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(Podcast) 8-a.m. State/Local News, June 13th 2013

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson….

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There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Camp Fun

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Cass County Extension and the Cass County Conservation Board say they have once again teamed-up to offer their annual summer day camp programs to local youth. Officials say there is still time to get registered for several upcoming camps, but registration deadlines are approaching fast, so you shouldn’t delay signing-up.

The “To Earth and Beyond” camp at the Anita Community Center, is for those who have completed 3rd through 5th grade. It will be held on Friday, June 28th, from 8-a.m. to 5-p.m. The camp will explore all of the solar system, landing at Earth at the end of the day to learn about rocks, plates, earthquakes and volcanoes. Participants will learn through hands-on activities, interactive games and creating projects to take home. Registration deadline is Tuesday June 18th.

For older youth interested in fishing, archery, hiking and Dutch oven cookery, the “Outdoor Adventure Camp” is the place to learn. The camp will be held on Tuesday, July 11 from 8-a.m. to 5-p.m., at Cold Springs State Park in Lewis. Outdoor Adventure Camp is for those who have completed 6th, 7th or 8th grades. Registrations for the camp are due by Monday, June 24th.

The cost for either camp is $10 per child. To sign up for a camp, stop by the Cass County Extension Office in Atlantic to fill out a registration and health form, along with a $10 payment, by the deadlines listed. More information and registration forms are also available online at www.extension.iastate.edu/cass to print and return. If you have any questions, please check the Cass County Extension website, call the Cass County Extension Office at 712-243-1132, or stop by the Extension Office at 805 W. 10th St in Atlantic.

(Update 8:38-a.m.) Shooting reported in Lewis

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County report a Lewis woman died from injuries she suffered during a shooting Wednesday evening. Authortities says deputies responded to 503 Minnesota Street in Lewis just after 7-p.m., following a report of a gunshot victim. Initial dispatch reports indicated the wounds suffered by 56-year old Martha Hardy were self-inflicted. Hardy was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital by Griswold Rescue before being flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, where she later died. An autopsy is scheduled for later today with the State Medical Examiner’s office.

The incident is not believed to be a public safety concern. Details will be provided as they become available. The Department of Criminal Investigation is assisting the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Western IA News: Thu., June 13th 2013

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Rollover accident reported in Cass County

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa State Patrol says a 17-year-old female from Omaha was seriously injured in an accident that happened at around 4-a.m. (Thursday) on Interstate 80 eastbound, near the Anita exit, but it wasn’t discovered until about 6:35-a.m., when a truck driver spotted the wreckage. The unidentified driver was trapped in her vehicle.  Anita Fire and Rescue and Medivac ambulance responded to the scene.

She reportedly told the Patrol she left Omaha at around 2:00 a.m. and fell asleep behind the wheel. The teen suffered cuts, bruises and other, possibly serious injuries. She was flown from the scene by LifeNet helicopter to CreightonUniversityMedicalCenter in Omaha.

Southwest IA man charged in connection with Omaha theft

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Mills County man has been charged with felony Theft by Deception, in connection with a May 27th Omaha convenience store robbery. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 24-year-old Cody Hudson of Emerson, conspired with a Kum & Go store employee to take more than $3,600 in cash during the robbery.

Hudson’s bail was set at $15,000. He’ll have to post 10 percent of that amount in order to be released from the DouglasCounty, NE., Jail. Police say the store employee, who was working at the time of the robbery, told them he mentioned to Hudson that the safe was left open and that there was a substantial amount of money in the safe.

Video surveillance and text conversations indicated that Hudson and the employee were involved in the planning and commission of the robbery, police allege. The store employee was booked May 30th on suspicion of theft by deception, but the paper says he had not been formally charged, as of Wednesday.

Greenfield airport to receive $171k for taxiway extension

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin has announced that the Greenfield Municipal Airport will receive $171,000 from the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration to extend the airport’s taxiway. Harkin is a senior member of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds these initiatives.

Harkin says extending Greenfield Municipal Airport’s taxiway to allow for aircraft turnaround is an important investment. The Greenfield airport contributes more than a quarter of a million dollars in goods and services to the surrounding community every year.

In addition, Harkin says these funds will better equip the Greenfield Municipal Airport with the resources to continue to reach their goal of providing safe, accessible and effective air travel in southwest Iowa, promoting economic development in Greenfield and the surrounding area.

USDA reduces corn crop to reflect wet spring

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Corn farmers are feeling the impact of a cool, wet spring but are still expected to bring in a record crop this year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its monthly report released Wednesday that farmers are expected to bring in 14 billion bushels of corn this year. That’s 135 million bushels less than last month’s estimate, reflecting the impact of the cooler spring. But that’d still beat 2009′s 13.1 billion bushel record. Last year, farmers harvested only about 11 billion bushels because of the drought.

The changes are not expected to significantly affect food prices for consumers. The UDSA says the amount of corn expected to be harvested per acre will be reduced to 156.5 bushels per acre down from 158 bushels estimated a month ago.

Iowa early News Headlines: Thu., June 13th 2013

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June 13th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say multiple tornadoes have touched ground in northern Iowa, causing damage to homes and businesses. The National Weather Service says spotters reported yesterday at least two tornados on the ground alongside one another near Hampton in Franklin County. Another tornado was reported near Belmond in nearby Wright County.

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — The owner of a restaurant in northern Iowa says a tornado has “demolished” part of his business. Duwayne Abel, owner of Cattleman’s Steaks and Provisions in Belmond, says a tornado swooped in yesterday through his business’ parking lot. He says the south side of the building is “pretty much demolished.” Abel says no one was in the restaurant when the tornado hit.

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) — Alliant Energy says more than 1,200 customers in northern Iowa are without power due to severe weather affecting the region. The company says crews are working to restore power in the Belmond area in Wright County after severe weather damaged transmission and distribution lines. Alliant spokesman Justin Foss says it may take several hours for power to be restored.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Police say a suspicious package that was destroyed in Iowa City was an electronic art piece. Iowa City officials said yesterday that the package that was destroyed by a bomb squad Sunday evening was a piece created by artist Russell Jaffe. The Johnson County bomb squad used a water cannon to destroy the item.

Bluffs man arrested on Audubon County warrant

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June 12th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Pottawattamie County man was arrested today (Wednesday) on an outstanding Audubon County warrant. According to the Audubon County Sheriff’s Office, 25 year old Zachary Alan White, of Council Bluffs, was arrested at the Pottawattamie County Jail and transported to the Audubon County Jail. White was charged with eluding and driving while barred.

The charges stem from a pursuit by law enforcement in Audubon County on March 20th, 2013. The pursuit continued through Cass County and ended in Pottawattamie County where he was taken into custody. White is being held in the Audubon County Jail and will appear before the magistrate on Thursday, June 13th.