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Carroll man faces drug & weapon charges after Thursday crash

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A man from Carroll County faces drug, weapon and other charges following an accident that took place at around 2:15-p.m. Thursday in Audubon County. The Audubon County Sheriff’s Office says 25-year old Nicholaus Allen Augustus, of Carroll, was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Carrying Weapons, No Insurance, No Driver’s License and Unsafe Passing. He was being held in the Audubon County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

Authorities say Augustus was traveling south on Highway 71 in a 2011 Chevy Colorado and attempting to pass a southbound 2016 Chevy Silverado driven by 79-year old Gareth Paul Christensen, of Audubon, when he cut Christensen off as he pulled over to the right. In the process, Augustus’ pickup struck the left front side driver’s side of Christensen’s pickup.

The collision resulted in  Augustus’ vehicle entering the west ditch, where it struck a utility pole. The pickup came to rest on its wheels in a bean field. No injuries were reported. Damage from the crash amounted to $11,000.

Former state employee running for Young’s US House seat

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former state employee who runs a web design company with her husband wants David Young’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cynthia Axne announced her candidacy today (Friday) for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District. Chief among her concerns are salvaging the Affordable Care Act, boosting education, putting people to work, guaranteeing paid family leave and providing affordable child care.

Axne says that from 2005 to 2014, she worked for the state, helping agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently.

Axne, who lives in West Des Moines, joins Des Moines consumer rights attorney Anna Ryon in seeking the Democratic nomination. Pete D’Alessandro says he’s exploratory a bid. He ran U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa.

The 3rd Congressional District covers southwest Iowa.

Nerve-wracking: State tax collections nearly $100 million BELOW expectations

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

State officials are nervously reviewing the data on state tax collections. The state tax revenue that’s been collected through the past 11 months is about 100 million dollars BELOW expectations. Jeff Robinson is a senior fiscal analyst with the Legislative Services Agency. He says “At the end of May, our net revenue growth was 1.2%.” While that’s a low growth rate, Robinson says it is still “positive.” However, the budget is built on 2.8% growth. The difference amounts to about $100-million.

The state’s current budgeting year ends June 30th. Unless there’s a remarkable turnaround in state tax collections during the next four weeks, Governor Reynolds may have to take extraordinary action to ensure the state budget ends the year in the black. Governors do have the authority to withdraw up to 50 million dollars from the state’s cash reserve to cover any deficit.

“While state revenue is currently showing to be below estimates, the state does have a good balance in its reserve funds,” Robinson says. INCOME tax payments to the state have grown modestly in the past 11 months compared to the previous year, but state SALES tax payments have increased less than half-a-percent.

(Radio Iowa)

Summer vacation season means rise in teen driver deaths

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

This time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is being referred to as the 100 deadliest days of the year to be in a motor vehicle. During the period, the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15-percent compared to the rest of the year. Rose White, spokeswoman for Triple-A-Iowa, says traffic picks up during the summer months and so do accidents involving new motorists.

White says, “Drivers ages 16 through 17-years-old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.” In the past five years, 16-hundred people were killed nationwide by inexperienced teen drivers. She notes the state figures are also alarming. “Last year, 100% of the teen drivers involved in fatal crashes were not wearing their safety belts,” White says. “Teen drivers represent only 7.2% of all licensed drivers yet they’re involved in 21% of all reported crashes.”

The four largest risk factors for fatal crashes involving teen drivers are: inexperience, distractions, speed and not wearing safety belts. “We still see a very high number of teens not using their seat belts,” White says, “but we do know, proof has shown time and time again, it’s the best thing people can do to protect themselves from serious injuries and death.”

Traffic safety officials urge parents and other adult drivers to set an example for teens by using their seat belts and staying off their phones when in the vehicle with younger drivers.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowans diagnosed with Lewy body dementia needed for drug trial

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A clinical trial is underway in the region to test a drug that shows promise in treating the condition that afflicted actor Robin Williams before his suicide in 2014. Researcher and board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Warren Duffy says as many as one-point-four million Americans have Lewy body dementia. It impacts each person differently but many of the symptoms can be drastic.

“There’s some fluctuating levels of attention and concentration,” Duffy says. “People will have hallucinations. They can also have sleep issues such as acting out their dreams. They can have some violent movements where they can even hurt their partner during sleep or fall out of bed.”

Some sufferers act out their dreams vividly with no memory of doing so. Duffy runs a clinic and sleep lab in Lincoln, Nebraska. Several Iowa patients are taking part in the medical trial and there’s room for more. The drug is called nelotanserin.

“It’s an ongoing study,” Duffy says. “If patients out there have, or they have loved ones who have any signs of memory issues and they have any hallucinations or sleep issues, we wish they would contact us so we can talk to them further about this.”

Once the active phase of the study is complete, Duffy says participants will be provided with the medication for a “significant period of time.” Lewy body dementia can be very difficult to pinpoint. “It often goes unrecognized for quite a while,” Duffy says. “It’s very typical they’ll see three or more clinicians before it even gets diagnosed. Often, family members are at a loss for what to do with their loved ones when they start having memory issues, and then if they start seeing things or having sleep issues, they’re looking and searching for help.”

There are no approved therapies for the treatment of the ailment in the United States. To take part in the study, call 402-470-6060 and choose option 4 or send email to research@alivation.com.

(Radio Iowa)

Former Iowa Demo chairman files for gubernatorial race

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A former state Democratic Party chairman says he wants to be governor of Iowa. John Norris said Thursday that he’d filed papers to get on the 2018 primary ballot.

He’s a longtime aide to Tom Vilsack, the former governor and U.S. agriculture secretary. Norris has said he wants to boost the state’s economic growth by leveraging renewable energy, raising wages and expanding high-speed internet.

Norris joins a crowded Democratic field. Former party chairwoman Andy McGuire announced her candidacy in April and state Rep. Todd Prichard is running, too. Polk County Conservation Director Rich Leopold and party activist Jon Neiderbach also say they’re running. Union leader Cathy Glasson announced Wednesday that she’s exploring a bid. Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell also is considering running, as is Davenport Alderman Mike Matson.

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 6/2/2017

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

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

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Audubon School District to begin Summer Food Service program on June 5th

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Audubon Community School District Superintendent Brett Gibbs reports the District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children (18 and under) free of charge. Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, at the following site and times:

Audubon Elementary School: June 5, 2017-August 18, 2017 ~ 11:30am-12:30pm Monday-Friday

No Service on July 4, 2017 for the holiday.

2 arrested in Creston, Thursday

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Two people were arrested on separate charges Thursday afternoon, in Creston. According to the Creston Police Department, 28-year old Tyler James Hicks, of Creston, was arrested on an Adair County warrant. He was being held in the Adair County Jail on a $2,000 cash bond.

And, 24-year old Rebecca Adeline Holbrook, of Lenox, was arrested in the 800 block of Taylor Street, in Creston, on a charge of Theft in the 5th and 4th Degrees. Holbrook was later released from the Union County Jail on a $1,000 cash or surety bond.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & funeral report, 6/2/2017

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June 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The area’s top news at 7:06-a.m., w/KJAN News Director Ric Hanson

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