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Groups petition Iowa to improve animal farm permit process

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A citizen activist group and an environmental organization have filed a petition asking the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to improve the state’s livestock farm permit process.

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement and Food & Water Watch say the permit system established 15 years ago fails to give local officials enough control over where large hog, cattle and chicken farms locate.

Wednesday July 19th Local Sports


AM-1300 KGLO — Central Springs softball
= 2A consolation semifinal vs. Waterloo Columbus — 10:00 AM
= 2A 5th or 7th place game — 2:00 PM

AM-1300 KGLO — 4A substate baseball championship game — Mason City High at Ankeny Centennial — 6:45

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — 1A substate baseball at Clear Lake — Newman vs. Garrigan, completion of suspended game — 6:45



CLEAR LAKE — Last night’s Class 1A substate final baseball game between Newman and Garrigan was suspended after three innings due to rain at Lions Field in Clear Lake, you heard that game on AM-1490 & 96.7-FM KRIB. When play resumes, Newman will have a 4-1 lead. The Knights scored all four of their runs with two outs in the bottom of the first as Matthew Fitzsimmons had a three-run double with Merritt McCardle following with an RBI single.

Mason City council to set special election for open council seat

MASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City tonight will vote on whether or not to set a special election in September to fill an opening on the council.

Third Ward councilman Brett Schoneman resigned last month because he was moving out of the community. The council is being asked to approve September 19th as the date for a special election to fill the position. The winner of the seat would fill the remaining two-plus years of the unexpired term.

One week to RAGBRAI in Clear Lake (AUDIO)

CLEAR LAKE — RAGBRAI’s stop in Clear Lake is a week away, and local organizers are finalizing things for the event.

Clear Lake RAGBRAI chair Diane Thompson says they are needing volunteers for a variety of things. “We tend to get this toward the end. This is what other host towns are finding as well that finally someone realized we’re having RAGBRAI next Tuesday, and they decide they want to help,” she says. “Or they talk to someone else to do something and they’ll help with that as long as they know someone else is doing it. We’re encouraged. I’m not the least bit concerned. We have our list fairly padded that instead of having two people at that corner, we’ll have one, and we’ll be able to do that. We’re just looking to put on a good show.”

Grassley backs Senate taking up House health care bill

WASHINGTON — Two more Republican U.S. senators announced last night they won’t support the party’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the plan isn’t doomed.

Senate leaders intend to bring up the version of a new health care bill that passed in the U.S. House months ago. Grassley, a Republican, was asked if he’d support taking up the House bill.

“The answer is yes, but I don’t know that that’ll be the final vote,” Grassley says. “Right now, all I can repeat for you and the only thing I would want the public to know about is I would vote to proceed to that.”

Reynolds: ‘stop gap’ fix and ‘long-term solution’ needed for Medicaid (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds today said she’s submitting policy proposals to Iowa’s congressional delegation as her fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate consider changes in the nation’s individual insurance markets as well as the future of Medicaid.

“You cannot continue to see the cost of Medicaid go up. It is just taking over state budgets,” Reynolds said. “We have to figure out a way, reasonably and responsibly, to make that happen and still provide the most vulnerable the services that they need. We are expected to do that and we should do that.”

Probation for Mason City woman accused of stealing drugs from nursing homes

OSAGE — A Mason City woman accused of stealing painkillers from patients in Osage and St. Ansgar while working as nurse has been given probation.

33-year-old Keri Martinez was accused of stealing drugs from patients while she was working at the Good Samaritan Center in St. Ansgar and the Osage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Testimony begins as judge hears challenge of Iowa’s abortion law

DES MOINES — A district court judge has begun hearing the challenge of a new state requirement that women seeking an abortion undergo an ultrasound and then wait 72 hours before the procedure is performed.

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit and got an injunction shortly after the law took effect in May. Jason Burkheiser Reynolds, the manager of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Des Moines, said that when the waiting period was briefly in force, women who had scheduled abortions on that Friday learned they had to wait and schedule another appointment.

‘Life-long Democrat’ Fred Hubbell formally enters race for governor

DES MOINES — A sixth Democrat has officially entered the race for governor. Fred Hubbell, a retired businessman from Des Moines, has been attending candidate forums, but Hubbell released a video message Monday afternoon to formally kick off his campaign.

“I’ve never been a politician. I’ve never run for political office,” Hubbell said in the video. “The only interests that are special to me are the people of Iowa.”

Hubbell’s family has deep roots in Des Moines that date back to the mid-1800s. His great-great-grandfather was a prominent developer of the capital city, founding an insurance company and investing in railroads as well as real estate.

Officials warn potent, dangerous drugs like ‘pink’ now in Iowa

SIOUX CITY — Four of the state’s health and crime-fighting agencies are issuing a public warning about fake but very dangerous pain killers that have popped up in Iowa. Dr. Edward Bottei of the Poison Control Center in Sioux City says they’re made to look like legitimate pills.

“These counterfeit tablets that have been made are containing powerful illicit synthetic opioids like fentanyl and fentanyl derivatives that have been known to cause deaths when taken inadvertently or taken in overdose,” he says.

