Iowa Republicans release state oversight plan for Medicaid

News

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — House Republicans have announced a new proposal for state oversight of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program that they say emphasizes transparency. The plan released Thursday would require three private companies to provide information for quarterly and annual reports to lawmakers that would show progress under the new system. Data would also be posted online.

A spokesman for the Democratic-controlled Senate, which has its own plan, says lawmakers are reviewing the Republican proposal. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Council Bluffs Democrat, said at a press conference held before the release of the GOP plan that his chamber wants to work with Republicans to reach consensus on the issue. Medicaid provides health care to poor and disabled residents in Iowa. It was switched to private management on April 1.

Special Weather Statement: Small hail & strong winds

Weather

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIES: GUTHRIE-DALLAS-ADAIR-MADISON-UNION-RINGGOLD-
1240 PM CDT THU APR 7 2016

…STRONG WINDS AND SMALL HAIL WITH SHOWERS THIS AFTERNOON…

NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND A FEW ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL TO SOUTHWEST IOWA THIS AFTERNOON. THESE SHOWERS COULD BRING LOCALLY STRONG WINDS WITH GUSTS OF 40 TO 50 MPH AND PEA TO DIME SIZE HAIL. MOTORISTS AND THOSE OUTSIDE SHOULD BE ALERT TO CHANGING WEATHER CONDITIONS AROUND THESE SHOWERS THROUGH THE MID TO LATE AFTERNOON HOURS.

Iowa puts walk-on Nicholas Baer on scholarship

Sports

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa walk-on Nicholas Baer has been awarded a scholarship by coach Fran McCaffery. Baer, who redshirted in 2014-15, was the most surprising player on Iowa’s roster. He broke through a deep class of fellow freshmen, all of whom were on scholarship, and averaged nearly five points a game. Baer scored 15 points in the Hawkeyes’ last game, an 87-68 NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national champion Villanova.

Baer will take up one of the scholarships freed up when Andrew Fleming and Brandon Hutton decided to leave the program after the season. Baer’s role should be expanded next season, as Iowa loses four seniors starters.

Shelby man arrested on drug charges in Cass County

News

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office reports two arrests took place Wednesday. 22-year old Robert Douglas Fauteux, of Shelby, on was arrested on charges of OWI 1st Offense (Serious); Possession of Marijuana (Serious); and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (Simple). Fauteux was taken to the Cass County Jail where he was released the following day on his own recognizance.

And, 46-year old Bradley Leo Ranney, of Massena, was arrested on a Cass County District Court warrant for Failure to Appear. Ranney was taken to the Cass County Jail where he remains held on $2000 bond.

 

Time running out on two Powerball tickets

News

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

For the second time in two months, two lottery prizes worth thousands of dollars are getting closer to going unclaimed . The Iowa Lottery says a 50-thousand dollar winning Powerball ticket purchased at a Casey’s in Altoona remains unclaimed. That ticket was purchased on May 6th of 2015. You have one year from the date of the jackpot drawing to claim your prize in a lottery drawing, so that ticket expires on May 6th of this year.

A Powerball ticket purchased in Ankeny worth 30-thousand dollars is also set to expire in May. The ticket was purchased at a Kum & Go store on May 27th of 2015. Lottery officials are hoping to avoid what happened in March, when a ticket worth 40-thousand dollars that was sold in West Des Moines and one worth 10-thousand dollars that was sold in Manly expired without being claimed. You can check for the winning numbers in each drawing on the Iowa Lottery’s website, or at a lottery terminal where tickets are sold.

(Radio Iowa)

2 people hurt in Mills County crash, Wed. afternoon

News

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Two people were injured during a collision Wednesday afternoon, in Mills County. The Sheriff’s Office says Larry Bludorn, of Omaha, and his passenger, Jo Myers, were transported by Glenwood Rescue to Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, following the crash that took place at around 4:55-p.m. at the intersection of Highway 34 and Hilman Road, just west of Glenwood. Their injuries were described as minor.

Officials say a 1999 Dodge driven by Bludorn was traveling east on Highway 34, when Gavin Kruse, of Glenwood, failed to yield as he was crossing the Highway from Hilman Road. Kruse’ 1997 Ford struck the Dodge on the driver’s side, causing the Dodge to enter the ditch.

Kruse was cited for Failure to obey a Yield Sign.

Cousins Accepts Position with Montgomery County Extension

News

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Extension Council and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach have announced the hiring of Chelsea Cousins as Montgomery County’s Youth Coordinator.  Cousins began working for the Extension Service April 4th.

As the County Youth Coordinator, her primary duties are to strengthen youth development through research-based education and interactive learning opportunities. Cousins will coordinate the planning and implementation of 4-H development and youth outreach programs, such as summer day camps, babysitting clinics, afterschool programs, Family Fun Night and more.

As an integral part of the 4-H program, she will focus on positive youth development by establishing community partnerships, supporting volunteers, county youth council, 4-H youth and committee and other project committees.

Chelsea Cousins is originally from rural Nebraska and was a member of the Nemaha Valley 4-H Club in Gage County. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing, including emphases in Spanish and Ag Journalism.  Cousins brings several years of experience working with youth, leadership development and community collaboration.  Cousins resides just outside of Griswold with her husband.

Chelsea Cousins

Chelsea Cousins

She’ll will work closely with Montgomery County’s 4-H program and coworkers, Stephanie Langner, Program Coordinator and office assistant Jodie Smith, as well as other Field Specialists serving Montgomery County. Feel free to contact Chelsea at ccousins@iastate.edu or 712-623-2592 regarding any questions you may have about Montgomery County’s 4-H program and other resources available through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Montgomery County.

Cardinals trade Jayson Aquino to Orioles

Sports

April 7th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The St. Louis Cardinals traded left-handed pitcher Jayson Aquino to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations this morning.

Aquino was acquired by the Cardinals on a waiver claim from the Cleveland Indians on Dec. 9, 2015, and assigned to the Cardinals 40-man roster, before being designated for assignment and traded to the Orioles.  He did not make an appearance in any of the Cardinals Major League Spring Training games.

The Orioles become Aquino’s sixth organization since being signed as a non-drafted free agent out of the Dominican Republic by the Colorado Rockies in 2009.

Race car driver pays tribute to fallen Omaha police officer

News, Sports

April 7th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A driver at I-80 Speedway and Eagle Raceway is using the hood of his race car to honor a fallen Omaha police officer. The Omaha World-Herald reports that driver Jim Cahill unveiled the tribute to officer Kerrie Orozco at Omaha Police Department’s northwest precinct on Wednesday. The fallen officer’s mother, Ellen Holtz, from Walnut, IA, christened the race car by spraying it with a bottle of champagne.

Orozco died May 20th, 2015, after she was shot by a suspect as police sought to arrest the fugitive on an assault warrant. Cahill’s four-cylinder, front-wheel-drive Chevy features a large portrait of Orozco, as well as Support Blue and Kerrie On logos.

Cahill plans to test the race car Friday and Saturday at I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, NE.

Backyard & Beyond 4-7-2016

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

April 7th, 2016 by Jim Field

LaVon Eblen visits with CASS, Inc. CEO Glenda Farrier about the changes in the organization.

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