State Football Championship Schedule – Semifinals


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thursday (11/12/2015)

Norwalk vs Sergeant Bluff-Luton at UNI-Dome @ 5:36 PM
Pella vs West Delaware, Manchester at UNI-Dome @ 8:21 PM
Don Bosco, Gilbertville vs Newell-Fonda at UNI-Dome @ 9:06 AM
Glidden-Ralston vs Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn at UNI-Dome @ 12:06 PM
Friday (11/13/2015)

Bettendorf vs Cedar Rapids, Kennedy at UNI-Dome @ 4:06 PM
Dowling Catholic, WDM vs Valley, West Des Moines at UNI-Dome @ 7:06 PM
Akron-Westfield vs Mount Ayr at UNI-Dome @ 1:06 PM
Denver vs Gladbrook-Reinbeck at UNI-Dome @ 10:06 AM
Saturday (11/14/2015)

Albia vs Mount Vernon at UNI-Dome @ 7:06 PM
North Fayette Valley vs Spirit Lake at UNI-Dome @ 4:06 PM
Dike-New Hartford vs Regina, Iowa City at UNI-Dome @ 10:06 AM
Van Meter vs Western Christian, Hull at UNI-Dome @ 1:06 PM

Iowa 8th in AP Poll


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Hawkeyes are eighth in the latest Associated Press top 25. The Hawkeyes improved to 9-0 for just the second time in program history with a 35-27 win at Indiana. The Iowa defense held the high scoring Hoosier offense below its season average for points and yards.

The Hawkeyes need to win two of their last three games to clinch the Big Ten West Division title. It begins on Saturday under the lights against Minnesota. Kick-off from Kinnick Stadium is set for 7-p.m., Saturday. You can hear the game on KJAN beginning with pre-game coverage at 5-p.m.

UI study focuses on hard-of-hearing children


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A first-of-its-kind study by the University of Iowa on hundreds of children with mild-to-severe hearing loss finds those kids don’t learn to speak or communicate as well as others who have good hearing. Beth Walker, a U-I professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, says children who were fitted with hearing aids at a very young age develop language skills much more quickly. “We did find that these hearing aids really do have an impact on language outcome,” Walker says. “They need to be fit as early as possible, worn consistently during all waking hours and fit appropriately.”

The study involved children from 17 states, ranging in age from six months to seven years. It’s the first time such a study has been undertaken since universal newborn hearing screening wasn’t available to most children at birth until about a decade ago. Those screenings, Walker says, are vital. “Ninety-eight percent of all infants are screened for hearing loss at birth, so we want to get all of those babies screened as soon as possible,” Walker says. “We can do this when they are as young as two or three days old. That will allow us to identify the hearing loss very early on and then we can provide the intervention that they need.”

While there is a wealth of study on deaf children, before this study, Walker says little was known about hard-of-hearing kids. It’s important for a child with hearing loss to get the hearing aid as early as possible, but she says it’s equally important for that device to fit properly. “Children’s ears grow very quickly,” Walker says. “With kids, we’ll have them wear behind-the-ear hearing aids. They’ll have an ear mold and then the hearing aid will go behind the ear and with their ears growing so fast, we have to have those ear molds replaced pretty frequently.”

In an infant, that could mean visits to the audiologist every three to six months for fittings, and less often as the child ages. Walker says about one-third of the study’s hearing-impaired children were not well-fitted with hearing aids. The study is being published in the journal, Ear and Hearing, the major journal published by the American Auditory Society.

(Radio Iowa)

KJAN listening area weather forecast from the NWS: 11/9/15


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Early This Morning: Clear. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Today: Sunny. High around 60. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low in the upper 30s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday: Partly sunny. High in the upper 50s. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy. A 40 percent chance of thunderstorms after midnight. Not as cool. Low in the upper 40s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Veterans Day: Thunderstorms. High in the upper 50s. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph shifting to the southwest with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of thunderstorms 90 percent.
Wednesday Night: Cloudy. Rain showers likely and isolated thunderstorms through midnight…then a chance of rain after midnight. Windy…colder. Low in the mid 30s. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Thursday: Mostly sunny. Breezy. High in the lower 50s.

Red Oak man arrested on a weapons charge Sunday evening


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reports a man was arrested Sunday evening on a felony weapons charges.  46-year old Mark D. Berggren, of Red Oak, was taken into custody at around 5:20-p.m., in Elliott.

Berggren had been arrested Sunday morning, following an investigation of an earlier incident.  Sunday evening, he was charged with Possession of a firearm and ammunition while subject to a protective order. Berggren was transported to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Center with the assistance of Red Oak Police.

His bond was set at $5,000.

Industry leaders say there’ll be enough eggs and turkey for the holidays

Ag/Outdoor, News

November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The leaders of the turkey and poultry industries in Iowa say you shouldn’t be concerned about finding the ingredients for some of your holiday favorites despite the devastating impact of the avian flu on the state’s producers. Iowa Poultry Association executive director, Randy Olson, says he has heard concerns about an egg shortage after 22 commercial egg producing facilities in Iowa were wiped out.

“We really believe that there will be an ample supply of eggs for the holidays,” Olson says. He says egg producers will get up and running just as soon as they can. “Iowa’s egg farmers are committed to maintaining an aggressive timeline toward full recovery,” according to Olson. The U-S-D-A’s National Agricultural Statistics Service shows Iowa dropped from the top spot for egg production nationally in September for the first time since September of 2000.

