STATE BASEBALL — Newman uses big inning to win 1A opener

DES MOINES — Evan Paulus tossed a two-hitter and his two-run homer to left center ignited a nine run fifth inning as second ranked Newman beat CAM (Anita) 10-2 in the Class More »

Unemployment rate in Iowa increased in June

DES MOINES — The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month, to 3.2 percent. “One thing we see as you come into the summer months is new entrants into the job market,” More »

Trial date set in Mason City home invasion trial

MASON CITY — The trial has been set for one of the three men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Mason City earlier this year. Police accused the three More »

Rural banker survey index drops dramatically in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Drought conditions in some areas and weak grain prices are among factors weighing heavily on the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall More »

Iowan Sam Clovis nominated to be USDA undersecretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump has nominated an Iowan who was a top policy advisor on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to serve as the USDA Undersecretary for research, education and economics. Sam Clovis, More »

Another sales record for Iowa Lottery scratch tickets, Powerball sales down

DES MOINES — Total ticket sales for the Powerball lottery game fell during the past 12 months in Iowa due to the lack of high-dollar jackpots, but sales of scratch tickets continue More »

Friday July 21st Local Sports

TODAY: AM-1300 KGLO — 1A baseball state quarterfinal, Newman vs. CAM — 10:45 pre-game, 11:00 first pitch     DES MOINES — The Newman baseball team makes their tenth straight state tournament More »

STATE BASEBALL — Newman uses big inning to win 1A opener

DES MOINES — Evan Paulus tossed a two-hitter and his two-run homer to left center ignited a nine run fifth inning as second ranked Newman beat CAM (Anita) 10-2 in the Class 1A opener at the state high school baseball tournament.

CAM took advantage of two Newman throwing errors to score twice in the top of thr first.

 

CAM led 2-1 before the Newman bats came alive in the bottom of the fifth. CAM coach Dan Daugherty.

 

Newman next plays on Thursday daytime in the 1A semifinals. For full state tournament information click here

Unemployment rate in Iowa increased in June

DES MOINES — The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month, to 3.2 percent.

“One thing we see as you come into the summer months is new entrants into the job market,” says Cory Kelly, a spokesman for Iowa Workforce Development. “All of our college graduates come in, so that increases the unemployment rate.”

Nearly 54,000 Iowans were unemployed in June. State officials report the number of Iowans in the workforce has decreased by about 3200 compared to a year ago.

Trial date set in Mason City home invasion trial

MASON CITY — The trial has been set for one of the three men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Mason City earlier this year.

Police accused the three men of breaking into a home in the 1000 block of East State Street at about noon on March 27th, holding down an occupant of the home and stealing a safe containing money.

Mason City man accused of stealing from carnival vendors at Band Festival

MASON CITY — Authorities have arrested a Mason City man accused of stealing from carnival vendors at this year’s North Iowa Band Festival.

27-year-old Dustin Bredeson is accused of taking about $1000 worth of items from vendors in Central Park at about 1 o’clock on the morning of May 28th and loading them into a car. A witness supposedly took a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and a short video of some of the contents in the car.

McGregor tornado damage may be worse than first thought

McGREGOR — The mayor of the northeast Iowa town of McGregor, struck by a tornado Wednesday night, says damage to the city’s downtown is likely even worse than what many people initially thought.

Harold Brooks says it’s still unclear how many buildings on Main Street were destroyed. “They’re finding out that there are hardly any businesses that are not damaged (in) some way or another,” Brooks said. The National Weather Service rated the tornado as an EF1, with wind speeds of up to 110 miles an hour.

State environmental regulators consider new guidelines on CAFOs

DES MOINES — Members of two Iowa environmental groups are asking state leaders to enact stricter guidelines for confined animal feeding operations, or CAFOs.

Erica Blair, an organizer with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, went with members of Food and Water Watch, to deliver petitions this week to the state Environmental Protection Commission.

Blair says the so-called Master Matrix hasn’t been updated in years and needs tougher rules to protect the state’s waters.

Rural banker survey index drops dramatically in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Drought conditions in some areas and weak grain prices are among factors weighing heavily on the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states.

The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for the region plummeted to 40.7 in July from June’s index of 50. The index ranges between 0 and 100, with any number under 50 indicating a shrinking economy.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says July’s was the largest one-month decline recorded in the index since November 2008, which was in the middle of the Great Recession.

Iowan Sam Clovis nominated to be USDA undersecretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump has nominated an Iowan who was a top policy advisor on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to serve as the USDA Undersecretary for research, education and economics. Sam Clovis, formerly of Hinton, Iowa, has been working in the USDA since Trump took office, serving as a liaison to the White House.

“This may be the last rodeo I ever have. I can’t believe I’ve had this experience,” Clovis said a year ago during an appearance in Iowa. “But I will tell you this: I can’t imagine anything more important than what I’m doing right now because it’s about the country.”

His nomination to be the top science advisor in the USDA has sparked controversy, as Clovis has said he’s skeptical of climate science.

Another sales record for Iowa Lottery scratch tickets, Powerball sales down

DES MOINES — Total ticket sales for the Powerball lottery game fell during the past 12 months in Iowa due to the lack of high-dollar jackpots, but sales of scratch tickets continue to surge.

