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State-arranged internships for unemployed Iowans

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December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A new state program aims to line up unpaid internships for unemployed Iowans, with the goal of having that internship turn into a full-time job. Teresa Wahlert is director of Iowa Workforce Development, the state agency that’s managing the program. “We take people who are still collecting their unemployment benefits and match them to jobs that are open,” Wahlert says, “where a company has several jobs, can’t seem to get the jobs filled.”

The interns will work for 24 hours a week and must spend another 16 hours per week getting a special certification that shows they’re skilled at applied mathematics, reading comprehension and searching for information. Just one intern has completed the program so far, working at a lumber supply company that could not find applicants to fill a job opening.

“Instead of having an eight-week internship, this person only had a two-week internship which is just fine,” Wahlert says. “The company offered him a full-time job and the rest of the story is that intern only had seven weeks left on his unemployment benefits…and it just so happens that the intern happened to be a very, so it’s really a great story.”

State officials launched the program statewide in late November, with 15 unemployed beginning their eight-week-long internships.

(Radio Iowa)

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Elderly Bluffs fire victim in critical condition

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December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An elderly Council Bluffs man remained in critical condition Monday, following a fire in his home, Sunday morning. According to the Omaha World-Herald, 90-year old Robert A. Kissel, Sr., was taken to Creighton University Medical Center in critical condition following the blaze which took place at the home located at 28 Bennett Avenue, at around 2:30-a.m. Sunday. Kissel was transferred from Creighton to the St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, NE, for further treatment of third-degree burns, smoke inhalation and other, possible injuries.

Fire investigators say a smoke detector saved the lives of Kissel, Sr., and his 59-year old daughter, Robin Ann Krause. Krause told firefighters that she tried to reach her father but couldn’t because the staircase was on fire. She called 911 and crawled out a basement window. Fire crews found Kissel, Sr. in his bedroom.

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More Iowa kids turn to plastic surgery due to bullies

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December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The song says some kids just want two front teeth for Christmas, but others are getting a whole new face. Children across the region who are the targets of bullies are going to great lengths to make the taunting stop, including plastic surgery. Dr. Richard Bruneteasu is a plastic surgeon in Omaha/Council Bluffs who says more children from Iowa, Nebraska and beyond are seeking help from his office because they’re bullied.

“When people stand out a bit, they become targets of abuse from time to time,” Dr. Bruneteasu says. “We see kids who come in, maybe they have prominent ears and people make fun of them because of that. We see kids with nasal deformities, they may have an ethnic nose which results in people picking on them.” He says there’s a big difference between wanting surgery and needing it.

“You have to look at each case on an individual basis,” Bruneteasu says. “If it’s just vanity, then maybe it’s something that you can wait until you’re older and a bit more mature, but if it’s something that’s just totally disrupting your life, then I think it’s a reasonable thing to consider.” Bruneteasu says more children are having expensive procedures done to improve their self-image.

“We get the occasional kid who has a pretty significant nasal deformity and is very bothered by it and maybe has been subject to teasing by his peers or maybe physical bullying,” he says. “In those kinds of situations, we consider everybody on a case-by-case basis and in some parts of the country, like New York City, it’s very common. They do a lot of teenage rhinoplasties.”

Bruneteasu says the most common procedure performed on a child is to fix prominent ears and that’s usually done at age five.

(Radio Iowa)

Wrongful conviction lawyers seek to talk to jurors

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December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The attorneys for two men whose lawsuit against Council Bluffs and two former police officers for wrongful conviction ended in mistrial are asking permission from the judge to talk to jurors. A mistrial was declared Dec. 14 in the lawsuit Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee filed after jurors failed to reach a unanimous verdict. The men sought millions of dollars claiming they deserved payment for spending 25 years in prison for a murder courts overturned based on misconduct of prosecutors.

Last week Harrington and McGhee’s attorneys asked Judge Robert Pratt to set aside rules prohibiting jury contact. The attorneys say it would be irresponsible to embark on a new trial without learning more about jurors’ impressions and deliberations. Attorneys for the city and the police officers say they don’t object.

Iowa early News Headlines: Christmas Day 2012

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December 25th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the Iowa Lottery believe a blizzard just before Christmas boosted scratch-ticket sales. The Iowa Lottery delivered nearly $5.7 million worth of instant tickets to Iowa retailers last week, up from nearly $5 million for the same week last year.

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — An offspring of the famous Decorah eagles was spotted this weekend back in northeast Iowa. The Raptor Resource Project says a satellite transmitter shows the eagle has flown thousands of miles since leaving its nest 18 months ago. The eagles became famous after Raptor Resource Project staffers streamed the birds’ actions over the Internet.

WALKER, Iowa (AP) — Two women in eastern Iowa have been hospitalized after a Christmas Eve crash. Linn County authorities say the crash happened yesterday morning. Investigators say Patricia Daringer of Cedar Rapids lost control of her Buick, spun across the center line and struck a Cadillac driven by Douglas Chester of Strawberry Point. A female passenger in his car was hospitalized.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux County authorities say they’ve found no links between a weekend fire that killed 650 hogs near Rock Valley and another mass hog death at a nearby confinement facility. About 500 hogs were found dead last week after investigators say someone tampered with a climate control system.

Tracking Santa

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December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Want to know where Santa is right now? The folks at NORAD are making sure his journey is safe and trouble free. Follow his warp-speed delivery style at http://www.noradsanta.org/

 

Marne man cited for shooting loose dog

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December 24th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Marne man was cited this (Monday) morning for Unlawful Use of a Firearm, in the shooting of a a Chocolate Labrador. According to Cass County Deputy Corey Larsen, the dog,a  family pet, was loose and entered the mans’ property when it was shot. The incident occurred at around 10-a.m. near a residence on Washington Street in Marne.

Dan Ernat, who lives in the Quad Cities, told KJAN News the dog was his 23-year old daughter Stacie’s beloved pet. The woman lives in Denver, CO.,  and had stopped by her friend’s house in Atlantic. Together, he says they went to another friend’s house in Marne before Stacie was to continue on to visit her parents in the Quad Cities.

Ernat said his daughter was playing a game of  “fetch” with the dog, when it ran onto property owned by Collins C. Cutler at 305 Washington Street,  of Marne. Ernat says according to his daughter, Cutler came out the back door of his home and shot the dog with a shotgun, about 40-feet away, in full view of other individuals.

A call to Collins’ home by KJAN News Director Ric Hanson went unanswered at mid-day, Monday.