Ragan, Upmeyer field questions at legislative forum in Clear Lake (AUDIO)

CLEAR LAKE — A standing-room only crowd back into the community room of Clear Lake Bank & Trust late this morning for a legislative forum featuring House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate More »

Unemployment down again in Iowa

DES MOINES — More Iowans went off the unemployment rolls in February as the rate dropped for the fifth straight month to three-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman, Cory Kelly, says the More »

Inmate death at Cerro Gordo County Jail being investigated

MASON CITY — State authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Cerro Gordo County Jail. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a man was found unresponsive in a More »

Charles City Democrat Prichard to explore run for governor

CHARLES CITY — A north-central Iowa Democrat who’s a 42-year-old veteran of the Iraq War has formed an “exploratory committee” — his first step toward officially launching a campaign for governor. Todd More »

House panel to investigate DHS child welfare system

DES MOINES — Republican leaders in the Iowa House are launching an investigation “inspired by” the case of a central Iowa teen who died last October of starvation, but House Speaker Linda More »

Two Mason City men arrested on burglary charges

MASON CITY — Two Mason City men have been arrested after a burglary to a home. The Mason City Police Department says they were called shortly before 12:50 Thursday afternoon to the More »

Friday March 24th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO – Friday 5:00 PM — NCAA men’s Sweet 16 – Saturday 1:45 PM — NCAA Division II championship, followed by Division I regional championship games – Sunday More »

Ragan, Upmeyer field questions at legislative forum in Clear Lake (AUDIO)

CLEAR LAKE — A standing-room only crowd back into the community room of Clear Lake Bank & Trust late this morning for a legislative forum featuring House Speaker Linda Upmeyer and Senate Minority Whip Amanda Ragan. Several topics were discussed during the event, including collective bargaining, water quality and the minimum wage. One of the first questions dealt with the privatization of Medicaid services in the state, specifically dealing with more than 220-thousand poor or disabled Iowans possibly losing access to the Mercy Health System because of a payment dispute with AmeriHealth Caritas, one of the three companies the state hired last year to run the program. Ragan says the switch happened too quickly.

Unemployment down again in Iowa

DES MOINES — More Iowans went off the unemployment rolls in February as the rate dropped for the fifth straight month to three-point-two percent. Iowa Workforce Development spokesman, Cory Kelly, says the state is pushing toward full employment — but that number is not exactly known. “We’re having those discussions, as a matter of fact a year ago our analysts were sitting around discussing that very same thing, thinking three-point-four or three-point-five percent was full employment,” Kelly says.  

Ag Secretary nominee questioned about budget

WASHINGTON — The Senate Agriculture Committee held a confirmation hearing Thursday for U.S. Ag Secretary nominee Sonny Perdue. Democrats on the panel have raised questions about the Trump Administration’s commitment to agriculture. Perdue said he did not have input into the administration’s proposed budget, which calls for a 21-percent cut at USDA, but the former governor of Georgia said he’s “used to doing more with less.”

USDA remains vigilant after bird flu strain kills 140 people in China

DES MOINES — There have been -no- cases reported in Iowa, but a strain of bird flu that’s deadly to humans has already killed 140 people in China. The U-S-D-A’s head veterinarian, Dr. Jack Shere, says the agency is preparing to fight the strain should it be found here. Shere says it’s possible migrating wild birds could bring the killer strain over from China which is why vigilance is so important.

Food Bank of Iowa receives large gift from Nationwide Foundation

DES MOINES — The Nationwide Foundation announced a gift of one-and-a-half million dollars Thursday to the capital campaign of the Food Bank of Iowa. Michelle Book is the president of the Food Bank, which serves 55 counties in the state including north-central Iowa. “This is a big game changer, it’s a jump starter. It is the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for our effort. Nationwide doesn’t do something like this every day — but when they do something like this  for the Food Bank of Iowa, the community will stop and stand up and look around to says ‘hey what’s going on here,  this is something worth doing,'” Book says.  

Inmate death at Cerro Gordo County Jail being investigated

MASON CITY — State authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at the Cerro Gordo County Jail. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says a man was found unresponsive in a detox cell at about 4:25 Thursday morning. According to the DCI’s written statement, jail staff attempted to perform life-saving measures and Mason City fire paramedics took the man to Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa, where he was pronounced dead. The inmate’s name was not released. An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny.

Charles City Democrat Prichard to explore run for governor

CHARLES CITY — A north-central Iowa Democrat who’s a 42-year-old veteran of the Iraq War has formed an “exploratory committee” — his first step toward officially launching a campaign for governor. Todd Prichard of Charles City is currently in his fifth year as a state representative. “I’m discouraged with the focus of our legislative agenda and the Republican leadership right now,” Prichard says, “and I think we need to find a new direction.” Prichard says his goal as governor would be to help more “regular Iowans” land in the middle class.

House panel to investigate DHS child welfare system

DES MOINES — Republican leaders in the Iowa House are launching an investigation “inspired by” the case of a central Iowa teen who died last October of starvation, but House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says they do not plan to ask direct questions that might jeopardize the criminal case against Natalie Finn’s adoptive mother and the woman’s ex-husband. “We certainly don’t want to do anything that would prevent the law from dealing with this the way they should,” Upmeyer says. “Now, I think, we are at (time) where we have a responsibility to look at the system and the process.”

