Special Weather Statement: Fog 8-16-14

Weather

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AREA COUNTIE: SAC-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-AUDUBON

413 AM CDT SAT AUG 16 2014

…FOG IS DEVELOPING EARLY THIS MORNING…

PATCHY FOG HAS DEVELOPED OVER MUCH OF THE REGION EARLY TODAY. SOME DENSE FOG HAS FORMED OVER PORTIONS OF NORTHWEST AND NORTH CENTRAL IOWA FROM ESTHERVILLE TO NEAR ALGONA WHERE VISIBILITY HAS DROPPED TO NEAR ONE QUARTER MILE. ELSEWHERE…FOG MAY THICKEN TOWARD SUNRISE ACROSS THE AREA.

PERSONS TRAVELING THIS MORNING SHOULD REMAIN CAUTIOUS AND VIGILANT TO RAPIDLY CHANGING VISIBILITY CONDITIONS. IF YOU ENCOUNTER AREAS OF FOG…SLOW DOWN…USE LOW BEAM HEADLIGHTS…ALLOW EXTRA DISTANCE BETWEEN YOU AND ANY VEHICLES…AND BE MINDFUL OF INTERSECTIONS AND RAILROAD CROSSINGS AS VEHICLES AND TRAINS MAY BE HIDDEN FROM VIEW BECAUSE OF THE LOW VISIBILITY DUE TO THE FOG.

THE FOG SHOULD BEGIN TO LIFT AFTER SUNRISE WITH CONDITIONS IMPROVING BY 8 TO 9 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

Grand opening set for first large cellulosic plant

Ag/Outdoor

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new era of ethanol fuel production will begin soon as Iowa refineries begin full operation using materials other than corn kernels. Iowa has two major cellulosic plants under construction that will use corn plant leaves, stalks and cobs to make ethanol.

The first to go online is Project Liberty, a plant in Emmetsburg built by Sioux Falls, South Dakota-based ethanol-maker POET and Royal DSM, a biotechnology company based in the Netherlands. The $250 million plant, set for a grand opening Sept. 3, will produce up to 25 million gallons annually.

It’s among the first facility of its size in the country to make ethanol from plant material. A $225 million DuPont plant at Nevada, in central Iowa, will start production this fall and make 30 million gallons annually.

Hanafan to run for Pott. Co. Supervisor’s seat

News

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Retired Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan has announced his candidacy for one of three vacancies on the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors. The Daily NonPareil reports Hanafan, who filed his election papers on Friday, said he wants to bring “common sense” back to county government. The 67-year old said also, his focus will be county spending and addressing the long-term care of county roads and bridges.

Hanafan, who served seven terms – a total of 25 years – as mayor, retired in January.Since Hanafan didn’t file before the deadline for candidates running under a political party affiliation, he will run as an independent. A Democrat during his tenure as mayor, Hanafan said that county races should be nonpartisan, citing the Council Bluffs City Council as a nonpartisan board.

Hanafan also said his move back into politics was influenced by several conversations about taxes and infrastructure with people in Council Bluffs, Carter Lake and rural communities in Pottawattamie County. Kristi Everett, first deputy auditor of elections for the Pottawattamie County Auditor’s Office, said Hanafan was nominated by petition, which meant he needed at least 100 signatures to be on the ballot. In late April, Hanafan said he had more than 500 signatures.

Other county board candidates include Republicans Scott Belt, Loren Knauss and Justin Schultz. No Democrats filed papers for the race. The filing deadline to run as an independent in the Nov. 4th general election is Aug. 27th.

Independent candidate from Pott. Co. to run for Congress

News

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A man from Council Bluffs has thrown his hat into the Congressional race, as an independent candidate. The Daily NonPareil reports 42-year old Bryan Jack Holder filed his nomination papers Wednesday with the Iowa Secretary of State’s office. Friday was the filing deadline for state and federal offices for those running as independents or third-party ticket.

Holder says if elected, he said he wouldn’t take a paycheck for those two years of service in Washington. Except for a handful of signatures provided from a friend, Holder went out door-knocking and met with small businesses – as well as friends and strangers – to gather 433 signatures to get on the November ballot. The minimum required number is 375.

He joins three others seeking the 3rd Congressional District that represents southwest Iowa, including Council Bluffs and Des Moines. The others are Republican candidate David Young, Democratic candidate Staci Appel and Libertarian Party candidate Edward B. Wright.

Holder believes current congressional districts serve too many people. In the original Bill of Rights, he said, it was proposed that congressional districts represent no more than 50,000 people – something states have never ratified.

KJAN listening area forecast: Sat., 8/16/14

Weather

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

345 AM CDT SAT AUG 16 2014

EARLY THIS MORNING…SHOWERS LIKELY AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. SOME THUNDERSTORMS MAY PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 70 PERCENT.

TODAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON…THEN PARTLY SUNNY WITH A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 20 PERCENT.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY THEN BECOMING PARTLY CLOUDY BEFORE MIDNIGHT AND EARLY MORNING THEN BECOMING MOSTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS IN THE EVENING. LOW IN THE MID 60S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS EARLY IN THE AFTERNOON. A CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS LATE IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 30 PERCENT.

SUNDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 60S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTHEAST AFTER MIDNIGHT.

MONDAY…PARTLY SUNNY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS THROUGH MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 60S.

TUESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S.

Lynn, Cardinals beat Padres for 3rd straight win

Sports

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 Friday night for their third straight win. Matt Adams, Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras hit RBI singles for St. Louis. San Diego has lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

Lynn (13-8) gave up one run and six hits, striking out six and walking one. The Padres handed him a 3-1 defeat on July 29. Reliever Pat Neshek posted his fourth save. Regular closer Trevor Rosenthal was given the night off after two successive appearances.

Pinch-hitter Yasmani Grandal homered with two outs in the Padres ninth. After Chris Nelson doubled, Neshek struck out Will Venable. Tyson Ross (11-11) gave up three runs and five hits over six innings. He walked four and hit two batters.

Iowa early News Headlines: Sat., Aug. 16th 2014

News

August 16th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Agricultural equipment maker Deere is announcing it will indefinitely lay off more than 600 employees at four of its factories in the Midwest as demand slumps. The affected sites are in the cities of East Moline and Moline in Illinois, as well as Ankeny, Iowa and Coffeyville, Kansas. Deere is the world’s biggest farm equipment supplier.

EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) — The mayor of Epworth in northeast Iowa has cited personal health concerns for his resignation. City clerk Janet Berger says Tom Gassman submitted his resignation on Tuesday. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald says Gassman has been mayor since 2012 and a council member before that. Jacob Reuter will serve as acting mayor until the City Council fills the post of mayor. That’s expected to occur at the council’s September 9th meeting.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has pleaded guilty to charges in connection to threatening letters involving a major high school football program. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports 44-year-old Daniel Stone of Solon pleaded guilty Thursday to third-degree harassment and interference with official acts as part of plea deal.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to five years in prison for leading authorities on a high-speed car chase in May. The Sioux City Journal reports 25-year-old David Whitlock was sentenced Thursday in Woodbury County District Court after he pleaded guilty to eluding, possession of a controlled substance and second-offense operating while intoxicated.

CARMELITA FLICKINGER, 97, of Greenfield (Svcs. 8/22/14)

Obituaries

August 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

CARMELITA FLICKINGER, 97, of Greenfield, died Fri., August 15th, at the Greenfield Manor. A Mass of the Resurrection service CARMELITA FLICKINGER will be held 10:30-a.m. Fri., Aug. 22nd, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield. Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held on Thu. (8/21) from 2- until 8-p.m., at the funeral home, where the family will greet friends from 6-to 8-p.m. Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

Memorials may be directed to the St. John’s Catholic Church, or the Greenfield Meals on Wheels.

Burial will be in the Greenfield Cemetery.

Ex-Iowa doctor gets prison for child pornography

News

August 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A former Council Bluffs doctor has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on a child pornography charge. The U-S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa reports 69-year old Dennis Seaborn Jones received the sentence Friday (Aug. 15th) in federal court in Council Bluffs on one count of possession of child pornography. Jones pleaded guilty to the charge in May as part of a deal. He also agreed to permanently surrender his medical license.

Authorities say they found about 1.2 million images and 9,300 videos of child pornography during a search of Jones’ home. Court documents say other images and videos showed patients at Jones’ medical clinic that were taken secretly with a pen camera.

Jones faces a separate sexual abuse charge involving a minor. He also faces lawsuits in connection to the patient images and videos.

Third district candidates speak at Soapbox

News

August 15th, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The two major party candidates running for Iowa’s third district congressional seat have given short speeches at The Des Moines Register’s “Soapbox” this week. David Young is the Republican seeking the seat now held by the retiring Congressman Tom Latham. Young emphasizes his work the past six years as Senator Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff. “So I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work and you know a lot of it doesn’t work,” Young said. “But I’ve seen what can be done and how to get it done.” Staci Appel (APP-ull, like the word apple) is the Democrat running in the third district, which covers southwest Iowa and includes the cities of Des Moines and Council Bluffs. Appel emphasizes that she might break the glass ceiling in Iowa politics.

“Wouldn’t it be nice to have a woman’s voice in congress that represents the state of Iowa?” Appel said, to cheers from the crowd on the fairgrounds. Appel is one of two women from Iowa seeking seats in the U.S. House this election. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa is running against Democratic Congressman Dave Loebsack of Iowa City, the third time the two have faced one another on the ballot.

Iowa voters have never sent a woman to serve in the U.S. House. Iowa is one of six states which have never had a female elected to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Those other states are Alaksa, Delaware, Mississippi, North Dakota and Vermont.

(Radio Iowa)