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Mason City leaders meet with IEDA about River City Renaissance project (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — The Board of Directors for the Iowa Economic Development Authority gave a favorable review Friday to the River City Renaissance redevelopment project that’s a part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act program. The board has pre-approved about $7 million in state funding to help leverage a $36 million project that includes redeveloping the western part of Southbridge Mall into a multi-purpose center that includes an ice arena, as well as a hotel and a music pavilion.

Friday April 21st Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Trevor Bauer struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings and Carlos Santana had two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Cleveland Indians over the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Thursday.

Bauer (1-2) gave up two runs, three hits and three walks, lowering his ERA from 8.44 to 6.35. Andrew Miller pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief and the Indians took all three games in a series that included a rainout Wednesday night.

State to be updated on Mason City downtown redevelopment project Friday

MASON CITY — Mason City leaders will be heading to Des Moines tomorrow to update the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Board of Directors on the River City Renaissance redevelopment project that’s a part of the Iowa Reinvestment Act program. The board has pre-approved about $7 million in state funding to help leverage a $36 million project that includes redeveloping the western part of Southbridge Mall into a multi-purpose center that includes an ice arena, as well as a hotel and a music pavilion. The major change in that plan has been the hotel.

Legislature passing budget bills, adjournment could be near

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Legislature has approved most bills needed to finalize the roughly $7.2 billion state budget, an indication that adjournment is near for the session.

The Republican-controlled chambers have voted in support of several budget bills over the span of days that address spending on everything from education to economic development. Lawmakers are scheduled back at the Capitol on Thursday, though it’s unclear what day they will finish work.

Meservey man’s kidnapping trial scheduled for July

MESERVEY — The trial of a Meservey man charged with kidnapping and assault has been rescheduled for this summer. 41-year-old Charles Albright is accused of holding captive a 36-year-old woman, who called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department on October 7th claiming that she had been beaten and kidnapped. Albright is accused of punching and cutting the woman, as well as allowing his dog to bite her and shocking her with a stun gun during a period of 12 to 14 hours.

Two members of Iowa Board of Medicine, including Lake Mills woman, kicked off board

DES MOINES — The Iowa legislature’s on-going battle over abortion was waged on two fronts Wednesday. House Republicans pressed forward with their plan to deny state tax dollars to Planned Parenthood. It’s included in a budget bill that cleared the House early Wednesday night. And Democrats in the Iowa Senate were able to kick two members off the Iowa Board of Medicine who had voted in 2013 to ban so-called “telemed” abortions.

“Support the constitutional rights of Iowa women…support safe medical care, not politics,” said Senator Janet Peterson, who is a Democrat from Des Moines.. “This is the Board of Medicine, not the Board of Politics.”

The chairwoman of the Board of Medicine, Diane Clark, who hails from Governor Terry Branstad’s hometown of Lake Mills, AND a doctor from Iowa City failed to get enough senate votes to stay on the board.

Iowa Lottery’s chief, DNR’s director in limbo after missed confirmation deadline

DES MOINES — Two of Governor Branstad’s top administrators have been in danger of being out of a job on May 1st. The Iowa Senate and the governor have an April 15th deadline to confirm state agency leaders for their posts. But the Republican-led senate failed to hold confirmation votes on about a dozen people this year — including the director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Lottery’s chief executive. But, because they’re LAW-makers, senators passed a resolution Wednesday to excuse their lapse.

Three arrested after traffic stop in Mason City

MASON CITY — Three men were taken into custody late Wednesday morning after a traffic stop in Mason City. The Mason City Police Department says officers pulled over a vehicle at about 10:55 AM near the intersection of State Highway 122 and South Grover. Officers had been investigating several suspected check forgeries over the last few days in Mason City, and officers suspected one or more of the occupants of the vehicle were involved.

Thursday April 20th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Twins postponed their game against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday because of rain.

Team President Dave St. Peter said Wednesday’s game will be rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader on June 17, when the Indians return to Minnesota. Rain was falling by mid-afternoon, and the evening forecast for Minneapolis showed no sign of a letup that could create a dry window in which to play.

Severe weather possible in north-central Iowa later today

MASON CITY — The entire state is under the threat for severe thunderstorms later today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Cory Martin says the system is expected to enter western Iowa late this afternoon and push east through the evening and into the early overnight hours.

“All modes of severe weather are possible including large hail, strong wind gusts, and also the possibility of a few tornadoes,” Martin said. Martin says the threat for tornadoes likely won’t be here in north-central Iowa, but he says it can’t be ruled out.

