Friday was Vilsack’s last day as U.S. Ag Secretary

WASHINGTON — At 11 o’clock Iowa time Friday, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced it was his FINAL day as U-S Ag Secretary. Vilsack posted a “farewell message” on the U-S-D-A website. More »

Rallies against health care repeal held in four cities

DES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party organized rallies in four of the state’s cities Sunday afternoon. The events were billed as a “first stand” against G-O-P efforts to repeal the Affordable More »

Two arrested in protest in US Sen. Grassley’s Iowa office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two people participating in a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office have been arrested. A news release by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund More »

Defunding Planned Parenthood could harm Iowa social program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a former high-ranking state government lawyer, a former Polk County supervisor and a retired newspaper publisher to the Iowa Public Information Board. More »

Monday January 16th Local Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Scottie Lindsey scored 22, Bryant McIntosh had 20 and Northwestern rolled to a convincing 89-54 win over Iowa on Sunday. Lindsey had a career-high eight rebounds while McIntosh, More »

Ice Storm Warning for southern part of listening area, Winter Weather Advisory for most of area

MASON CITY — An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Wright, Franklin and Butler counties until midnight tonight, while a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of our listening More »

Approaching winter storm system may coat much of Iowa in ice

MASON CITY — A massive winter storm system that stretches a thousand miles from the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic states threatens to coat a wide section of Iowa with a layer More »

Ice Storm Warning for southern part of listening area, Winter Weather Advisory for most of area

MASON CITY — An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Wright, Franklin and Butler counties until midnight tonight, while a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of our listening area until midnight. Throughout north-central Iowa, freezing rain will continue through this morning and diminish some before another round of moderate freezing rain arrives later today. In the Ice Storm Warning area, there is the potential for ice accumulations from two to three tenths of an inch with localized areas of four tenths of an inch. In the Winter Weather Advisory area, ice accumulations are expected to be up to a tenth of an inch. A light snow/sleet mix is also possible with accumulations of an inch or less in both areas.

 

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Friday was Vilsack’s last day as U.S. Ag Secretary

WASHINGTON — At 11 o’clock Iowa time Friday, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced it was his FINAL day as U-S Ag Secretary. Vilsack posted a “farewell message” on the U-S-D-A website. Vilsack thanked the department’s 90-thousand employees. Vilsack said their work “allows America to have the most productive farmers, ranchers, and producers in the world.” You can read Vilsack’s four paragraph message by clicking here.

Rallies against health care repeal held in four cities

DES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party organized rallies in four of the state’s cities Sunday afternoon. The events were billed as a “first stand” against G-O-P efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Matt Tapscott of Decorah runs a child care business and Tapscott says he hadn’t been able to afford insurance until the law. “My elected representative said we’re working to ensure that you have access to health care,” Tapscott said during a rally in Des Moines.

Two arrested in protest in US Sen. Grassley’s Iowa office

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two people participating in a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office have been arrested. A news release by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund says the arrests followed a four-hour sit-in Friday at Grassley’s office in Des Moines to protest the nomination of fellow Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions as the next attorney general by President-elect Donald Trump.

Defunding Planned Parenthood could harm Iowa social program

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a former high-ranking state government lawyer, a former Polk County supervisor and a retired newspaper publisher to the Iowa Public Information Board. Branstad announced Friday that former deputy attorney general Julie Pottorff will fill a term on the board that expires in 2020. Pottorff served for years under Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and often gave advice to state and local agencies about the Iowa open records and open meetings laws.

Monday January 16th Local Sports

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Scottie Lindsey scored 22, Bryant McIntosh had 20 and Northwestern rolled to a convincing 89-54 win over Iowa on Sunday. Lindsey had a career-high eight rebounds while McIntosh, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1000th career point on Jan. 5 against Minnesota, shot an efficient 9 for 11 from the field and added 10 assists for his first double-double this season.

Approaching winter storm system may coat much of Iowa in ice

MASON CITY — A massive winter storm system that stretches a thousand miles from the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic states threatens to coat a wide section of Iowa with a layer of ice later this weekend. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg, at the National Weather Service bureau in metro Des Moines, says most of the state is now under a Winter Storm Watch. “Confidence is very high right now that we’re going to have that wintery system come in sometime around Sunday afternoon into Monday morning and afternoon,” Kotenberg says.

Report shows record corn and soybean yields in Iowa

DES MOINES — Corn and soybean growers in Iowa and across the country set new records in 2016. That’s according to a report from the USDA Ag Statistics Service. Doug Hartwig, deputy director for the Upper Midwest region, says the corn yield in Iowa is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels. “That’s a record high production. This is nine-percent above the previous record of 2.51 billion bushels set in 2015,” Hartwig says. Iowa’s average corn yield topped 200 bushels per acre for the first time ever.

Northey hasn’t heard from president-elect about U.S. Ag Secretary post

DES MOINES — President-elect Donald Trump has filled all of his cabinet posts but one: Agriculture Secretary. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says while many people are concerned about the delay, he’s hoping it just means Trump is being “thorough.” Filling the top job at the USDA soon is important, according to Northey, because all of the political appointees within the agency will be leaving those jobs on January 20.

