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Iowa Democratic leader seeks Senate GOP harassment findings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The top Democrat in the Iowa Senate wants information released from an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment within the Senate Republican caucus.

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, a Des Moines Democrat, sent letters Thursday to the GOP-controlled chamber’s two ranking Republican lawmakers requesting that findings from the investigation be shared publicly.

UnityPoint may end contract with private company managing care for 54,000 Iowa Medicaid patients

DES MOINES — Iowa’s largest health care system may sever ties with one of the two remaining companies that manage care for Iowa Medicaid patients.

UnityPoint Health operates hospitals, clinics and home-care services throughout Iowa. UnityPoint executives say if negotiations with Amerigroup aren’t resolved by the end of the year, UnityPoint may not renew its contract with the company.

DHS director: fixing Iowa’s mental health care system ‘a priority’

DES MOINES — A key state official says ensuring mentally ill Iowans have access to the “full array of services” should be a top concern for policymakers.

“At some point we have to say: ‘What’s our priorities?’” Iowa Department of Human Services director Jerry Foxhoven said this week. “Nobody’s going to be able to just print more money, so you’re going to have to decide between one thing and another and it’s important for us to have this conversation to say: ‘This is a priority.’”

Foxhoven made his comments Tuesday during an hour-long “town hall meeting” sponsored by Iowa Methodist Medical Center and WHO-TV. Foxhoven credited the parents of an 18-year-old who took his own life this fall for “stepping up” and focusing attention on “the gaps” in Iowa’s mental health care system.

Friday November 17th Local Sports



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


IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Jack Nunge scored a career-high 17 points in his third collegiate game and Iowa cruised past Grambling State, 85-74, for its third-straight win Thursday night.

Isaiah Moss and Tyler Cook (15 points each) added some scoring help for the Hawkeyes (3-0), who needed second-half momentum to pull away from the Tigers.

Judge says suspect competent to stand trial in Mason City murder case

MASON CITY — A Cerro Gordo County District Court judge has ruled that a Mason City man charged with murder last year is competent to stand trial.

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. Teeter died two days later after being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Trial set for Chickasaw County father in death of maggot-infested baby

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – Trial has been set for next year for the father of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s Alta Vista home.

The trial for 28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn has been scheduled for Jan. 3 in Chickasaw County.

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

State regulators vote down second bid for Cedar Rapids casino

DUBUQUE — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission voted down for the second time a request from Cedar Rapids for a gambling license on a 3-2 vote today .

The vote was tied 2-2 and came down to Commissioner Kris Kramer of New Hampton. She says her decision was based on the impact on existing casinos.

“It has been said that if Cedar Rapids does get a license that the neighboring casinos will fell the negative affect, but will bounce back. I disagree with that statement,” Kramer says. Kramer says the impact could hit especially hard on the casinos in smaller cities and the surrounding community.

Grassley, Ernst tout GOP tax plan, two other GOPers raising concerns

WASHINGTON — Iowa’s two U.S. senators are touting the GOP’s tax plan, but it may not have enough support from their fellow Republicans to pass the senate. Senator Joni Ernst yesterday said she’s backing the bill because the economy has “under-achieved” during the current recovery.

“Last year the United States saw less than a two percent increase in the amount of goods and services we produced. And the reason? Our stagnant economy has suffered from an outdated tax system that stifles economic growth through high tax rates and an unreasonable compliance burden,” Ernst said during a brief speech on the senate floor.

Iowa lawmakers tasked with opioids report miss deadline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A group of lawmakers tasked with evaluating Iowa’s response to the opioid epidemic will miss a deadline for completing a report offering findings and recommendations.

The six-member Opioid Epidemic Evaluation Study Committee was supposed to deliver an opioids report to Gov. Kim Reynolds and lawmakers by Nov. 15, but the report wasn’t available Wednesday.

IRGC to decide on Cedar Rapids casino license

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Racing and Gaming Commission is set to vote on a gambling license for Cedar Rapids.

Commissioners voted down a license for Cedar Rapids in 2014 — citing a concern the new casino would pull away business from existing state casinos.

Two new studies on the gambling market in Iowa released in October raise some of the same concerns. One of the studies says the current plans for a Cedar Rapids casino overstate the revenue potential and would still take away from existing casinos.

New, optional fine arts standards for Iowa public schools

DES MOINES — The State Board of Education has approved new fine arts standards for all students in the state’s public schools.

The new standards for music, theater, dance and other forms of artistic expression in Iowa public schools mirror standards used in 22 other states. Iowa school districts, however, have the option of ignoring these recommendations.

