Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, May 6th, 2016

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May 6th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman, sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2007 for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine has had her sentence cut shorter by President Barack Obama. Tomma Jean Kent is among the 58 federal prison inmates receiving presidential commutations on Thursday.

WEVER, Iowa (AP) — The company constructing a $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa says the project has been delayed due to “defective work” by a Louisiana-based contractor. Orascom E&C USA claims Maintenance Enterprises didn’t employ enough workers, repeatedly raised costs and failed to meet deadlines while working on the Iowa Fertilizer Co. plant, in Wever. The claims were filed April 29 in response to a lawsuit filed in February by Maintenance, of White Castle, Louisiana.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three campaign advisers to 2012 presidential candidate Ron Paul were convicted in a federal case alleging they conspired to cover up the campaign’s payments to a former Iowa state senator who had agreed to endorse their boss. Prosecutors said it is illegal to cause a campaign to file inaccurate spending documents. They’ve pursued charges since July 2015 when a grand jury first indicted the men.

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Western Illinois University official will be the new president of The Land Institute in Salina. The institute announced Thursday that the new president will be Fred Iutzi, the manager of agriculture, energy and cooperative development programs for the Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs at Western Illinois. His appointment is effective Oct. 1. Iutzi will replace Wes Jackson, who co-founded the institute 40 years ago.

Missing relatives of Atlantic boy located

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department said (at 10:10-p.m.,) relatives of child found wandering at around 8:30-p.m. near 7th and Cedar, have been found and have spoken with Police. The matter is being handled accordingly. Authorities thank everyone who called them and provided, and/or posted on social media, information as to the parents of the 4-to 5-year old child.

(Update w/picture) Atlantic P-D looking for parents of a wandering child

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Please note: The A-PD announced at around 10-p.m. Thursday they had spoken with the childs’ relatives (an aunt and uncle)…the situation is being handled. THANK YOU ALL for your help! – Ric Hanson/KJAN News)

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department are looking for the parents of a child found wandering alone in the area of 7th and Cedar Streets, this evening, at around 8:30-p.m.. The Caucasian male is about 4-to 5-years of age, and was wearing a green, black and white, striped shirt. Authorities have been unable to locate the childs’ parents. If you have any information on their location, or know who the child belongs to, call the Atlantic Police Department, at 243-3512.

This is the child officers found wandering in Atlantic. Call the A-PD if you know his parents or where they are, 243-3512.

This is the child officers found wandering in Atlantic. Call the A-PD if you know his parents or where they are, 243-3512.

Urgent: Atlantic P-D looking for parents of a wandering child

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

(Please note: The A-PD announced at around 10-p.m. Thursday they had spoken with the childs’ relatives (an aunt and uncle)…the situation is being handled. THANK YOU ALL for your help! – Ric Hanson/KJAN News)

Officials with the Atlantic Police Department are looking for the parents of a child found wandering alone in the area of 7th and Cedar Streets, this evening. The Caucasian male is about 4-to 5-years of age, and was wearing a green, black and white, striped shirt. Authorities have been unable to locate the childs’ parents. If you have any information on their location, or know who the child belongs to, call the Atlantic Police Department, at 243-3512.

Driving suspension arrest in Red Oak

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May 5th, 2016 by Chris Parks

The Red Oak Police Department arrested a Red Oak man for Driving While Suspended on Thursday.  At 4:47pm Officers arrested 52-year-old Robert Wade Abraham of Red Oak at the intersection of 4th and Prospect Streets in Red Oak.  Abraham was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and held on $300 bond.

Adams County assault arrest

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May 5th, 2016 by Chris Parks

Adams County Sheriff’s Officials responded to a report of an assault taking place at 3:20pm Thursday afternoon.  Upon further investigation Deputies arrested John Fister of Corning and charged him with Assault causing bodily injury.  Fister was taken to the Adams County Jail and held on $1,000 cash bond.

Garcia goes 7, Moss hits long HR as Cardinals beat Phillies

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May 5th, 2016 by Chris Parks

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jaime Garcia pitched seven sharp innings, Brandon Moss hit a long home run and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 on Thursday. Stephen Piscotty drove in two runs and also made an outstanding catch in right field to help preserve the shutout. St. Louis won three of four in the series.

Garcia (2-2) gave up two hits, didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. Moss launched a drive estimated at 462 feet to right field in the first off Jerad Eickhoff (1-4). It was the longest homer by a left-handed hitter in the history of the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.

Cardinals 1B Adams exits with bruised knee after collision

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams has bruised his left knee and exited Thursday’s game at St Louis. Adams was injured when he collided with Philadelphia’s Cameron Rupp in a play at first base in the first inning. Adams left in the fourth inning for precautionary reasons.

Council Bluffs to provide more arena access for disabled

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with Council Bluffs stemming from allegations a 9,000-seat arena did not provide proper access for those with disabilities. The department announced Thursday that the city of Council Bluffs must provide at least 56 wheelchair and companion seats throughout the Mid-America Center, an arena that hosts events including concerts, basketball and hockey games.

Companion seats don’t have an arm rest, or include removable arm rests, for those who assist people in wheelchairs. Under the agreement, the city must also revise its pricing policy to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to buy tickets for those seats.

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires wheelchair seating locations be an integral part of seating plans in newly constructed arenas, which includes the Mid-America Center.

Less water released from Missouri River dams because of rain

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May 5th, 2016 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The amount of water being released from dams along the Missouri River has been cut to help reduce the risk of flooding downstream after recent heavy rains. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reduced the amount of water released from Gavins Point dam on the Nebraska-South Dakota border to 14,000 cubic feet per second from 21,000.

Water management chief Jody Farhat the change should reduce the risk of flooding downstream of the dams in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. But it won’t eliminate the chance of flooding.

Flooding can still occur if heavy rains fall in areas where streams and the Missouri River are already at elevated levels. The Corps will increase releases from the dams after river levels begin to fall.