Berkman to 15 Day DL

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

The St. Louis Cardinals have put first baseman Lance Berkman on the 15-day disabled list because of inflammation in his right knee.

Outfielder Shane Robinson was recalled from Triple-A Memphis. He was in the starting lineup on Friday night against Milwaukee.

Berkman went on the DL for the third time this season. He had surgery on his right knee in late May and said his knee is still not fully healed.

“It just needs to get stronger,” Berkman said. “It’s been frustrating.”

Berkman is hitting .267 with two homers and seven RBIs in 28 games.

Cardinals Beat Brewers 9-3

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

Rookie right-hander Joe Kelly broke a three-start losing streak and drove in the go-ahead run to help the St. Louis Cardinals to a 9-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.

St. Louis has won three of its last four while Milwaukee had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Kelly (2-4) allowed three earned runs and 10 hits over 5 2-3 innings. His last win was an 11-4 victory at Kansas City on June 22. He entered the game with seven straight quality starts but took the loss in his last three games.

His first-pitch RBI single to left off Randy Wolf (3-8) broke a 3-3 tie and capped a four-run outburst in the fourth inning.

St. Louis managed just two hits in the first three innings off Wolf but scored four runs on five hits in the fourth.

Saturday Morning Iowa Headlines

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has denied a petition by some Republicans who want the state to stop using public money to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest. Forty-one House GOP members filed the petition last month seeking to end Medicaid payments for such abortions, contending the state program violates state law. Iowa DHS Director Chuck Palmer announced the decision yesterday.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Workers have cleaned up after a truck spilled some animal entrails and parts on a Sioux City street. The spill occurred about 9:45 a.m. Thursday on the east side of the northwest Iowa City.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) – A federal fugitive has been arrested after a brief standoff with officers in northern Iowa’s Mason City. Twenty-five-year-old Levi Andersen was taken into custody on Thursday evening. Officers had been tipped that Andersen was at the residence in central Mason City, and they went there and made his arrest about 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A 29-year-old man already serving time for sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl has pleaded guilty in another child sex abuse case. Daryl Bentley made his plea on Thursday in Linn County District Court to the lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child. He’d been charged with sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl between 2008 and 2009. In March 2010 Bentley was sentenced to 10 years in prison for abusing the 4-year-old girl.

Skyscan Forecast 8/4/12

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August 4th, 2012 by admin

Today:  Some showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest winds 10-15 MPH

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a low around 55

Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 82.

Sunday Night: Clear, with a low around 56.

Monday: Sunny, with a high near 91.

Tuesday:  Mostly sunny, with a high near 89.

Iowa Evening News Headlines – Fri., Aug. 3rd 2012

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

EVANSDALE, Iowa (AP) — An FBI spokeswoman says authorities returned to a lake in Evansdale to check on leads related to the search for two cousins who have been missing for three weeks. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that FBI agents went to Meyers Lake today but that there were “no positive results.” Ten-year-old Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins, whose ninth birthday was Tuesday, disappeared July 13th while riding their bikes in Evansdale.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The value of an acre of Nebraska cropland rose more than any other state over the last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says cropland in Nebraska climbed nearly 36 percent to $4,480 an acre. Second was North Dakota, which was up nearly 30 percent. Iowa cropland rose nearly 24 percent to $7,300 an acre and farm real estate rose nearly 23 percent to $7,000 an acre.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — A Fort Dodge man has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in a shooting of a man who died months later under his family’s care in Florida. Twenty-six-year-old Derrick McElroy entered a written plea of not guilty yesterday in Iowa’s Webster County District Court. McElroy was charged last month in the May 2011 shooting death of 19-year-old Brandyn Preston.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Junior will go for his fourth straight win at Iowa Speedway in tomorrow night’s U.S. Cellular 250. He enters the race in Newton, Iowa 13 points behind Nationwide Series leader Elliott Sadler.

DHS denies petition to ban payment for abortions

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Human Services has denied a petition by some Republicans who want the state to stop using public money to pay for abortions in cases of rape and incest or fetal abnormalities. Forty-one House GOP members filed the petition last month seeking to end Medicaid payments for such abortions, contending the state program violates state law. DHS Director Chuck Palmer in a letter Friday to Rep. Dawn Pettengill, of Mount Auburn, says banning the payments would violate federal funding requirements and would jeopardize all federal Medicaid funding Iowa receives, which is about $2.1 billion. Palmer says legislative language didn’t give a clear mandate to change the program’s practice of paying for such abortions, which are legal under federal law.

Farm Leasing Meeting Scheduled for August 16

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The profitability of crop production has been good these past years. With this profitability, more pasture and woodlands have been tilled. As a result, there is a potential for increased soil erosion. Estimating the cost of soil erosion to the landowner will be one topic at the Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting in Atlantic. Cass County Extension will be sponsoring the Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting on August 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Cass County Community Center. The Cass County Community Center is at 805 West 10th Street.

Another timely topic is the 2012 Farm Bill. Both the Senate and House Committees of Agriculture have proposed bills that eliminate direct payments. According to Tim Eggers, Iowa State University Extension Field Agricultural Economist, “The elimination will drop farm revenues by about $20 per acre. It is the equivalent of a three-bushel decrease in this year’s crop.” Eggers added, “While not a large decrease, it is still a fundamental change in Farm Bill programs.” Besides the cost of soil erosion and loss of direct payments, Eggers will discuss land values, cash rental rates, and flexible leases. Considerations relevant to current drought impact will also be discussed.

The Farm Leasing Arrangements meeting costs $15 per person, which includes the 100-page Farm Leasing Arrangements booklet. Pre-registration is required by August 14. To pre-register, call the Cass County Extension office at 712-243-1132.

(ISU Extension Press Release)

Iowa DOT offering land for sale in Harlan

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

The Iowa Department of Transportation is offering land for sale in Harlan. The 5,930 square foot tract of land is located on the south side of Iowa 44 and west side of Southwest Avenue.  Bids are due by 1-p.m. Sept. 12th, 2012. The appraised value of the land is $8,100. Term of the sale is cash only.  

Bid forms may be obtained by contacting Mary Pepper, Office of Right of Way – property management, Iowa DOT, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa 50010, phone 515-239-1300.  

The Iowa DOT acquires real estate for highway improvement projects statewide. Any excess property or property improvements may be disposed of during or after the project development process. For more information on Iowa DOT property management, including sales, visit www.iowadot.gov/propmanage/index.html.

Truck spills animal guts on Sioux City street

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – Workers have cleaned up after a truck spilled some animal entrails and parts on a Sioux City street. The spill occurred about 9:45 a.m. Thursday on the east side of the northwest Iowa City.  The Iowa Transportation Department says the truck driver apparently had to stop suddenly, which forced some of his load to slosh out. Traffic was diverted for about 30 minutes as workers cleaned up the mess.

Branstad and Reynolds announce visits to western Iowa

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August 3rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be touring the state in the upcoming week. Among their public appearances on Monday, August 6th, is a stop in Coon Rapids at 12:30-p.m. There, they’ll have “Iowa’s Best Burger,” at the Coon Bowl III, in support of the Iowa Beef Industry. Branstad and Reynolds will leave Coon Rapids afterward, and head to Audubon, for an Audubon County Town Hall meeting at the Audubon County Economic Development Office, located at 800 Market Street, beginning at 2-p.m.

At 3:30, Iowa’s Governor and Lt. Governor will be in Harlan, for a Shelby County Town Hall meeting. That takes place at Mickel’s Family Restaurant. Other stops during the week include those in Woodbine, Onawa and Denison. The latter two stops will occur on Tuesday.