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8AM Newscast 01-16-2014

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January 16th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

(Podcast) 7-a.m. Newscast, Thu. Jan. 16th 2014

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

Department of Education releases condition of education report

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Education has released its 2013 Condition of Education report Wednesday. Jay Pennington, the department bureau chief for information and analysis services, says the report gives a wide overview of several areas of the education system. “You certainly see more diversity in the state, which means a larger increase of our student population are minority students. We certainly continue to see an increase in poverty,” Pennington says. “When we look at things like our schools we see there’s a need for more broadband. At the same time, we also see more students having access to computers than ever before.”

The report says student enrollment is 20-point-two percent, up from 14-point-nine percent in the 2008-09 school year. Forty-one-percent of students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches which is up from 27 percent twelve years ago. The four-year graduation rate for the Class of 2012 was 89-point-three-percent. The report includes a couple of special sections — including one which evaluates the impact of the voluntary preschool program on third grade students. Pennington says they compared the students’ kindergarten scores and saw a “significant increase in those scores” as they transitioned into kindergarten. They next looked at the scores of the students once they hit third grade. He says they found some increases for third graders, but the “affect size was relatively small.”

“Certainly I think that’s good news, but that’s not quite the slam dunk that we like to see,” Pennington says. Another area examines how students fare when a school district retains its teachers. “School districts that where high achieving at time A and time B were able to retain a significant larger portion of their teacher workforce when compared to school districts that were lower achieving at time one and time two,” according to Pennington. There were 348 school districts in the 2012-13 school year, compared to  351 the year before.  Pennington says the state looks at all the numbers is getting a picture of how the education system is performing.

“It doesn’t grade us on an A, B, C, or D scale…education is a complex area and this report provides a number of different types of metrics,” Pennington says. The full report is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website at: www.educateiowa.gov.

(Radio Iowa)

Rare wind advisory today with possible gusts up to 60 MPH or higher

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A rarely-issued High Wind Warning is posted for a large portion of western and central Iowa for much of today (Thursday). Meteorologist David Pearson, at the National Weather Service, says motorists can expect to be dodging garbage cans, recycling bins and anything else that’s not nailed down.  “We don’t issue these too often so it is somewhat of a big deal,” Pearson says. “Wind gusts to 50 miles per hour wouldn’t be out of the question, even a bit higher.”

Some of the alerts say winds may reach 60 miles an hour — or stronger.  “At that point you can start even seeing some damage to structures,” Pearson says. “It’s possible, especially tree damage, too.” At 74-miles an hour, it would be considered hurricane strength. Blowing snow or dust could make driving hazardous. The winds will be more than a nuisance to anyone driving a high-profile vehicle. Pearson was asked for his advice for drivers of trucks, vans or campers who have to get from Point A to Point B.

“You need to not go and that’s just being honest as there’s not a whole lot you can do,” Pearson says. “Obviously, it depends on the vehicle and the experience of the person driving. The wind’s going to be out of the northwest so if you’re taking Interstate 80, west to east, that wind’s going to be hitting your broadside and the effects could be pretty dangerous if the wind’s high enough.”

A Wind Advisory has also been posted for parts of southwest, south central and central Iowa. Today’s warnings and advisories covers parts of Iowa and five other states: Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas.

(Radio Iowa)

Arrests made in connection with Red Oak burglaries

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two men were arrested on burglary and other charges this week, following an extensive investigation into burglaries at two businesses in Red Oak. Red Oak Police said Wednesday, 22-year old Aaron Gar Nelson and 23-year old Eric Alan Vannausdale, both of Red Oak, face felony charges of Burglary in the 3rd degree. Nelson was also charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana, after officers found the drug on his possession after he turned himself-in to the Red Oak Police Department. Both men were being held Wednesday in the Montgomery County Jail on $5,000 cash bond, each.

Officials say their arrests stem from an investigation into burglaries that occurred  Sunday at the Washboard Laundromat at 400 E. Washington Avenue, and the Hair Corner Salon at 308 N. 4th Street, in Red Oak. The suspects are alleged to have taken several items from both businesses, with an estimated value of $800.

3 injured during a 2 vehicle accident in Fremont Co., Wednesday

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two people were flown to a hospital in Omaha and one transported by an ambulance to the hospital in Shenandoah, following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday evening on Old Highway 2, in Fremont County. Sheriff’s officials say a vehicle driven by Randy Ward, of Farragut, was turning left onto 370th Avenue from 190th Street (Old Highway 2), when his vehicle collided with a vehicle driven by Hanna Rothermel, of Clarinda.

