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Monday 03/30/2015
Young tours Green Plains Inc.
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Shenandoah) -- Iowa 3rd District Congressman David Young made a stop in Shenandoah Monday morning as part of a tour through southwest Iowa.

Young toured the facility at Green Plains Inc. to observe the daily operations of ethanol production. Young tells KMA News the Shenandoah plant is a top notch facility.

Mills County Police Blotter
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Glenwood) -- Mills County Sheriff Eugene Goos released an activity report to the media Monday summarizing investigations between March 25 and March 30.

You can view the PDF document below.

Glenwood Police blotter
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Glenwood) -- Glenwood Police made three arrests over the past few days.

The department's latest report is enclosed here:

Atlantic Police blotter
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Atlantic) -- Atlantic Police made numerous arrests and investigated at least one accident over the weekend.

Details are included in the department's latest report:

Hamburg/Farragut boards discuss staff tonight
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Hamburg) -- Now that a new school year is assured for the Hamburg and Farragut School Districts, the hard work begins.

Members of both school boards meet in joint session tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Nishnabotna Middle School Library. It's the first joint meeting since the State Board of Education last week granted conditional accreditation for both districts for the 2015-2016 school year. Among other things, the boards will consider and discuss staffing models for Marnie Simons Elementary School in Hamburg and Nishnabotna Junior-Senior High School in Farragut for next school year. Under an amended whole grade sharing agreement, pre-K-through-6th grade students will attend classes at Marnie Simons, while Nishnabotna Junior-Senior High will house 7th through 12th graders. In a recent interview with KMA News, Hamburg School Superintendent Terry Kenealy says staff realignment is necessary under the new building configuration.

2 Audubon County men arrested on drug charges
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Audubon) -- Audubon County Sheriff Todd Johnson reports the arrests of two Audubon County men on Monday morning following an investigation that dates back to November of 2013.

Johnson says 21-year-old Reece Joseph Blohm of Audubon and 21-year-old Robert Paul Joens of Exira both turned themselves into authorities around 9 a.m. Monday on outstanding warrants. Blohm has been charged with possession of marijuana 2nd offense and gathering where controlled substances are used. Joens has been charged with gathering where controlled substances are used.

Watermeier: Chambers' comments "uncalled for"
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Lincoln) -- The firestorm continues in the Nebraska Unicameral over comments made by Omaha Senator Ernie Chambers.

In a legislative committee hearing last week, Chambers compared Omaha Police to ISIS--the Middle East terrorist organization. Chambers declined to retract his statement before the full Legislature two days later, saying he meant what he said. State Senator Dan Watermeier has been hearing from his constituents regarding Chambers' comments. While saying the Omaha legislator's comments were uncalled for, Watermeier tells KMA News they're protected under the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

Missouri honors Vietnam veterans today
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Jefferson City) -- It's been nearly 40 years since the official end of the Vietnam War and today Missouri honors the sacrifices of all those who served in the conflict. Many Vietnam veterans came home to find the country in the midst of the anti-establishment, anti-war movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

Daniel Bell, public information officer with the Missouri Veterans Commission, says today's observance of Vietnam Veterans Day gives Missourians a chance to make up for the past. 

Storm spotters bone up for another storm season
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Sidney) -- Last week's tornadoes in Oklahoma reminded us that severe weather season has arrived.

In advance of a new storm season, National Weather Service officials are holding a series of storm spotting classes across KMAland. Fremont County Emergency Management hosts the latest class tonight at 7 at the Sidney High School Commons. Mike Crecelius is the county's emergency management coordinator. Crecelius tells KMA News that Brian Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the weather service's Valley, Nebraska office, will cover the gamut of severe weather information.

Shenandoah Chamber prepares for their move
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Shenandoah) -- If you see Gregg Connell or Shelly Smith from the Shenandoah Chamber and Industry Association carrying boxes in the next few weeks, you might offer a hand.

The Shenandoah Chamber Office is moving to a new location. Gregg Connell is the Executive Vice President of the Chamber and he tells KMA News they hope to be in their new location by the middle of April. Connell says the new location is a prime spot for the Chamber.

Red Oak teen arrested for assault
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Red Oak) -- A 19-year-old Red Oak teen is in the Montgomery County jail without bond following his early Monday morning arrest on domestic abuse assault.

Red Oak Police report the arrest of Bryson Lee Powell shortly after midnight on Monday following a call to the 500 block of East Coolbaugh Street in Red Oak.

