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Powerball jackpot increases again to $1.5B on strong sales


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The world’s largest lottery jackpot has grown to $1.5 billion because of continuing strong Powerball ticket sales. Lottery officials increased their estimate of the huge jackpot for the second day in a row Tuesday because of immense interest in the prize.

The record-breaking Powerball jackpot could grow yet more before Wednesday’s drawing if ticket sales continue to exceed expectations. Officials reassess the estimate daily. The odds of matching all six numbers to win the jackpot are one in 292.2 million.
The $1.5 billion prize would be paid in annual payments over 29 years. Or the winner could opt for a lump-sum payment of $930 million.

91-year-old Holocaust survivor dies in Des Moines


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman who survived the Holocaust has died in Des Moines. Connie Griffin of Dunn’s Chapel said Tuesday that Jennie Wolnerman died at home Saturday. Wolnerman was 91. Her obituary says she was born in Poland, survived the brutalities of a concentration camp and eventually married another Holocaust survivor, David Wolnerman, who survives her. They moved to the United States in 1950.

The Des Moines Register reports that she was believed to have been one of Iowa’s last Holocaust survivors. Her grandson Daniel Wolnerman gave the eulogy at Monday’s funeral and said she’d survived a death march by stealing a loaf of bread. He says a guard told her that if she had the ability to steal from a Nazi guard, she would make it through her ordeal.

(update) Atlantic woman injured during Accident on Hwy 83 n.w. of Atlantic


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Marne 1st Responders were called to the scene of a collision this (Tuesday) morning, northwest of Atlantic. The crash, which happened on the Marne Road (Highway 83), near the intersection with Glacier Road, was reported at around 8:55-a.m.

According to Cass County Sheriff’s Office, a 1970 Chevy pickup, driven by 64-year old Leroy Merel Osbahr, of Avoca, was traveling northbound on Highway 83 when the brakes locked-up on the vehicle. The action caused the pickup to enter the southbound lane, where the pickup collided with a 2016Chevy Equinox. The crossover SUV was pushed into the ditch during the collision.

The driver of the SUV, 35-year old Stacie Rae Hansen, of Atlantic, suffered minor injuries and was transported to Cass County Memorial Hospital by Medivac Ambulance. Osbahr was not injured. Damage from the collision amounted to $2,000.

The Osbahr’s report a dog traveling with them at the time of the accident, is missing. The 50-lb. female boxer, light brown in color, jumped out of a pickup after the crash. She has a blue leather collar w/Avoca and Shelby Veterinary tags. If found, call 402-680-1949.

Council Bluffs Law Enforcement Center Community Study Group reviews potential locations for a new police headquarters


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs Police Chief Tim Carmody reports community study group members will be comparing their notes on possible locations for a potential new police headquarters this evening (Tuesday, January 12) from 5:30 to 7:30 PM, at the Council Bluffs Public Library, Room 1A.Bluffs Badge

Carmody says the 11-member panel has invested countless hours over the past two months studying the current police headquarters facility, touring modern facilities in the Kansas City area, and reviewing multiple locations throughout Council Bluffs and comparing these sites using 31 evaluation criteria. The Chief says also “We are confident that the recommendations they provide to the city will help us to meet the public safety needs for the entire community.”

The panel will continue to meet several times over the next five weeks to narrow the range of options for the new police headquarters. The next meeting will be held in Room 1B at the Council Bluffs Public Library on January 19, 2016, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. During that meeting the public will be given the opportunity to participate in a planning charrette hosted by the architecture firm retained by the city to develop a site and needs assessment plan. The meetings are open to the general public to observe, but space is limited.

A project webpage has been established at http://councilbluffs-ia.gov/policehq, and residents are encouraged to participate in an online community discussion at http://buildingcbsaferfuture.mysidewalk.com

Accident on Marne Road northwest of Atlantic


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Fire and Rescue and Marne 1st responders were called to the scene of a single-vehicle accident northwest of Atlantic on the Marne Road (Highway 83) nea the intersection with Glacier Road, just west of the railroad overpass. The call went out at 8:55-a.m.

