DES MOINES — A bill that would re-establish the death penalty in Iowa has emerged in the Iowa Senate, but it’s unlikely to become law.A key member of the Iowa House who supports the concept of capital punishment tabled a similar plan last year. He concluded it costs taxpayers less to put someone in prison for life than to pay for years of legal challenges to a death sentence.Governor Kim Reynolds, when asked about the bill’s prospects during her weekly news conference, said Senators now have an opportunity to discuss the issue.“But there’s a lot of things that go into considering that and I haven’t seen any shift from where we were last year,” Reynolds said Wednesday.House Speaker Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake doesn’t sense a death penalty bill is a priority for her fellow Republicans in the House.“Sometimes I hear from people: ‘I want to do this.’ ‘I want to work on this,’” Upmeyer told Radio Iowa and The Cedar Rapids Gazette. “I have not heard that, so I guess that would surprise me if that became an issue.”Another wrinkle in this year’s debate is an announcement last August from the head of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis said the death penalty is “inadmissable” and it’s the goal of the church to abolish capital punishment worldwide. Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference said priests are talking about the issue in their parishes.“We don’t want to commit violence to try to protect people from violence,” Chapman told Radio Iowa.Twenty Republicans in the Iowa Senate are co-sponsoring a bill to impose the death penalty on those found guilty of kidnapping, raping and killing a child. It takes the support of 26 senators to pass a bill.Iowa abolished the death penalty 54 years ago.
MASON CITY — The Iowa House has passed two bills designed to address a lack of mental health services for Iowa children. The first bill established a state board to oversee the system.“A robust children’s mental health piece of legislation that lays the groundwork for what will come in the state of Iowa,” said Representative Joel Fry, a Republican from Osceola who guided the bill through the legislative process.The second bill, which passed unanimously, gave counties more flexibility to build up cash reserves in order to finance expansion of mental health services. Representative Mary Mascher, a Democrat from Iowa City, said legislators need a better plan, particularly for kids who need long-term mental health care.“Our suicide rates are increasing in Iowa, especially among our young people,” Mascher said. “We are failing them.”Mascher and Mason City Democrat Sharon Steckman were among just 14 House members who opposed the bill establishing the framework for a children’s mental health system. Representative Mark Smith, a Democrat from Marshalltown, was another no.“I think that there are way too many unanswered questions on this,” Smith said.While a few others expressed similar reservations, Democrats like Representative Lisa Heddens of Ames said it was worth supporting.“Families want something. We have absolutely nothing out there for them,” Heddens said. “They want some sort of structure in place. They want somewhere to go to find out: ‘How do I navigate this mental health system?’ They don’t know where to go.”The bill sets a goal of developing and maintaining a children’s mental health system in Iowa to provide services regardless of where the child lives or whether the child’s parents can afford to pay for the care. Both bills now go to the Iowa Senate for consideration.
FORT DODGE — Fort Dodge police have arrested a Mason City man on charges surrounding a shooting earlier this summer.32-year-old Michael Holton is accused of firing several gunshots that struck an occupied vehicle in a city-owned parking lot downtown in the early morning hours of June 22nd. Nobody was injured in the incident.Holton was arrested in Mason City on Thursday and was taken to Webster County and he’s been charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm as a felon, going armed with intent, and reckless use of a firearm resulting in property damage.He was being held in the Webster County Jail on $22,000 cash bond.
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FORT DODGE — Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Executive Director Jean Berger says the softball season has exceeded her expectations. The Union decided in May to offer an abbreviated season in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the state softball tournament begins Monday in Fort Dodge.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Jeansb – 1Berger says around a dozen teams had their seasons cut short due to a positive test.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Jeansb – 2Berger says fans at the state tournament will experience many of the same protocols as the regular season.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Jeansb – 3Face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Jeansb – 4Berger says fans and players have done a good job of handling the changes this season.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Jeansb – 5Quarterfinal round games in Classes 5A and 4A will be played during the day on Monday. Class 3A quarterfinals are split between Monday and Tuesday, while Class 1A and 2A teams play quarterfinal round games on Tuesday. You’ll hear the Newman vs. Collins-Maxwell 1A quarterfinal on AM-1300 KGLO at 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, with the 2A quarterfinal with Central Springs and Northeast of Goose Lake on KGLO starting at 11:30 late Tuesday morning. WAUKEE — The Mason City High baseball team dropped a 6-5 loss at Waukee in a Class 4A substate final last night, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com. Alex Gold hit a two-run homer in the first, but Waukee replied with a three-run homer from Aiden McGee in the third. The Mohawks then led 4-3 after scoring a pair of runs on an error, but Waukee took the lead for good in the fifth with three runs. Mohawk coach Troy Rood says Waukee is a talented Central Iowa Metro League baseball team.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Rood – 1Rood feels Mason City had a competitive season with a lot of talented kids.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Rood – 2Rood says he was happy to be able to have a baseball season with three talented seniors on his club.KGLO News · 7 – 23 – Rood – 3Mason City finishes the season with a 15-8 record. Waukee will find out later today who they face in the 4A state quarterfinals next Wednesday. Brackets for all four classes will be released later this morning after seeding meetings are held. BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The presence of Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka in Minnesota this week has given the 3M Open two heavy-hitting stars of the PGA Tour to headline the second edition of the tournament. Johnson and Koepka could both use a pick-me-up at the TPC Twin Cities. Johnson won the Travelers Championship in Connecticut four weekends ago, but he failed to make the cut at the Memorial in Ohio last week with the highest 36-hole score of his PGA Tour career. Koepka is 154th in the FedEx Cup standings. Last year at the 3M Open, he finished 65th.
