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Iowa News Headlines: Sun., March 3rd 2013

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March 3rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa school superintendent has been put on administrative leave as law enforcement officials confirmed he is the subject of a criminal investigation. Fifty-one-year-old Robert Weber was placed on leave Tuesday from his job as superintendent of Ackley-Geneva-Wellsburg-Steamboat Rock public school district. Law enforcement officials declined to disclose the nature of the investigation.

IOWA FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Two school bus drivers in central Iowa have been fired after school officials say they engaged in a drag race while students were on the buses. Des Moines television station WHO-TV reports that the incident happened on February 14th, as buses were bringing young Iowa Falls students back from a Valentine’s Day field trip.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police plan to charge a 13-year-old Des Moines boy accused of shooting his friend with a simple misdemeanor. Police tell The Des Moines Register that the teenager will be charged tomorrow with discharging a firearm within city limits, as opposed to more serious assault or weapons charges. If convicted, the teen could face a maximum of 30 days in juvenile detention.

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Romero Osby had 22 points and nine rebounds and Oklahoma tied the NCAA record for free throws without a miss in an 86-69 victory over Iowa State yesterday. Tyrus McGee led ISU with 22 points. Babu Palo added 12 points and Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang scored 10 each for the Cyclones in Norman, Oklahoma.

Iowa health officials: Child dies of flu

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State health officials are reporting that an Iowa child has died of the flu, and the news comes as experts declare that cases of the viral infection are waning. The Des Moines Register reports that state health officials disclosed the death Friday, saying the victim was the first child to die from the disease in Iowa this winter. Officials did not reveal the child’s age, gender, residence in the state or the date of death, saying that information could disclose the child’s identity and violate privacy rules.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 81 children have died in the U.S. as of Feb. 23 since this flu season began last fall. That figure does not including Iowa’s death.

G&R Feed and Grain bankrupty case update: Sat., March 2nd 2013

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Deborah L. Petersen, Trustee in the Bankruptcy case for G & R Feed and Grain Co., Inc., in
Portsmouth, reports the Meeting of Creditors was held last month (February), and the bankruptcy case is progressing. The deadline for filing claims in the Bankruptcy is May 20th, 2013. If you have a claim for a deferred price contract, or other amount due you, you should take action to timely file a claim with the Bankruptcy Court. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is processing the payments for producers who held warehouse receipts for stored grain. It is anticipated that checks will be mailed by April 1st, 2013.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture is processing claims for producers who sold grain to G & R for cash or who sold grain on an unsigned contract and were not paid. The first batch of claims has been processed. Confirmations have been sent to 19 claimants. Once the paperwork has been
returned by the claimants and processed, checks will be issued within 2 – 3 weeks thereafter.

The Trustee has been unable to obtain a bid for the contracts for future delivery of grain. According to the Bankruptcy Code, if the contracts are not accepted or rejected by March 2, 2013, they are deemed rejected. The Trustee is taking no action to extend this date, so in her opinion, the contracts are rejected effective March 5, 2013.

The Trustee is accepting bids for the entire facility and all equipment as a package deal. If an
acceptable bid is obtained, the Court’s approval will be sought. If not, then the Trustee will look at
scheduling an auction. Letters have been sent out to collect all accounts due G & R. The Trustee
is still seeking recovery of the proceeds for the grain delivered in December.

G & R Feed and Grain filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on January 1st, 2013, leaving some 60 families or businesses, most of whom are located in Shelby County, to taked stock of their losses. Court records show the company’s debts range from$1-million and $10-million, while its assets were up to $50,000.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m. SW IA News

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The latest news (podcast) from the KJAN listening area, with News Director Ric Hanson….

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Mystery tour planned for area young professionals

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Young Professionals of Atlantic group is planning a March Mystery Tour on Thursday, March 14th.  Organizers say although the stops and activities cannot be revealed at this time, they promise an “adventurous experience for the brave riders who will partake in the tour. “

The tour participants will begin at the Rock Island Depot at 6 p.m. then travel to their first stop for dinner and an activity, then make their way on the journey. At least three destinations are planned.

Travelers will ride in style on their “tour bus” with Luxury Limobus out of Audubon. Ages 21 to 40 are welcome as with most YPA events. The Young Professionals of Atlantic March event is sponsored by Atlantic Nursing and Rehab Center.

Cost for the event is $20 per rider with a limited capacity of 14. Tickets can be purchased online at AtlanticIowa.com/store or at the Atlantic Area Chamber of Commerce in the Rock Island Depot at 102 Chestnut Street.

For more information contact the Chamber at 712.243.3017 or email chamber@atlanticiowa.com.

