Cardinals fire scouting director Correa amid hacking scandal

Sports

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals say they have fired scouting director Chris Correa. The Cardinals declined to say why, but the team is the subject of an FBI investigation into the hacking of the Houston Astros player personnel database. The Cardinals are also investigating and Correa’s firing is the first known fallout.

Last month, an attorney hired by the team said chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak were not targets of the investigation. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow led the Cardinals’ data-based scouting system before leaving for Houston after the 2011 season. Correa was promoted to director of amateur scouting during the offseason.

 

Experts: Hacking probe will stretch if Cards execs involved

Sports

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

HOUSTON (AP) — Legal experts say the federal hacking investigation of the St. Louis Cardinals could take longer if high-level executives are implicated in the breach of the Houston Astros’ database. No charges have been filed in the ongoing probe, which legal experts believe is several months old and has likely involved scouring Astros servers for any IP addresses that might lead back to the Cardinals organization.

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. has blamed the alleged hack on “roguish behavior” by a handful of individuals. An attorney for the team has said high-level executives were not involved in the scandal. Former federal prosecutor Philip Hilder says if any “higher-ups” are implicated, that would require corroboration and extend the investigation’s duration.

If it’s just low-level employees, it could wrap up quickly.

 

KJAN listening area weather forecast: 7/3/15

Weather

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

337 AM CDT FRI JUL 3 2015

EARLY THIS MORNING…MOSTLY CLOUDY. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TODAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH.

TONIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE UPPER 50S. NORTHEAST WIND NEAR 5 MPH SHIFTING TO THE SOUTH AFTER MIDNIGHT.

INDEPENDENCE DAY…SUNNY. HIGH IN THE LOWER 80S. SOUTH WIND NEAR 10 MPH.

SATURDAY NIGHT…MOSTLY CLEAR. LOW IN THE LOWER 60S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 10 MPH.

SUNDAY…MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH IN THE MID 80S. SOUTH WIND 5 TO 15 MPH.

SUNDAY NIGHT…CLOUDY WITH A 50 PERCENT CHANCE OF  THUNDERSTORMS. LOW IN THE UPPER 60S.

MONDAY…THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY. HIGH IN THE UPPER 70S. CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS 70 PERCENT.

Area softball & baseball scores from 7/2/15

Sports

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thursday Softball
Atlantic 2-3, Creston 0-4
Clarinda 10, St. Albert 0
St. Albert 9, Clarinda 3
Whiting 11, CAM 8
Woodward-Granger 12-17, Guthrie Center 3-3
Underwood 4, Tri-Center 2
Riverside 17, Audubon 6
Lenox 11-14, Bedford 4-2
Nodaway Valley 11-4, Mount Ayr 0-3
East Union 6-5, Southwest Valley 0-4
Abraham Lincoln 10, Sergeant Bluff-Luton 0 (6 inn)

Thursday Baseball
Atlantic 6, Creston 0
St. Albert 11, Clarinda 2
Harlan 16-8, Red Oak 1-1
Westwood 5, Missouri Valley 4
Tri-Center 6, Underwood 0
Coon Rapids-Bayard 9, Logan-Magnolia 2
Nodaway Valley 13-1, Mount Ayr 0-4
CAM 9, Whiting 1
A-H-S-T-W 13, Stanton 6
Ar-We-Va 12, Boyer Valley 0 (5 inn)
West Harrison 19-4, Adair-Casey 0-0
Lenox 11-5, Bedford 5-1
Southwest Valley 21-8, East Union 11-0
Guthrie Center 6-8, Woodward-Granger 4-13

Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, July 3rd 2015

News

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a popular park near downtown Des Moines that was closed due to flooding will reopen soon. City officials for Des Moines say Gray’s Lake Park will reopen Friday morning at 5 a.m.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late yesterday afternoon, as he approved a slew of budget bills. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — State and local leaders in Dubuque celebrated the start of construction on the largest phase of an estimated $200 million flood mitigation project aimed at avoiding future property damage and adding green space to a key part of the city. The Telegraph Herald reports the groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday marked work that has been underway for several weeks.

