Nick Johansen - Mon, 20 May 2013 17:04:51 CDT
(Clarinda) -- Page County Relay for Life officials are spreading the word about their upcoming Luminaria ceremony. On Friday, June 7th, Clarinda hosts the annual East Page/Taylor County Relay for Life event. The Luminaria ceremony is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. that evening. Luminaria Committee Chair Trudy Tompkins says that planning for this year's event has been going smoothly. They're very excited, and a lot of things are finalized. They have plenty of evening entertainment, and the survivor lap is a great way to begin things. The Luminaria event that serves as a wrap-up to the evening is very inspiring. Tompkins says while they don't know the exact origins, the Luminaria addition to the Relay for Life events happened by accident.
Mike Peterson - Mon, 20 May 2013 17:03:38 CDT
(Moore, OK) -- For the second day in a row, tornadoes have ravaged the state of Oklahoma. Reports indicate a massive twister tore through the community of Moore, Oklahoma, located south of Oklahoma City. KFOR television reports that Plaza Towers Elementary School was among the structures hit by the tornado. Seventy-five students and staff members were inside the building at the time the twister. The storm's path is eerily similar to another tornado that rolled through the community on May 3rd, 1999. KMA News would like to hear from local connections to the area affected by Monday's tornado. Anyone with a connection to Moore, Oklahoma should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nick Johansen - Mon, 20 May 2013 17:02:07 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- The meeting to discuss the future of the city of Shenandoah's water services has been canceled. A 6 p.m. meeting was scheduled at Shenandoah City Hall so the council could consider a proposal to privatize the city's water and wastewater services. Back in February, officials with PeopleService made their pitch to oversee the city's water services. Officials with City Hall say Mayor Dick Hunt canceled the meeting to honor and show respect for Council Member Marvin Adcock who passed away on Saturday, May 18th There is no word yet on when the council meeting will be rescheduled.
Brent Barnett/Nick Johansen - Mon, 20 May 2013 16:16:05 CDT
(Glenwood) -- A state-run care facility in Glenwood has been fined by federal inspectors more than any other facility in the state in the past 10 months. Reports say the Glenwood Resource Center has been fined eight times and assessed penalties of over $27,000 since last July. Most of the fines are tied to shortcomings in staff training, and a failure to notify inspectors of incidents at the home. Superintendent Zvia McCormick says in a written statement that Glenwood staff is quick to make amends when issues needing attention surface. She says employees are well trained and residents safe. McCormick says Glenwood is the largest facility of its type in Iowa and a greater number of violations isn’t a surprise. The facility has 260 residents, mostly adults.
Nick Johansen - Mon, 20 May 2013 15:29:21 CDT
(Red Oak) -- Montgomery County authorities are investigating a recent theft. At around 11:00 a.m. Monday, the Sheriff's office received a report of a theft at the Kmart at 2501 Broadway. A white male subject in a white "Tapout" t-shirt with tattoos down his right arm ran out the back door with a 42" RCA TV. The suspect got into a red 2-door sporty car and was last seen in the area of Highway 48 and 34. Partial license place on the vehicle is AG 18. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff's office at 623-5107.
Nick Johansen - Mon, 20 May 2013 15:28:16 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Work remains underway on a busy stretch of road in Shenandoah. Highway 59 through Shenandoah is being worked on as part of resurfacing projects for the two main highways in the area. Work was announced in April for Highway 2 between Clarinda and Shenandoah, and Highway 59 from Highway 2 north to near Imogene. Traffic remains controlled by pilot cars and flaggers, which has led to travel delays on 59 where the work is in progress. KMA News has contacted the DOT offices to get an update on when the project is expected to be completed. Calls were not immediately returned.
O. Kay Henderson - Mon, 20 May 2013 12:59:17 CDT
(Des Moines) -- Republican Governor Terry Branstad is opening the door to a compromise health care plan that might merge his “Healthy Iowa Plan” with Senate Democrats’ plan to expand Medicaid to cover low-income, uninsured Iowans. “‘We’ve got the senate that wants to buy ObamaCare lock, stock and barrel and we’ve got the House that doesn’t want to do anything,” Branstad says. “…We’re going to continue to talk to both House and Senate members about this and…it’s just like the other things we’ve been working on. If we’re going to get something resolved, nobody’s going to get their way totally.” About 52 percent of the cost of Branstad’s “Healthy Iowa Plan” would be covered by state government and 48 percent by the federal government.
