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G8 Development puts in competitive bid for River City Renaissance hotel project (AUDIO & VIDEO)

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MASON CITY — The hotel portion of the River City Renaissance project downtown project took another turn on Tuesday when the city received a competitive bid for the project.

The City Council last night was ready to approve a development agreement with Gatehouse Mason City LLC, but since Gatehouse made changes to the original proposal, the city was obligated by state law to put the project up for competitive bidding.

Minutes before Tuesday’s noon deadline, G8 Development of San Diego submitted a bid. That’s the company that proposed to place a hotel next to City Hall last year but defaulted because it missed deadlines numerous times for starting construction.

DHS: Some Medicaid patients unable to switch coverage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some patients in Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program will be unable to switch into one of two remaining insurance companies as originally announced because the company doesn’t have the capacity to add more people.

The Iowa Department of Human Services says in a press release Tuesday that Amerigroup will continue to serve people currently enrolled in its coverage but not additional patients.

Reversal: Dix to release internal report, brings in volunteer HR advisor

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate’s Republican leader is changing course, announcing this morning he — by the end of the week — release a report on the internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment of the employees he supervises.

Senate GOP Leader Bill Dix also has dropped plans to pay an “outside organization” for advice on human resources issues. A former lawmaker who once led the HR department of the state’s largest insurance company has volunteered to offer Dix her counsel for free.

Trial date set for Mason City man charged with murder

MASON CITY — The trial date has formally been set for a Mason City man charged with murder last year.

61-year-old Larry Whaley is accused of using a handgun to shoot 19-year-old Samantha Teeter in the head during an incident in an apartment complex at 116 17th Southeast shortly before 4 o’clock on the morning of December 2nd of last year.

Mason City council to discuss Gatehouse agreement tonight

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will consider a final development agreement between the city and Gatehouse Mason City LLC on the construction of a hotel in the southeastern part of the Southbridge Mall main parking lot.

Plans are for Gatehouse to construct a 106-room hotel and connect it via a skywalk to Music Man Square, which will be remodeled into a conference center with the museum portion of Music Man Square being moved to a new building next to the hotel.

Clear Lake council approves measure to determine city administrator’s salary on performance

CLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council last night approved an agreement with City Administrator Scott Flory establishing and authorizing additional supplemental benefits for the position. Mayor Nelson Crabb says Flory’s base salary should be based on the performance of all the work he does overseeing the management of the city.

Trial date set for mother of infant found dead in swing at family home

ALTA VISTA — The trial date has been set for the mother of a four-month-old boy whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home in Alta Vista.

20-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn have both pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment in the death of their son Sterling.

Three sections of the state have lots of corn remaining to harvest

DES MOINES — The harvest of soybeans in the state is pretty well done, while work remains when it comes to corn.

The U.S.D.A. crop report released Monday shows most of the beans are in the bin — while 92% of the corn has been gleaned from the fields. The report says the northeast, southwest and south-central sections of Iowa continue to lag behind in the corn harvest — with 15% of the corn still remaining to be harvested in those areas.

Reynolds wouldn’t say ‘no’ to a Trump assist on 2018 campaign trail

DES MOINES — Some of the nation’s Republican governors told New York Times reporters last week that they’re concerned about campaigning alongside President Trump next year.

Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds told Radio Iowa and Cedar Rapids Gazette reporters she’s not ready to talk about how Trump might assist her 2018 reelection bid.

Five first responders receive Sullivan Awards of Valor

DES MOINES — Four firefighters from Marion and an Iowa State Patrol trooper were honored at the state capitol Monday for rescue efforts that their supervisors describe as “heroic.”

Marion Fire Chief Deb Krebill said her fire fighters dove in to rescue a trucker who’d veered off Highway 151. The rig ended up partially submerged in a pond.

“It’s very seldome that firefighters and police officers get the recognition that they so deserve and the effort they put into the rescue was phenomenal,” she said.

Tuesday November 21st Local Sports

Iowa State new wrestling coach Kevin Dresser was in Clear Lake on Monday night


GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The Iowa basketball team could not overcome a dreadful start and lost to Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cayman Islands Classic. The Hawkeyes trailed 37-17 at halftime and fell 80-71. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.


