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7AM Newscast 06-27-2011

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June 27th, 2011 by admin

w/ News Director Ric Hanson

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Assault arrest in Adams County

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

One person was arrested on an assault charge Sunday evening, in Adams County. The Sheriff’s Department says 56-year old Jeff Mendenhall, of Corning, faces a charge of Assault Causing Serious Injury.

Mendenhall was being held in the Adams County Jail.

2011 Cass County Relay for Life raises $72K for cancer research

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Funds raised during the Cass County Relay For Life event held Friday evening in Atlantic exceeded those raised last year, by more than $5,000. Relay Chairperson Carole Schuler said $72,000 was raised for the American Cancer Society. Proceeds from the event will be used to find a cure for cancer. Last year’s Relay For Life raised $67,000.

Schuler said around 150 people took laps around the Atlantic High School Track to help raise the funds, and celebrate those who have survived cancer and those who lost their battle with the disease.

Rainfall totals (updated 7:20-a.m.)

News, Weather

June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

24-Hour rainfall reports (7am-Sunday thru 7am today- Monday)…

2.57″ rain in Glenwood

2.68″ near Blanchard, in Page Co.

2.05″ in Massena

.65″ in Harlan (w/wind gusts to around 75mph)

.61″ in Atlantic (at the KJAN Studios)

Legislation continues tax incentives for firefighters & emergency responders

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

WASHINGTON, DC – Iowa Congressman Tom Latham last week joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce legislation to continue federal tax benefits for volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders.

The legislation, the Volunteer Responder Incentive Protection Act (H.R. 2353), extends tax exemptions on benefits provided by state and local government entities to volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel until 2015 and increases the annual cap to $600.

“Our community volunteer firefighters and emergency responders are the people we all look to for help and safety in times of crisis,” Congressman Latham said. “This legislation is a common-sense way to encourage the important work of our community first responders, and I’m proud to work with my colleagues to help these selfless Americans.”

Congress originally approved tax exemptions for certain benefits (up to $360 per year) for volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel in 2007, but the provision expired last year. The benefit protections have helped local governments attract and retain volunteer first responders.

Congressman Latham joined Rep. John Larson (D-CT), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) as original co-sponsors on the legislation.

Travel forecast (gas & weather) for 4th of July holiday

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Gasoline prices have been falling in Iowa for weeks, but they’re still well above a year ago, so travel projections for the upcoming holiday weekend are down. Rose White, at Triple-A Iowa, says the motor club estimates 39-million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the five-day Independence Day holiday. White says that’s a two-point-five percent decline from the Fourth Of July weekend last year. “Of those traveling, nearly 84% will plan to travel by automobile, another eight-percent will fly to their destination and the remaining eight-percent will travel by other modes including rail, bus and watercraft.”

Gas prices in Iowa were near four-dollars a gallon in May but have fallen to a current average around three-56 a gallon. That’s well above the statewide average price from a year ago of two-67. White says in addition to the regular road hazards, Iowa motorists will need to keep a closer eye on the highway. “Roadways near major waterways in the Midwest may be impacted by flooding,” White says. “Before you leave, pack a detailed road map in your vehicle in case you need to select an alternative route.” Also, she suggests you store phone numbers or web addresses to the state road departments on your cell phone or PDA.

If possible, White says to avoid driving at night since it’s hard to see flooded roadways in the dark. Do not drive across a flooded roadway, she says, but instead, dial 911 and report it. “Keep in mind that today’s automobiles are equipped with many electrical systems and computers that may be damaged if exposed to flood waters,” White says. “Always keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times, just in case an unexpected detour is required.”

While Iowa’s current statewide average for gas is three-56 a gallon, the national average is three-60. The state’s all-time high was set in July of 2008 with four-02 a gallon.

(Radio Iowa)

Sunday storms bring wind, hail & flooding

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June 27th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Storms that formed in Nebraska Sunday late Sunday afternoon barreled through western Iowa Sunday evening, producing heavy downpours of rain, reports of large hail and winds sometimes in excess of 60-miles per hour, along with some property damage.

