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Board wants Waukee high school students to recite pledge

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February 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) – The school board in Waukee wants high school students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Des Moines Register reports that the board told staffers Monday to have the students say the pledge at least once a week. A parent had asked the board earlier this month why students stopped saying the pledge when they reached 10th grade.

The Waukee district elementary students say the pledge daily, and students in eighth and ninth grades recite it on Mondays.  Superintendent Dave Wilkerson says he’ll meet with administrators to discuss best practices and options, so it could be a few weeks before the 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders are asked to say the pledge.

Corning man arrested Monday

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February 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Adams County report a traffic stop Monday afternoon near the intersection of Highway 34 and Quince Avenue, resulted in the arrest of 29-year old Nicholas Richard Young, from Corning. Young was taken into custody for Driving While Suspended. His bond was set at $300.

Red Oak Police report 2/23/16

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February 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak report two arrests on Monday. Just before 9-p.m., officers arrested 57-year old Darwin Eugene Schurr, of Red Oak, on an active Montgomery County warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. Schurr was being held without bond in the Montgomery County Jail, pending an appearance before the magistrate.

And, at around 2:15-p.m., 61-year old David Harry James, of Ankeny, was arrested in Red Oak for OWI. James was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.

Blood centers take Zika precautions

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February 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Blood centers are taking some precautions to head off an issues with the Zika virus outbreak. LifeServe Blood Center spokesperson, Nicole Hanger, says they are following the F-D-A guidelines when it comes to dealing with blood donors who may’ve been exposed to the virus. “If you have traveled to any country where the Zika virus has been identified, then we want you to wait 28 days from the date that you return,” Hanger says.

A spokesperson for the Red Cross says they are also following the guidelines of having donors wait four week if they have been in a country where the virus is prevalent. The virus has spread primarily in the Caribbean, Central America, South America, Samoa and Cape Verde. Hanger says with spring break may take more people into the infected areas.

She says with spring break only weeks away, they are anticipating more travel to one of those countries, and more people becoming ineligible to give blood for awhile. Hanger says those who aren’t traveling to the Zika areas are asked to help out by donating blood. Hanger says they will try to make it easy by asking people if they have traveled to the Zika areas when they come in to donate blood.

“So that we can defer them prior to their registration and going through the whole process,” She says. “Ultimately our goal is to protect the blood supply, we want to make sure we have a safe and stable blood supply.” She says they don’t want to see another lag in the blood supply like they saw in recent months.

“During the winter months we often see the donations decrease simply because of the winter weather, which we experienced several weeks ago,” Hanger says. She says donors responded and help build up the supply again, but they have a need blood throughout the year, especially “O Positive” and “A Positive” right now. Hanger encourages everyone to think about donating.

“If you haven’t donated for awhile, and you don’t have any travel plans, we really need you to come in and give that life-saving blood donation to help sustain the donor base for those who maybe are traveling,” Hanger says. For further information, or to schedule a blood donation appointment, visit www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or call 800-287-4903. LifeServe Blood Center provides blood and blood products to more than 100 hospitals located across Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 23rd 2016

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February 23rd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa utilities regulators plan to make a decision on whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of crude oil pipe under Iowa farmland next month. Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman Geri Huser says the three-member board intends to meet March 9 and consider an order pertaining to the permit application from Texas-based Dakota Access to build the so-called Bakken pipeline. Environmental and property rights groups oppose the project. Supporters say it’s a safer way to transport oil and it will create jobs.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Louisiana construction company says in a lawsuit it is owed $53 million dollars for work done at the Iowa Fertilizer Co. plant in southeast Iowa. White Castle, Louisiana-based Maintenance Enterprises says in documents that it’s filed a mechanics lien with the Iowa Secretary of State. The company hopes to collect from Orascom, a subsidiary of an Egyptian construction company. It began in 2013 building the $1.9 billion Iowa Fertilizer Co., which Orascom has since been spun off as a separate limited liability company based in the Netherlands.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — The high-profile trial of a former Boone man charged with killing his wife is underway as court officials and attorneys begin selecting from a large pool of potential jurors. Forty-one-year-old Alexander Fazzino is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Emily Fazzino, who was found dead on a bathroom floor at the couple’s Boone home in January 2012.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police say a man killed by Urbandale officers has been tied to a Des Moines killing. Des Moines police say the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation notified detectives last week that blood found at the scene of the January killing of 71-year-old Norma McNeeley matched that of 29-year-old Ali Eisa Abdalla Yahia, who was shot to death by Urbandale police on Feb. 13.

The Young Professionals of Atlantic are Seeking Award Nominations.

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February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic (YPA), who is hosting the 3rd Annual Awards Luncheon and Dessert gala on April 27th, 2016, are seeking community-wide nominations for the awards. The awards are designed to recognize the achievements of young professionals who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and innovation in their profession and within the community.

YPA logo

YPA logo

The awards are open to any Young Professional that meets the following criteria: the professional is between the age of 21-41 years old as of January 1, 2016, and the professional either works or resides within Cass County. Young Professionals will be nominated for their excellence in 4 different categories: YP Newcomer, YP Entrepreneur, YP Business Leader and YP Public Servant. There will also be one YP Choice Workplace Award given. The YP Choice Workplace Award recognizes a company who effectively attracts, retains and develops young professionals.