Medicare users encouraged to shop around in new enrollment period

DES MOINES — We’re now two weeks into the open enrollment period for the half-million Iowans who depend on Medicare, the federal insurance program for people 65 and older.

Medicare recipients have until early next month to decide what coverage they want for next year. Julie Brookhart, spokeswoman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, says log on and look around, even if you like your current plan.

Smokers are encouraged to try and quit during today’s ‘Smokeout’

MASON CITY — Iowa smokers are being urged to try and quit just for today as part of the 40th annual Great American Smokeout, in hopes they may be able to quit for a week, for a month, and for good.

Brian Ortner, a spokesman for the American Cancer Society, says giving up cigarettes and other tobacco products can bring almost immediate results, in addition to the long-term improvements in health. “Within 20 minutes, there’s benefits to their body,” Ortner says.

Thursday November 16th Local Sports

== AM-1300 KGLO & — Iowa men vs. Grambling State — pre-game 6:00, tipoff 7:00


MASON CITY – The 11th-ranked NIACC wrestling team dropped a 30-12 decision to top-ranked Ellsworth Wednesday night in the NIACC gym.

NIACC picked up a fall from top-ranked Austin Anderly (2-0) at 141 pounds. The Trojans’ Zach Wagenhoffer (1-1) won by decision at 174 pounds and 4th-ranked Jaylen Lee (1-1) won by a 15-13 decision in overtime at 184 pounds over Reece Westphal.

Campaign kicked off to raise funds for Clear Lake veterans memorial

CLEAR LAKE — North-central Iowans honored veterans with several Veterans Day ceremonies around the area on Saturday. In Clear Lake, not only did they honor veterans with a luncheon, the Clear Lake VFW Post 4868 kicked off a $100-thousand capital campaign to fund a veterans memorial to be located in the courtyard of their downtown post.

The memorial consists of black granite slabs, with two exterior walls of the post holding three slabs of granite engraved with the names of both living and deceased veterans. Post commander Mike Nelson says the project will be done in two phases. He says the first phase will put up marble tablets with the names, with the second phase being more aesthetics.

Parents plead not guilty in death of maggot-infested baby

ALTA VISTA, Iowa (AP) – The Chickasaw County parents of a 4-month-old baby whose maggot-infested body was found in a swing in his family’s home have pleaded not guilty to murder charges.

28-year-old Zachary Paul Koehn and 20-year-old Cheyanne Renae Harris, both of Alta Vista, filed written pleas of not guilty earlier this week.

Each faces charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder in the death of their son, Sterling Koehn.

USDA boosts its guess of Iowa corn production

DES MOINES — The U.S.D.A. has increased its corn production outlook for Iowa and the nation. The National Agricultural Statistics Service – Crop Production report released today shows Iowa corn production is now forecast at 2.54 billion bushels.

Yields are expected to average 197 bushels per acre, up 6 bushels per acre from the October forecast. If the predictions hold, this would be Iowa’s second highest yield and production on record behind last year.

New HR job to handle sexual harassment at Iowa statehouse

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Republican leaders in the Iowa Legislature are creating a human resources manager position to oversee sexual harassment complaints at the statehouse.

The move comes about six weeks after the state agreed to pay $1.75 million to settle a lawsuit involving a former Senate Republican staffer who alleged sexual harassment at work.

Friday November 10th Local Sports


=== Friday
AM-1300 KGLO, — Class A semifinal football, St. Ansgar vs. Hudson — pre-game 9:35 (updated time), kickoff 10:05

AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Chicago State — pre-game 7:00, tipoff 8:00


== Saturday
AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa football at Wisconsin — pre-game 12:30, kickoff 2:30


== Sunday
AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Grambling State — pre-game 2:00, tipoff 3:00



CEDAR FALLS — St. Ansgar faces Hudson in the Class A semifinal round of the state football playoffs this morning. Both the Saints and Pirates come into the contest with 11-0 records. St. Ansgar coach Drew Clevenger says it will be a big challenge for his ballclub.

Leader says GOP drafting ‘Chapter 2’ for 2018 legislature (AUDIO)

DES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds is urging Republicans to remain a “united team” in the 2018 elections. Reynolds delivered a short speech at last night’s Iowa Republican Party fundraiser in Des Moines. She joined GOP leader in pushing back against those urging Republicans to distance themselves from President Trump.

“Iowa has a partner in the White House whether we’re talking about the importance of a robust Renewable Fuel (Standard), Waters of the US, health care, workforce,” Reynolds said. “We have had, I have had unbelievable — not just me, all of us — access to the president, the vice president and the cabinet.”

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