AP Top 25 College Football Poll 9/24/2017


September 25th, 2017 by Chris Parks

AP Top 25 9/24/2017

1. Alabama (52)
2. Clemson (8)
3. Oklahoma (1)
4. Penn State
5. USC
6. Washington
7. Georgia
8. Michigan
9. TCU
10. Wisconsin
11. Ohio State
12. Virginia Tech
13. Auburn
14. Miami
15. Oklahoma State
16. Washington State
17. Louisville
18. South Florida
19. San Diego State
20. Utah
21. Florida
22. Notre Dame
23. West Virginia
24. Mississippi State
25. LSU

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas State

DORIS L. LAUGHERY, 93, of Guthrie Center (Svcs. 09/27/2017)


September 25th, 2017 by Chris Parks

DORIS L. LAUGHERY, 93, of Guthrie Center died Saturday, September 23rd in Guthrie Center. Funeral services for DORIS L. LAUGHERY will be held Wednesday, September 27th at 10:30am in the First United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center has the arrangements.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, September 26th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at Twigg Funeral Home in Guthrie Center.

Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Guthrie Center.

Online condolences may be left at www.twiggfuneralhome.com

DORIS L. LAUGHERY is survived by:

Children: Vicki (Roger) Friedrich. Debora (George) Ashman. Jan (Scott) Mitchell. Jim (Jody) Laughery.

Skyscan Forecast Monday 09/25/2017

Podcasts, Weather

September 25th, 2017 by Chris Parks

Skyscan Forecast  Monday, September 25, 2017  Dan Hicks

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Variable winds 10-15. High 78.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. N @ 5-10. Low 56.

Tuesday: Showers ending early. Becoming partly cloudy. NW @ 10-20. High 68.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High 72.

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High 75.


First official 2020 presidential candidate makes second visit to Iowa


September 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A Maryland congressman who is the first official Democratic presidential candidate for 2020 says his party must “start talking about what people really care about.” “Their jobs, the dignity of work, their pay and their opportunity for their children — that’s what people overwhelmingly care about. The Democratic Party has to be the party that stands for those things.” John Delaney has served three terms in the U.S. House, but is not seeking reelection in 2018. Instead, he’s visiting the states that host the first voting events in the 2020 presidential campaign and Delaney plans to visit Iowa twice a month over the next year. He was in Audubon Sunday afternoon and spoke by phone with Radio Iowa Sunday evening.

“The reason I entered this race so early is I think the Democratic Party has to have a very important conversation about our future and how we start winning elections,” Delaney says, “and I think I’m the person to, ultimately, lead that conversation, but really what I need to do is listen to people, make sure I’m focused on what they care about and give people an opportunity to get to know me.”

Delaney, who is 54 years old, is a former banker. He founded two companies and is worth about 90 million dollars according to the Associated Press. During his FIRST campaign for congress in 2012, Delaney promised voters he’d bring “the perspective of an entrepreneur to a gridlocked congress.” Delaney’s prescription for the Democratic Party in 2017? Figure out how to appeal to Americans who’ve been “left behind by the pace” of economic change.

“In the last election, we kind of created the wrong villain,” Delaney says. “The villain, they said, was globalization, but in reality it was government’s failure to respond to changes that were ultimately positive for the economy, but they weren’t positive for everyone and we watched it happen and we did nothing about it.” During his meeting with Democrats in Audubon on Sunday, Delaney didn’t mention Trump’s remarks about N-F-L players taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Delaney says Americans ARE looking for “civility” in their politics, but he says competence is the more pressing concern. “The Democratic Party has to be the party of good government,” Delaney says. “We need to be the party that actually gets government working again for the American people…They want to start believing in their government again because it’ll help them believe more in themselves.” Delaney was in Iowa last month and visited the Iowa State Fair.

Today (Monday) at 8 a.m., he’ll be at Duncan’s Cafe on Main Street in Council Bluffs to greet and talk with breakfast-hour customers.

