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Celebrate Manufacturing Month by touring Quality Machine of Iowa

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Midwest Partnership Economic Development Corporation, in Stuart, invite you to celebrate Manufacturing Month, by touring Quality Machine of Iowa, in Audubon. Stop by the facility at 1040 4th Avenue in Audubon, any time between 9-a.m. and Noon on October 26th, to get a firsthand look at cutting edge manufacturing.

Officials say this is a great opportunity for students and community leaders to learn more about the manufacturing industry, manufacturing careers, and to see how innovative products are made right here and shipped all over the world.untitled Experts in  horizontal/vertical machining centers, CNC turning, Spline rolling, sawing and laser marking will be on-hand to share their knowledge.

Registrations are requested, but walk-in’s are welcome. To register for a tour, go to http://www.mfgday.com/events/2016/quality-machine-of-iowa-2/register, or call Stacie Euken at Midwest Partnership, (515)523-1262 or e-mail seuken@midwestpartnership.com.

2 men arrested for passing counterfeit bills in Minden

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office says two men were arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly passing counterfeit bills at a convenience store in Minden. 25-year old Adrian S. Byers, of Burnham, IL, and 24-year old Jordan F-C Lyles, of Dolton, IL, each face a felony charge of Forgery, after they allegedly tried to pass a $100 counterfeit bill at the Casey’s General Store in Minden. A subsequent investigation identified about $2,100 in bogus bills, plus nearly $500 in additional currency. The money and a cellphone was taken into evidence.

The Sheriff’s Office said also, 19-year old Taylor Lee Storrow, who has no known address, was arrested Thursday afternoon for Criminal Trespass, after a resident in Carson called to complain a man was sleeping in an outhouse behind a home.

And, 33-year old Curtis Allen Yelton, of Council Bluffs, was arrested early this (Thursday) morning in Carson, after a deputy investigated a property damage accident. The deputy was informed a person living at the home at 210 Washington Street, was wanted on a warrant for Violation of the Sex Offender Registry.

Yelton claimed he didn’t know there was a warrant for his arrest. He was taken into custody and booked into the Pottawattamie County Jail.

Iowa’s new way to connect for shared rides

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Starting today (Thursday) Iowans have a new online way to connect with other commuters who want to consolidate trips using a car pool or van pool. IowaRideshare.org uses technology to connect people coming and going to the same location. Bicycle and walking buddies can also be matched using the secure website.

The Iowa Department of Transportation partnered with several agencies to reduce the number of duplicative systems by integrating the car pool and van pool matching programs of several partnering agencies into Iowa Rideshare. Those agencies include the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Metropolitan Area Planning Agency, East Central Iowa Council of Governments, and The University of Iowa.

Iowa Rideshare is a service provided by the Iowa DOT and funded as part of the Federal Transit Administration’s Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative.

How does the system work?
Iowa Rideshare, designed by a company called RideShark, uses state-of-the-art mapping technology to search for possible commute matches. Matches are displayed on an interactive Google map, allowing you to email potential matches.

The database is searchable, and always changing as more users sign up. Because the service is new, finding a match might take a little time until more users are added to the database.

Who does the driving?
There is no hard and fast rule – it is totally dependent upon the individual circumstances of those in your car pool. In some car pools, each car pool member takes turns driving their own vehicle, while in others there is only one driver.

The program is designed to be flexible. You can sign up for options that work best for you including which days of the week you want to share a ride or if you prefer to drive or ride only. If the first car pool or van pool you choose doesn’t work out, check back for other options.

Griswold School Board to seek bids for design cost estimates

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Facilities Committee of the Griswold Community School District met with the Griswold School Board Monday night. Griswold Superintendent David Henrichs said the Committee wanted some guidance or direction from the Board with regard to moving forward on their options.

He said in general terms the committee feels it has enough information and has used the information on-hand to formalize a recommendation of one of the three options. Those options include – Consolidate all operations into one facility in Griswold; Eliminate the Elementary Building in Lewis or Elliott; or, consolidate operations and shift some kids around.”

Henrichs said part of the original charge from the School Board was to analyze the savings as well as any additional costs incurred by the district. Without having firm numbers though, the Committee can’t accomplish the second part of their job. They asked the Board if the Committee should try and put those numbers together, or would it be better to hire a firm to crunch the numbers.

The Board wanted to take a step back and look into getting someone for the task. In the meantime, Henrichs, the School Board and District as a whole will start looking into options to establish terms for an RFP [Request for Proposal] to obtain bids to do the design plan cost estimates for another building in the District.”

The Facilities Committee will continue to meet. Their next session will be held 5-p.m. Monday, Oct. 24th, at the Middle School/High School Building Library.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 10/20/2016

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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Atlantic man arrested on a drug charge

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green reports 32-year old Nathan Kinzie, of Atlantic, was arrested today (Thursday), for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Kinzie was booked into the Cass County Jail.

And no injuries were reported following an accident Wednesday afternoon at 6th and Chestnut Streets. Green says Sharon Huddleson, of Stuart, was cited for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device, after she failed to stop at the light, and her vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Alan Redler, of Harlan. The accident, which happened at around 1:10-p.m., resulted in $2,800 damage altogether.

