PCL Baseball Scores from 4/22/18


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Oklahoma City at New Orleans, ppd.

Colorado Springs 6, Round Rock 5, 10 innings

Memphis 8, Iowa 6, 12 innings

Salt Lake 11, Albuquerque 9

El Paso 9, Las Vegas 6

Omaha 4, Nashville 1

MLB: Cards beat the Reds, Cubs clobber CO, Royals beat the Tigers


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

St. Louis kept pace by getting homers from Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong in beating the Reds for the 11th straight time, 9-2. Mike Mikolas was reached for just one earned run and five hits over seven innings to drop the Reds to a major league-worst 3-18. Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has been placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right elbow inflammation. The 36-year-old is 1-2 with a 3.45 ERA in three starts this season and had been scheduled to start Tuesday against the Mets.

Javier Baez homered and had three RBIs as the Cubs won a slugfest at Colorado, 9-7. The Rockies loaded the bases with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally ended when Nolan Arenado was eventually called out trying to score on a wild pitch, a play that was overturned on replay. Cubs star Kris Bryant had to leave Sunday’s game after being hit on the head with a 96 mph pitch from Colorado’s German Marquez. The ball made a loud sound as it hit off the underside of the flap of his helmet, and it was not immediately clear how much direct contact it made his Bryant’s head. A team spokesman said Bryant had a cut under one eye but passed all concussion tests. The 2016 MVP is hitting .319 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.

Abraham Almonte launched a grand slam in the sixth inning and Mike Moustakas belted a tiebreaking, three-run homer in the seventh to power the Royals past the Tigers, 8-5. Kansas City earned a four-game split in Detroit by winning two of the last three following a nine-game losing streak.


‘Bow-Z’ wows crowd at bulldog pageant for Drake Relays


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A 2-year-old pup once destined to be euthanized was crowned the winner of Sunday’s “Beautiful Bulldog Contest” at Drake University. The 39th annual tongue-in-cheek pageant for English bulldogs, Drake’s mascot, is the unofficial start to this week’s Drake Relays track meet.

Janalyn Phillips, of Waukee, Iowa, holds Sweet Sassy Molassy during the 39th annual Drake Relays Beautiful Bulldog Contest, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Des Moines, Iowa. The pageant kicks off the Drake Relays festivities at Drake University where a bulldog is the mascot. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

This year’s champion, “Bow-Z,” hails from nearby Pella, Iowa. She was set to be put down as a puppy because of various physical ailments but was re-routed to a no-kill shelter instead.

Bow-Z beat a field of 40 slobbering bulldogs — most of which were decked out in outlandish costumes — with names like Rocky, Tucker and Beau.

The Drake Relays being in earnest on Thursday and wrap up on Saturday.

2 people die in when fire damages Iowa rental home


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a weekend fire that killed a woman and child in Waterloo. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the fire was reported around 6:30 a.m. Sunday by a newspaper carrier. Waterloo Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Mike Moore says firefighters found the victims on the second floor of the home. Three other people escaped the fire.
The names of the fire victims weren’t immediately released.

Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. Sunday’s fire was the second fatal blaze in Waterloo in the past month. On March 15, a fire killed a woman and her son and daughter.

Abortion, opioids among issues that could arise at Capitol


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the Iowa legislative session inches toward adjournment with Republican leaders focused on tax cuts and the state budget, some lawmakers and advocacy groups are still pushing for other bills that have received less attention.
It’s unclear what measures, if any, could be approved in the session’s last days, but here is a look at several possibilities.

Pro-Life advocates haven’t given up on a bill that would ban abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks of pregnancy. The Senate approved the bill with all Republicans and one independent in support, and all Democrats in opposition, but the House hasn’t taken up the measure. If approved, the ban would be the most restrictive in the nation, though such a law would be challenged as a violation of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

The heartbeat bill follows a Republican-backed law approved last year that banned most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and required a three-day waiting period for women, making it among the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The waiting period portion of the law hasn’t taken effect because of a lawsuit before the Iowa Supreme Court.

The House unanimously approved a bill intended to reduce opioid abuse, but the Senate has yet to take up the proposal. The House-backed measure would require that pharmacies dispensing controlled substances report it within one business day, that prescriptions be made electronically by 2020 and that patients potentially abusing opioids be identified. An analysis by the nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency states the bill wouldn’t require legislative funding to be implemented.

Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said in her January Condition of the State address that she wants to expand participation in prescription monitoring and called for legislation to reduce the number of opioids prescriptions.

Patients and health care providers have continued to file complaints about Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system, which provides health care for poor and disabled Iowans, and Reynolds has acknowledged the state made “mistakes” during the transition to a private system. The House voted 97-0 for a bill requiring companies that now run the program to make timely payments of claims, provide reasons for denying them and fix errors within three months. The Senate hasn’t taken up the legislation, but supporters are still calling for action. An LSA analysis estimates the bill’s cost at $4.7 million annually.

