Backyard and Beyond 05-14-2014

Backyard and Beyond, Podcasts

May 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Lavon Eblen speaks with Angie Baylor with the Anita Health and Wellness Center about summer programs and more.

Fatal accident in Mills County, Tuesday evening

News

May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A single-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in Mills County has claimed the life of a man from Minnesota. The Iowa State Patrol reports 74-year old Lawrence Decheine, of Blaine, MN, was not wearing his seat belt, when the semi he was driving entered the median before rolling several times. The accident happened at around 6-p.m. on Interstate 29 northbound, just north of the exit to Plattsmouth, NE.

Officials say when the 2014 Freightliner semi went out of control and entered the median, Decheine overcorrected, causing the rig to roll before it came to rest on the northbound lanes of the interstate. Decheine was trapped in the cab and had to be freed by rescue crews from Glenwood. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

GOP leader in legislature expects “flat” tax to be 2014 campaign promise

News

May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The top Republican in the Iowa House says if Republicans win statehouse majorities in the House and the Senate this November, one item on his wish list for 2015 is a “flat” state income tax. House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican from Hiawatha, spoke early this morning (Wednesday) at a breakfast meeting of central Iowa Republicans.  “It’s one of the things that the governor and I have spoken about,” Paulsen said. “…I don’t want to speak for him, but I do know that is something he has interest in as well.”

Paulsen and his fellow House Republicans endorsed a “flat” tax proposal last year, but it was not considered in the Democratically-led Iowa Senate. The proposal would have allowed Iowans to continue filing their income taxes under the current system or choose the alternative of a four-and-a-half percent flat tax on their income, with no deductions.

“That would be about a $400-500 million income tax cut,” Paulsen says. “My guess is it would grow the state of Iowa (economy) and end up over time increasing revenue because I think that is what’s happened every single time we’ve cut income taxes in the state of Iowa.”

Republican Governor Terry Branstad floated the idea of a “flat tax” in December of 2013, but wound up abandoning the proposal in early 2014 because of Democratic opposition. Democrats say the “flat” tax would provide a “significant’ tax break for wealthy Iowans and do nothing to make the state’s income tax system fairer.

(Radio Iowa)

Soldier from NW Iowa dies in Afghanistan

News

May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Storm Lake native has died in Afghanistan in what military officials say was a non-combat incident. The Department of Defense says 33-year-old Chief Warrant Officer Deric Rasmussen of Oceanside, California died on May 11th in Mazar E Sharif, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the Company C, First Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, First Air Cavalry Brigade, based in Fort Hood, Texas. Rasmussen is the son of Philip and Diane Rasmussen, who lived in Storm Lake until 2007.

Deric graduated from Storm Lake High School in 1999, joined the Marines in 2000 and in 2003, he left the Marines and joined the Army, where he learned to fly helicopters. His unit was deployed to Iraq in 2007. Early last year, he joined his current unit, which was deployed to Afghanistan in January. Rasmussen is survived by a wife and three children. No date has been set for a memorial service.

Branstad to sign bill allowing tax credits for EMS personnel & firefighters

News

May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad today (Wednesday) announced he will sign House File 2459 Friday, May 16, 2014, at noon. The bill signing will be held at West Des Moines Public Safety Station 19, where the governor was previously scheduled to sign an Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week proclamation.

House File 2459 is an Act relating to the individual income tax by creating a tax credit for reserve peace officers and by modifying the tax credit for volunteer fire fighter and volunteer emergency medical services personnel and including retroactive applicability provisions.

8AM Sportscast 05-14-2014

Podcasts, Sports

May 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Chris Parks

Death investigation in Cass County, Tuesday afternoon

News

May 14th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Sheriff’s officials in Cass County responding to a call about a body in a vehicle southeast of Cumberland at around 2:17-p.m. Tuesday, discovered a central Iowa man dead at the scene.The vehicle was found parked on Highway 92, about one-quarter of a mile west of 710th Street. Upon arrival, the body of 46-year old Gregory Lloyd Blunt, of Johnston, was discovered in the vehicle. Authorities say Blunt died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

According to online records, Blunt was the Senior Manager for Mercy Medical Center’s Core Laboratory.

The incident remains under investigation. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Cumberland Fire Department, Massena Fire Department, and Atlantic Medivac.

Heartbeat Today 05-14-2014

Heartbeat Today, Podcasts

May 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

Jim Field speaks with Scotty McDuff about the Table of Mercy Breakfast Club.

7AM Newscast 05-14-2014

News, Podcasts

May 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Ric Hanson

Cass County Extension Report 05-14-2014

Ag/Outdoor, Podcasts

May 14th, 2014 by Chris Parks

w/ Kate Olson