Skyscan Forecast for Saturday, 2/25/17 (Atlantic & the KJAN listening area)

Weather

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Freese-Notis Meteorologist Richard Garuckas says…

Today: We’ll have partly cloudy skies. High 33. NW winds @ 10-15mph.

Tonight: P/Cldy. Low 25. S-SW winds @ 5-15mph.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. High 46. W/SW winds@ 10-15.

Tom. Night: P/Cldy. Low 31.

Monday: Mostly sunny. High 51.

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. High 53.

Wednesday: Cloudy w/a chance of rain and snow showers. High 38.

More state budget cuts target universities, community colleges, prisons, and state patrol

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

The governor’s office late Friday afternoon revealed details about MORE cuts in the present year’s state budget. The spending reduction plan legislators approved a few weeks ago directed the governor’s budget director to make another 11-and-a-half MILLION dollars in cuts on his own. That plan calls for community colleges to pare another one-point-seven MILLION dollars in spending between now and June 30th.

The University of Iowa must cut one-point-two MILLION dollars deeper. Iowa State University must cut nearly a MILLION and the University of Northern Iowa about HALF a million.

The state’s prison system will be required to make another quarter-of-a-million dollar cut and the Highway Patrol will have to cut its budget by more than a HALF million dollars.

(Radio Iowa)

No. 21 Drake women win record 17th straight, clinch title

Sports

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lizzy Wendell scored 21 points and No. 21 Drake defeated Northern Iowa 70-57 on Friday night and clinched outright the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season championship. The Bulldogs (23-4, 16-0) won their 17th straight game to break the school record they shared with the 1996-97 team. The outright conference title, coming with two games remaining for the Bulldogs, is the first for Drake since the 1999-2000 season.

Drake took an 88-79 double-overtime victory at UNI on Jan. 27 but had an easier time Friday against the second-place Panthers (20-7, 13-3), using a 13-2 run, with nine points from Wendell, to lead by 13, 47-34, after three quarters. The lead stayed in double figures in the final quarter.

Becca Hittner added 12 points for Drake, which shot 52 percent. Sammie Bachrodt and Becca Jonas scored 10 points each. Caitlin Ingle had eight assists with nine points. Madison Weekly scored 19 points to lead UNI, which shot 28 percent.

Cardinals sign Cuban league MVP to minor league contract

Sports

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have signed Cuban outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract and invited him to their big league spring training camp. Garcia, the younger brother of Atlanta Braves third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba’s top professional league last year and was declared a free agent by Major League Baseball in December.

Adolis Garcia, who turns 24 next week, led Tigres de Ciego de Avila to consecutive Serie Nacional championships in 2015 and 2016. A right-handed hitter, he batted .315 with a .395 on-base percentage and .517 slugging percentage during his MVP campaign in Cuba. He also played briefly for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan last season.

St. Louis announced the move Friday night, saying general manager John Mozeliak would be available to discuss it with reporters Saturday morning at the club’s spring training complex.

Boys basketball scores from Friday, 2/24/17

Sports

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

4A Substate 1
Semifinal
Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 68, Lewis Central 61

4A Substate 2
Semifinal
Ankeny 75, Waukee 64

Des Moines, North 99, Des Moines, East 69

4A Substate 3
Semifinal
Cedar Falls 76, Prairie, Cedar Rapids 73

4A Substate 4
Semifinal
Dubuque, Hempstead 87, Cedar Rapids, Jefferson 59

Dubuque, Senior 72, Waterloo, West 66

4A Substate 5
Semifinal
Iowa City West 71, Pleasant Valley 44

Muscatine 61, Linn-Mar, Marion 55

4A Substate 6
Semifinal
Bettendorf 73, Davenport, West 50

North Scott, Eldridge 60, Davenport, Central 59

4A Substate 7
Semifinal
Johnston 45, Ames 43

Newton 58, Dowling Catholic, West Des Moines 54

4A Substate 8
Semifinal
Des Moines, Hoover 44, Des Moines, Roosevelt 30

Valley, West Des Moines 68, Ankeny Centennial 37

POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS
4A Substate 1
Semifinal
Sioux City, West vs. Sioux City, East, ppd. to Feb 25.

4A Substate 3
Semifinal
Mason City vs. Cedar Rapids Xavier, ppd. to Feb 25.

Johnson leads Iowa State women in upset of No. 6 Texas

Sports

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Seanna Johnson scored 22 points, including 10 straight for Iowa State in the third quarter, and the Cyclones upset No. 6 Texas 70-66 Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

Down two with seven minutes remaining, Iowa State (17-11, 8-9 Big 12) took control with a 9-0 run. Bridget Carleton scored points 18 for Iowa State, but she committed two turnovers in the final minute to give Texas an opportunity. The Longhorns (21-7, 14-3) had a chance to tie it after the second turnover, but Carlton blocked Ariel Atkins’ driving shot with nine seconds left and then made two free throws.

