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Iowa early News Headlines: Sunday, Aug. 18th 2013

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August 18th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The largest food bank in the Iowa City area is asking for donations after seeing record demand for July. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Johnson County Crisis Center Food Bank in Iowa City logged 4,400 uses in July, a record high. Food bank director Sarah Benson Witry says summer usually brings only moderate demand for food.

BROOKLYN, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa skydiver has died in an accident near Brooklyn, about 60 miles east of Des Moines. Officials say the skydiver was in a plane that took off around 5:30 p.m. Friday when his parachute accidentally deployed, pulling him from the plane. The man’s body was found in a field near Brooklyn. Officials have not released the man’s name, but the Des Moines Register reports he is from Brooklyn.

GARNER, Iowa (AP) — After a 40-year hiatus, movies are again being shown at the Avery Theatre in the north-central Iowa town of Garner. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Friday was the official opening of the restored art deco movie theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Public Safety says she’s leaving after more than six years with the agency. DPS information specialist Jessica Lown said Friday that she has taken a job with a Des Moines marketing firm ZLR Ignition, and her last day with the state will be Wednesday.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News, 8/17/13

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Loess Hill Wine Festival slated for Sept. 21st

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Western Iowa Grape Growers Association (WeIGGA) is sponsoring the 2013 Loess Hills Wine Festival.  The festival will be held on Saturday September 21st , 2013 from 2-pm to 10-pm at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park (Iowa side of the Bob Kerrey walking bridge), Council Bluffs.

The grapes have been harvested, the wine is fermenting. This year will feature 5 Western Iowa Wineries including, Prairie Crossing, Sugar Clay, Vine Street Cellars, Prairie Hawk and Wabash Wine Company and 1 local brewery, Keg Creek Brewery. Three bands will be providing live music during the festival including, JB Acoustic (2-pm to 4-pm), MoJo Bag (4-pm to 6-pm) and Pink Kadillac (6-pm to 10-pm).

The Loess Hills Wine Festival is a fun event for the entire family.  Activities will include craft and local food vendors, hayrides, a grape stomp, food, live music and wine and beer tasting for the adults.  Adult admissions receive a souvenir wine glass and 10 tasting tickets.

Advance tickets for ages 21 and over (normally $30) are $15 per person if purchased before September 1st at WeIGGA’s web site http://www.weigga.org/html/admission.html . VIP Tickets are $50 and Children ages 10 to 20 years old are $10. Children under 10 are free.

Music at the Hitchcock House this weekend

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The Friends of Hitchcock House near Lewis, will sponsor The Blue Tones in a free concert on the lawn at Hitchcock House, this Sunday, August 18th. Their concert last year was the high point of the season, and The Blue Tones are returning by popular demand.
The Hitchcock House is located one-mile west of Lewis. The House was a Station on the Underground Railroad, and is a designated National Historic Landmark. You’re invited to come early and take a guided tour of the House. Tours are $5 for adults, children free.
In case of rain, the event will be held in the Red Barn. Bring comfortable lawn chairs if you have them. Join the crowd for a free concert at Hitchcock House. The music begins at 2.

(Podcast) 7:06-a.m News, 8/17/13

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

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Red Oak man arrested for Interferring w/police

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Montgomery County report a Red Oak man  was arrested Saturday night. 26-year old Juan Eugenio Rodriguez-Lopez was taken into custody by Sheriff’s deputies at around 11:40-p.m., on a charge of Interference with Official Acts. Rodriguez-Lopez was arrested following an incident in the 2400 block of north 8th Street, in Red Oak. He was brought to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Red Oak Police Dept.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Aug. 17th 2013

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August 17th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police say they won’t file charges against a woman involved in a fight with a man who later died of stab wounds. Police questioned 25-year-old Tyshar Mosley in the stabbing death of 34-year-old Amyn Brown. He was found dead early Thursday in a Des Moines apartment. Yesterday police say an investigation determined Mosley acted in self-defense.

HUDSON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say three people were injured in northeast Iowa after a sport utility vehicle crashed into a bus with only the driver aboard. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the crash happened yesterday afternoon near Hudson when a bus driven by 69-year-old Dale Bondy of Waterloo dropped off a farm crew, then pulled out from a stop sign and into the path of an SUV. Bondy was cited for failure to yield.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Grimes woman has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for inflating the value of homes she appraised to help herself and others get mortgage loans. Forty-six-year-old Bobbi Jo Wojewoda was convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud.

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Joseph Davis allowed one hit in 4 2-3 innings and Newark, Delaware scored five times in the first inning to beat Urbandale, Iowa 6-3 in the Little League World Series last night. Urbandale drops to the loser’s bracket and meets Grosse Pointe, Michigan later today in Pennsylvania.

Community forums scheduled, re: the new IA Health & Wellness plan

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Officials with Connections Area Agency on Agency in Council Bluffs say the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service has awarded the Iowa Department of Human Services, funding to develop a State- and supporting a new payment and health care- delivery model.  Plans must improve health, improve health care, and lower costs for citizens through a sustainable model of multi-payor payment and delivery reform, and must be dedicated to delivering the right care at the right time in the right setting.

Even though Iowa has been ranked in the top five for quality and effective health care, the SIM grant will help further improve the quality of care provided to patients while encouraging personal health and wellbeing along with insuring an adequate workforce to deliver needed services.  This plan will take place over the next three years. Additionally, the Department is working on the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan that addresses the health care needs of Iowans with incomes up to and including 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) that are not otherwise covered by Medicaid. This new coverage group will start receiving benefits January 1, 2014.

As part of the process for SIM and the new Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, community forums will be held to discuss the grant opportunity and ask for local input. Connections Area Agency on Aging will host a community forum on Tuesday, August 27th 2013, from 1 to 3 pm at Iowa Western Community College, 2700 College Road in Council Bluffs, Student Life Center, Reiver Room.

Speakers at the event include Iowa Medicaid Director Jennifer Vermeer and Iowa Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer. Connections encourages participation from all counties in their service area including Adair, Adams, Cass, Cherokee, Clarke, Decatur, Fremont, Harrison, Ida, Mills, Montgomery, Monona, Page, Plymouth, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, Taylor, Union, and Woodbury counties.   For more information call Kelly Butts at 328-2540 ext. 1013 or 1-800-432-9209 ext. 1013

Iowa gambling boat sent on scrap voyage

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – After more than 17 years on the east bank of the Missouri River, the Kanesville Queen Riverboat has been sent downriver on its final voyage. The gambling boat had sat at Harrah’s casino in Council Bluff and welcomed gamblers and other customers since it opened on Jan. 1, 1996. The Daily Nonpareil says the boat’s top two decks will be removed at Jefferson City, Mo. Then it will head to Dubuque for scrapping.

Iowa initially required state-licensed casinos to locate on boats but changed the law in 2007 to let gambling centers operate fully onshore. The casino moved into a new space on land after an $8 million remodel of an existing convention center.

Iowa Court: juveniles may seek new sentences

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August 16th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has opened the door for more than three dozen juveniles sentenced to long prison terms to appeal their sentences.  The court said Friday the U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that threw out life sentences for juveniles may be applied retroactively to Iowa cases. The federal high court said juvenile sentences must be considered individually.

After the federal court’s ruling, Gov. Terry Branstad converted the life sentences of 38 Iowa juvenile killers to 60 years.  Many are appealing, saying that still equates to life in prison. The Iowa court in one case refuses to challenge Branstad’s commutation but affirmed that 60 years is too long and upheld a judge’s resentence of 25 years. In two other juvenile cases, the justices overturned lengthy sentences and ordered resentencing.