Lenox woman arrested on assault charge in Creston

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Creston Police report a woman from Lenox was arrested Wednesday evening for Assault with Injury, and Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. 37-year old Brenda Davis was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1000 bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 10/20/2016

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

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DHS responds to staff safety concerns at Independence MHI

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The union representing a majority of state workers is blaming “inappropriate staffing levels” for recent incidents at the Independence Mental Health Institute where a patient injured three staff members. Two of the workers required a trip to a hospital emergency room, according to a news release from AFSCME Council 61. The Department of Human Services has oversight of the state’s two mental health institutes. D-H-S spokesperson Amy McCoy says while she’s not aware of any staffing shortages in Independence, workers know there are risks with direct care of patients.

photo courtesy KCRG-TV via Radio Iowa

photo courtesy KCRG-TV via Radio Iowa

“Unfortunately, from time to time at the facilities, assaults do happen where patients who have psychiatric diagnoses may have some behavioral issues and act out,” McCoy said. AFSCME Council 61 president Danny Homan is also questioning the placement of the patient at the Independence MHI due the man’s history of violent behavior. McCoy admits “some very difficult individuals” do get placed at the M-H-Is.

“We are always trying to make sure that we have policies and procedures in place that can best protect our staff,” McCoy said. “The safety of the patients and our staff is our highest priority.” McCoy said she did not know details about the incidents at the Independence MHI.

(Radio Iowa)
AFSCME PRESS RELEASE:

AFSCME Iowa Council 61 President Danny Homan issued the following statement regarding recent staff injuries at the Independence Mental Health Institute:

“I was deeply concerned to hear about two separate incidents of staff being seriously injured by the same patient at the Independence Mental Health Institute over the past two weeks. The first incident resulted in two staff members being rushed to the emergency room; the second resulted in injuries simply due to the fact that insufficient staff was available to respond and assist the staff member while she was being assaulted.

“The issue of understaffing permeates too many of our state facilities. Whether prisons, mental health institutes, or resource centers, putting staff in harm’s way simply because we are continually understaffed is unacceptable.

“Appropriate placement has also been a continuing issue at our mental health institutes and resource centers. The patient who attacked multiple staff at Independence MHI was transferred from a private facility who was no longer able to handle his violent behavior. There should have been a period of consideration by the state to determine whether or not his behavior pattern could be appropriately handled at Independence MHI, given their staff shortages.

“Another ongoing concern regarding placement is the convicted rapist at Woodward Resource Center, who has been threatening another attack since his transfer to the facility in August. There is no doubt that the Woodward Resource Center is an unsafe place for a violent sexual predator to reside. For the sake of the staff, his fellow residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the public, we have to make more responsible placement decisions.”

Grassley-Judge debate begins with focus on court vacancy

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October 20th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court was the first topic tackled last (Wednesday) night as Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and his Democratic challenger Patty Judge met to debate in Sioux City. Foreign policy, tax reform and the future of the federal ethanol production mandate were briefly discussed, but Grassley and Judge began with the issue that has been at the center of their contest.

Grassley is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Since February he’s said the next president should “make the next appointment” to the Supreme Court. A debate moderator asked Grassley whether he’d change his mind if Hillary Clinton wins and the other G-O-P senators want to confirm President Obama’s nominee. “If a majority of the senate said that they were going to move ahead, a chairman serves at the (will) majority of the senate of the United States and I would follow the will of the majority of the senate,” Grassley said. “I don’t expect that to happen, though.”

Judge said Grassley’s “playing political games” with the court. “I am really tonight troubled with this answer. It sure appears to me that he’s leaving himself some wiggle room so that they can have a hearing for Judge Garland between the time this election is over and Hillary Clinton takes office.” The candidates sought to prove they have the ability to understand what’s important to Iowans. At one point, that included their check of commodity prices.

“Corn was $3, $3.13 today,” Judge said during a discussion of the next Farm Bill. A few seconds later, Grassley said: “The price of corn at New Hartford today is $3.10.” Grassley, who is from New Hartford, is seeking a seventh term in the U.S. Senate. Judge, a former state ag secretary who is from Albia, presented herself as “new leadership” for Iowa in Washington. She says the “gridlock and obstruction” in D.C. is fueling “great unhappiness” in the country.

“Put the partisan politics down,” Judge said. “Quit playing games.” Grassley promised to focus on creating jobs and national security. “I make sure that I’m on top of things by having dialogue with my constituents so I can better represent them,” Grassley says. Judge shot back. “When my opponent talks about the need to get out of there in Washington after having been there for 42 years is almost humorous,” Judge said. “I don’t need to have 99 town hall meetings to know what’s going on in Iowa. I live here.” Grassley replied: “My opponent, I don’t think she would mean to imply that coming home on a regular basis and having all these meetings and making the process is something that’s wrong about Washington. That’s kind of what I heard, though.”

The hour-long debate was staged at Morningside College and hosted by K-T-I-V in Sioux City. It was also broadcast on stations in Waterloo, Quincy, Illinois and Rochester, Minnesota that have signals which reach into portions of Iowa.

(O. Kay Henderson/Radio Iowa)