Jadda Buckley added 14 points for Iowa State. Texas has lost three straight games for the first time this season. Brooke McCarty led the Longhorns with 12 points, Brianna Taylor added 11, and Joyner Holmes and Alecia Sutton had 10 apiece.

SE Iowa man killed, 2 others injured in rollover crash

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

One person died and two others were injured during a crash Friday evening in southeast Iowa’s Mahaska County. The Iowa State Patrol reports a passenger in the vehicle, 52-year old James Lee Franciskovic, of West Burlington, IA, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle, 35-year old Carrie Ellen Falcon, and another passenger, 25-year old Shane Yorel McCampbell, both of Burlington, IA, were injured and transported by Pella EMS to the hospital in Pella. Both had been wearing their seat belts.

The Patrol says the three were in a 2004 Chevy truck that was traveling west on Highway 163 at around 6:10-p.m., Friday, when the vehicle went out of control on the snow covered road. The pickup entered the north ditch near mile marker 46 and came to rest on its top. Franciskovic was ejected from the vehicle and died from his injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.

Ohio teen killed in Pottawattamie County crash

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A teenage back seat passenger in a vehicle that was on the shoulder of Interstate 80 died Friday evening, when the vehicle she was in was hit from behind. The Iowa State Patrol says 17-year old Angel Martinez, of Medina, OH, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene of the crash that took place at around 6:25-p.m. on eastbound I-80 near mile marker 23, in Pottawattamie County.

Authorities say a 2016 Kia Sportage driven by 52-year old Karen Marchbanks, of Wilmington, NC, was eastbound on I-80 approaching the 22.7 mile marker. A 2005 Honda Civic, operated by 36-year old Fabian Prado, of Brunswick, OH, was parked on the right shoulder near the same location, when the Kia entered the shoulder of the road and struck the Honda from behind.

Both vehicles sustained heavy damage during the collision.  Prado, who was wearing his seat belt, was injured in the crash and transported by Underwood Rescue to Mercy Hospital in Council Bluffs.

Iowa early News Headlines: Saturday, 2/25/17

News

February 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 4:00 a.m. CST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A budget aide to Gov. Terry Branstad has released details about $11.5 million in cuts that will help close a mid-year budget shortfall. The Iowa Legislature earlier passed a budget bill with roughly $117 million in cuts. David Roederer, with the Iowa Department of Management, indicated at the time that $11.5 million of that amount would come from unspecified cuts. He’s now disclosing that includes an extra $2.7 million in cuts to Iowa’s public universities and $1.7 million to community colleges.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol says all lanes of Interstate 80 have reopened after being closed earlier Friday because of blizzard-like conditions. A slow-moving storm dropped more than 2 feet of snow in parts of western Nebraska as it moves east through Iowa. A winter weather advisory remained in effect late Friday afternoon for east-central Nebraska and parts of western Iowa into northeastern Iowa. A blizzard warning remained in effect for a portion of northwestern and northern Iowa.

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — A man shot by an officer during a standoff at a Bettendorf store has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Court records say 19-year-old Joshua Price filed the written pleas Thursday to kidnapping, burglary and assault. Authorities say Price had taken the store manager hostage on Dec. 19 after ordering him to evacuate the store. Authorities say Price was carrying only an airsoft gun that looked like a deadly handgun.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A civil liberties group is taking up the case of a central Iowa transgender high school student who was ordered to wash “love trumps hate” written on his arm or be sent home. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the incident happened in November at Newton High School. The ACLU says a teacher also repeatedly referred to the student as “girl,” even though he openly identifies as male.

Event set for Tue. in Bridgewater aimed at taking back the town from meth heads

News

February 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

An event set to take place Tuesday, Feb. 28th, in Bridgewater, is aimed at curbing the proliferation of methamphetamine use in the community. Organizers say the “Take Back Bridgewater, Iowa” campaign began to take root after some citizens were outraged over someone spray painting the word “Meth” and an arrow pointing toward Bridgewater, on a county road rock storage pile at the intersection of Highway 92 and the Bridgewater Road.

The Mission Statement for the community-based effort is “Working in partnership with citizens to address criminal activity and improve the quality of life in and around Bridgewater.” A Facebook page has been set up with the same goal in mind.

County Road rock pile near Bridgewater (Photo submitted)

The organizational meeting is tentatively set for 7-p.m. Tuesday, but as of Friday night, the location had yet to be determined, and will depend on the amount of interest expressed by the public. The first meeting is to designed organize and develop a strategy, with a later public meeting to be held in order to moderate discussions and further plan actions for the group.

Additional information can be found on the “Take Back Bridgewater, Iowa” Facebook page.