STATE BASEBALL — Newman uses big inning to win 1A opener

DES MOINES — Evan Paulus tossed a two-hitter and his two-run homer to left center ignited a nine run fifth inning as second ranked Newman beat CAM (Anita) 10-2 in the Class More »

Unemployment rate in Iowa increased in June

DES MOINES — The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly last month, to 3.2 percent. “One thing we see as you come into the summer months is new entrants into the job market,” More »

Trial date set in Mason City home invasion trial

MASON CITY — The trial has been set for one of the three men accused of being involved in a home invasion in Mason City earlier this year. Police accused the three More »

Rural banker survey index drops dramatically in July

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Drought conditions in some areas and weak grain prices are among factors weighing heavily on the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall More »

Iowan Sam Clovis nominated to be USDA undersecretary

WASHINGTON — President Trump has nominated an Iowan who was a top policy advisor on Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to serve as the USDA Undersecretary for research, education and economics. Sam Clovis, More »

Another sales record for Iowa Lottery scratch tickets, Powerball sales down

DES MOINES — Total ticket sales for the Powerball lottery game fell during the past 12 months in Iowa due to the lack of high-dollar jackpots, but sales of scratch tickets continue More »

Friday July 21st Local Sports

TODAY: AM-1300 KGLO — 1A baseball state quarterfinal, Newman vs. CAM — 10:45 pre-game, 11:00 first pitch     DES MOINES — The Newman baseball team makes their tenth straight state tournament More »

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.

Dates set for Iowa Syngenta trials

DES MOINES — Trial dates are now set for next year in Iowa and six other states in class action lawsuits targeting agri-business giant Syngenta.

Numerous suits are filed over the release of Viptera corn without Chinese import approval. Iowa State University ag law specialist Kristine Tidgren says the next big trial is next month.

“We have a Minnesota class action for farmers from Minnesota but we also have consolidated up there about 60,000 individual claims from farmers who had individual representation,” Tidgren says. “That’s going to be the next big verdict, I think, that we hear.”

Iowans reflect on visit to Kosovo

FORT DODGE — A delegation of about 20 Iowans has returned from what they describe as a good will mission to the European nation of Kosovo.

Iowa Central Community College president Dan Kinney says he envisions a host of opportunities after the visit. Kinney says, “I really learned a lot about the country, what’s happening over there and how we can continue to build the sister city-state relationship between the state of Iowa and the country of Kosovo.”

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.

Trump nominates two experienced lawyers to lead US Attorneys Offices in Iowa

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated two men with experience in the federal court systems to be the top federal prosecutors in Iowa.

Peter Deegan, Jr., is the president’s pick to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa. He’s worked in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Cedar Rapids for more than 10 years. He’s currently chief of the criminal division of that office.

Pate urges feds to recognize ‘confidential addresses’ of crime victims

DES MOINES — Iowa’s secretary of state says crime victims with “confidential addresses” from safety programs in Iowa and 35 other states should be allowed to use those addresses at the federal level, too.

More than 300 crime victims have used Iowa’s new “Safe at Home” program in the past year to get a confidential address to use for paying bills and getting driver’s licenses, so an abuser or stalker can’t find their victim’s real street address on those documents. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is urging federal officials to let crime victims use those confidential addresses on passports and federal income tax returns, too.

Monday July 17th Local Sports

TODAY:
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. 

Osage man accused of threatening to kill wife

OSAGE — An Osage man is accused of threatening to kill his wife. 25-year-old Bryce Zahradnik has been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Osage police say they were called at about 12:30 Monday morning to a reported domestic disturbance after a female caller said her husband was beating down the back door and threatening to kill her with a gun.

Veterans memorial vandalized in Belmond

BELMOND, Iowa (AP) – City officials are planning to repair a veterans memorial that was vandalized at a northern Iowa cemetery.

The damage was discovered last month at the Belmond Cemetery in Belmond. The vandal or vandals knocked over a stone depiction of a rifle and helmet that formed a sort of cross behind a pair of combat boots.

Less than half of Iowa doctors using Prescription Monitoring Program

DES MOINES — A national study finds opioid prescriptions are falling across the U.S. but in one-third of Iowa’s counties, those prescriptions are rising.

Kevin Gabbert heads Iowa’s State Opioid Treatment Authority. He says state officials are trying to get more physicians to use the Prescription Monitoring Program or PMP, which can help prevent patients from getting opioids they don’t need.

“We have about a 42 percent registration rate among physicians with the PMP,” Gabbert says, “but that doesn’t mean that all 42 percent of those are actually using the PMP.” The study from the Centers for Disease Control covered the years 2010 to 2015. The CDC encourages doctors to consider nonopioid methods for treating pain because prescription opioids are associated with increasing abuse and overdose rates.

Insurance division to take comments on insurance stopgap measure

DES MOINES — The Iowa Insurance Division has set some meetings for the public to comment on its “stopgap plan” to prop up the state’s individual health insurance market.

Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen proposed the plan one month ago. It would change some aspects of the Affordable Care Act to encourage more insurance companies to offer A-C-A-compliant plans in Iowa. Only one company has filed to sell plans in 2018.

Corbett reveals fundraising haul, says he won’t accept DC ‘swamp money’

DES MOINES — Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett — a Republican candidate for governor — today said he’s raised more than $800,000 in cash during the past three weeks, with additional “hard commitments” that push his total fundraising haul above a million dollars. During a news conference this week in Des Moines, Corbett said that makes him a “credible..contender” in his race against Governor Kim Reynolds.

“Reynolds raised a million dollars over a whole year period last year with the help of Governor Branstad,” Corbett said. “…What this shows is people around the state of Iowa aren’t bought in to this establishment narrative that the race is over before it starts. The race is just beginning.”

Strange Political Bedfellows to Converge on Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa – In what’s being called an “interesting” occurrence, the Iowa Events Center plays host this Saturday to two groups with widely divergent political perspectives.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, will address the annual Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund convention.

At the same time, in another part of the center, speakers ranging from President Donald Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway, to GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, will speak to the Family Leadership Summit.

Testimony from witness describes Mason City double homicide

FORT DODGE — Jurors in the Peter Veal double murder trial on Thursday heard from an alleged witness whose cousin was one of the two people who died in Mason City in November.

Veal is accused of shooting Melinda Kavars and stabbing Caleb Christensen 25 times in a home in the 1600 block of North Hampshire Avenue on November 17th.

Ron Willis was the cousin of Kavars and says he saw Veal shoot Kavars in the neck. He says after the gun jammed, Veal struck him on the head with the pistol. Willis fled the house and called 9-1-1.

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