Mike Peterson - Mon, 20 May 2013 11:34:29 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Hail aside, Page County escaped Sunday's severe weather with little damage. Page County Emergency Management Coordinator Rod Riley spent Monday morning fielding reports from the public following the storm front that rolled through the area. Riley tells KMA News minor structure and tree damage was reported near the vicinity of 250th and County Road M-32 southeast of Shenandoah. Riley says the rapid drop in temperature late Sunday afternoon helped prevent more extensive damage in the county. "That helped to decrease the intensity of the storms," Riley said. The county's spotting network was activated at around 5:20 p.m. after a wall cloud was reported southeast of Shenandoah, where large hail and high winds were detected. No funnel cloud developed, however.
Mike Peterson - Mon, 20 May 2013 10:25:33 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Tributes are pouring in for a late Shenandoah City Council member. Funeral services for Councilman At-Large Marvin Adcock take place Wednesday morning at 11 at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation is Tuesday from 5-to-7 p.m. at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, which is in charge of arrangements. Adcock died late Saturday evening in Creston at the age of 76. Shenandoah Mayor Dick Hunt tells KMA News he was stunned to learn of Adcock's passing. As the longest-serving council member, Hunt says Adcock's experience was invaluable. "Marv was a good guy to be around," said Hunt.
O. Kay Henderson - Mon, 20 May 2013 06:59:43 CDT
(Des Moines) -- A woman who was fired Friday after working five years for Republicans in the Iowa Senate said her statehouse workplace was “toxic.” Kirsten Anderson went on a Des Moines television station Sunday morning to charge that she and her female co-workers have been subjected to harassment from senate staff and from senators, too. “Things that would make you blush,” Anderson said. “Things that you don’t want your daughter, your mother, your sister having to put up with and that sort of attitude about women, objectifying women, it has to change.” Ed Failor, Jr., the chief of staff for Senate Republicans, told Radio Iowa Sunday afternoon that Anderson was approached early this year about the quality of her work and ”given an opportunity to improve,” but had been fired Friday for “substandard work performance” that had been documented over the past several months.
Mike Peterson - Mon, 20 May 2013 06:54:32 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Damage assessments are expected to continue today following Sunday's round of severe weather. Hail was the main factor in the severe storms, with various sizes falling across KMAland. Todd Greenwalt, who lives south of Shenandoah, took some pictures of the some of hail piled up along roadsides, as well as at his residence. Greenwalt told KMA News his house along U-S Highway 59 suffered damage to its siding, screens and roof because of the hail. Marissa Haigwood of Shenandoah also emailed pictures of larger hailstones found outside her house following Sunday's storm. Other pictures can be sent in jpeg form to email@example.com.
Mike Peterson - Mon, 20 May 2013 05:07:53 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Shenandoah residents are mourning the loss of a longtime city leader. Funeral services for Councilman At-Large Marvin Adcock take place Wednesday morning at 11 at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah, with burial in the Rose Hill Cemetery at a later date. Visitation takes place Tuesday from 5-to-7 p.m. at the Kirsch Funeral Chapel in Shenandoah, which is in charge of arrangements. Adcock died late Saturday evening at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston at the age of 76. Adcock came to Shenandoah from his native Nebraska in 1960. He worked 26 years as the Shenandoah School District's bus mechanic and transportation director before retiring. Adcock first joined the Shenandoah City Council as the first ward councilman in 1989. Adcock served two terms before stepping down, only to return in 1999 to take Chuck Maxine's at-large council position. Adcock was reelected in 2009.
