Federal board declines request to reopen Buddy Holly crash

News

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) – The National Transportation Safety Board has declined a request to reopen the investigation of the Iowa plane crash that killed musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The Civil Aeronautics Board ruled in 1959 that the most likely cause of the crash near Clear Lake, was pilot error. Snow was listed as a secondary caused.

In a letter dated April 21, the agency said the evidence presented in a request from pilot L.J. Coon wasn’t sufficient to merit the reconsideration of the findings of the original investigation. Coon had contended that there were other issues involving weight and balance calculations, fuel-gauge readings and more that contributed to the crash.

Western IA JohnDeere dealer lays off 28 people

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Farm equipment dealer AgriVision Inc. of Glenwood, is cutting 28 people from its full-time workforce of 350 because of lagging sales triggered by the downturn in grain prices. The Omaha World-Herald says according to AgriVision CEO Jeremy Ostrander, the John Deere dealership also is offering early retirement plans to staff members over the next three or four months to reduce costs. Workers who lost their jobs — mostly in sales and support positions — are receiving severance pay and help finding new work.

AgriVision’s 13 locations in southern and south-central Iowa have customers in Iowa, Nebraska and Missouri. AgriVision was formed Jan. 1, 2014, by the merger of Barker Implement and A&M Green Power, which trace their history back more than 100 years. During the years of high farm income, grain prices and equipment sales, the company replaced two of its facilities and added on to others.

Ostrander said the company’s parts and service business “is still going strong” and is likely to expand as farmers repair and maintain equipment rather than buying new. He said farmers bought so much new equipment during the high-income years of 2010-13 that their equipment fleet is as new as it has ever been. Much of their old equipment has been exported to other nations.

Last fall, John Deere’s manufacturing plants laid off more than 1,000 employees, including some in Iowa.

 

King seeks to ‘restrain’ federal courts authority on marriage cases

News

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Congressman Steve King has introduced legislation that seeks to forbid the federal courts from hearing same-sex marriage cases. “I wish our founding fathers might have named that Supreme Court something other than supreme,” King said. King plans to be at the Supreme Court today (Tuesday) as it hears arguments in a case that could make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

“Now we have a Supreme Court that thinks, ‘Oh, it’s no problem. We can redefine marriage,'” King said. “We just do that because we’re the Supreme Court, after all.'” King cites the 1857 Dred Scott decision as evidence the nation’s highest court is sometimes wrong on social issues of the day. “It said that African Americans…could never be citizens of the United States — a Supreme Court decision,” King said. “They decided that congress could not ban slavery.”

King calls his bill the “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015.” King also warns the federal courts were created by congress and they can be abolished by congress, too, with just the U.S. Supreme Court remaining. “Down to the Supreme Court that doesn’t have to be nine judges, seven judges, five judges or three,” King says. “It could be reduced to the chief justice of the supreme court at his own card table, with his own candle, working pro bono. That’s all it takes to have the minimum amount in the Constitution.”

King says the U.S. Supreme Court should not have the “final answer” on marriage and there is “no way” he is going to accept a decision that legalizes same-sex marriage in all 50 states. “Marriage is at stake and the arguments before this court may well determine the future of this country,” King says. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the same-sex marriage case is likely to be released in June. Federal judges have thus far struck down same-sex marriage bans in 22 states. Same-sex marriage bans remain in effect in 13 other states.

Iowa is among the 15 states where same-sex marriage is legal either by a state court’s decision or because state legislators have enacted laws allowing it.

(Radio Iowa)

Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., April 28th 2015

News

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man who pleaded guilty to robbing two Cedar Rapids banks four separate times has been sentenced to 31 years in federal prison. Twenty-nine-year-old Javon Dockery, of Cedar Rapids, was sentenced on four counts of bank robbery and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. As part of his plea, Dockery admitted to robbing a Cedar Rapids branch of U.S. Bank in April and June 2014. He also admitted to robbing a Cedar Rapids branch of Guaranty Bank twice in May.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The daughter of former NBA player Scottie Pippen has been arrested on allegations that she urinated in an Iowa City hotel lobby. The Iowa City Police Department says 20-year-old Sierra Pippen was arrested about 1:30 a.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel on a charge of public intoxication. A police complaint says an officer reported Pippen smelling of alcohol and having impaired speech and balance in a walkway near the hotel. She refused a preliminary alcohol screening. Pippen is an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a bank robbery. Twenty-two-year-old Jonathan Birdnecklace was sentenced after pleading guilty to second-degree robbery. He has been ordered to serve a minimum of seven years before he is eligible for parole and pay $200 in restitution to Great Southern Bank in Sioux City.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City cement company has received several citations from a federal agency following safety inspections conducted in March. Lehigh Cement Company in Mason City was issued 24 citations for violations of the Mine Act, which prioritizes the health and safety of employees in coal or other mining industries. Lehigh Cement Company produces cement and construction materials in the U.S. and Canada.