No other details are currently available.

(9-a.m. News)

Break-in and burglary reported in Bayard


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s Officials in Guthrie County are investigating a break-in that occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. Authorities received a report at around 12:15-a.m. Sunday, that glass had been broken on the east door of Sparky’s One Stop, in Bayard. An investigation determined a burglary had occurred, the safe inside the business had been accessed and money was missing. Also missing was several carton of cigarettes. The loss was estimated at $4,000.

The incident happened sometime between 10:15-p.m. Saturday and 12:10-a.m. Sunday. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office at 641-747-2214.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 1/12/2016

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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


Iowa State plans events as substitutes for defunct Veishea


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa State University is planning two events to replace what was the annual Veishea festival. University President Steven Leath said Monday that a February celebration will feature the sale of cherry pies as part of Valentine’s Day activities. A celebration of the arts will be held in April.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that plans for the next academic year include a community service project, a parade and college showcase and an event to welcome students back to campus for the start of spring semester. Leath ended the Veishea festival in August 2014, saying the alcohol-fueled party placed students at risk.

Red Cross has urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a winter shortage


January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The American Red Cross says it has an urgent need for blood and platelet donations to prevent a shortage this winter. Busy holiday schedules in November and December contributed to about 1,700 fewer blood drives held across the country compared to the two previous months, which has resulted in about 50,000 fewer donations and reduced the blood supply. Donation appointments can be quickly and easily scheduled by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

In addition to winter bringing busy holiday schedules for many regular donors, severe winter weather can cancel blood drives, and seasonal illnesses, like the flu, may cause donors to be temporarily unable to give. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to donate.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities:

Adair County
Jan. 13: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Orient-Macksburg High School, 201 School St.

Audubon County
Jan. 18: noon to 6 p.m., Exira Recreational Center, 106 N. Jefferson

Carroll County
Jan. 21: noon to 6 p.m., Community Center, 105 W. Second St.

Cass County
Jan. 14: noon to 6 p.m., Atlantic Catholic Parish Center, 105 W. 5th St.
Jan. 19: noon to 4 p.m., MAHLE, 60428 Marne Road

Jan. 28: noon to 5:30 p.m., Lewis Community Center, 400 W. Main St.

Harrison County
Jan. 21: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Logan Magnolia High School, 1200 N. 2nd Ave.

Jan. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., W. Harrison High School, 410 Pine St.

Ida County
Jan. 22: 1 – 6 p.m., Methodist Church, 300 Crawford

Mills County
Jan. 20: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m., Glenwood High School, 504 E. Sharp St.
Jan. 22: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Glenwood Resource Visitor’s Center, 711 S. Vine

Jan. 27: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., E. Mills High School, 1505 E. 15th St.

Monona County
Jan. 30: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Moorhead Community Center, 100 Oak St.

Montgomery County
Red Oak
Jan. 25: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Faith Community Church, 2701 N. 8th St.

Jan. 20: noon to 6 p.m., Community Center, 201 S. 3rd Ave.

Page County
Jan. 15: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Clarinda Academy, 1820 N. 16th St.
Jan. 19: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 322 N. 16th

Jan. 29: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Shenandoah Medical Center, 300 Pershing Ave.

Pottawattamie County
Council Bluffs
Jan. 11: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 12: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 17: 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Community of Christ, 140 Kanesville Blvd.
Jan. 18: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 25: 12:30 – 6:15 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.
Jan. 26: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., ConAgra Foods, 1023 S. 4th St.
Jan. 26: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., American Red Cross, 705 N. 16th St.

Ringgold County
Mount Ayr
Jan. 19: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Christian Church, 201 W. Monroe

Shelby County
Elk Horn
Jan. 12: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Elk Horn Lutheran Church, 4313 Main St.

Jan. 14: noon to 6 p.m., St. Boniface Parish Center, 305 Duren St.

Taylor County
Jan. 13: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Bedford High School, 1006 Illinois St.

How to donate blood
A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a home or work computer prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 1/12/2016

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January 12th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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