Tim Wayne - Mon, 20 May 2013 00:41:14 CDT
(Maryville) -- One person is injured in an accident Saturday afternoon near Maryville. A vehicle driven by 33-year-old Timothy P Howell of Maryville was traveling west on Highway 136 about 5 miles east of Maryville when he fell asleep at the wheel, crossed the center line, overcorrected and then went off the north side of the road. He then struck a concrete culvert and came to rest in the creek on it's wheels. Howell was not injured, but a passenger in the car, 80-year-old Carol J Palmer suffered moderate injuries and was taken by Nodaway County Ambulance to St. Francis Hospital in Maryville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol officer was assisted by the Nodaway County Sheriff's Department and Nodaway County EMS.
Mike Peterson - Sun, 19 May 2013 20:45:14 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- Earlier this month, snow fell across KMAland. On Sunday, the "other whitestuff" made its presence felt. Marble-sized hail along with heavy rain pelted the KMA studios at 209 North Elm in Shenandoah during severe storm activity late Sunday afternoon. Reports of pea, to marble, to golfball, to teacup-sized hail were common across southwest Iowa, southeast Nebraska and northwest Missouri. Todd Greenwalt, transportation director for the Shenandoah and Essex school districts, was among the residents affected by the hail. Greenwalt, who lives south of Shenandoah on U-S Highway 59, tells KMA News he was leaving Shenandoah after attending graduation parties when the storm hit. After waiting out the storm in town, Greenwalt and his wife headed home--and the hail got worse the further south he traveled.
Chuck Morris - Sun, 19 May 2013 18:51:27 CDT
(Washington) -- With the Memorial Day weekend approaching, lawmakers in our nation's capitol are getting ready to return home for a week. Iowa 3rd District Congressman Tom Latham says he for one, is looking forward to getting back to the district and re-connecting with family and constituents. "I will be around the district attending a number of Memorial Day services, including the big one at Vet's in Des Moines. But I certainly will cover as much ground as possible across the district to visit with folks." Latham says in addition to talking with the people he represents in Washington, it is always refreshing to spend some quality time with family. "That's probably the hardest part of this job. Being away from family is hard. Even when I come home every weekend, you just don't spend that much time at home.
Mike Peterson - Sun, 19 May 2013 15:15:07 CDT
(Undated) -- Virtually all of KMAland is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Shortly before 3 p.m., the National Weather Service revised a previously-issued tornado watch include most counties in Iowa, in addition to a large portion of Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. In addition to Fremont and Page, the watch now includes Adair, Adams, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Union and Taylor counties in southwest Iowa. Also included is Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth counties in northwest Missouri, and Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee and Richardson counties in southeast Nebraska. Severe thunderstorm warnings had already been issued in parts of southeast Nebraska earlier this afternoon. Stay tuned to KMA AM and FM and log onto kmaland.com. for further weather information.
Mary Anne Meyers - Sun, 19 May 2013 12:50:00 CDT
(Kansas City) -- It's been a good start to the year on Wall Street, but that isn't stopping some investors from moving away from global capital markets to put their money into local enterprises, where there's a positive social impact along with a return. John Bloom, senior director of organizational culture for RSF Social Finance, has seen a record number of clients diversify away from global capital markets to invest in local companies working in such areas as food, education and ecological stewardship. Bloom said investors are taking things personally. "What we've seen," Bloom said, "is people saying, 'This doesn't work for me anymore. I want to know where my money is working. I'd like to be able to align my money with the values that I hold dear.
Richard Alan - Sun, 19 May 2013 10:41:22 CDT
(Des Moines) -- There isn't much time now for farmers to get a spring crop in, thanks to the cool wet weather lately, but a new report from the Center for Rural Affairs shows that even now farmers might be able to alter their practices that would affect climate change. According to Johnathan Hladik, energy policy advocate with the Center, rural communities and farmers can play a critical role in adjusting to climate change. "Whether it's adopting renewable-energy practices or it's just being smarter about how you farm, when it comes to adopting to climate change few areas are going to play a role as critical as our small towns," he declared. Hladik said both the EPA and USDA need to revisit current carbon-sequestration practices so that the policy covers a wider area.
