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2nd Biennial Lighted Halloween Campground

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Cass County Conservation Board say 155 people voted for their favorite Lighted Halloween Campground site last Saturday, at Cold Springs Park in Lewis.

(left to right) Ansleigh Nelson, Leonard Kinney, and Melissa Ehrman-Johnson.

The first place winner was Site 2, the Nelson family, second place winner was Site 5, the Kinney family, and third place winner was Site 3, the Johnson family. The CCCB says they want to thank business sponsor Cappel’s Ace Hardware, who donated the prizes to our Lighted Halloween Campground. We would also like to thank everyone who signed up to decorate a site, and sharing your Halloween décor with everyone.

 

8AM Newscast 11-01-2012

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November 1st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Arrest in Red Oak late Wed. night

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

A Red Oak man was arrested Wednesday night. Authorities say 50-year-old David Lawrence Howe, was taken into custody at around 10:15 p.m., for being in violation of a Trespass order. Howe was being held at the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center on $300 bond.

7AM Newscast 11-01-2012

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November 1st, 2012 by Chris Parks

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Nebraskans’ rights trial set to begin in Iowa

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Opening statements are scheduled at a Des Moines civil rights trial at which two black men will argue they were framed for the 1977 killing of a white, retired Iowa police officer. The lawyers for Terry Harrington and Curtis McGhee are expected to make their statements in a Des Moines courtroom today (Thursday).

Harrington and McGhee, originally from Omaha, Neb., served 25 years in prison after they were convicted of killing John Schweer in neighboring Council Bluffs. They were freed in 2003 when the Iowa Supreme Court found that prosecutors committed misconduct.

Lawyers will argue that Council Bluffs detectives used threats against a group of young car theft suspects to trump up evidence against Harrington and McGhee because of their race and the pressure to solve the retired captain’s killing.

Iowa community college enrollment drops again

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – In what may be a sign of an improving state economy, Iowa officials say community college enrollment has dropped for the second year in a row.  The Des Moines Register reports that this fall’s enrollment hit just over 100,500 students, a drop of 5 percent from a year ago. Last year’s drop was less than 1 percent. The Department of Education says enrollment rose nearly 6 percent to peak at more than 106,000 students in 2010. It rose more than 14 percent in 2009.

M.J. Dolan is executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, and he says that “when the economy improves, people that were going to school go back to work. When the economy declines, people come to community college to hone their skills.”

Survey suggests economic slump looming in Midwest

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A monthly economic index report suggests an economic slump over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states. The Mid-America Business Conditions index dropped to 46.5 last month from 50.4 in September.

The survey of business leaders and supply managers uses a collection of indexes ranging from zero to 100. Survey organizers say any score above 50 suggests growth while a score below 50 suggests decline for that factor. The overall index figure was 49.7 in August, 48.7 in July and 57.2 in June.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says “growth in the regional economy is definitely moving lower.” The survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

IA SUPCO to hear Pottawattamie County Attempted Murder Case

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Supreme Court has granted a request for a review of a case involving a Pottawattamie County man convicted of attempted murder. According to the Council Bluffs Daily Non Pareil, the decision was made by the court last week, in the case against Craig Finney, of Macedonia, who pleaded guilty in Nov. 2011, to the attempted murder of Patricia Harker, of Minden. Finney shot the woman, with whom he had a failed romantic relationship, during an altercation in June, 2011. Another man in the home hide a in the bathroom during the shooting, and narrowly missed being shot when a bullet passed through the door.

Finney was apprehended June 17th near the Lake of the Ozarks, in Missouri. He was later sentenced to a maximum of 25 years in prison. He remains at the Clarinda Correctional Facility. Court documents say during his appeal of the guilty plea and sentence, Finney argued he received ineffective counsel because a factual basis to support the charge of attempted murder hadn’t been established. The court of appeals ruled in favor of Finney, and the Iowa Attorney General appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court has now followed suite in granting a review of the case, but no decision on whether the or not the justices will hear oral arguments, has been made. The court also hasn’t scheduled a date for hearing the case, just yet.

Iowa morning News Headlines – Thu., Nov. 1st, 2012

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November 1st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SMITHLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who was found dead after an explosion and fire at an old service station in Smithland in western Iowa. Officials say 76-year-old Robert Jones owned the building. He was found outside the station’s office after the blast late yesterday morning. Smithland is in Woodbury County about 40 miles southeast of Sioux City.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a parent of a 5-year-old girl refused medical treatment for her after the girl was struck by a minivan while waiting for a school bus in Davenport. The accident occurred shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday. Davenport police spokesman Martin Lopez says the girl ran in front of a minivan, which struck her.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A 27-year-old Davenport man has been accused of biting his 4-year-old stepchild in order to punish the child. The Quad-City Times says James Darby was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony child endangerment. Scott County Jail records say Darby remained in custody yesterday, pending $5,000 bail.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The attorney for a former Iowa school superintendent is praising prosecutors for their decision not to charge him with misusing public funds. Attorney Brandon Brown said Tuesday his client, former Starmont Community School District Superintendent Gary Stumberg, is “elated and grateful” to prosecutors in the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, who closed the investigation without filing charges.

Iowa evening News Headlines – Wed., Oct. 31st 2012

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October 31st, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — An aide says President Barack Obama will return to Iowa at least once more before Tuesday’s election. A campaign aide who spoke on condition of anonymity because the event hasn’t been announced says Obama will hold a rally Saturday in Dubuque, directly across the Mississippi River from Wisconsin’s Grant County.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — While the presidential race is getting the most attention, a handful of state Senate races could determine whether Iowans get their most conservative state government in years. Republicans have launched an aggressive bid to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. If Republicans pick up two seats and retain a majority in the House as expected, the GOP would control both houses of the General Assembly and the governor’s office for the first time since 1998.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Criminal complaints allege two Iowa men fired shots that attempted to kill six Iowa police officers during a high-speed chase after a bank robbery. The complaints filed today allege that 24-year-old Jeremiah Mumford and 19-year-old William Clayton planned yesterday’s armed robbery of Maynard Savings Bank.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa inmate who was listed as escaped from a Sioux City work release facility has been captured. The Iowa Corrections Department says Justin Miller was apprehended by U.S. marshals and was taken to the Woodbury County Jail last night. Miller has been sought since he didn’t return to the facility as scheduled on October 12th.