(Radio Iowa)

Three Iowa high schools host rock band/financial literacy events


September 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A touring Midwestern rock band will play concerts in Underwood and two other Iowa high schools in the next week or so, shows that will be immediately followed by frank talks from the band’s frontman about financial literacy. Steve Gooding, co-founder, guitarist and singer in the band Gooding, says after the music ends, the lessons begin about debt, stocks and savings accounts.

“This is an organic thing that grew out of us just realizing some mistakes we made,” Gooding says. “I’ve got a mic and I’m lucky, I’d better use it. We’re trying to find common denominators to keep kids out of trouble later in life. We are rock-n-rollers, brother, we are not financial advisors. This is just something we realized maybe could make a little bit of a difference.” Gooding, a Wichita, Kansas native, says “the music helps the medicine go down” and most kids are receptive to hearing what he has to say about money.

“I tell them about not knowing what a credit score was until I screwed mine up,” Gooding says. “I tell them I knew more about geometry than how to balance a checkbook when I left high school. I have them raise their hands: Who wants to buy a car? Who wants to buy a house? Who wants to get married? Of all these things, I show them the stats on financial literacy being as important to achieving these things as anything else they’re going to learn in school.” While it appears some athletes and celebrities become wealthy overnight successes, Gooding says that’s just a myth he debunks with his concerts.

“We play rock-n-roll as wild and crazy as we can and we show them a little film, some of the people we’ve met in the music business, and then I come out and actually try to deconstruct that very same thing, by saying, ‘Look, I was a kid that thought some record deal was going to fix all my problems, but you have to go slow and steady,'” Gooding says. “If you’ve got a dollar in your pocket, you have more money than some of these famous people. They go up fast and they go down just as fast.”

The band Gooding is scheduled to play on Thursday (September 28th) at Underwood High School in Underwood, and next Tuesday (October 3rd) at both Norwalk High in Norwalk and Ballard High in Huxley in central Iowa. The tour is sponsored by the Iowa Insurance Division in partnership with the non-profit group, Funding the Future.

(Radio Iowa) related story links:

Program: fundingthefuturelive.org
Band: goodingmusic.com

Posted County Grain Prices: 9/25/2017


September 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

Cass County: Corn $2.95, Beans $9.14
Adair County: Corn $2.92, Beans $9.17
Adams County: Corn $2.92, Beans $9.13
Audubon County: Corn $2.94, Beans $9.16
East Pottawattamie County: Corn $2.98, Beans $9.14
Guthrie County: Corn $2.97, Beans $9.18
Montgomery County: Corn $2.97, Beans $9.16
Shelby County: Corn $2.98, Beans $9.14

Oats $2.14 (always the same in all counties)

(Information from the USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices)

12 year old dies, 2 adults injured in northern IA crash


September 25th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

A male juvenile is dead and two adults were seriously injured during a head-on collision late Sunday evening in Webster County.  The Iowa State Patrol reports a passenger in one of the vehicle, 12-year old Brady Ahlstrom, of Humbolt, died at the scene. The drivers of the vehicles, 40-year old Trisha Luthro, of Badger, and 39-year old Kevin Ahlstrom, of Humbolt, suffered incapacitating injuries. They were initially transported by rescue squad to the Humboldt Hospital, and soon transferred to Iowa Methodist Hospital. Each of the crash victims was wearing a seat belt.

The Patrol says the crash happened at around 7:50-p.m. on Highway 3, one-half mile east of Dakota City. It occurred as a 2007 Ford Edge driven by Trisha Luthro was traveling east in the westbound lane and a 2009 Buick LaCrosse driven by Kevin Ahlstrom was traveling west in its lane. The SUV’s collided at the crest of a hill.

The accident remains under investigation. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt EMS assisted the Patrol at the scene.