The latest report shows Ohio was the leader with 739 million eggs produced in September, just ahead of the 732 million produced in Iowa. Iowa’s egg production was down 47 percent in September compared to the same month last year. The U-S-D-A report says total U-S egg production was nearly seven-and-a-half billion during September of this year, which was down eight percent from last year.

When it comes to turkey production, Iowa Turkey Federation executive director, Gretta Irwin, says the loss of production in Iowa won’t impact the big turkey eating holiday at the end of this month. “Iowa is a tom-producing state, meaning the meat that we’re raising in Iowa goes into further processed products like deli meats, further processed sausages, ground turkey, those types of products,” Irwin explains. She says the bird you purchase for your Thanksgiving dinner was grown out of state.

“The whole birds that Iowans enjoy, as well as other consumers across the United States come from other states — some here in the Midwest like Minnesota and Missouri — but from other states as well,” Irwin says. She says she’s seeing good prices for whole birds right now in the grocery store. “The frozen birds are still 79 to 99 cents-a-pound, and fresh turkeys are going to be a little higher in price just because of the shortness of the transportation and the need to keep it not frozen. Usually around two dollars or so a pound for that product,” Irwin says.

Iowa’s turkey producers had a shorter process to recover from the bird flu outbreak and the first turkey producer started putting in new birds in their facility in July. Irwin says she expects all the facilities to be back up to production by mid-December.

(Radio Iowa)

Nat’l. Sports Headlines: 11/9/2015


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers upped their record to 8-0 with a 37-29 victory over the Green Bay Packers. Cam Newton threw three touchdown passes and ran for another score to solidify the Panthers’ hold on the NFC’s best record. Newton completed 15 of 30 passes for 297 yards and ran for 57 yards on nine carries in one of the better games of his five-year NFL career.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots joined the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers at 8-0 with a 27-10 victory over Washington. Tom Brady completed 26 of 39 passes for 299 yards and two touchdowns for the Pats, who have scored in 31 of 32 quarters this season. The Pats did suffer the loss of offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and running back Dion Lewis to injuries.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Broncos had been 7-0 until Andrew Luck completed 21 of his 36 passes for 252 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions in the Colts’ 27-24 win over Denver. The Broncos tied the game with an extra point following Peyton Manning’s one-yard TD toss to Owen Daniels with 8:54 remaining. But Luck marched the Colts into Denver territory on the next possession before Adam Vinatieri drilled a 55-yard field goal with 6:13 to play.

NEW YORK (AP) — Ohio State’s season-long run atop The Associated Press college football poll is over after Clemson took over at No. 1 on Sunday. The 9-0 Tigers received 31 first-place votes and 29 more points than the Buckeyes following Clemson’s 23-12 win over Florida State and Ohio State’s 28-14 triumph against Minnesota. The third-ranked school is Alabama, followed by Baylor and Oklahoma State.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Jimmie Johnson has won the fall race at Texas Motor Speedway for the fourth straight year, passing Brad Keselowski’s dominant car with three laps to go. Johnson led just six laps, while Keselowski paced the field a track-record 312 of 334 laps after starting from the pole. Kevin Harvick finished third, followed by Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards.


Iowa early News Headlines: Mon., Nov. 9th 2015


November 9th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CRESCO, Iowa (AP) — Workers at Featherlite Trailers’ plant in northeast Iowa will soon begin customizing their horse trailers to add living quarters, creating 50 new jobs in Cresco. Featherlite Operations Manager Scott Milburn tells the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier demand for the trailers with living quarters was strong enough that the company decided to add the work to its plant.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a shooting outside a Des Moines nightclub that killed one man and wounded three other people. The Polk County Sheriff’s office says deputies were called to the Evolution Nightclub around 1:45 a.m. Sunday because of a fight outside. As deputies arrived, they heard several gunshots. Deputies then found shooting victim 20-year-old Dashwan Smith.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old Des Moines man has been arrested as a suspect in Friday’s fatal shooting. Des Moines Police say the teen was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of first-degree murder. The 17-year-old will be charged in the shooting death of 28-year-old Jose Lopez, who was found dead north of downtown Des Moines around 10:30 p.m. Friday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson told CBS ‘Face the Nation’ Sunday that he’s facing an unprecedented level of scrutiny about the veracity of his life story. Carson has questioned whether the issues dogging him over his autobiography are important to the nation’s search for the next president. The retired neurosurgeon is likely to face similar questions during Tuesday’s presidential debate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Single-vehicle, injury accident in Cass County, Sunday


November 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

(corrects victim’s gender to male, not female)

Rescue crews from Lewis and Griswold responded late Sunday morning to a report of a single-vehicle, personal injury accident, east of Lewis. The call about a maroon Chevy pickup in the ditch near 600th and Oxford Road, came in at around 11-a.m. One person, an adult male, was transported to the Cass County Memorial Hospital, in Atlantic. Additional details were not available late Sunday afternoon.

Corning woman charged in connection w/a fight


November 8th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports a woman from Corning was arrested on a charge of Willful Injury early Sunday morning, following a reported fight. 30-year old Ronice Elizabeth Flowers was taken into custody at around 12:25-a.m. after authorities received a 9-1-1 call with regard to a fight involving a knife. The unidentified victim was transported to the hospital in Corning for treatment of knife cuts.