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Veal ruled competent to stand trial in Mason City double homicide case (AUDIO)

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MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County judge has ruled a Lake Mills man accused of murdering two people in Mason City last November is competent to stand trial. 30-year-old Peter Veal is accused of the November 17th murders of Mindy Kavars and Caleb Christensen, as well as the attempted murder of another person, at a residence in the 1600 block of North Hampshire. In March, District Judge Rustin Davenport ruled that Veal was not competent to stand trial after reviewing the results of a psychiatric evaluation.

Branstad heading home to north-central Iowa on his final day as governor (AUDIO)

Programming note: We’ll have live coverage Wednesday on AM-1300 KGLO of the resignation of Terry Branstad as governor and his swearing in as US Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, as well as Kim Reynolds taking the oath of office to be Iowa’s first female governor starting at 10:00 AM from the Iowa State Capitol Rotunda in Des Moines. 


DES MOINES — Terry Branstad is going to spend his last day as governor where — in his words — “it all began.”

“I just want to say, ‘Thank you,’ to the people that launched my career,” Branstad said this morning.

Branstad was born in the Forest City hospital, grew up on a farm near Leland and practiced law in Lake Mills. Branstad’s first successful campaign for office was to represent Lake Mills and the surrounding area in the Iowa House.

“They were so generous and supportive of me and I want to let them know how much I appreciate the honor and the opportunity that I’ve had coming from that small county in Minnesota border,” Branstad said.

Branstad will visit the museum in Forest City where some of his political memorabilia has been deposited and where more of it is being transferred as he packs for his new post as U.S. Ambassador to China. He’ll also visit his elderly aunt as well as other family and friends in the area.

Reynolds to reveal ‘forward-looking policy’ in first speech as governor (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will take the oath of office tomorrow at 10:30 in the state capitol, right after Governor Branstad resigns in the office he’s occupied for more than 22 years and is sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to China.

Reynolds will deliver her first speech as governor tomorrow and she gave a hint of what it may contain this morning.

Grassley reacts to terror bombing in England

WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says last night’s terrorist attack in England that killed at least 22 people and injured around 60 has cast a “somber” mood over this morning’s work at the U.S. Capitol. ISIS is claiming responsibility for the bombing in Manchester at a concert featuring American pop star Ariana Grande.

“What was supposed to be a joyous occasion was ruined by hate,” Grassley says. “Attacks like these remind us that the war on terror is a multi-generational battle and one that is about nothing less than humanity’s values.”

Second downtown hotel meeting planned for Wednesday evening

MASON CITY — The Mason City Foundation will be hosting another public forum tomorrow night about the proposed hotel development plan with Gatehouse Capital and Music Man Square. David Rachie of Gatehouse Capital will be in attendance to answer questions regarding the hotel, which is proposed to be constructed in the southeastern portion of the Southbridge Mall main parking lot.

Branstad confirmed as US Ambassador to China

WASHINGTON — Winnebago County native Terry Branstad has been confirmed to be U.S. Ambassador to China.

Eighty-two U.S. Senators voted for Branstad’s nomination and 13 Democrats voted no Monday afternoon. Branstad will resign as governor on Wednesday morning and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will be sworn in as Iowa’s 43rd governor.

Maryland Senator Ben Cardin is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and he praised Branstad during remarks on the Senate floor before the confirmation vote was taken.

North Dakota man arrested in Worth County for going 117 MPH on I-35

HANLONTOWN — The Iowa State Patrol says they pulled over a North Dakota man for going 117 miles per hour on Interstate 35 in Worth County early yesterday morning. The State Patrol’s Facebook page had a picture posted on Monday afternoon showing patrol vehicle’s radar during a traffic stop from about 5:00 AM on I-35 northbound near the 205 mile marker between Hanlontown and Joice. 23-year-old Spencer Gee of West Fargo was arrested for speeding, driving without a valid driver’s license and driving without insurance.

Mason City man arrested, accused of crashing vehicle into church

MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been charged with stealing a vehicle and crashing it into a church. Authorities accuse 31-year-old Daniel Solano of attempting to elude an officer at about 10 o’clock Sunday night in a stolen vehicle. Solano allegedly entered the property at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church at 670 12th Northeast and hit a tree along the side of the driveway, then backed away from the tree and hit the back corner of the church building.

Iowa crop planting progressing amid spring storms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmers have planted 92 percent of the state’s corn crop, which is three days behind last year’s rate mostly due to wet fields from recent storms but their progress is two days ahead of the five-year average.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in its weekly crop update released Monday says 59 percent of the Iowa crop has emerged. The quality of the crop is high with 75 percent rated good or excellent.

Soybean planting in Iowa is 62 percent completed.

Tuesday May 23rd Local Sports

= AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB — #1/2A Clear Lake at #3/1A Newman — 6:45



ALGONA — The Clear Lake girls golf team is headed back to the state tournament. The Lions shot a 358 to win the 3A regional tournament held at the River Road Golf Course in Algona. Clear Lake’s Emily Snelling was the medalist, shooting an even-par 72. MOC-Floyd Valley was the other team qualifier with a 378.