Mike Peterson - Sun, 19 May 2013 09:44:20 CDT
(Shenandoah) -- KMA News has confirmed that Shenandoah City Councilman At-Large Marvin Adcock has died at the age of 76. The Kirsch Funeral Home in Shenandoah, which is in charge of arrangements, says Adcock died late Saturday evening in Creston. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time. Marvin Adcock came to Shenandoah from his native Nebraska in 1960. He worked 26 years as the Shenandoah School District's bus mechanic and transportation director before retiring. Adcock first joined the Shenandoah City Council as the first ward councilman in 1989. Adcock served two terms before stepping down, only to return in 1999 to take Chuck Maxine's at-large council position. He was reelected in 2009, and was up for reelection in this November's municipal elections.
Nick Johansen - Sun, 19 May 2013 06:22:47 CDT
(KMAland) -- Northwest Missouri residents are urged to give input on economic development plans for the area. The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments has prepared a new Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the five-county region. Everyone in that area is invited to view the document from May 20th through June 20th at the County Clerk’s office in the courthouses in Atchison, Gentry, Holt, Nodaway and Worth Counties. The U.S. Department of Commerce - Economic Development Administration provides partial funding for the NWMORCOG and requires that a new strategy be developed and submitted every five years. Public input was obtained through meetings held in each county during February and March.
Tim Wayne - Sun, 19 May 2013 02:22:13 CDT
(Red Oak) -- A narcotics warrant arrest was made of a Red Oak woman after 11pm on Saturday. Red Oak Police officers arrested 37-year-old Rachel Charise Kathleen Hadden in the 400 block of East Senate Avenue on a charge of a controlled substance violation. The defendant was taken to Montgomery County Corrections for processing and is being held on $50,000 bond.
Tim Wayne - Sat, 18 May 2013 21:49:11 CDT
(Council Bluffs) -- A stabbing occurred in Council Bluffs on Saturday afternoon at 1127 6th Avenue. Council Bluffs Police officers were not aware of the stabbing until 40-year-old James Michael Willett of Council Bluffs showed up at Mercy Hospital to receive treatment for his injuries. The victim had been transported by a private vehicle to the hospital and officers than saw the severe cuts to the right side of his neck and face area and his right arm. During the investigation officers identified the suspect in the stabbing as 39-year-old Ron Jeffrey Davis of Council Bluffs. He was taken into custody at his residence, 2436 3rd Avenue #2, and transported to Jennie Edmondson Hospital for a minor injury he received during the incident.
Richard Alan - Sat, 18 May 2013 18:31:05 CDT
(Des Moines) -- The average college student will graduate this year owing almost $27,000 in student debt, a 40 percent jump since 2002. According to Iowa State University financial counselor Jonathan Fox, many students may look at how much debt they've racked up and think they will never pay it off. "In a longer-term financial planning prospective it's very doable, it can get done, but step number one is managing your expenses and your cash flow." Fox said those who graduate are typically far better off than those who dropped out and still have a mountain of student loans to pay off. "Where it's a more grave issue is for those who have a significant amount of student debt, and haven't graduated," he said.
Chuck Morris - Sat, 18 May 2013 17:03:19 CDT
(Lenox) -- Lenox Police report an officer enroute to an accident early Friday morning hit a deer, but escaped injury. Few details were given on the Lenox Police Facebook page, but does state Officer Pitt was called to a motorcycle accident approximately four miles west of Lenox on J-20 at 5:10 a.m. Friday. While enroute to accident, Officer Pitt struck a deer with his patrol car. (seen above) Pitt was able to continue to the accident scene. The victim there was taken by air ambulance to an undisclosed hospital location. The motorcycle accident remains under investigation by the Taylor County Sheriff's office.
Chuck Morris - Sat, 18 May 2013 11:59:38 CDT
(Washington) -- It's been a interesting week in Washington D-C in terms of controversy. While controversy is no stranger to our nation's capitol, it certainly has been an active week with a couple of key issues capturing our attention. Iowa 3rd District Congressman Tom Latham spoke about the most recent political headlines during a visit with KMA News Saturday morning. "The IRS making special efforts and asking a lot of extra questions and delaying efforts for groups to be tax exempt if they had "Tea Party" or "Freedom" in their name is outrageous." The President expressed anger over the IRS revelations and shortly after he publicly expressed that anger, Acting IRS Commissioner Steve Miller resigned from his post. Latham says the news this week about other possible illegal government activity has he and other lawmakers on both sides of the aisle up in arms.
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