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Trial delayed for Iowa mother in trash can baby case

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – The trial has been delayed for an Iowa woman accused of trying to flush her newborn down a toilet and then leaving it for dead in a trash can. Court records say Ashley Hautzenrader is charged with attempted murder and child endangerment. Her trial was scheduled for Feb. 14. The new starting date is Aug. 15.

University of Iowa police have said Hautzenrader gave birth May 8 in a bathroom at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Police say Hautzenrader tried to flush the baby down a toilet and then put it in a pillowcase and left it in the trash. The child was soon found.

Hautzenrader, who lives in Davenport, told authorities she left the baby in the trash because she thought the child had died.

Corning man arrested in Montgomery County on Adams County warrant

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports 38-year old Damyn Carl Stacy, of Corning, was arrested at around 9:30-a.m. today (Thursday), on a warrant out of Adams County, for Failure to Appear in court. Stacy was turned over to Adams County Deputies. His bond was set at $1,000.

Atlantic woman injured during Wed. afternoon collision

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

One person complained of injuries and was transported by Medivac Ambulance to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, Wednesday afternoon, following a collision at the intersection of 3rd and Maple Streets, in Atlantic. The Atlantic Police Department reports Tamera Sheard, of Atlantic, was injured in the collision that happened at around 1:35-p.m., when Sheard failed to Yield from a stop sign, and struck a vehicle driven by Ricky Lary, of Griswold. Damage from the accident amounted to $8,000. Sheard was cited for Failure to Yield, and for Driving While License Suspended.

Atlantic man arrested on theft & drug charges

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic Police Department reports three arrests over the past week. On Wednesday,24-year old Carley Seddon, of Atlantic, turned herself-in to authorities on  a charge of Harassment in the 2nd Degree. On Jan. 28th, 35-year old Steven Pedersen, of Atlantic, turned himself-in to authorities on warrants for Violation of Probation and Failure to serve jail time.  And, on Jan. 27th, 27-year old Cameron Misner, of Atlantic, was arrested on Cass County warrants for Theft in the 5th Degree and Failure to Appear on a Possession of Controlled Substance/Marijuana, charge. All three subjects were booked into the Cass County Jail.

FDA: Listeria in Blue Bell product traced to Iowa supplier

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) – Federal inspectors have confirmed that listeria found in a brand of Blue Bell ice cream, prompting another recall of its products, originated with a third-party supplier to the company. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter last month to Iowa-based Aspen Hills detailing the company’s failures in preventing contamination. A recall in October was traced to chocolate chip cookie dough produced by Aspen Hills.

Blue Bell credited its testing program with identifying the presence of listeria in the dough. Blue Bell at the time was regaining some of its market share following a debilitating recall the year before resulting from 10 listeria cases in four states, including three deaths in Kansas.

Aspen Hills ceased production at the end of December.

Court tosses whistleblower suit filed by laid-off Iowa judge

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former high-ranking Iowa judge who was laid off in 2013 after he opposed efforts to make his job a political appointment. Judge Michael Huppert’s ruling last month didn’t address the merits of claims made by Joe Walsh, former chief Administrative Law Judge in Iowa Workforce Development.

Instead, Huppert ruled that Walsh failed to exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit, saying he should’ve pursued his complaint through the Public Employment Relations Board. Walsh is expected to appeal.

Then-Workforce Development Director Teresa Wahlert changed Walsh’s job into an at-will political appointment in 2013. After Walsh complained that the change violated federal law, Wahlert reversed the decision but then eliminated Walsh’s job, citing budgetary reasons. Walsh contends that was a pretext and he was fired for opposing Wahlert’s efforts to pressure judges to favor employers in unemployment benefits disputes.

Iowa lawmakers may not be paying enough for health insurance

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An analysis by The Des Moines Register shows more than two-thirds of Iowa legislators are paying hundreds of dollars less a month than appropriate for their health insurance, a potential violation of state law. Data analyzed by the newspaper shows that more than 90 of nearly 150 Iowa legislators pay as little as $20 a month in health insurance premiums, rather than the $142 to $334 a month those plans call for. Another nearly 40 lawmakers pay up to $344 a month for coverage plans, rather than as much as $446 their plans call for.

The newspaper found the total underpayments are costing taxpayers more than $29,000 a month, about $350,000 a year. The state Department of Administrative Services provided the data, but declined the newspaper’s request for comment. The Attorney General’s Office also declined to comment.

Iowa GOP lawmakers prepare to defund Planned Parenthood

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would pass up millions in federal dollars in order to stop contributing a small amount of state funding toward Planned Parenthood. The Senate debate today (Thursday) could stretch for hours. Republicans who hold a majority will likely approve the bill, sending it to the GOP-led House. Gov. Terry Branstad, also a Republican, supports the measure.

The bill proposes Iowa give up nearly $3 million in Medicaid money to create a state-run family planning program that excludes funding for organizations that perform abortions. No family planning money now funds abortions.

Iowa contributes about $480,000 under the federal setup, so the bill shifts all expenses to the state. To offset that, Branstad proposes using separate federal funding that currently helps at-risk youth.

Senate Republicans consider education funding bill

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Senate Republicans are considering an education funding bill that Democrats and some educators say is inadequate and will hurt schools. The GOP-controlled chamber is expected to vote on the legislation today (Thursday). It has support in the Republican-led House, where a vote is scheduled Monday.

The bill would add about $40 million to the roughly $3 billion K-12 education budget that goes into effect in July. It would add $73 to what’s spent on each Iowa student, which is currently just below $6,600. Republicans say the amount is all the state can responsibly afford amid budget constraints. Gov. Terry Branstad has recommended more education spending.

Democrats say Republicans are not prioritizing students. Some educators say the proposal doesn’t account for increased operating costs at school districts, and would result in cuts.

2 Wisconsin men cited for possession of marijuana in Pott. County

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February 2nd, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon in Pottawattamie County resulted in two men from Wisconsin being cited for Possession of a Controlled Substance/Marijuana. The Pott. County Sheriff’s Office says 30-year old Antonio M. Spears and 25-year old Stefhano S. Towers-Young, both of Milwaukee, WI., were cited and released following the traffic stop for speeding on Interstate 80 westbound near mile-marker 10, a little after Noon, Wednesday. The deputy who spoke with the men as they were in a 2014 Chevy Impala, detected an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A probable cause search of the car was conducted, which resulted in the recovery of a gram of pot.

And, a man from Council Bluffs was arrested Wednesday evening on a Pottawattamie County warrant for Violation of a No Contact Order. A Sheriff’s Deputy stopped a pickup occupied by 35-year old Anthony Joseph Quandt and a 23-year old woman from Council Bluffs. Quandt produced evidence the warrant had been quashed by the court, but Pott. County Dispatch verified a separate warrant for Violating a No Contact Order was valid. Because Quandt was unable to produce any evidence the other warrant was not valid, he was taken into custody and brought to the Pott. County Jail.

A man from Des Moines was also arrested Wednesday in Pottawattamie County. The Sheriff’s Office says 36-year old James George Murdock was arrested for Violation of a Protective Order, after a Deputy called to the 42 mile marker of Interstate 80 to assist a motorist checked the vehicle’s registration and learned Murdock was with a 37-year old woman who had a protective order against him.