Creston man arrested for Public Intox

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

A Creston man was arrested Wednesday evening on a Public Intoxication charge. Authorities say 54-year old Thomas Mullins was taken into custody just before 6-p.m., and brought to the Union County Jail where he was held on a $300 bond.

(Podcast) 7:20-a.m. Sports, 10/2/2014

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With Jim Field.

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(Podcast) 7:07-a.m. News & funeral report, 10/2/2014

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

With KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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(Podcast) Skyscan Forecast: Thu., Oct. 2nd 2014

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Freese-Notis weather forecast for the KJAN listening area and weather info. for Atlantic.

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Chiefs’ Stephenson returns from 4-game suspension

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Right tackle Donald Stephenson returned to the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday following his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Now, the question is how many games it’ll take him to return to the starting lineup. Coach Andy Reid said that Stephenson would have to work his way back into the mix, and Ryan Harris remains the top right tackle heading into Sunday’s game in San Francisco.

It’s little surprise that Reid is hesitant to shake things up. After losing left guard Jeff Allen to a season-ending injury, and Stephenson to his suspension, a rejiggered offensive line has finally started to play well the past couple of weeks.

Kansas City ran roughshod over New England on Monday night in a 41-14 victory.

Wacha in bullpen to start NL division series

Sports

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Michael Wacha, who starred in the postseason as a rookie last fall, will be in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen for the start of the NL division series. Manager Mike Matheny said Wednesday he’ll go with Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, John Lackey and Shelby Miller the first four games against the Dodgers. The best-of-five series starts Friday in Los Angeles.

The 23-year-old Wacha was the NL championship series MVP last year, outpitching Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw twice. He’s had trouble regaining form after a long layoff caused by a shoulder injury.

Acquired from Boston at the trade deadline, Lackey beat the Cardinals twice in the World Series and finished this year strongly. Miller barely pitched last fall due to workload concerns combined with season-long difficulties against division series opponent Pittsburgh.

Iowa teen to plead insanity in Atlantic foster brother’s death

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa teen charged with murdering his 5-year-old foster brother plans to use an insanity defense when his case goes to trial this month. Court documents filed in September indicate the defense plans for 18-year-old Cody Metzker-Madsen, who was declared competent to stand trial in April. He is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2013 death of Dominic Elkins, of Atlantic. Metzker-Madsen pleaded not guilty to the charge and opted to have his case decided by a judge.

Authorities say Elkins was killed while the boys were playing outdoors at their home near Logan, in western Iowa. He died as a result of blunt-force head injuries and drowning. Psychology experts who examined the teen say he has developmental problems.

Metzker-Madsen’s mother used methamphetamine while she was pregnant with him.

Atlantic City Council approves former dry cleaner site for priority clean-up

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

The Atlantic City Council, Wednesday, moved to support plans by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to include a former dry cleaner site as a “National Priorities List (NPL)” site, making it possible for the agency to use Superfund monies for the cleanup costs. Susan Fisher, with the EPA’s Region 7 office in Kansas City, says for the past several years, the agency has been assessing the groundwater in Atlantic, and found one area in particular to be contaminated with Tetrachloroethylene.

PCE, as it’s called, is a manufactured chemical typically used in dry cleaning solvents. The chemical PCE was originally detected in 1980. The source of the contamination is believed to be the former Norge Dry Cleaners Facility, which was located in a lot on the southeast side of 7th and Plum Streets.
Neither the City of Atlantic nor Atlantic Municipal Utilities will have any financial obligation costs for the removal of the contamination, which flows in an underground plum north toward Troublesome Creek.

Fisher says in the first phase, or “Removal,” the EPA wants to use technology at the source of the contamination that causes the PCE to heat up and vaporize prior to being collected from the soil. The next phase – called “Remedial” – is to remove the PCE from the groundwater, by dissolution. The remediation process will take several years.

The cost of the cleanup is estimated at $1.5-million dollars. Atlantic Municipal Utilities has operated and maintained an interceptor well since 1980 to keep the resulting underground plume migrating from the contamination site from impacting the municipal water supply well field. Earlier this week, AMU General Manager Steve Tjepkes says the utility continues to perform testing on a monthly basis to monitor the public drinking water supply wells to ensure that drinking water does not become contaminated with PCE.

He says also AMU is working closely with the EPA and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) as they continue their assessment, to encourage cleanup efforts for the site.

KJAN listening area forecast: Thu., Oct. 2nd 2014

Weather

October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

**DENSE FOG ADVISORY  until 9-a.m.**

Today Showers and thunderstorms. Areas of fog before 9am. High near 68. Northeast wind 5 to 11 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Tonight A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 10pm, then a slight chance of showers between 10pm and 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. North northwest wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Windy, with a west northwest wind 16 to 21 mph increasing to 23 to 28 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 37 mph.
Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 34. Breezy, with a west northwest wind 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.
Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 64.

Iowa regents to consider restructuring IT, HR

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October 2nd, 2014 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — A consultant is expected to release plans detailing how Iowa’s three public universities could cut costs by restructuring how employees perform routine administrative functions. Deloitte Consulting LLP is expected to tell the Iowa Board of Regents about potential changes to streamline human resources, information technology and financial operations. The plans are expected to lead to job cuts over time, but also potentially save millions of dollars.

More details are expected to be released Thursday, when the regents meet at Iowa State University in Ames. Regents are expected to discuss the proposals, but not take any action on them. They say they will gather feedback from employees before voting on whether to implement changes next month.

The regents hired Deloitte to look for ways to run the universities more efficiently.