Rain and snow help erase drought

Ag/Outdoor, News, Weather

May 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

The recent rain and snow have played havoc with outdoor events and activities, but all the moisture has a positive side. Tim Hall of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says moisture of any type is important after the severe drought that hit the state. “This is exactly what we’d hoped for, is sustained long-term, better then normal precipitation during the months when we typically get a lot of rain anyway. And March and April and May are pretty wet months, and we are getting more than normal right in those months,” Hall says.

April set a new statewide average for rainfall at six-point-five-two inches (6.52), with normal rainfall for April at three-point-five-one (3.51) inches. A new drought map comes out Thursday, and Hall expects to see the areas with severe problems continuing to shrink. “We’re making some real improvement in the drought conditions in the state, and I think we’re gonna continue to see improvement in the near future,” according to Hall. Not only has the amount of rain increased, it is coming at a time where the frost is out of the ground — so the rain that falls or snow that melts — sinks into the soil.

“In fact our groundwater folks who work with a lot of the water utilities in northwest Iowa are starting to see that reflected in the water levels in some of the wells that are used to supply drinking water,” Hall says. “So we’re starting to see some gradual recovery in the levels in wells, which is indicative of the water making it down into the ground where it is going to do some real good.” He says those areas that were not hit as hard by the drought are building up some reserve with the rains that’re falling now. Hall says that makes it less likely they’ll get back into a water shortage.

“I think if the rainfall stopped for a couple of weeks, which it probable will — I mean we go through periods where we don’t get rain for a couple three weeks — the real danger is if that rainfall slows down or stops and we get excessively hot where the demand for water also starts to go up in conjunction with the rain going down,” Hall says. Hall says farmers are probably really hoping the rain will stop for awhile so they can get into the fields — but he says even they will be happy that all the moisture is replenishing the groundwater.

(Radio Iowa)

Garcia pitches Cardinals past Brewers 10-1

Sports

May 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jaime Garcia pitched eight innings and Allen Craig drove in four runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 10-1 win over Milwaukee and the franchise’s first four-game sweep of the Brewers. Matt Holliday also homered for the Cardinals, who have won six straight, their most since taking eight in a row from July 11-21, 2010. It was the first time the Cardinals have four in a row from the Brewers, who moved to the NL and have been in the Cardinals’ division since the 1998 season.

Garcia (4-1), who won his third straight game, gave up one run on eight hits. He had three strikeouts and only one walk. Marco Estrada (2-2) lasted 3 1-3 innings for the Brewers, who lost for the fifth straight game.

Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., May 6th 2013

News

May 6th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The legislative session will look different starting today. Friday was the last day for much of the temporary staff and the student pages who work in the Legislature. The Republicans who control the House and Democrats who rule the Senate are still trying to find resolution on education funding, property tax reductions and low-income health care.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 50 Iowa sex offenders have permits to carry guns in public because a two-year-old law makes it harder for sheriffs to deny permits. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says he worries about sex offenders having guns because many of them use intimidation to get what they want. He says a gun would help that.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Generational farm owners have until June 1st to apply for the century and heritage farm program. It recognizes families that have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years. More than 17,000 farms across Iowa have been recognized as century farms since 1976.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has been charged with using a 16-year-old girl in a prostitution business. The girl offered to have sex with an undercover police officer who contacted her for $70. Police say that the investigation led them to arrest 20-year-old Brittany Lanier on suspicion of human trafficking.

Some Iowa sex offenders receive gun permits

News

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 50 Iowa sex offenders have permits to carry guns in public thanks to a two-year-old law that makes it harder for sheriffs to deny permits. The Des Moines Register reports law enforcement officials and some state lawmakers are worried about armed sex offenders. Washington County Sheriff Jerry Dunbar says he worries about sex offenders having guns because many of them use intimidation to get what they want and a gun could help that.

Most of the sex offenders who have obtained gun permits in Iowa were convicted of misdemeanors like lascivious conduct with a minor. Ronald Hahn Jr. says he doesn’t pose a threat to public safety and he uses guns for hunting, so why should his indecent exposure conviction keep him from getting a gun permit?

Iowa session extends after expense payments end

News

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Boxes were stacked in the corner of the Iowa Senate chambers on Thursday, but lawmakers are nowhere near ready to pack up. Still, the legislative session will look different starting Monday. May 3 was the last day for much of the temporary staff and the student pages who work in the Legislature, as well as the final day of expense payments for lawmakers.