Candidates Forum to be held in Maryville
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Maryville) – Maryville voters have the chance to meet with candidates running for two open city council seats at an open forum Tuesday night.

The Nodaway County Candidates’ Forum is hosted annually by the Maryville Citizens for Community Action and the Greater Maryville Chamber of Commerce. There are four candidates running for the city council including incumbent Jerry Riggs, Michael Baumli, Beth Hawkins, and Jason McDowell.

Lawmakers: MHI picture looks bleak
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Shenandoah) -- Two KMAland lawmakers say they're not giving up on efforts to save mental health institutes in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.

But, State Representative Cecil Dolecheck and State Senator Mark Costello concede there appears to be little hope the two MHIs will stay open past June 30th. Dolecheck and Costello addressed the MHI situation at a series of legislative coffees in Shenandoah, Clarinda and Mount Ayr Saturday. Speaking at the Bricker Room of Shenandoah's Public Safety Center, Dolecheck expressed concerns that alternative services will not be ready for patients and families when the MHIs shut down.

Kawasaki to present tax plan to council
Posted: March 30, 2015

(Maryville) -- Kawasaki leaders will be back in the Maryville Council Chambers Monday night.

The Maryville City Council has a heavy agenda planned for Monday night's meeting, headlined by a proposed ordinance approving an industrial development project for Kawasaki. City Manager Greg McDanel says the proposed plan would facilitate Kawasaki's multimillion dollar expansion.

Sunday 03/29/2015
An accidental shooting in Council Bluffs
Posted: March 29, 2015

(Council Bluffs) -- A Carter Lake man accidently shot himself on Sunday in the 2300 block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs.

Council Bluffs Police report that around 4:30 pm 21-year-old Marvin Naggatz of Carter Lake arrived at Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs for treatment of a gunshot wound. Naggatz told authorities that he was in the parking lot on West Broadway when he attempted to adjust his holster. During the adjustment , the .40 caliber hand discharged striking Naggatz in the hand. The injury is not life threatening.  He was treated and released.

One person injured in Northwest Missouri accident
Posted: March 29, 2015

( Graham) -- A Skidmore man sustained injuries during an accident Sunday morning in Nodaway County.

The accident occurred around 7:15 am as 20-year-old Patrick A. Hurst of Skidmore was traveling west on Route A. He failed to make a curve, and traveled off the south side of the road and struck a house at 312 East Broadway in Graham. The vehicle came to rest inside the residence. Hurst was taken to St. Francis Hospital by Nodaway County EMS with moderate injuries.

Is Your Tuna Sandwich Bad for the Environment?
Posted: March 29, 2015

(KMAland) -- More canned tuna is consumed in the United States than in any other country in the world. Unfortunately, the vast majority of tuna sold in the American market fails to meet fundamental sustainability standards, according to Greenpeace’s 2015 Canned Tuna shopping guide, their first-ever US canned tuna ranking.

The ranking looked at 14 well-known US national and private label supermarket brands to evaluate their sourcing policies and practices -- including whether the fishing method used to catch their tuna harms other marine life, whether they avoid shark finning, and whether they can trace their products back to the sea. In addition, it examined how equitable and socially responsible are the brands.

Power restored to KMALand
Posted: March 29, 2015

(KMAland) -- Power has been restored to Southwest Iowa due to an earlier power outage in the area that included Page and Mills Counties and Pottawattamie County around 1:15 pm Sunday.  MidAmerican Energy has not determined the cause of the outage at this time.

KMA also experienced technical problems, due to the power outage.  Equipment and programming problems have been corrected and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

Power outage in Southwest Iowa
Posted: March 29, 2015

(KMALand) -- Mid American Energy is reporting power outages around portions of Southwest Iowa affecting just over 2,000 customers.  The largest group affected is Shenandoah with over 880 customers without power.  Mills County reports over 200 and Pottawattamie County and Council Bluffs with several customers without power.

Mid American Energy crews are at this time working on the problem location and expect the power to be restored by 3:15 pm in KMALand.  The cause of the outage has not been determined. For more details on the outage watch,  go to MidAmericanenergy.com.

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa
Posted: March 29, 2015

(Des Moines) -- This week was Severe Weather Awareness Week in Iowa as residents statewide were encouraged to be prepared for spring and summer storms.

Each day of the week focused on a different severe weather topic, and Mike McClure with the National Weather Service says Monday called attention to the dangers of flash flooding.

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