Reductions or elimination of so-called “backfill” payments to local government remains possible, though cuts don’t appear likely for the budget year that begins in July. The payments, which are capped at $152 million annually, were established by a 2013 law that cut taxes for commercial and industrial property owners.

The payments were a key in gaining support for the earlier tax cuts, but Republicans say the payments weren’t intended to last indefinitely and the state can’t afford them. Democrats argue that ending the payments would break a promise to local governments and would cause local taxes to increase. Republican leaders have said a new round of tax cuts and current budget plans don’t rely on reducing backfill funding.

Among other issues that still have a pulse is a bill designed to help utilities by granting rate changes more quickly and limiting energy efficiency programs. The Senate approved the bill but the House hasn’t voted on the measure. The Senate approved a bill banning traffic cameras and some lawmakers are still pushing for the proposal, but the House favored an approach adding further restrictions to their use rather than a ban. House Speaker Linda Upmeyer said she doesn’t think there are enough votes in that chamber to approve a ban.

Advocates of a victims’ rights bill also haven’t given up and earlier this month held a Capitol rally to call attention to the proposed constitutional amendment. However, a crime victims group and some prosecutors have opposed the proposal, known as Marsy’s Law, which they fear would be difficult and costly for court officials to implement.

Des Moines amphitheater to close for bridge construction


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A riverfront amphitheater that draws thousands of people to downtown Des Moines will close for two years to accommodate the construction of a bridge. The Simon Estes Amphitheater will be closed from 2019-20, the Des Moines Register reported.

Bridge construction is expected to start August and estimated to cost up to $9 million. The new bridge will replace the downtown Locust Street bridge. No events will take place at the city-managed amphitheater during construction, said Ben Page director of Des Moines Parks and Recreation. “There’s not going to be any parking down there,” Page said. “(It’d be a) dusty, dirty mess.

The 2018 Nitefall on the River concert series, is typically held at the amphitheater and the nearby Brenton Skating Plaza. Construction won’t cause any of this year’s events to be relocated, said Tim Leach, the senior vice president of downtown development for the Des Moines Partnership, which manages the plaza.

“We don’t think any of these closures are going to affect (Nitefall),” Leach said.
This year’s concert series includes performances by Turnpike Troubadours, Lake Street Dive, Arch Allies and The Nadas.

The performances will be hosted at the skating plaza full-time when the amphitheater closes for construction, Leach said.

JOAN DAVID, 86, of rural Orient (Svcs. Pending)


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

JOAN DAVID, 86, of Rural Orient, died Sunday, April 22, 2018, at the Creston Speciality Care in Creston.  Funeral services for JOAN DAVID are pending at the Steen Funeral Home in Fontanelle.

Online condolences may be left to the family at www.steenfunerals.com.

Red Oak woman arrested Saturday night


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Red Oak Police report the arrest late Saturday night, of 26-year old Whitney Marie Stephens, of Red Oak. Stephens was taken into custody at around 10:25-p.m., for Failure to Provide SR-22 Insurance. She was also cited for Driving While license Suspended. Stephens was being held in the Montgomery County Jail on a $1,000 cash bond.

Skyscan Weather Forecast for Atlantic & the area– Sunday, April 22nd 2018


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 63. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. East northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light northeast.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. East northeast wind at around 5mph.
Tuesday: Partly Sunny w/a 20% chance of rain after 1pm. High near 64. N/NE winds becoming N/NW @ 5-10 in the morning.
Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy w/a 20% chance of rain. Low around 39.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Thursday: Partly sunny & breezy, with a high near 62.

Saturday’s High in Atlantic was 56. Our Low this morning, 44. Last year on this date, the High in Atlantic was 69 and the Low was 31. The Record High for Atlantic on April 22nd, was 90 in 1980. The Record Low was 20, in 1936.

Midwest Sports Headlines: 4/22/18


April 22nd, 2018 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning and rookie reliever Jordan Hicks got Scooter Gennett to ground into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded, lifting the St. Louis Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 4-3. The Cardinals have won seven of eight, including six against the Reds. The Reds dropped their fourth straight, and second under interim manager Jim Riggleman, and fell to 3-17 this season.

DETROIT (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and the Detroit Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals 12-4. The Tigers have won five of six. Detroit broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the fifth on a day when both starting pitchers were in almost constant trouble.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Native son Scott Frost receives a hero’s welcome at the Nebraska spring football game. Frost led the Cornhuskers for the traditional Tunnel Walk entrance. He received a standing ovation at the end of the game as he walked back through the tunnel. As a player Frost led the Huskers to a national championship in 1997. He said the sights and sounds of Memorial Stadium brought back special memories.