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Iowa rape cases delayed by lab testing backlog

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Sexual assault cases move ahead slowly in Iowa because of a testing backlog at the state crime lab.

405 sexual assault cases were waiting for DNA testing at the state crime lab at the end of August. That’s up from the end of 2014 when 265 cases awaited processing.

The delays mean that victims of sexual assault in Iowa may have to wait months for testing before an arrest can be made.

August saw unemployment inch up slightly

DES MOINES — The state unemployment rate edged up to 3.3% in August after sitting at 3.2% the last two months.

Iowa Workforce Development spokesman Cory Kelly says the state saw it’s fourth straight increase in non-farm employment even though the unemployment rate went up.

And he says Iowa’s labor force participation rate staid steady at 68.4%, which is ninth in the U.S.

Ernst urges senate to pass $700 billion defense spending bill

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate may wrap up debate early this week on a massive bill that outlines next year’s spending plan for the Pentagon.

Republican Senator Joni Ernst says congress has an “obligation” to stop “hollowing out” the U.S. military. “Inaction, obstruction or partial commitments are not options,” Ernst said Thursday. Four-hundred amendments have been offered on the bill and many deal with policy issues, like whether transgender troops will be allowed to serve in the military.

Monday September 18th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eddie Rosario homered twice, Joe Mauer hit a grand slam and the Minnesota Twins overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 13-7 Sunday and maintain control for the second AL wild card.

Minnesota trailed 5-0 in the second inning after Josh Donaldson’s second homer. Rosario and Byron Buxton hit consecutive homers to start the Twins’ rally as Minnesota burst ahead with a seven-run bottom half that included Jorge Polanco’s tiebreaking RBI grounder. Minnesota pulled away with six runs in the fifth against reliever Chris Rowley.

Mason City council sets public hearing dates on hotel, Music Man Square development agreement proposals (AUDIO)

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City this afternoon approved setting public hearings for a development agreement with the company that wants to construct a hotel as part of the city’s River City Renaissance project, as well as for an agreement between the city and the Mason City Foundation for a new Meredith Willson museum and the remodeling of the existing Music Man Square into a convention center.

The council set October 17th as the public hearing date on the Gatehouse Mason City LLC proposal to construct the hotel in the southeastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall and attach it via skywalk to Music Man Square.

Experts say increase in Iowa farmland values not permanent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa farmland values have increased this year, reversing several years of declines, but industry experts say the change likely isn’t a signal that the agricultural economy is improving.

Steve Bruere is president of Peoples Co., a farm management and brokerage firm. He says that a lack of farms on the market has driven up the value.

The Realtors Land Institute’s Iowa chapter says farmland values climbed nearly 3 percent to almost $6,700 an acre for the year ending in September.

Hancock County’s county attorney to resign

GARNER — The County Attorney in Hancock County is announcing his resignation.

David Solheim has issued a letter about his decision, which he says is due to family reasons. Solheim states that he is moving with his wife back home to Nebraska to be closer to his family, adding that it was an incredibly difficult decision to make.

Abnormally dry to drought conditions reported in 70 percent of Iowa

DES MOINES — A new report shows the drought zone in Iowa has greatly expanded.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 70 percent of Iowa is abnormally dry or in some form of drought. A week ago, the report indicated about half of Iowa in those conditions. The area of extreme drought has expanded as well. All or parts of seven counties in south central and southeast Iowa are now in extreme drought.

In our listening area, the eastern parts of Mitchell, Floyd, and Butler counties as well as the southwestern half of Wright County are in the “abnormally dry” category.

Mason City council to set public hearing date for hotel development agreement

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City will be holding a special session later today on the plan to construct a downtown hotel and conference center complex.

The council will be setting their October 17th meeting for a public hearing on a development agreement between the city and Gatehouse Mason City LLC on their proposal to construct a hotel in the southeastern part of the main parking lot of Southbridge Mall and attach it via skywalk to Music Man Square, which would be renovated into a conference center.

Grassley satisfied Trump didn’t make immigration deal with Democrats

WASHINGTON — Senator Chuck Grassley says he’s been reassured that President Trump did not strike a deal with Democrats that would protect young immigrants from deportation, without funding a wall along the southern border.

Early Thursday morning, Grassley tweeted after reports that Trump and the top two Democrats in congress had come to an agreement on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Grassley tweeted that the reported deal “undercut” his bipartisan work in the Senate Judiciary Committee. A few hours later, Grassley told reporters in Washington, D.C. that President Trump’s tweets on the topic came later than his own and Grassley said he was “satisfied” Trump had not made a deal.