Republicans stick with minimum wage bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Republican lawmakers are forging ahead with a bill prohibiting cities and counties from increasing the minimum wage, but House leaders say GOP legislators aren’t interested in raising the statewide wage. The House has approved a bill blocking local jurisdictions from approving minimum wages above the state level of $7.25 and the measure now awaits action in the Senate.

Senate Republicans pass own version of Voter ID bill

DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa Senate have put their own stamp on a “voter I-D” bill. The G-O-P senators have voted to shorten the “early” voting window in Iowa from 40 days down to 29. In addition, Senate Republicans want precinct workers to check a prospective voter’s signature on a driver’s license or voter I-D card to verify the voter’s eligibility.

Two Mason City men arrested on burglary charges

MASON CITY — Two Mason City men have been arrested after a burglary to a home. The Mason City Police Department says they were called shortly before 12:50 Thursday afternoon to the area around 26th and South Washington, where on arrival it was determined that a residence had been burglarized in the zero block of 25th Southwest, with two suspects fleeing from the scene on foot. Police say the first suspect, 46-year-old John Adams, was located in the Georgia Hanford Park area, with the second suspect, 21-year-old Dylan Mennenga, being found in the area of 19th and South Carolina Terrace.

Friday March 24th Local Sports

THIS WEEKEND ON AM-1300 KGLO
– Friday 5:00 PM — NCAA men’s Sweet 16

– Saturday 1:45 PM — NCAA Division II championship, followed by Division I regional championship games

– Sunday 1:45 PM — Iowa women — NIT quarterfinal vs. Washington State

– Sunday after Iowa women’s basketball — NCAA Division I regional championship games

 

 

 

IOWA CITY — The Iowa Hawkeye women have advanced to the quarterfinals of the WNIT. Alexa Kastanek had 19 points and the Hawks took control with a 17-0 run in the second quarter to beat Colorado 80-62, as you heard last night on AM-1300 KGLO. The Hawkeyes never trailed and improved to 20-13 on the season. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says the Hawkeyes are enjoying their post season run.

Report details impact of new Prestage pork processing plant

STANHOPE — A comprehensive report is being released on the financial impact of the major new pork processing plant that will be built in Wright County. Creighton University economics professor Ernie Goss presented the findings in the Hamilton County town of Stanhope Wednesday night. It tallies the pros and cons of the 246-million dollar Prestage Farms plant that’s planned south of Eagle Grove.

US Ag Secretary confirmation hearing getting underway

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate Ag Committee will begin a confirmation hearing for President Trump’s nominee to be U-S Ag Secretary today.  Iowa Senator Joni Ernst is a member of the committee.  “This is a very important confirmation for all of us across the Midwest because this confirmation will impact us greatly,” Ernst says. President Trump announced in January that he wanted former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S.D.A.  

Lobbyist for Americans for Prosperity sanctioned

DES MOINES — The Ethics Committee in the Iowa House has unanimously voted to sanction a lobbyist who failed to complete the online registration process required for people who lobby lawmakers. Republican Representative Rob Taylor of West Des Moines is the committee’s chairman. “The reason it’s so important for people to register as lobbyists is so that the public knows who it is that is giving us information and advice either for or against a certain subject matter,” Taylor says, “and it’s a requirement under law that they register.”

Iowa cancer cases projected to be up while deaths go down

IOWA CITY — The annual report on cancer from the State Health Registry in the University of Iowa College of Public Health finds the number of cancer cases this year are expected to be up — with the number of deaths down.

Doctor Mary Charlton revealed the findings of the report today. “We estimate there will be 17,400 new cancers diagnosed in Iowa this year — which is an increase from last year — because cancer cases have not been declining as quickly as estimate, so numbers had to be adjusted up,” Charlton says.

Mason City School Board approves air conditioning for two elementary schools

MASON CITY — The Mason City School Board this week approved a project that would add air conditioning to two elementary school facilities. The board approved the low bid of $1-point-1 million to Mechanical Air Systems of Mason City to place air conditioning in the Jefferson and Hoover buildings. School district business manager John Berg says that’s lower than the estimated cost of the project when it was put out for bids. He says the estimate was in the $1.5 to $1.6 million range.

After Oval Office meeting, King to be ‘yes’ on GOP’s ObamaCare replacement

WASHINGTON — Iowa’s congressional delegation is part of the drama over whether enough Republicans will vote for House leadership’s plan to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Iowa is represented by four congressmen. Three of them will vote no on the bill.

Iowa Senators vote to keep traffic enforcement cameras

DES MOINES — Should they stay or should they go? Iowa Senators debated the fate of traffic enforcement cameras for nearly an hour Wednesday night, dramatically ditching a proposal to ban the cameras. Instead, senators voted to let the cameras remain, with the fines used exclusively for public safety or roads.

Senators vote to let police pull texting, Snapchatting drivers over

DES MOINES — Using a cell phone the wrong way at the wrong time could get you a traffic ticket if a bill that cleared the Iowa Senate Wednesday night becomes law. Drivers still could use a hand-held device to make a phone call or look at a digital map to get G-P-S driving directions, but police could pull a driver over for texting, Snapchatting or having a Facebook live session behind the wheel.

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