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Ernst touts GOP enthusiasm edge

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Iowa’s U.S. Senate race could be headed for a “photo finish” with Republican Joni Ernst at 48 percent and Democrat Bruce Braley at 46. The survey shows Braley with a wide lead among early voters, as 58 percent of those who’ve already voted told the pollsters they voted for Braley, while 37 said they had voted for Ernst. Ernst says that’s not worrisome to her. “We have got some great grassroots out there and so many supporters,” Ernst said. “A lot of Republican voters will typically go out to the polls on Election Day.” Iowa Republicans announced Wednesday that for the first time, more Republicans than Democrats have voted early. Democrats argue they’re getting independents to cast a vote for the Democratic ticket. Ernst says Republicans have the enthusiasm edge.

“I guess last night over at the ‘Victory Office’ there were more volunteers than phones,” Ernst says. “People are so energized right now.”Ernst spoke early this morning (Thursday) to the Greater Des Moines Parternship, a group representing 21 central Iowa chambers of commerce, and she repeatedly referred to her “opponent.” “I don’t want to get his name wrong,” Ernst said. “Unfortunately, you know, it’s become a big joke and I’m afraid I’m actually going to call him the wrong name.”

Earlier this month First Lady Michelle Obama called Braley “Bailey” seven times before the crowd at Drake University corrected her. Obama was in Iowa City Tuesday and she joked that she often calls her daughters and the family dog by the wrong name, too. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is campaigning with Ernst today (Thursday) and he told the crowd it was out of “self-interest” because he’ll become a committee chairman if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate.

“The best thing I can do for South Carolina, I think, is get the Senate under new management. It’s broken, fundamentally broken. I think she is the solution, not the problem” Graham told reporters. “…Her voice, the voice of a military commander — would be a welcome addition.” Ernst is a batallion commander in the Iowa National Guard.

Eighteen senators are military veterans, according to a Roll Call analysis, and Ernst would become a veteran if she’s elected. Ernst has said she’ have to resign her post in the Iowa National Guard if she wins this Senate race.

(Radio Iowa)

Secretary of State candidates both favor a Safe at Home program

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The two candidates for Iowa Secretary of State say they agree on a program that would help victims of some crimes vote without the fear of putting themselves at risk. Democrat Brad Anderson released his “Safe at Home” plan Wednesday. “These polices help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault stay safe by providing them a designated address to use for official documents like voter registration,” Anderson explains. “And these services keep survivor’s physical address out of the hands of their assailment.”

Anderson says he heard about the program at a conference where the Secretary of State from Missouri and his counterpart in Minnesota spoke about their programs. He says 35 states have such a program, but Iowa does not. “Currently in Iowa, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault who want to both remain anonymous and also vote are in a very difficult position,” Anderson says. “They are advised by the state to register and vote on election day, but then immediately cancel their voter registration. But, even given this cumbersome process, it still does not guarantee their anonymity.”

Anderson says it would take a change in state legislation to implement the program here. “We estimate about a thousand Iowans would participate in this program and the program would grow annually,” Anderson says. He says if he is elected, he would push to get the program passed in the next session of the legislature.

Republican Paul Pate is running against Anderson, and says he favors such a program. “It think the program is very important to protecting Iowans, it’s a top priority. As a former state senator I led legislation to toughen penalties for stalking victims in Iowa. I have first-hand experience as a state senator and mayor working with the state legislature and governor. And if I was the next Secretary of State I would make it a priority to join the other 35 states,” Pate says. Pate says he has already started the groundwork to get such legislation passed.

“I’ve had conversations with the speaker of the House and with the governor’s office and started the dialogue. They were very receptive to it. I think we could get something worked out and I think we would see something passed in the upcoming the legislative session,” according to Pate. Pate says he’d also like to see another voting issue passed in the next session.