Cards ace Adam Wainwright out for season with torn Achilles

Sports

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals say injured ace Adam Wainwright is out for the season because of a torn left Achilles. General manager John Mozeliak made the announcement Monday at Busch Stadium. Wainwright will have surgery later this week. Wainwright was hurt while batting Saturday in Milwaukee.

This is the second major injury of Wainwright’s career. The right-hander missed the 2011 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The Cardinals have made it to the NL Championship Series in each of the last four seasons. They lead the NL Central this year.

 

Cole Hamels dominates, Phillies beat Cardinals 4-1

Sports

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cole Hamels won for the first time in seven starts dating to last September, and Ben Revere’s two-run double in the seventh inning was the go-ahead hit for the Philadelphia Phillies in a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Hamels (1-2) and John Lackey (1-1) both went seven innings. Hamels had a season-best nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits, while the Phillies put just two runners in scoring position before their three-run seventh. Hamels had been 0-4 with a 3.23 ERA since Sept. 23, receiving four total runs of support while he was in the game. He’s 2-2 in seven career starts at Busch Stadium, the other win coming on Aug. 3, 2006, and this was his first victory over the Cardinals since 2007.

 

NWS weather forecast for Cass & area Counties in IA, 4/28/15

Weather

April 28th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

331 AM CDT TUE APR 28 2015

EARLY THIS MORNING…PARTLY CLOUDY. NORTH WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH INCREASING TO 10 TO 15 MPH IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT…PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW IN THE MID 40S. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH AROUND 70. NORTH WIND 5 TO 10  MPH.

THURSDAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 70S. NORTHEAST WIND AROUND 5 MPH.

FRIDAY…MOSTLY CLOUDY. A CHANCE OF SHOWERS IN THE  MORNING…THEN A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGH IN THE UPPER 60S. CHANCE OF PRECIPITATION 40 PERCENT.

 

5 probable cases of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in 3 n.w. IA Counties

Ag/Outdoor, News

April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials say the bird flu virus has been found in a large egg-laying flock in northwest Iowa, plus four more poultry farms. Initial tests indicated the presence of the H5N2 virus on an egg-laying farm with 3.7 million chickens in Sioux County. Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Monday the virus will cost producers about a sixth of Iowa’s 60 million hens.

Northey says other probable cases have been identified at two farms in O’Brien County, one in Osceola County and another in Sioux County. More than 2 million chickens combined were on those farms.

If the final test results are confirmed, all of the birds will be killed to prevent spread of the disease.

 

Cyclones Announce Addition of Nick Babb

Sports

April 27th, 2015 by Jim Field

photo courtesy Arkansas Athletics

photo courtesy Arkansas Athletics

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State men’s basketball program has announced the addition of Nick Babb, a transfer from Arkansas.

Babb, a 6-5 guard, played sparingly in 26 games as a freshman at Arkansas. He scored a career-high five points against Wake Forest and Georgia, while playing 4.8 minutes per game for the Razorbacks, who advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The brother of former Cyclone and current Boston Celtic Chris Babb, Nick Babb prepped at Arlington Martin High School in Arlington, Texas. He was a Class 5A All-State honoree as a senior when he averaged 16 points, 8.4 rebounds and eight assists for the Warriors.

“We are excited to have Nick join our program,” assistant coach Cornell Mann said. “He’s not only a tremendous person, but a great teammate as well. Nick fits well with what we do with mismatches. He has the ability to defend and play at a high level athletically. Nick will be a guy that we can plug in at multiple spots.”

Babb was rated as the 17th-best player in the state of Texas by ESPN.com and No. 167 overall by 247sports.com.

Sex offender registry compliance check nets 2 arrests

News

April 27th, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Deputies with the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by members of the U-S Marshals Service, officers with the 4th Judicial District Adult Probation and Iowa DCI, conducted a Sex Offender Registry Compliance Check last week in Pottawattamie County. During the event which took place April 20th and April 21st, a total of 216 Registered Sex Offenders were checked.

Further investigations into potential criminal charges for failing to update information and/or violations were found on five separate offenders. Of the five investigations, two are not considered criminal, however they will be referred to the Iowa Department of Human Services for follow up. Two arrests were also made.

Officials say 24-year old Andrew Lewis Mallory, and 46-year old Eric Bryan Stites, both of Council Bluffs, were arrested and charged with Failure to Comply with the Sex Offender Registry, after failing to appear for a quarterly verification of relevant information. For Stites, it was his second offense, which is a Class D Felony. A first offense, as in the case of Mallory, is considered an Aggravated Misdemeanor.