Most of the 150 legislators will report to work early next week. But if negotiations drag out then numbers will likely dwindle to a smaller group of party leaders and those working on negotiating committees. The Republicans who control the House and Democrats who rule the Senate are still trying to find resolution on major issues like education funding, property tax reductions and low-income health care.

Dense Fog Advisory for southern Iowa

Weather

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

700 AM CDT SUN MAY 5 2013
AREA COUNTIES: UNION-RINGGOLD-

…DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING…

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A DENSE FOG
ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM CDT THIS MORNING.

* VISIBILITY…ONE QUARTER OF A MILE WITH FURTHER REDUCTIONS
POSSIBLE AT TIMES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE
REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING…SLOW DOWN…
USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS…AND LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.

Deadline approaching to honor older Iowa farms

Ag/Outdoor, News

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A deadline is approaching for owners who want to recognize their generational farms in Iowa.  Owners have until June 1 to apply for the century and heritage farm program. It recognizes families that have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years.  Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says the program highlights the state’s deep history and strong agricultural heritage.

There are various ways to request an application, including from the agriculture department’s website. A ceremony to recognize participants will be held at the Iowa State Fair in August.

More than 17,000 farms across Iowa have been recognized as century farms since 1976. More than 580 farms have been recognized as heritage farms since 2006.  Last year, 345 century farms and 69 heritage farms were recognized.

Nat’l. Sports Headlines: Sun., May 5th 2013

Sports

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Orb wins for Hall of Fame trainer…Bulls advance to meet Heat

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Orb, the co-favorite at 5-to-1, splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the Run for the Roses. Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third in the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.

NEW YORK (AP) — Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 to win Game 7 of their first-round series. The fifth-seeded Bulls move on to play top-seeded Miami starting Monday night. Chicago and Miami split four games in the regular season.

BOSTON (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have seized home-ice advantage by winning in Boston 4-2 to even that first-round NHL playoff series at a game apiece. Joffrey Lupul scored twice for Toronto, which hosts the next two games starting Monday night.

HOUSTON (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs and tied a career with six RBIs to lead the Detroit Tigers’ 17-2 mauling of the Houston Astros behind a 21-hit attack. Max Scherzer won his fourth straight to begin the season,

LAS VEGAS (AP)— Floyd Mayweather Jr. improved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero in a welterweight title fight in Las Vegas.. It was Mayweather’s first ring appearance since serving a jail term for assaulting the mother of his children, and he showed little rust in the ring in a dominating performance

NWS Forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA: May 5th 2013

Weather

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

431 AM CDT SUN MAY 5 2013

EARLY THIS MORNING…CLOUDY WITH ISOLATED LIGHT SHOWERS AND PATCHY DRIZZLE. PATCHY FOG. NORTH WIND AROUND 10 MPH. CHANCE OF SHOWERS 20 PERCENT.

TODAY…CLOUDY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. A 20 PERCENT CHANCE OF LIGHT SHOWERS UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON. WARMER. HIGH IN THE LOWER 60S. NORTH WIND 10 TO 15 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. AREAS OF FOG AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

MONDAY...PARTLY SUNNY. PATCHY FOG THROUGH MID MORNING. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. NORTH WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE UPPER 40S. EAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH THROUGH MIDNIGHT BECOMING LIGHT.

TUESDAY…PARTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS THROUGH MIDNIGHT…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS AFTER MIDNIGHT. LOW IN THE LOWER 50S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS. HIGH AROUND 70.

Iowa News Headlines: Sun., May 5th 2013

News

May 5th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied a final funding request from the University of Iowa to help replace its flood-damaged museum. The Museum of Art’s lower level mechanical and electrical systems were damaged during the Iowa City’s 2008 flood. Officials estimate there’s about $4 million worth of damage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge will review a recording of a Des Moines school board meeting about a former superintendent to determine if the meeting was illegally closed. The board had invoked a law that says meetings can be closed to evaluate the competency of an individual to prevent injury to that person’s reputation.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of shooting a Sioux City police officer has been captured in Texas. Jamal Dean was arrested without incident during a traffic stop in Riviera, Texas. Police believe he was headed to the border between the United States and Mexico.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 200 people have attended the funeral of one of two abducted Iowa cousins whose remains were later found. Elizabeth Collins was laid to rest in a wooden casket inside a burial vault painted pink. Elizabeth’s mother, Heather Collins, says the service offers closure for her daughter’s three siblings.