Friday September 15th Local Sports


93.9 KIA-FM — Newman at Grundy Center — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:00

AM-1300 KGLO — Mason City High at Urbandale — pre-game 6:40, kickoff 7:00

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — “This Week in College Football” Big Ten show 6:00; “Radio Iowa Scouting Report” 6:30; Clear Lake vs. Osage — pre-game 6:45, kickoff 7:30; “Iowa High School Scoreboard Show” 10:00-11:30

AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa vs. North Texas — pre-game 12:30, kickoff 2:30


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Byron Buxton’s 10th-inning homer gave the Minnesota Twins their second straight walk-off victory, a 3-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

A night after Eddie Rosario beat the San Diego Padres with a 10th-inning homer, Buxton connected on a 1-0 count off Toronto’s Luis Santos with two outs. Buxton’s 15th homer didn’t leave much suspense as it reached the second deck in left field.

King, Grassley weigh in on Trump’s DACA dealing with Democrats

WASHINGTON — The two longest-serving members of Iowa’s congressional delegation have been tweeting about their frustrations with President Trump’s discussion of immigration policy with the top two Democrats in congress.

Republican Congressman Steve King took to Twitter last night. King said Trump’s “base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair” if Trump accepts a deal that would shield so-called DREAMers from deportation. King called it amnesty and tweeted that he supported Trump’s “no amnesty” campaign pledge.

Chuck Grassley supporting grandson for Iowa ag secretary

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley is firmly behind his grandson as a candidate to replace Bill Northey as Iowa’s secretary of agriculture.

Northey has been nominated to an undersecretary post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and is widely expected to be confirmed. State Rep. Pat Grassley, a Republican from New Hartford, has acknowledged his interest in succeeding Northey.

State Attorney General advises Iowans to take action after Equifax data breach

DES MOINES — The Iowa Attorney General’s office is calling on Iowans to “act now” following a massive data breach involving the credit reporting company Equifax.

Geoff Greenwood, spokesman for the AG’s office, says approximately 143 million consumers nationwide are affected by the breach.

“Here in Iowa, it affects in the neighborhood of 1.1 million,” Greenwood said. “So, that’s a lot of people affected by this.” The data includes Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers and credit card numbers.

Thursday September 14th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Eddie Rosario hit a two-run home run with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Minnesota Twins to a 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to maintain their cushion for the second AL wild card spot.

After Joe Mauer hit a one-out single off Phil Maton (3-1), Rosario sent a 2-0 pitch soaring into the right-field seats that stayed just inside the foul pole. He raced around the bases to find a mob of teammates waiting for him at the plate in celebration of the team’s fourth walk-off win this season, dumping a bucket of ice on his head after he hit his 23rd homer.

Mason City man’s murder trial delayed, defendant to get new lawyer

MASON CITY — A Mason City man scheduled to go on trial for murder later this month has had his trial pushed back to December, and he’ll have another new lawyer.

20-year-old Braedon Bowers is accused of stabbing 23-year-old Wraymond Todd during an incident at 325 West State Street on May 30th. Todd died on June 4th while being treated at Mercy-North Iowa in Mason City.

Bowers in July successfully requested that the Mason City public defender’s office not represent him in his trial since Bowers and Todd were co-defendants in a 2013 case that involved the use of that office.

Mason City man to plead guilty in home invasion case

MASON CITY — One of three men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Mason City earlier this year plans to change his plea in the case to guilty.

Police accused the three men of breaking into a home in the 1000 block of East State Street at about noon on March 27th, holding down an occupant of the home and stealing a safe containing money.

18-year-old Austin Hasfjord was scheduled to be tried on September 26th on charges of first-degree robbery and possession of burglary tools.

One dead after Butler County collision

CLARKSVILLE — A two-vehicle accident in Butler County on Tuesday has killed one person.

The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened shortly before 8 o’clock Tuesday morning on County Road C-33 near Clarksville. 81-year-old David Kramer of Clarksville was driving a pickup eastbound and slowed down to turn left into a farm driveway.

Nelson to seek re-election to Clear Lake City Council

CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake City Councilman has announced he’s running for re-election.

Tony Nelson will be seeking a third term for the council’s Second Ward seat. Nelson is the co-owner and director of sales and marketing for American Resources LLC of Lake Mills. A native of Lake Mills, Nelson worked in Overland Park Kansas before moving back to north-central Iowa in 2007.

Wednesday September 13th Local Sports

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Jason Castro homered twice, Brian Dozier was a double from the cycle and the Minnesota Twins pounded the San Diego Padres 16-0 on Tuesday night.

Minnesota hit a season-high seven home runs, setting a Target Field record for most homers in a game, to back another strong start from Kyle Gibson. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Twins set a major league record by homering in each of the first seven innings with Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Eduardo Escobar and Kennys Vargas adding to the total.

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