Individuals can either nominate their company or another company. Companies must be Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce members. You can check the membership directory at www.atlanticiowa.com for eligibility. To submit a nomination, go to www.atlanticiowa.com for a nomination form or pick one up at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Office (102 Chestnut, Atlantic, IA 50022). All nomination forms must be submitted by Thursday, March 31st, 2016 by 5 pm.

The YPA nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee including: a YPA Representative, an Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce Board Representative, a member of CADCO, a Board of Supervisors Representative, an Atlantic City Official and an out of town guest. The Award Recipients in all 4 categories and the YP Choice Award will be recognized and celebrated at the April 27th Awards Luncheon and Dessert Gala.

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The Young Professionals of Atlantic is a social group with no membership dues or required meetings. Their mission is to connect, engage and attract young leaders into the community while promoting the greater Atlantic area. Members are young professionals between the ages of 21-41. Any interested individuals can contact the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce at 712-243-3017 for information.

Nodaway Valley Feeders wins 2016 National Beef Quality Assurance Feedyard Award

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February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The National Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Program has recognized a local beef producer during the National Cattle Industry (NCI) Convention held in San Diego, CA. Nodaway Valley Feeders was the 2016 BQA Feedyard Award recipient. Nodaway Valley Feeders, a previous 2015 Iowa BQA Award recipient, is owned and managed by Todd and Kristi Drake of Nodaway.

Officials say National BQA Award recipients exemplify continual improvement within their operations, encourage fellow producers to implement BQA practices, operate sustainable cattle businesses, and display the beef industry’s daily commitment of proudly producing safe, wholesome and healthy beef.

The Drakes’ attention to detail, according to the NCI, ensures the highest quality beef is produced from healthy cattle. Management techniques at Nodaway Valley Feeders include, but are not limited to, acclimating newly weaned calves to their feedyard, implementing BQA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) throughout their family’s operation, and working closely with local and consulting veterinarians.

In addition, the Drake family and crew incorporates BQA principles as part of their daily activities for their operation and are key cattle industry influencers who promote BQA principles. Doug Bear, Director of Industry Relations for the Iowa Beef Industry Council and BQA State Coordinator, says “The BQA Program’s mission is to build beef demand by maximizing consumer confidence in beef while exceeding their eating expectations. The National BQA Awards are a way to recognize the outstanding men and women from across the country who put great tasting beef on our consumer’s plate each and every day.”

Bear went on to say “This year’s five national award recipients are a testament to cattlemen caring for their land and livestock while being involved in their local communities. The Drake family is working diligently to implement the newest, safest, most efficient animal health, handling, daily management and record-keeping practices.”

For additional information on the national awards or the Iowa BQA program, visit www.iabeef.org and click on the For Producers tab.

Iowa DCI Investigating Page County Inmate Death

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February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is looking into the Des. 1st, 2015 death of a female inmate at the Page County Jail. Officials say on November 19th, 2015, 25-year old Jessica Lee, of Council Bluffs, was arrested and booked into the Page County Jail for Possession of controlled substance (PCS), Possession of Paraphernalia, Providing False Information and Interference with Official Acts.

Jessica Lee

Jessica Lee

On the evening of December 1st, 2015, jailers at the Page County Jail found Lee unresponsive in her cell. Emergency personnel were called and provided medical aid.  She was transported to University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha. Lee died Dec. 2nd at the UNMC.  An autopsy was performed at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny on December 3rd, 2015. The cause and manner of death was acute methamphetamine toxicity.  No foul play is suspected in this case.

As to how Lee was able to possess and ultimately overdose while in custody, it was discovered that hours before Lee was found unresponsive, she had placed a recorded call to someone outside the jail stating she was dying.  Lee admitted to the person she called that she had smuggled meth into the jail inside a body cavity. Neither Lee nor the person she called contacted anyone at the Page County Jail to notify them of Lee’s statements or condition.

The Page County Sheriff’s Office, Page County Attorney’s Office, Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner continue to investigate the case.

Story note: Adair County Chase & Shooting

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February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

KJAN News wishes to clarify our original post about Saturday’s chase and shots fired incident. I want to make it clear, that Sheriff Jeff Vandewater DID NOT identify the Greenfield Police Chief as Austin O’Brien. That was my error. The Chief is Jesse Lund. That information was corrected in the follow-up story with additional details. I wish to apologize to Sheriff Vandewater for unintentionally making it appear as though he had identified the Chief as O’Brien, when in fact he simply mentioned “The Chief.”

Ric Hanson/KJAN News

Two lawmakers predict school funding decision soon

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February 22nd, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two legislative leaders say lawmakers can quickly make a decision on how much general state aid will be forwarded to Iowa’s public schools for the next academic year, but neither is suggesting exactly what the compromise number might be. By law, legislators should have made this school funding decision last year, and House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown says school administrators are struggling to make budget decisions.

“Unfortunately, we’ve put them in a horrible position. We have Davenport schools looking at breaking the law so they can go into reserves,” Smith says. “We have 76 percent of the school districts in Iowa raising property taxes which is a regressive tax and one that the legislature is forcing them to rely on.” Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix of Shell Rock says the two parties are “close to the same page” on school funding.

“We should get this resolved as quick as possible,” Dix says. “I do not see any reason why it cannot and just make sure that we put a number in place that schools can count on and know that the dollars will be there.” Dix and Smith made their comments during a weekend appearance on Iowa Public Television. House Republicans have proposed a two percent boost in general state support of schools. Republican Governor Terry Branstad has proposed a two-point-45 percent increase. Democrats in the Iowa Senate have proposes a four percent increase.

(Radio Iowa)