No bet: Slay, Menino passing on World Series wager

Sports

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

ST. LOUIS (AP) – In a break from tradition, there will be no bet between the mayors of this year’s World Series cities.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted Monday night that there will be “no mayoral sports bet.” But the Democrat said he would welcome a visit to St. Louis from Boston’s longtime mayor, Thomas Menino.

Menino was trending Tuesday on Twitter, after telling reporters he hoped the Boston Red Sox would win the “World Series cup.”  Menino wasn’t impressed with what he called “fried raviolis” that Slay sent to him to settle a bet after the Cardinals lost the 2004 World Series to Boston. Toasted, not fried, ravioli is a St. Louis specialty.

Boston, St. Louis archbishops make baseball bet

Sports

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) – At least one cardinal is rooting for the Red Sox in the World Series. The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, is wagering that the Boston Red Sox will beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the series that begins Wednesday at Fenway Park.

If the Red Sox win, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson will donate $100 to Boston Catholic Charities. Should the Cardinals win, O’Malley will donate $100 to the St. Louis archdiocese’s charity fund. Catholic Charities in Boston and St. Louis provide a spectrum of social service care to thousands of people.

Weather Forecast the KJAN listening area: Wed., 10/23/13

Weather

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

A Freeze Warning Continues until 8-a.m. for: Cass, Adair, Adams, Madison, Union, Taylor & Ringgold Counties

Today: Rain likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. West wind 3 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tonight: A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 7pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 28. North northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 5 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 26. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 53. Light south southwest wind increasing to 9 to 14 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 38.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 56.

USDA payments ready to go after shutdown delay

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers should begin getting payments soon for land set aside in the Conservation Reserve Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is sending out checks several weeks late because of the partial government shutdown. About 390,000 farms nationwide have enrolled land in the CRP program covering nearly 27 million acres.

In exchange for an annual rental payment farmers take environmentally sensitive land out of production and plant grass or trees on it to improve water quality, wildlife habitat and prevent erosion. Payments to corn and soybean farmers enrolled in the Average Crop Revenue Election program will begin going out Thursday. The USDA says 1.7 million farms are enrolled in the program, which provides farmers a revenue guarantee based on market prices and average yields for certain commodities.

3 injured in Page County crash Tue. afternoon

News

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Authorities in Page County say three people were transported to the hospital following a crash that occurred at around 2:45-p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Highway 48 and B Avenue, about a mile north of Shenandoah. Officials say 24-year-old Meaghan Baker, of Red Oak, was traveling south on Highway 48 and attempting to pass another vehicle, when Baker failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The van she was driving collided head-on with a car driven by 19-year-old Douglas Clark, of Sidney.  The impact caused Clark’s vehicle to be pushed into the southbound lane of traffic, where it collided with another car.

Two passengers in Baker’s van, 34-year-old Michael Irvine, of Red Oak, and 19-year-old Shannon Barnard, of Shenandoah, suffered unknown injuries and were flown by Mercy One-Clarinda to a hospital in Omaha. Baker was taken by Shenandoah EMS to the Shenandoah Medical Center.

The accident remains under investigation.

Texarkana friends meet in World Series

Sports

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Wacha remembered passing Will Middlebrooks a few years ago back in Texarkana, the small northeast Texas city where they grew up. “One of the guys that everyone looked up to,” Wacha said Tuesday. “Like he’s walking by, ‘That’s Will Middlebrooks there.’ It’s pretty crazy.”

Texarkana has a population of 36,411, according to the last U.S. census. That’s slightly fewer than the crowd that will jam into Fenway Park on Wednesday night to watch the old friends face each other when the Boston Red Sox host the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series opener.

Middlebrooks was a senior at Liberty-Eylau High School in 2007, when Wacha was a sophomore at Pleasant Grove High, about a 10-minute drive away. Now the pair will be in the spotlight as Series rivals. Wacha, 22, has been a sensation since joining the Cardinals’ rotation in September. The 25-year-old Middlebrooks has seen extensive action at third base for Boston during the last two seasons.

Iowa early News headlines: Wed., Oct. 23rd 2013

News

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An overnight freeze warning is in effect for central, south central and southeast Iowa and weather officials say minor snow could fall in the northwest part of the state. The system early Wednesday is expected to produce light rain across the southwest half of the state and possibly a dusting of snow to the northwest.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Mason City man convicted in connection with his son’s death has had his request for a new trial rejected. The Globe Gazette reports that 30-year-old Kenneth L. Adams was convicted of child endangerment in the October 2012 death of his 18-month-old son. Prosecutors say Adams put the boy face down in a pillow, cutting off his breathing.

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — Suspicious fires in a school bus and building in the central Iowa city of Jefferson are being investigated by the State Fire Marshal’s office. KCCI-TV reports that the bus that burned was in a school district parking lot where it had been locked. The other fire was in a 3½-story building being used to store tools. That structure was heavily damaged.

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa official says there’s no easy solution or quick fix to a persistent algae problem at a lake in western Iowa. Chris Larson with the state Department of Natural Resources told the Carter Lake City Council that unusual weather conditions over the last three years have made it difficult to clean up Carter Lake. Larson said routine maintenance from the city’s mechanical harvesters may be the best long-term solution for the lake.

Iowa DNR: No quick fix to persistent algae at lake

Ag/Outdoor, News

October 23rd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

CARTER LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa official says there’s no easy solution or quick fix to a persistent algae problem at a lake in western Iowa. Chris Larson with the state Department of Natural Resources told the Carter Lake City Council that unusual weather over the last three years have made it difficult to clean up Carter Lake.

Larson said routine maintenance from the city’s mechanical harvesters may be the best long-term solution for the lake. The Council Bluffs Nonpareil reports that DNR recommended the city begin using harvesters in mid-April or early May. Priority areas for algae removal will be discussed at a later date.

Big Ten has 2 byes for 1st time in latest change

Sports

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Big Ten football teams are getting two Saturdays off for the first time this year. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says there are a lot of unprecedented things happening these days in college football because of conference expansion. The byes give players a chance to rest and relax during two weeks when the regular season starts in late August and ends after Thanksgiving. Coaches, meanwhile, evaluate their programs, players and plays before hitting the road for recruiting.

Teams — such as Indiana against Penn State — have taken advantage of having two weeks to prepare for a game they ultimately won. The Nittany Lions, coming off a bye, hope the extra time they had last week helps them upset No. 4 Ohio State on Saturday night.

Iowa finds success with tight ends

Sports

October 22nd, 2013 by Ric Hanson

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is as deep at tight end as any other position group on its roster. The Hawkeyes exploited that advantage against Ohio State — and wound up with one of their best passing efforts of the season.

Jake Rudock threw for 245 yards and career-high three touchdowns, including one each to tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Jake Duzey, in a 34-24 road loss to the fourth-ranked Buckeyes.

The Hawkeyes (4-3, 1-2 Big Ten) used a significant number of sets against Ohio State that featured three tight ends. That could continue Saturday when Iowa hosts Northwestern (4-3, 0-3).