Prichard makes campaign stop in Mason City

MASON CITY — North-central Iowa Democrat Todd Prichard is finishing out the first week of his official campaign for governor with a stop in Mason City this morning. Prichard had been exploring running for governor in the last few months, and made his campaign official last Tuesday in his hometown of Charles City. Prichard told a crowd of about 25 in a downtown coffee shop this morning that a Democratic governor needs to lead the state against the dramatic changes Republicans have done in the last session.

Governor continues preparing to leave as nomination hearing approaches

DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad will be in front of a screen watching later today as the U.S. Senate votes on his nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to China.

“It’s coming up at 5:30 eastern time,” Branstad told reporters this morning. “That’d be 4:30 our time.” Branstad is wearing a red tie, made in China today, but the governor isn’t superstitious and his fashion choice wasn’t intentional. There’s a gathering this evening at the governor’s mansion for staff and state agency directors that Branstad says will be one of the last official things he does there.

Iowa Supreme Court orders new trial in Floyd County sex abuse case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – As expected, the Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy.

The decision by the Iowa Supreme Court came after state prosecutors last month took the rare step of asking it to reverse 61-year-old Doug Lindaman’s conviction.

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office made the move after finding the Charles City man was allowed to represent himself at his trial without knowingly waiving his right to have an attorney.

Confirmation vote scheduled today for Branstad

WASHINGTON — Today is scheduled to be the day that a north-central Iowa native is confirmed to be the next United States Ambassador to China. Senator Chuck Grassley says a roll call vote has been scheduled in the Senate late this afternoon on the confirmation of Terry Branstad for the position. If Branstad wins approval, he would resign later this week and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds would then become the first female governor of the state of Iowa.

Branstad says ‘tragedy’ of teens’ starvation deaths will be reviewed

DES MOINES — Governor Terry Branstad says the parents accused of mistreating two Iowa teenagers who’ve recently starved to death will be held accountable by the justice system and the governor said staff in the Department of Human Services who did child welfare checks in both homes are trying to do the best they can.

“We have to review what went wrong and how we can do a better job to prevent these kind of things from happening in the future,” Branstad told reporters.

An outside consultant is being hired to review the state’s child welfare system. Natalie Finn of West Des Moines starved to death last fall, despite reports from neighbors and school officials who raised concerns about her home environment. Sabrina Ray of Perry, who also was 16, died last week and the medical examiner said she was severely malnourished. Child abuse investigators had visited her home as well.

Branstad veto puzzles groups seeking money for repairs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Some advocates for programs that help low-income people are expressing puzzlement over Gov. Terry Branstad’s decision to veto spending from an infrastructure fund.

When he used his line-item veto authority earlier this month to cut $1.8 million in spending approved by the Legislature, Branstad wrote that he would prefer state funds be spent on people, not buildings. But the proposed spending came from a fund that can only be used on building work.

‘Mentor, role model’ Joy Corning, former lieutenant governor, has died

DES MOINES — Former Iowa Lieutenant Governor Joy Corning died this weekend. She was 84.

Corning was in her sixth year as a state senator when Terry Branstad picked Corning as his lieutenant governor running mate in 1990. Corning served eight years in the post.

“She, I think, was the epitome of civility,” said Mary Ellen Miller of Mason City, executive director of “50-50 in 2020”, an organization that encourages women to run for office in Iowa. Corning was one of the group’s founding board members.

Governor Branstad issued a written statement Sunday, calling Corning “an outstanding, unflappable leader who treated everyone with the respect and dignity they deserved.”

Don Avenson, Iowa’s longest-serving House Speaker, died Friday

OELWEIN — An influential figure in Iowa politics for more than four decades has died.

Former House Speaker Don Avenson of Oelwein, an unsuccessful candidate for governor in 1990 and a statehouse lobbyist ever since, died of a heart attack on Friday. He was 72.

Avenson was first elected to the Iowa House in 1972. A couple of years later his Democratic colleagues elected Avenson to be a floor leader.

Cop killer pleads guilty, police chiefs get no satisfaction in man admitting to killing officers

DES MOINES — The man who was arrested for the ambush-style shooting deaths of two Des Moines-area police officers last year pleaded guilty Friday. Scott Greene of Urbandale was then sentenced to two consecutive terms of life in prison.

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone, at news conference after the court hearing, was asked about Greene’s motive. “I think he just disliked police officers,” Sarcone said. “I think we saw that in some of the conversations he had…he did not like police officers.”

The 46-year-old Greene admitted to killing Urbandale police officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police sergeant Tony Beminio with an assault rifle in the early morning hours of November 2, 2016.

Monday May 22nd Local Sports


= AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — Clear Lake baseball vs. Charles City — 7:15



DES MOINES — The state track meet wrapped up over the weekend in Des Moines with several placewinners from Saturday’s final session of the joint boys and girls meet:

=== Girls
1A 100 hurdles — Lexi Groe (Lake Mills), 3rd, 15.90; Caitlyn Juhl (St. Ansgar), 6th, 16.30

1A 100 — Caitlyn Juhl (St. Ansgar), 4th, 12.82

2A 200 — Brenna Jacobs (Osage), 4th, 12.90

1A 1500 — McKenna Weaver (West Fork), 5th, 4:58.94

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