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Dubuque officials: IBM client center to close by end of year

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials in Dubuque say they’ve been informed that the IBM Client Innovation Center will close within four months, taking nearly 350 jobs with it. Greater Dubuque Development Corp. CEO Rick Dickinson tells the Telegraph Herald that an IBM official called his office Wednesday morning to inform him that the IBM facility will close by November. Dickinson says employees in Dubuque would have the opportunity to relocate to an IBM facility in Columbia, Missouri. IBM Dubuque site manager IBM opened the facility shortly after announcing plans to do so in 2009. It employed 1,300 by September 2011, but that number has regularly declined since, to its current 344 employees.

Grim gift adds 500 body bags to Iowa’s coronavirus stockpile

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s executive branch is getting a grim gift from a company that has long made uniforms for meatpacking workers: a free supply of 500 body bags. Dickson Industries is donating the body bags as the state prepares for a worst-case scenario in which the coronavirus or another health emergency would overwhelm hospitals and medical examiners.

The Des Moines-based company makes garments and products for the food processing, medical and other industries, including coats and insulated jackets for meatpacking workers. A state spokesman says the body bags will be kept in a state stockpile, just like 500 ventilators the state is purchasing.

Adams County Sheriff’s report (7/1)

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Adams County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two men on burglary and other charges. Officials say Justin Parker and James Cox were taken into custody following a traffic stop near  183rd and Kale Avenue, at around 9:10-p.m. Saturday. During an investigation, a large amount of property was located in the vehicle. The property contained identification information linking the items to persons other than Parker and Cox. Authorities made contact with the property owners, who confirmed that items in the suspect’s vehicle had been stolen. Parker and Cox were charged with Theft 2nd Degree, Burglary 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 2nd Degree, and Possession of Burglary Tools.

At around 1:35-a.m last Friday, the Adams County Sheriff’s K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Highways 48 and 148. Kimberly Thompson, of Corning, was subsequently placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance/2nd offense. And, at around 11-p.m. Thursday, Dinah Blanche Reese, of Corning, was arrested for Dependent Adult Abuse, as well as Interference with Official Acts.

Business leaders say area’s economy improving with reopening

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of business leaders released Wednesday suggests the economy has begun to recover as businesses reopened in the past month in nine Midwest and Plains states. But Creighton University economist Ernie Goss said the region’s economy remains weaker than before the coronavirus outbreak began. And business leaders expect the economy to continue improving over the next six months. The region’s overall index jumped into positive territory at 50.3 in June from May’s 43.5. Any score above 50 suggests growth, while scores below 50 suggest decline.

The monthly survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

Dozens of headstones vandalized in historic Waterloo cemetery

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) – Waterloo police are investigating vandalism at one of the city’s oldest cemeteries. Nearly 50 headstones were defaced or toppled at the historic Elmwood Cemetery sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Officials with the Elmwood Cemetery Association estimate damage at more than 10-thousand dollars ($10,000). Much of the vandalism was done in the oldest section of the cemetery.

One of the markers damaged was at the grave of Black Hawk County pioneers George W. and Mary Melrose Hanna. In 1845, they built the first house in what would later become the City of Waterloo. It will likely be weeks before the damage is repaired. No arrests have been made.

Griswold School Board approves refinancing of bonds, saves $173k

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The Griswold School Board, Tuesday afternoon, took advantage of historically low interest rates and saved a good chunk of change. Superintendent Dave Henrichs told KJAN News he and the District’s Financial Advisor reviewed bids for the bonds at Noon, Tuesday. He says were due (at noon) to potentially refinancing $1.8-million worth of sales tax bonds that were issued in 2012, to repair some of the parking lot areas, re-do the track and improving athletic lighting.

Henrichs says they received two bids from different banks. The low bid was a 1.09% average interest rate from Rolling Hills Bank and Trust. The Board accepted the bid. Their action means the bonds will be refinanced, saving the District $138,544 interest over the life of the bond, and it will save $25,000 in fees associated with the bond, for a total savings of $173,000. He said while it saves the District money in the long-run, it does not affect the taxpayers, because it’s a sales tax based upon all sales in the State of Iowa, and not property taxes.

The current bond with UMB Bank will be paid-off through the refinanced bonds. Henrichs said also, Tuesday was the last day for long-time Griswold School District Secretary/Board Treasurer Nancy Taylor.

(Taylor has served the District for more than 30-years, and officially retired at the end of June.)

(Podcast) KJAN 8-a.m. News, 7/1/20

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

More State and area news from KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Tires reported stolen from Creston

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Police in Creston say a man from there reported Tuesday night, that sometime between January 30th and June 30th, someone took all four of the tires that were on his vehicle. The incident happened while the vehicle was parked at the Southwestern Community College’s Automotive Department. The loss was estimated at $600.

(Podcast) KJAN Morning News & Funeral report, 7/1/20

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

The area’s latest and/or top news stories at 7:06-a.m. From KJAN News Director Ric Hanson.

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Red Oak man arrested on drug & other charges Wed. morning

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July 1st, 2020 by Ric Hanson

Police in Red Oak this (Wednesday) morning, assisted by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputies, arrested a man on drug and other charges. 27-year old Randall Wesley Butts, of Red Oak, was arrested at around 1:30-a.m. in the 600 block of E. Hammond Street, on charges that include: Interference with Official Acts; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Butts was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $1,000 bond.