WALL LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman is scheduled to be sentenced August 5th after pleading guilty to selling marijuana from the home she shares with her four children. The Sioux City Journal reports that 37-year-old Laura Lawler was convicted Wednesday in Sac County District Court.

Venable homer boosts Padres in extra innings

Sports

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Will Venable hit a pinch-hit two-run home run in the top of the 11th inning and the San Diego Padres snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the suddenly scuffling St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night.

Venable had been 1 for 17 coming off the bench before connecting on the first pitch from Carlos Villanueva (3-3) after the Padres successfully challenged a fair-foul ruling that resulted in a ground-rule double by Clint Barmes. The ball appeared to tick the line as right fielder Jason Heyward made an unsuccessful attempt at a sliding catch near the stands. Venable followed with his sixth homer of the year.

Shawn Kelley (1-2) had four strikeouts in two scoreless innings and Craig Kimbrel earned his 20th save in 21 chances. Heyward and Matt Carpenter had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Cardinals.

 

Pacific Coast League Baseball Scores/ Schedule (7/2-3)

Sports

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Thursday’s Games
Oklahoma City 8, Memphis 4

Colorado Springs 4, Nashville 3

Omaha 5, New Orleans 2

Iowa 5, Round Rock 4

Albuquerque 4, Reno 3

El Paso 6, Fresno 5

Sacramento 10, Salt Lake 3

Las Vegas 12, Tacoma 2

Friday’s Games
Oklahoma City at Memphis, 7:05 p.m.

Colorado Springs at Nashville, 8:05 p.m.

New Orleans at Omaha, 8:05 p.m.

Round Rock at Iowa, 8:08 p.m.

Reno at Albuquerque, 9:05 p.m.

Fresno at El Paso, 9:05 p.m.

Salt Lake at Sacramento, 10:05 p.m.

Las Vegas at Tacoma, 10:05 p.m.

Malvern man critically injured in motorcycle crash Thu. night

News

July 3rd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

A man on a motorcycle who tried to avoid a deer on the road in Mills County, was reported to be in critical condition Thursday night, after his cycle hit the deer on Highway L-45, at around 8:50-p.m.   The Iowa State Patrol says 32-year old Shawn Lee Richter, of Malvern, was flown by LifeNet helicopter to Creighton Medical Center in Omaha, following the crash that happened in rural Mills County, between Glenwood and Tabor.

The Patrol said after Richter’s 1999 Yamaha hit the deer, Richter was thrown from the cycle and came to rest on the road just south of 66303 235th Street. He suffered severe, incapacitating injuries.

Branstad vetoes $56 million in school spending, rejects plan to preserve mental health centers

News

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open.Branstad announced the vetoes late Thursday, as he approved a slew of budget bills. Branstad approved much of the more than $7 billion in spending that was passed in the Republican-led House and Democratic-controlled Senate.

The legislative agreement included an increase in ongoing money for K-12 education, as well as the one-time payment. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.

 

 

Lewis Central coach reaches milestone

Sports

July 2nd, 2015 by Ric Hanson

Lewis Central baseball coach Lee Toole reached a milestone this week. Toole became the 10th coach in Iowa history to reach 800 wins on Tuesday night when his Titans posted an 8-2 victory over Atlantic. His 34 year career has also included stints at New Hartford and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson where he won a state championship.

Toole says he has always enjoyed the everyday nature of the sport of baseball. He says the game of baseball has remained the same between the white lines during his career and the biggest change has been in off season opportunities for players to improve their game. Toole says despite his lengthy career he maintains a passion for the game, whether it is coaching the games or taking care of the field.

Lewis Central is 19-7 on the season and returns to action at home on Friday night against Adel ADM.

(Radio Iowa)