Rothermel and her passenger, Scott Brown, of Clarinda, were flown by helicopter to Omaha, while Ward was taken to the local hospital. The accident, which occurred at around 5-p.m. Wednesday, remains under investigation. Authorities say alcohol was NOT a factor in the crash.

Fremont Co. man starts a fire to alert rescuers to his crash

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Fremont County man injured during a crash Wednesday night in Mills County, started a fire to alert rescuers to the accident. The Iowa State Patrol says a 1993 Honda Accord driven by 38-year old Timothy McCollum, of Thurman, was traveling south on 310th Street at around 7:40-p.m., when the car left the road, entered the east ditch and went into a creek bed before coming to rest under a bridge, out of sight from passing motorists.

McCollum freed himself from the wreckage and crawled up an embankment, but due to his injuries, was unable to make it to the road. He started a fire which was seen by a motorist, who found McCollum on the embankment and notified authorities. McCollum, who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, was  flown by LifeNet to Creighton University Hospital. A report on his condition is not currently available.

The accident remains under investigation.

Iowa News Headlines: Thu., Jan. 16th 2014

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January 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad says he is “energized” and ready to run for an unprecedented sixth term in office. The 67-year-old Republican governor announced his bid for re-election last night before several hundred supporters at a conference center in West Des Moines. He will embark on a statewide tour later today. Longtime state Senator Jack Hatch, a Des Moines Democrat, is the leading candidate to oppose Branstad.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a small private plane that reported a problem with its landing gear made it safely to a Sioux City airport. The Sioux City Journal reports the single-engine turboprop plane carrying two people landed at Sioux Gateway Airport around 8 a.m. yesterday. No injuries were reported.

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) — A boil advisory has been issued for the city of Prescott in southwest Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources and utility group Southern Iowa Rural Water issued the advisory yesterday morning. The line was expected to be fixed later on Wednesday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Linda Stepney scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and West Virginia used a 13-point first-half lead to knock off Number 13 Iowa State 73-59 last night. It’s the second straight year the Mountaineers have beaten a ranked Cyclones squad at Ames. Hallie Christofferson had 21 points to lead the Cyclones, which lost its second straight game. Jadda Buckley added another 15.

New Changes to FAFSA Impact Collection of Parental Information

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January 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (Iowa College Aid), says recent changes have been made to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that take effect with the 2015-2015 form. The changes to the FAFSA for the 2014-15 academic year have to do with the financial information that dependent students are required to provide for their parent(s).

Most traditional-aged, college-bound students are considered dependent and must include financial information for both themselves as well as their parents when completing the FAFSA. Beginning with the 2014-15 FAFSA, dependent students are now required to include income and other financial information from their legal parents (biological or adoptive) regardless of the parents’ marital status or gender, if those parents live together. Additionally, the FAFSA will now use terms like “Parent 1 (father/mother/stepparent)” and “Parent 2 (father/mother/stepparent)” instead of gender-specific terms. Previously, the FAFSA was constructed to collect information about both of adependent student’s parents only if the parents were married.

The FAFSA is a standardized application used to determine eligibility for federal grants, loans and work-study funds from the federal government. In addition, many colleges and states, including Iowa, use FAFSA information when determining eligibility for institutional and state financial aid programs.

Iowa College Aid urges all college-bound students to complete the FAFSA regardless of their financial situations. The collection of FAFSA information for both of a dependent student’s unmarried parents when both parents are living together will not impact the majority of federal student aid applicants. Almost 60 percent of FAFSA filers are independent, and therefore, not impacted by these changes. Another 20 percent, while dependent are not impacted as their parents are married. A portion of the remainder will also not be impacted because the parent with whom the student resides does not live with the student’s other legal parent.

Students and families who have questions about applying for financial aid, or are interested in learning more about the resources available for college and career planning can contact Iowa College Aid at 877-272-4456. Additional resources for Iowa families as they plan, prepare and pay for college are available on Iowa College Aid’s website, www.IowaCollegeAid.gov.

Boil advisory issued for city of Prescott

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January 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

PRESCOTT, Iowa (AP) — A boil advisory has been issued for the city of Prescott in southwest Iowa. The state Department of Natural Resources and utility group Southern Iowa Rural Water issued the advisory this (Wednesday) morning. Officials say a contractor hit a water main, causing the city to lose water pressure. That can allow bacteria to enter the drinking water.

The line is expected to be fixed later in the day on Wednesday. Officials are warning residents to boil their water for drinking or cooking. They recommend using bottled water until testing shows the water is clean.