Iowa Lottery officials report more than $237.6 million worth of scratch tickets were sold during the past 12 months. That’s nearly $4 million above the previous year’s record and the third consecutive year of record sales for scratch tickets.

Friday July 21st Local Sports

TODAY:
AM-1300 KGLO — 1A baseball state quarterfinal, Newman vs. CAM — 10:45 pre-game, 11:00 first pitch

 

 

DES MOINES — The Newman baseball team makes their tenth straight state tournament appearance when they face CAM of Anita in the opening game of the Class 1A state tournament today at Principal Park in Des Moines. The ten straight appearances and their 21st overall appearance are both state records.

Veal convicted of first-degree murder, faces life in prison

FORT DODGE — Peter Veal has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

The Lake Mills man was accused of shooting Melinda Kavars and stabbing Caleb Christensen 25 times in a home in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue in Mason City on November 17th. Veal also faced an attempted murder charge after assaulting Kavars’ cousin Ron Willis with a gun.

The trial was moved to Fort Dodge due to pre-trial publicity. The jury started deliberations on Wednesday afternoon and returned a verdict at about 1:20 Thursday afternoon.

When Veal is sentenced on August 25th, he’ll face a mandatory life sentence without the opportunity for parole on each of the first-degree murder counts, and 25 years on the attempted murder charge.

National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado in McGregor

McGREGOR — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado struck the northeast Iowa town of McGregor early Wednesday evening.

National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Rogers says a damage assessment team from the Weather Service office in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, was in McGregor this morning. “They have been able to determine that an EF1 tornado did go through the downtown McGregor area,” Rogers says. “That would be winds up to 110 miles per hour.”

The tornado was on the ground in McGregor at about 6:15 p.m. A spotter reported seeing a tornado near Fort Atkinson, but the National Weather Service has had no reports of damage related to that funnel cloud. Rogers says a line of “strong to severe” thunderstorms rolled through northeast Iowa late yesterday afternoon and during the early evening hours.

Charles City man charged with sexual assault

CHARLES CITY — A Charles City man has been arrested on a sexual abuse charge.

The Charles City Police Department arrested 49-year-old Michael Debettignies Wednesday night and charged him with third-degree sexual abuse. A criminal complaint filed on July 12th accuses him of performing a sex act on a 20-year-old female without her consent in April 2012 in Floyd County.

Iowa Court of Appeals upholds Wright County attempted murder conviction

EAGLE GROVE — The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the Wright County conviction against a Kossuth County man who shot the Eagle Grove man his ex-girlfriend was dating. The shooting happened in Eagle Grove in February of last year.

Authorities say Marcos Castaneda of Whittemore shot Hugo Salinas twice, then shot himself. Both men were taken to local hospitals, then transferred to hospitals in Des Moines for treatment.

Iowa Court of Appeals rules in two Mason City assault cases

MASON CITY — The Iowa Court of Appeals has made rulings this week in a pair of Cerro Gordo County assault cases:

 

=== A Mason City man with a history of domestic assault won a partial victory in his appeal. 29-year-old Michael Holton had been sentenced earlier this year to five years in prison for third or subsequent offense domestic abuse assault. That’s after being accused of preventing a woman from leaving the bathroom of a Mason City residents for about 45 minutes while he stood outside with a pair of scissors and threatened to stab her in the face.

Britt man charged with carrying meth

MASON CITY — A Britt man was charged earlier this week with possessing meth in Mason City.

Police say they stopped 24-year-old James Michelson at around 1 o’clock on Monday in the 600 block of South Federal as he was wanted in Hancock County on a parole violation. Officers say they found a plastic baggie in Michelson’s front right watch pocket that contained a crystal substance suspected to be methamphetamine.

First West Nile case of the year detected in Iowa

DES MOINES — For the first time this year, an Iowan is testing positive for West Nile virus.

Deputy state epidemiologist Dr. Ann Garvey says the case should serve as a reminder for all of us. “That was in a middle-aged man in Ida County,” Dr. Garvey says. “He was not hospitalized and is recovering, so that’s really good news.” State health officials say surveillance has also identified four mosquito pools that tested positive for West Nile, one each in Polk and Story counties and two in Pottawattamie County.

Veal case in hands of jury

FORT DODGE — The fate of Peter Veal is now in the hands of a Webster County jury in his double-homicide trial.

The Lake Mills man is accused of shooting Melinda Kavars and stabbing Caleb Christensen 25 times in a home in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue in Mason City on November 17th. Veal also faces an attempted murder charge after allegedly assaulting Kavars’ cousin Ron Willis with a gun.

More details released about incident at Iowa State Penitentiary

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Department of Corrections tells The Associated Press that about 80 inmates at a maximum security prison could face disciplinary action in connection to a large fight this month.

That’s a far greater number of people than the state corrections department has publicly said were directly involved in the July 1 melee at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.

Iowa Senate GOP leader says there’s ‘no tolerance’ of harassment

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate’s Republican leader has released a statement following a jury’s verdict that one of his former staff members should be paid $2.2 million for being subjected to discrimination and retaliation.

Kirsten Anderson worked for Republicans in the senate for five years until she was fired in May of 2013. Senate Republican Leader Bill Dix said Anderson was fired “only for her poor work product and absolutely no other reason.”

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