NWS: Long duration snow event to start the work week

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

An upper level area of low pressure is forecast to push across the Northern Plains through the weekend and enter the Midwest by late Sunday night. The low will continue to track eastward throughout the day Monday and clear the area by Tuesday. Snow is forecast to develop late Sunday night in northwest Iowa and spread south and east during the day Monday. Snow is likely to continue, especially across northern Iowa Monday night into Tuesday. Moderate to locally heavy snowfall is possible across northern Iowa late Sunday night through Tuesday and lighter amounts are forecast further south. However, uncertainties still remain with the exact track of the low pressure and may lead to a significant change in the location of the heaviest snow. An upper level ridge of high pressure is expected to build into the Central U.S. by mid week and will provide a gradual warming trend beginning Thursday.

Hamburg man arrested in recent arson case

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Fremont County say a Hamburg man was arrested on a charge of 1st degree arson, following an investigation into a fire that occurred late Wednesday night. Sheriff’s officials say 34-year old Kevin Lewis Cully was being held in the Fremont County Jail on $25,000 bond. The fire that lead to his arrest took place at 1107 Washington Street in Hamburg, at around 11:50-p.m., Wednesday. The Hamburg Fire Department assisted the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office and Fire Marshal in conducting the investigation.

An investigator with the State Fire Marshal’s office determined the fire was intentionally set by someone outside the home breaking a window and then spraying or pouring a liquid accelerant inside the home. Damage to the house was minimal..at around $8,000 at the most…because the fire didn’t burn for very long, and was limited to a single room deprived of oxygen thanks to a closed door.

No one was home when the fire broke out. Anyone with information pertaining to the incident should contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 712-308-3977 or the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office at 712-374-2424.

NWS Forecast for the KJAN listening area: Sat., March 2nd 2013

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

354 AM CST SAT MAR 2 2013

TODAY…CLOUDY THROUGH MID MORNING THEN BECOMING PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 30. NORTHWEST WIND AROUND 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE WEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. LOW AROUND 20. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…CLOUDY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF LIGHT RAIN…FREEZING RAIN…SNOW AND SLEET THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE UPPER 20S. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 TO 15 MPH WITH GUSTS TO AROUND 25 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

MONDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. HIGH IN THE MID 30S. SOUTHEAST WIND 5 TO 10 MPH SHIFTING TO THE NORTHWEST IN THE AFTERNOON.

MONDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 40 PERCENT CHANCE OF SNOW. LOW IN THE LOWER 20S.

TUESDAY…CLOUDY WITH A 30 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SNOW. HIGH AROUND 30.

February weather ends up being pretty normal

News, Weather

March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

February ended on a snowy note across sections of Iowa, and that helped make the month overall a little wetter than normal. State climatologist Harry Hillaker keeps track of the precipitation. “Statewide about a quarter inch more than usual, nothing really greatly out of the ordinary as far as totals go…basically about the southeast half of the state has an unusually wet February. Unfortunately parts of west-central and southwest Iowa in particular were on the dry side of normal there,” Hillaker says.

In Atlantic, the average High for Feb. 2013 was 36-degrees, which is in line with the normal High for the month. The average Low last month was 15, which was just one degree shy of the normal 16-degree average. Hillaker says temperature readings didn’t show anything that stood out. He says he doesn’t have all the numbers in yet, but things will be very close to normal. “Preliminarily I’ve got us at two-tenths of a degree above normal, that’s about as close to normal as we can get it. Pretty much it was kind of warmer the first half of the month and consistently on the cool side the second half of the month, and basically canceled each other out and very close to normal overall,” Hillaker says.

Hillaker says the snow late in February turned around what had been a lack of the white stuff for most of this winter. One storm dumped a statewide average of just over five inches of snow, while another left an average of four inches across the state. In Atlantic, we received a total of 5.6-inches of snow in February, which had a liquid precipitation value of just under one-half inch, or .46″.

Iowa News Headlines: Sat., March 2nd 2013

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March 2nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — A 10-year-old boy has died after being struck by a falling tree near his home in southeast Iowa. Garrett Brockway died Wednesday at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He’d been taken there after the accident Sunday morning. The sheriff’s office says the incident has been ruled an accident.

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — The trial of a 14-year-old Osage boy accused of fatally shooting his mother has been moved to a neighboring county. The trial will move from Mitchell County Courthouse in Osage to Wright County District Court in Clarion. It is scheduled to begin April 30th. The Associated Press generally doesn’t name juveniles accused of crimes or their families.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man suspected of abandoning a dog found dead inside a kennel has been arrested. Authorities say 23-year-old Ty Hickman was arrested Thursday night in Jesup and taken to Buchanan County Jail. A Waterloo code enforcement officer says Hickman is charged with a misdemeanor charge of animal torture.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kori Schulte scored 15 points and hit five key free throws late in the game to help Central Lyon beat Newell-Fonda 63-61 on Friday to win the Class 1A state championship. Lexi Ackerman added 12 points and her twin sister, Kelsey, scored 11 for the top-ranked Lions, who claimed the title in their first appearance in the state tournament.