Bill headed to governor limiting medical malpractice lawsuits

DES MOINES — Democrats and Republicans in the Iowa legislature have had fierce debates over liability issues this year.

However, a bill that would place new limits on medical malpractice lawsuits now has made it through the House and Senate with bipartisan support.

The legislation would establish a $250,000 limit on “non-economic damages” for emotional pain and suffering that are awarded when health care providers are found liable for medical negligence. However, that cap would not apply if a patient dies, loses major bodily functions or is substantially disfigured.

Trial of two accused of abducting Buffalo Center child delayed again

BUFFALO CENTER — The trials of two people accused of child abduction in Buffalo Center have been delayed again. 30-year-old Daniel Smith and 29-year-old Ashley Machain are accused of abducting Machain’s biological children back on November 24th from a house in Buffalo Center. The children were recovered the next day in Fort Dodge. Machain and Smith were both charged with second-degree burglary, child endangerment, and assault while participating in a felony.

Public hearings set on Mason City downtown hotel project

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City last night approved setting the date for public hearings dealing with the revised hotel plans as part of the River City Renaissance downtown project. One hearing deals with the city amending the downtown revitalization urban renewal plan to include the area that Gatehouse Capital wants to place a hotel in the southeastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall, as well as Music Man Square, which would be turned into a convention center.

Waiting period, 20 week ban on abortions headed for governor’s signature

DES MOINES — New abortion restrictions will soon be law in Iowa.

The Iowa Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill banning nearly all abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Governor Branstad has signaled he’ll approve it.

Republican Senator Tom Costello of Imogene made a final pitch before senators voted on the measure.

“I’ve got five children and it was about five months when I could put my hand on my wife’s tummy and feel the baby kicking and she could feel the baby moving around and that life there as being very evident,” Costello said Tuesday  evening.

Fireworks bill passes House, headed to governor

DES MOINES — The red glare of bottle rockets soon may be legal again in Iowa.

“4th of July — what do you think about? Fun, freedom and fireworks,” Republican Representative Matt Windschitl of Missouri Valley said to open debate Tuesday.

The Iowa House has sent the governor a bill that would set up two holiday time periods when retailers could sell bottle rockets and other consumer fireworks in Iowa. In addition, the bill would erase the current prohibition against igniting nearly all fireworks in Iowa without a permit. Fireworks sales and explosions would be limited to the time around the Independence Day holiday and near the turn of the year, to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s.

Wednesday April 19th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night.

Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a two-run triple in the sixth and struggling slugger Edwin Encarnacion also went deep for the Indians. Tomlin (1-2) allowed seven hits and struck out two after entering the game with an 18.47 ERA from his first two starts.

Cerro Gordo supervisors call for Master Matrix to be revisited

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors this morning unanimously approved a resolution asking that state officials revisit the “Master Matrix” system that scores potential animal feeding operations. A handful of counties have passed similar resolutions asking for changes in the master matrix as environmental groups have lobbied for tougher standards and more local control.

Supervisor Tim Latham says the scoring system needs to be re-done. He says, “I believe it’s time for the governor and the legislators to look at it. It needs to be adjusted, it hasn’t been looked for many years. But I also want to go on record that I support agriculture because it is a big part of our county and our state.”

Lake Mills man charged with murder wants to know when he’s going to get treatment for mental illness

MASON CITY — A Lake Mills man accused of murdering two people in northeastern Mason City back in November has filed a motion demanding a hearing to find out when he’ll be treated for mental illness. A judge ruled in March that Peter Veal was not competent to stand trial. The 30-year-old was charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Melinda Kavars and Caleb Christensen at a residence in the 1600 block of North Hampshire on November 17th.

Grassley says House is “determined” to replace Obamacare

NEW HARTFORD — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says his confidence level is relatively low that Congress will be able to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act anytime soon. A scheduled vote on the Republican replacement for the A-C-A was cancelled last month in the U-S House after it was determined it wouldn’t have the votes to pass.

“It isn’t real high, my expectation, because of the failure three weeks ago,” Grassley says, “but I’ve heard rumors that there’s a real determined effort within the House of Representatives to get the necessary votes and get something passed.”

Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act easily clears Senate

DES MOINES  — The Iowa Senate has sent a significant message to the Iowa House. A bill that would let doctors to prescribe marijuana as treatment for Iowans who suffer from 18 chronic and debilitating conditions passed the Senate by a 45-5 vote.

Republican Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale pleaded with Republicans in the House who are wary of this bill.

“Please,” Zaun said tonight. “…Eighty percent of Iowans support this.”

Zaun said cannabis can be “important medicine.”

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