Legislator seeks end to tenure at UI, ISU, UNI

DES MOINES — A Republican legislator is targeting tenure for professors at the state’s three public universities. Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale is sponsoring legislation that would end the tenure systems at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. “It’s a conversation we need to have,” Zaun says. “It’s unfortunate that universities out there, if they have a bad professor, they can’t get rid of that professor because of the tenure.” Critics of Zaun’s proposal say professors can be fired for cause and they argue tenure ensures the universities attract the best and brightest to teach and conduct research.

Legislator threatens lawsuit to regain committee slots

DES MOINES — Senator David Johnson of Ocheyedan is a man without a political party and he’s threatening to sue his former Republican colleagues for the right to participate and vote on senate committees. “I think it’s unconstitutional to keep me off of committees,” Johnson says. “That’s where the whole legislative process starts, so I see it as legislation without representation for the 60,000 people that I represent.” For the past 18 years, Johnson served in the legislature as a Republican. Johnson left the G-O-P this summer when Donald Trump became the party’s leader.

Supreme Court sides with couple in paperwork signature

DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court has overturned lower court rulings in a case involving signatures on paperwork. The case involved a surgery at University Hospitals in Iowa City in 2009 that resulted in Paula Segura losing the function in her lower body. Segura and her husband Ricardo contacted a lawyer to file a claim. The couple moved to Texas, but their lawyer continued working on the case and eventually signed and filed the form on their behalf.

Court upholds firing of Iowa judge who criticized governor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – A court has upheld the firing of a judge who helped expose improper political pressure in Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration, saying she lied to get her adult daughter state-funded health insurance. Iowa district judge Douglas Staskal rejected a union’s arguments that the arbitrator who upheld Susan Ackerman’s firing was biased and lacked “substantial evidence” for his decision. In a ruling issued Thursday, Staskal acknowledged that the decision by arbritrator John Sandy was “very poorly written” and filled with spelling and grammatical errors.

Mason City man arrested on lascivious acts warrant

MASON CITY — A Mason City man wanted on a charge of lascivious acts with a child has been arrested. 47-year-old Greg Courtier is accused of inappropriately touching a child last February 14th. Courtier was arrested on Wednesday near the intersection of 4th and South President. Courtier was also booked on a charge of failing to appear for a court hearing in another case. Online court records show Courtier’s arraignment hearing is scheduled for January 24th.  He continues to be held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $11-thousand bond.

Winter storm with significant ice accumulations forecast for most of Iowa

MASON CITY — A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for north-central Iowa from Sunday into Monday morning. A large winter storm will impact the state with a wintry mix of precipitation expected during this time with significant ice accumulations of a tenth to a quarter of an inch from Sunday into Monday being possible across the watch area. Light snow and sleet accumulations of around an inch or less may also occur. Extremely hazardous travel due to icy, slick roads, and icing on sidewalks and parking lots will be possible, along with tree damage and power outages being possible. For the latest information click here or look at the KGLO News Facebook or Twitter site.

Man charged with killing two Des Moines-area officers wants trial moved

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Attorneys for an Iowa man accused of killing two Des Moines-area police officers are seeking to have his trial moved, citing pretrial publicity. An attorney for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene told a judge in a hearing Thursday that he plans to file the change-of-venue request within days. Scott Greene has pleaded not guilty to two murder charges in the Nov. 2 ambush-style slayings of Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio.

State Education Department releases school report card

DES MOINES — The Department of Education released its third annual Iowa School Report Card Thursday. Department director Ryan Wise says it’s designed to give a look at individual schools within a district.”You do see some schools that improved and some schools that declined in terms of their overall ranking,” Wise says. “You also see a slight overall shift downward this year — because there was statewide dip in test scores.”   The schools don’t get a letter grade, they instead are given rating.

Ernst questions nominee for Secretary of Defense

WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst Thursday questioned retired General James Mattis, the man nominated to lead the U-S Defense Department. The Republican from Red Oak  started by asking several yes or no questions of Mattis during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. She asked Mattis if he would commit to making cutting wasteful spending a priority, if he would commit to working to prevent sexual assault and retaliation in the military, if he would commit leveraging the “unique capabilities of our guard and reserve forces” to enhance national security missions, and he answered yes to each.  

Friday January 13th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND

= Friday
– AM-1300 KGLO — Mason City High at Urbandale — girls 6:15, boys follow
– AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — Clear Lake vs. Webster City — girls 6:15, boys follow

= Saturday
– AM-1300 KGLO — NIACC vs. DMACC — women 1:00, men 3:00

= Sunday
– AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men at Northwestern — 5:30 pre-game, 6:30 tipoff

 

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Peter Jok scored 29 points with eight assists and six rebounds and Iowa rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Number 17 Purdue 83-78 Thursday night. Freshman Tyler Cook had 16 points for the Hawkeyes (11-7, 3-2 Big Ten), who beat a ranked team at home for the second time this season.

Clear Lake policeman accused of domestic assault pleads not guilty, self-defense

CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake police officer accused of domestic assault has pleaded not guilty. 36-year-old Ryan Eskildsen was arrested on December 1st after being accused of attacking and injuring a woman on November 29th. Eskildsen has been an employee of the Clear Lake Police Department since 2002 and was placed on paid administrative leave after being arrested.

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