolitan area has been the state’s fastest-growing metro area, increasing by 11.4 percent in population since 2010. Adams County has declined at the highest rate: 8.3 percent since 2010.

Winnebago reports profit in second quarter

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Second-quarter earnings at Winnebago Industries released Wednesday show the company had a profit of more than 15 million dollars. The Forest City-based recreational vehicle manufacturer reports on a per-share basis, it had a profit of 48 cents. Earnings were 46 cents per share. Winnebago posted revenue of 370-and-a-half million dollars for the period, exceeding Wall Street forecasts. Company C-E-O Michael Happe says the company is building the foundation for a stronger future.

He says, “In our second quarter, we continued to make strong progress in transforming Winnebago Industries into a material-larger company with a more balanced R-V product portfolio, and an enterprise with significant runway for profitable growth in the future.” It was just over a year ago when Happe took over as the head of the legacy motor home manufacturer. In that time, he says he’s tried to guide the company to find its future identity.

He says, “We’ve made much progress in the last year. We admit there’s much work to do, and we’ll continue to set our goals high for what this Winnebago team can accomplish in the years to come.”

The second quarter marked the first full financial period after Winnebago acquired Indiana-based towable manufacturer Grand Design for 500 million dollars. Happe says with Grand Design on board now, it’s complimented Winnebago’s existing towables unit.  He says the overall towables segment in the second quarter accounted for about 46 percent of the roughly 370 million dollars revenue. “This 370 million dollars in enterprise sales was a 64 percent overall increase over the same period a year ago, when 90 plus-percent of Winnebago Industries’ revenue came from our motorized business.”

Winnebago Industries stock has risen almost 30 percent over the last 12 months.

(Radio Iowa)

Union County Sheriff’s report (3/23): 2 ATV’s stolen and recovered

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Union County say a Creston woman reported Wednesday morning, that sometime during the overnight hours Tuesday into Wednesday, two 4-wheel ATV’s were taken from her property on Quail Avenue.  A few hours later, both 4-wheelers were recovered with no damage.

Also taken from the property was a 5-gallon gas can and a 24’ machete.  The still missing items, were valued at $50.

Underwood man arrested for violating a court order

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Pottawattamie County report the arrest following a traffic stop, of a man who was in violation of a protective order. At around 2:10-p.m., Wednesday, a deputy stopped a pickup driven by 65-year old Marvin Ring, of Underwood. Records indicated a passenger in the truck, 38-year old Kirk Thomas Ring, also of Underwood, had a protection order issued against him by Marvin Ring.

Kirk Ring was placed under arrest and transported to the Pott. County Jail.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 3/23/2017

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March 23rd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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