Tuesday July 18th Local Sports


AM-1300 KGLO — 4A baseball substate semifinal — Mason City High at Indianola — 6:45

AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB — 1A baseball substate final at Clear Lake — Newman vs. Garrigan — 6:45



FORT DODGE — For the third straight year, the Central Springs softball team suffered a heartbreaking one-run loss in the Class 2A state quarterfinal, this time falling to Interstate 35 of Truro 4-3 in eight innings Monday afternoon, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first as Lauren Klaahsen and Kaylee Parks scored on a throwing error. They extended the lead to 3-1 on a Hailee Ausenhus homer to lead off the fourth. But the Roadrunners were able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and then push across the winning run in the bottom of the eight. Central Springs coach Belinda Nelson says it was a tough loss for her team.


Mason City murder suspect waives right to speedy trial, wants delay in trial start date

MASON CITY — A Mason City man accused of the stabbing death of another man earlier this year has waived his right to a speedy trial, meaning his trial likely won’t start next month.

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.

Plea change hearing delayed in Central Springs booster club theft

MANLY — The plea change hearing for a Nora Springs woman accused of stealing over $9000 from the Central Springs High School Athletic Booster Club has been postponed.

37-year-old Autumn Dillavou was charged in January with third-degree theft after she allegedly stole $9334 from the club from May through December 2016. A criminal complaint states that other club members had discovered the money missing from the club’s bank account over a period of six to seven months.

Surge in seniors filling out federal financial aid forms

DES MOINES — There’s been a more than eight percent increase in the number of Iowa high school seniors who’ve completed the forms to determine if they qualify for federal financial aid. Elizabeth Keest Sedrel of the Iowa College Aid Commission is monitoring the data about the “Free Application for Federal Student Aid” — commonly called the FAFSA.

“What we’re seeing both in Iowa and around the country is a definite uptick in the number of high school seniors who are filling out the FAFSA,” she says. “And this is really, really good news because, for one thing, we know that students who file that FAFSA are more likely to go to college and we are working really hard on pushing college attainment rates up in Iowa.”

Meservey man faces life in prison after kidnapping conviction

HAMPTON — A Meservey man will be sentenced in late August after being convicted on Friday afternoon of kidnapping and torturing his girlfriend.

Prosecutors said 41-year-old Charles Albright held a 36-year-old woman captive for 12 to 14 hours on October 7th in Meservey, where she was punched, slammed against a floor, shocked with a stun gun and bitten by a dog. She also told officers she was then taken to Sheffield, where he continued attacking her. Her injuries included burns, sinus damage and broken bones in her face as well as bruises on her body and face.

Veal murder trial continues today

FORT DODGE — The double-homicide trial of Peter Veal starts its second week today.

The Lake Mills man is accused of shooting Melinda Kavars and stabbing Caleb Christensen 25 times in a home in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue in Mason City on November 17th.

The trial started last Tuesday in Fort Dodge, where it was moved due to pre-trial publicity. Last week, jurors heard from Kavars’ cousin Ron Willis who was also in the house at the time of the murders,

Access to Justice Commission releases first report

DES MOINES — A commission charged by the Iowa Supreme Court to identify and remove barriers to justice for low-income and disadvantaged Iowans has released its first recommendations. The vice chair of the Access to Justice Commission, Anjie Shutts, says barriers to justice can be a lot of things.

She says it ranges from access to transportation, to language barriers. “We also really saw a huge barrier for folks who make too much money to qualify for legal aid — but don’t make enough money to hire a private lawyer,” Shutts says.

Key segments of GOP, Democratic Party convene in Des Moines

DES MOINES — Two organizations that often represent polar opposites on the political spectrum held events in the same convention complex in downtown Des Moines Saturday.

About a thousand evangelical Christians gathered for the Family Leadership Summit. Late this morning, Kellyanne Conway, a senior counselor to President Trump, asked the crowd to “pray for the mockers” in the media.

“As the person in the West Wing who does not say: ‘fake news, enemy of the people, opposition party’…my grievance is not biased coverage, it’s incomplete coverage,” Conway said. “Biased coverage people can see for themselves…I think part of becoming civil is making sure people are connected with the relevant information that they need and they deserve.”

Grassley and Ernst cheered for Gorsuch appointment

DES MOINES — Iowa’s two Republican U.S. Senators celebrated the appointment of a conservative to the U.S. Supreme Court with about a thousand evangelical Christians at Saturday’s “Family Leadership Summit” in Des Moines.

Senator Chuck Grassley said he was “subjected” to daily “blunt personal smear attack” last year because he refused to hold a hearing for President Obama’s choice to fill the court vacancy.

Monday July 17th Local Sports

AM-1300 KGLO — 2A state quarterfinal softball — Central Springs vs. Interstate 35 — 3:15 pre-game, 3:30 scheduled first pitch

AM-1300 KGLO — 4A baseball substate semifinal — Mason City High at Indianola — 6:45 pre-game, 7:00 first pitch


FORT DODGE — In making their third trip to the state tournament in as many years, there’s one goal for the Central Springs softball team — make it into the semifinals. The 10th-ranked Panthers have lost close state quarterfinal games each of the last two years, falling to IKM-Manning 8-7 in 2015 and 7-6 to Logan-Magnolia in 2016. Central Springs brings a 29-4 record into this afternoon’s quarterfinal round contest with Interstate 35 of Truro. Panthers coach Belinda Nelson said after last week’s regional championship win over Alta-Aurelia that having some state tournament experience should be a big help heading into this year’s trip to Fort Dodge. 

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