Smith, Chiefs start quick, beat Chargers 24-10 to go 3-0


September 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Alex Smith threw two touchdown passes in the first 9 ½ minutes against what used to be his hometown team, Terrance Mitchell had two interceptions and rookie Kareem Hunt scored on a 69-yard run to seal the Kansas City Chiefs’ 24-10 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

The Chiefs (3-0) beat the Chargers for the seventh straight time and have won 12 straight AFC West games. Los Angeles’ Philip Rivers threw three interceptions and the Chargers fell to 0-3 in their first season playing in the 27,000-seat StubHub Center after moving from San Diego.

After a quick start, the Chiefs held on through a defensive struggle in the second half. They got two huge plays in the closing minutes: Justin Houston’s sack of Rivers and then Hunt’s sensational run when he cut back against the flow and raced 69 yards down the left sideline with 1:49 left. The rookie finished with 172 yards on 17 carries.

The game couldn’t have started more differently for Smith, who grew up in the San Diego area, and Rivers. Rivers was intercepted by Mitchell on the game’s third play from scrimmage. Four plays later, Smith hit Tyreek Hill on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Rivers moved the Chargers into Chiefs territory before Marcus Peters intercepted a pass intended for tight end Antonio Gates and returned it 38 yards to the Los Angeles 34. Four plays later, Smith threw a shovel pass to Albert Wilson for a 14-0 lead.

The Chargers got it together and drove for Melvin Gordon’s 11-yard scoring scamper to cut it to 14-7. Rivers floated a 44-yarder to Travis Benjamin for the drive’s big gain. After the Chargers forced a three-and-out, Rivers threw his third interception, when Mitchell leaped in front of Tyrell Williams for the pickoff.

The Chargers’ defense began playing better. The Chiefs moved to the Los Angeles 25 before Smith was sacked on consecutive plays, first by Melvin Ingram and then by Joey Bosa and Corey Liuget. Cairos Santos missed a 51-yard field goal, but Rayshawn Jenkins was whistled for roughing the kicker, giving the Chiefs the ball on the 18. The drive fizzled and Santos kicked a 34-yarder to make it 17-7.

Chargers rookie Younghoe Koo kicked a 29-yard field goal as the clock expired to cut the lead to 17-10 at halftime. A week earlier, Koo missed a 44-yard attempt as time expired that would have given the Chargers a win against the Miami Dolphins in their home opener. In the season opener, Koo had a potential game-tying, 44-yarder blocked at Denver and the Broncos won 24-21.


ANTHEM: With widespread rebuke around the league toward President Donald Trump for his obscene criticism of the kneeling by players during the national anthem in protest of social injustice, five Chargers either knelt or sat during the national anthem. Many of their teammates linked arms and stood. About 10 Chiefs sat.

UP NEXT: Chiefs: Return home to host the Washington Redskins a week from Monday night.; Chargers: Host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.

Cardinals stumble again with 4-1 loss to Pirates


September 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals stumbled against the Pirates for the second straight day, allowing home runs to Starling Marte and rookie Jordan Luplow in a stinging 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. St. Louis began the day 1 1/2 games behind Colorado for the NL’s second wild card.  With the score 1-1, Pat Bostick singled against Seung Hwan Oh (1-6) leading off the fifth and Marte followed with his seventh home run. Luplow went deep an inning later off Brett Cecil.

Jameson Taillon (8-7) allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Five pitchers combined for hitless relief, with Felipe Rivero striking out two in a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 21 chances. Matt Carpenter hit his 22nd home run for St. Louis.

City in Iowa looks to decrease train noise downtown


September 24th, 2017 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Officials of a city in western Iowa have agreed to spend more than $100,000 on a project to silence train horns that now frequently blare through downtown.  The Sioux City Journal reports that Sioux City Council voted on Sept. 18 to approve a contract with Twin Cities-based SRF Consulting Group Inc. to create a “quiet zone” at multiple BNSF Railway train crossings downtown. Quiet zones are areas which meet specific safety guidelines that allow trains to pass through a crossing without sounding their horns.

Mayor Bob Scott was the lone dissenting vote. He says he voted against the project because the contract was being given to an out-of-state company instead of a local business. The city created another quiet zone in the downtown area seven years ago.