The Winds started picking up in southwest Iowa, at around 4:40-p.m., where they gusted up to 55-miles per hour near the Creston Airport, causing small trees to bend almost parallel to the ground. About 10 minutes later hail the size of quarters was observed by law enforcement in the same area.

Heavy rains also washed over the area, with law enforcement reporting at 5:25-p.m., water was flowing over the road at several locations near the intersection of 140th Street and Highway 25, in Union County. By 6-p.m., authorities in Cass County were receiving reports from the public of nickel-to quarter-sized hail falling about three-miles southwest of Bridgewater.

Additional flooded roads were reported by law enforcement about 10-miles north of Prescott, in Adair County, just after 7-p.m. Sunday. About 20-minutes later, one-foot of water was observed flowing over the intersection of Union and 150th Streets, about six-miles northeast of Prescott, in Adams County. Authorities in Carroll and Crawford Counties reported several trees were down due to storms that rolled through the area between 8:30- and 8:45-p.m.

Meanwhile, at around 8:50-p.m. law enforcement in Audubon County observed one-inch diameter hail falling just south of Audubon, and at 9:40, a large tree fell one a vehicle in Stuart due to winds officials estimated were up to 60-miles per hour. At around 9:30-p.m., winds estimated at up to 55-miles per hour were reported to have occurred 10-miles north of Greenfield.

Winds of up to 70-miles per hour blew a semi tractor-trailer over on Highway 30, near Carroll, at around 9:45-p.m., and there were reports of quarter-sized hail reoccurring about 10-minutes later back in Union County with scattered reports of similarly-sized hail occurring elsewhere.

Adams County chase and arrest

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June 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

A Bedford man was arrested Saturday evening after a brief chase that resulted from an attempted traffic stop. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy attempted to pull 22-year old Wilbur Pace over for speeding on Highway 34 at around 6:20-p.m., when Pace sped-up.

Pace was finally stopped and placed under arrest on charges of eluding, speeding, and for allegedly having an open container in his vehicle.

And, a central Iowa man was arrested Saturday on two charges, after he failed to stop for a stop sign. Officials say 50-year old Jesse Alexander, of Urbandale, was charged with OWI and Failure to Stop, following the incident which occurred at around 12:10-a.m., Saturday.

Pace and Alexander were being held in the Adams County Jail pending an appearance before the magistrate.

Council Bluffs hit and run injury accident

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June 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Police in Council Bluffs are looking for a white or tan Chevy Cavalier with Nebraska plates. The vehicle was involved in a hit-and-run personal injury accident that took place Saturday evening in the 25-hundred block of Avenue D, in Council Bluffs.

Officials say at around 5:25-p.m., officers were dispatched to the area to investigate an accident where 4-year old Ethan Black, of Council Bluffs, was struck by a car was the child attempted to cross the street. The vehicle that hit the boy did not stop, and continues westbound.

Black was transported to the Creighton University Medical Center, where he was reported to be in stable condition late Saturday night. No further details are available concerning the car involved in the incident.

Anyone with information concerning the accident should call the Council Bluffs PD’s traffic unit at 712-328-4948.

Flood berm collapsed at Nebraska nuclear plant

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June 26th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

FORT CALHOUN, Neb. (AP) – A berm holding back floodwater at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station has collapsed. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it’s monitoring the Missouri River flooding at the plant, which has been shut down since early April for refueling.

The 2,000-foot berm collapsed about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, allowing the swollen river to surround two buildings at the plant. The NRC says those buildings are designed to handle flooding up to 1014 feet above sea level. The river is at 1006.3 feet and isn’t forecast to exceed 1008 feet.

The NRC says its inspectors were at the plant when the berm failed and have confirmed that the flooding has had no impact on the reactor shutdown cooling or the spent fuel pool cooling. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko will visit the plant Monday.