“Just as Safe at the Home offers participants an additional safeguard for their protection, I think we also have to protect the integrity of all Iowa voters with a voter I-D safeguard,” Pate says. “I think both priorities are important, they need to be approached in a bipartisan manner, and I think I have the experience to get that done. Current Secretary of State, Republican Matt Schultz, is not seeking re-election.

(Radio Iowa)

Southern IA women cited after weird Union County injury accident

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

One person suffered unknown, possible injuries during a collision Tuesday evening in Union County. Sheriff’s officials say 23-year old Ashley Elizabeth Walker, of Leon, was not transported to the hospital following the accident that happened at around  6:20-p.m., Tuesday on the Thayer Lake Road.

Authorities say 41-year old Jennifer Jean Hartley, of Greenfield, had stopped to ask Walker if she needed help. Earlier in the day, a property exchange had taken place between Walker and a friend of Hartley’s. According to Hartley, Walker’s 1992 Chevy S-10 pickup accelerated rapidly in reverse and hit Hartley’s 2011 Chevy Silverado pickup, as Hartley was leaving and headed west.

Walker was cited for Operating a vehicle in an erratic, reckless, careless or negligent manner. Damage from the collision amounted to at least $3,000.

Car-vs-deer accident in Cass County

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A vehicle driven by a woman from eastern Iowa sustained $12,000 damage Wednesday, after it collided with a deer on Interstate 80, in Cass County. The Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened near the 50 mile marker, as a 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe driven by 45-year old Andrea Nancy Trimble, of Davenport, was westbound on I-80. The SUV hit a deer that had entered the roadway from the north ditch. Trimble wasn’t hurt during the collision.

Atlantic men arrested Wednesday on alcohol and other charges

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Two Atlantic men were arrested Wednesday. According to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, 26-year old Tony Ray Cue, of Atlantic, was arrested for OWI 1st Offense, Public Intoxication, and Interference with Official Acts. Cue was also cited with Failure to Maintain Control and Failure to Have a Valid License. 34-year old Dennis Dean Riggle, Jr., of Atlantic, was arrested for Public Intoxication and Interference with Official Acts. Both men were cited for Leaving the Scene of an Accident. They were taken to the Cass County Jail. Cue was released on his own recognizance the following day, while Riggle was released the following day after pleading not guilty.

This past Tuesday, deputies in Cass County arrested 31-year old Trent Matthew Suhr, of Walnut, on a District Court warrant for Probation Violation. Suhr was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $20,000 bond.

And on Monday, 31-year old Matthew James Wiechman,  of Lewis, was arrested on a charge of Domestic Abuse Assault Simple. Wiechman was taken to the Cass County Jail where he pled not guilty and was released the following day.

Burglary investigation in Adams County

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A burglary in Adams County is under investigation. The Sheriff’s Department says they took a report on Tuesday from a resident in the 1900 block of Highway 148, that the victim was missing a Toshiba laptop computer and a “Pack-n-Play.” The incident remains under investigation.

(Podcast) 8-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/23/2014

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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Creston Police report, 10/23/14

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston report two arrests took place Wednesday. At around 8:15-p.m., 50-year old Troy E. McKinney, of Creston, was arrested on charges of OWI/2nd offense, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of drug paraphernalia. McKinney was being held in the Union County Jail on $5,000 bond.

And, 22-year old Travis Dunham, of Creston, was arrested at around 4:30-p.m., Wednesday, for Driving While Suspended. Dunham was later released on $300 bond.

Kimballton man accidentally shot in Atlantic

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man cleaning a weapon at a home in Atlantic Wednesday evening was shot in the leg when the .9-mm handgun he was handling accidentally discharged. According to Atlantic Police, 26-year old Jarred Johnson, of Kimballton, suffered a gunshot wound to his lower left leg. He was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital in Atlantic by Medivac Ambulance and later transferred to a hospital in Des Moines for further treatment.

The incident happened at around 7:20-p.m. at 803 Cedar Street, in Atlantic.

(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/23/2014

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October 23rd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

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