Arraignment hearing date, bond set for Mason City double homicide suspect

MASON CITY — The arraignment hearing has been set for the Mason City man accused of murdering his grandparents earlier this month.

25-year-old Codie Matz was charged with two counts of first-degree murder after police found 61-year-old Kenneth Hackbart and 64-year-old Kathleen Hackbart dead in their home at 327 27th Southwest on the morning of November 7th.

Ragan, Steckman to host jobs meeting tonight in Mason City

MASON CITY — Mason City’s two representatives at the statehouse will be holding a town hall meeting later today on jobs.

State Senator Amanda Ragan and State Representative Sharon Steckman say that the area has opportunities for real growth, and to bring higher wage jobs to the area, the focus should be on small business development, entrepreneurship and educational opportunity.

Iowa lawmakers could face pressure over Medicaid benefit cut

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature could face pressure next session over its decision earlier this year to reduce a key Medicaid benefit for poor and disabled people.

Some GOP lawmakers have begun to question whether the cut to so-called retroactive eligibility, which helps new patients with recently incurred medical costs, was larger than intended. They’ve indicated the issue will be revisited when lawmakers return in January.

Blum: secret settlements over harassment a ‘symptom of the swamp’

DUBUQUE — Iowa Congressman Rod Blum says he is outraged to learn there have been secret settlements that resolved complaints about bad behavior in congressional offices.

“I had no idea that there was this settlement fund or ‘slush fund’ and I have no idea where that money comes from,” Blum said. ” I am absolutely shocked to hear this, but it comes back to the swamp. That’s why I’ve been an advocate of draining the swamp. We need to expose these types of things.”

Critics say US House tax bill could cripple Iowa’s wind energy industry

DES MOINES — Wind energy advocates in Iowa fear the tax reform package that passed the U-S House on Thursday will eliminate the wind production tax credit, phasing it out in 2019.

Evan Vaughan, spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association, says if the House version is ultimately adopted, it will significantly hurt investment in wind projects, manufacturing jobs and rural economies.

Sasse urges Iowa crowd to ‘be on guard against political idolatry’ (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse warned against false idols, political tribalism and an addiction to “24/7 news cycles” during a speech in Iowa Saturday night.

“Friends, there is no politician who’s going to save America,” Sasse said. “Friends, there is no election that’s going to transform your life to become so much better than it is right now and into all you want it to be.”

Sasse was the featured speaker at a fundraiser in Des Moines for The Family Leader, a Christian conservative organization.

Monday November 20th Local Sports

== AM-1300 KGLO, — Iowa men vs. Louisiana at Cayman Islands Classic — pre-game 10:00 AM, tipoff 11:00 AM


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Latavius Murray rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns for Minnesota and the Vikings smothered the NFL’s highest-scoring offense in a 24-7 win over the Los Angeles Rams in a matchup of NFC division leaders. Case Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers against the team that benched him last season for first overall draft pick Jared Goff. The Vikings improved to 8-2 with their sixth straight victory. The Rams fell to 7-3 with an end to their four-game winning streak.



IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sophomore Elijah Sindelar threw for 229 yards and a career-high three touchdown passes and Purdue beat Iowa 24-15 to move within a game of bowl eligibility.

Not guilty plea by woman who claimed she was attacked on Worth County roadside, then recanted story

NORTHWOOD — A woman who claimed earlier this fall she had been attacked along a Worth County road and then later recanted her story has pleaded not guilty to making a false report to law enforcement.

The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says 36-year-old Ty O’Hara Wooten of Clear Lake reported being assaulted on September 28th, claiming that she had stopped to help a man whose car had apparently broken down along Wheelerwood Road, with the man trying to rape her. Wooten is accused of telling three law enforcement agents that the man had a knife and burned her.

Iowa unemployment rate down for second straight month

DES MOINES — The state unemployment rate dropped for the second straight month in October as Iowa Workforce Development says manufacturing jobs increases.

I-W-D spokesman Cory Kelly says the rate fell to three-percent — down from three-point-two percent in September. “This is the lowest it’s been since January 2001. Our biggest gains this past month occurred in the manufacturing sector, which is the backbone of many of Iowa’s rural communities and economy at large. The sector has grown by six-thousand jobs in the last year,” Kelly says.

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