FILE PHOTO: Ole Gunnar SolskjaerManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Paul Pogba is a doubt for Manchester United’s match against Arsenal, giving beleaguered manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a fresh headache as he juggles his scant attacking resources.The France midfielder hurt his ankle again in the League Cup match with Rochdale in midweek on his return to the side after not playing since late August.Pogba played the whole game as United edged past the League One team on penalties after a 1-1 draw but he did not take a penalty and did not attend a team bonding dinner at Juan Mata’s restaurant after the game.Solskjaer revealed on Friday that his ankle knock was the reason he did not join his teammates.“The situation is Paul finished the game, 90 minutes fantastically, but he got a knock to his ankle which is very swollen,” said Solskjaer.“So it was better for him not to go there with the team and he’s in a race for Monday. He is a doubt, but that is the way it is.”Forwards Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are also facing a battle to be fit for Monday’s game at Old Trafford, with Solskjaer short of attacking options.Martial is still trying to recover from a thigh injury sustained last month while Rashford limped off with a groin problem in the 2-0 defeat at West Ham on Sunday.If neither of those two makes it, Mason Greenwood will be in line to start his first Premier League game. The 17-year-old has scored in each of United’s past two home games, against Astana in the Europa League and then against Rochdale, so his manager would have no qualms about throwing him in against the Gunners.“Mason has proven that when he is in the box, he’s dangerous,” said the Norwegian. “What has pleased me about him is that he doesn’t turn down chances to finish.“We have managed him as you can’t just throw him in the deep end all the time. But he has proved in those games he is ready for it.”United are currently languishing in eighth spot in the Premier League with eight points from their six matches and only one league win in the past five.It is not the start that United fans were hoping for, but Solskjaer said the team were making progress.“I never said it was going to be easy this season,” he said. “There are going to be bumps in the road, highs and lows. But when we lose a game, we have to trust ourselves and what we are doing.“We have to keep our eyes on the prize and the principles we believe in. It is a team that is evolving and improving. There are no issues with the attitude, the work rate, the desire.“You can see the boys want to impress, and want to do well.”Share on: WhatsApp
As peak hurricane season approaches The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration has increased the projected number of storms calling for 10-17 named storms, 5-9 possible hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes.The previous forecast called for 4-8 hurricanes and a normal to below average season.Researchers at the agency cite the ending of El Niño in the Pacific ocean which will lead to increased water temperatures in the Atlantic thus creating a more hospitable climate for hurricane formation and strengthening.Favorable wind patterns are also expected to aid in storm development.The Atlantic Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30 with the peak of the season happening between mid-August late October.Stay connected with 850 WFTL for the latest on the tropics and visit our Storm Central page for tips on getting prepared for hurricane season..@NOAA Atlantic #HurricaneSeason 2019 *update*: The end of El Nino increases the potential for a more active season. News release + graphics at https://t.co/J7TXP6XJqU pic.twitter.com/6M1aWmwpra— NOAA Communications (@NOAAComms) August 8, 2019
The US Coast Guard has ended their search for a 27-year-old man who went missing while swimming near the Fort Pierce Inlet State Park over the weekend, after a body matching his description was discovered on a beach.Anthony Graham’s body was discovered on a beach near Pepper Park Beachside on North Hutchinson Island Monday.Authorities say Graham’s family contacted them around 5:00pm Saturday after they could no longer find him in the water.The US Coast Guard searched continuously for Graham through the weekend but could not locate him.It wasn’t until 7:00 am Monday when a passerby contacted authorities about the discovery of a body that matched Graham’s description that the coast guard ended their search.
Can you contract the coronavirus again if you’ve already had it? Apparently, reinfection is possible and in some cases patients who initially survived COVID-19 die from the second infection, according to some health officials.The coronavirus may be “reactivating” in people who have been cured of the illness, according to Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.About 51 patients classed as having been cured in South Korea have tested positive again, the CDC said in a briefing on Monday. Rather than being infected again, the virus may have been reactivated in these people, given they tested positive again shortly after being released from quarantine, according to the director-general of the Korean CDC.“While we are putting more weight on reactivation as the possible cause, we are conducting a comprehensive study on this,” Jeong said. “There have been many cases when a patient during treatment will test negative one day and positive another.”A patient is deemed fully recovered when two tests conducted with a 24-hour interval show negative results.South Korea was one of the earliest countries to see a large-scale coronavirus outbreak, but the country has seen just 200 deaths and a falling new case tally since peaking at 1,189 on Feb. 29. One of the world’s most expansive testing programs and a tech-driven approach to tracing infections has seen Korea contain its epidemic without lockdowns or shuttering businesses.Fear of re-infection in recovered patients is also growing in China, where the virus first emerged last December, after reports that some tested positive again, and even died from the disease, after supposedly recovering and leaving hospital. There’s little understanding of why this happens, although some believe that the problem may lie in inconsistencies in test results.As of Wednesday, South Korea had 10,384 virus cases, with 6,776 released from hospital, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg News.Epidemiologists around the world are in a race to find out more about the virus that causes Covid-19. The pathogen’s rapid global spread has recently seen the focus shift to patients who contract the virus but display few or atypical symptoms. Korea has been at the forefront of tracking these cases, which are causing particular concern in China, where the epidemic is showing signs of coming under control.UP NEXT
Joe Dean (Lindrick, Yorkshire) will be the defending champion of the Poncat Dutch Junior Open. This year the championship will take place at Toxandria Golf Club, near Breda, in the Netherlands on 17th – 20th July. The 19 year old boy international won the title on his maiden overseas event representing England Golf last July, prevailing at the second hole of a sudden death playoff with Dutch youngster Lars van Meijel after the pair had tied on 286, two under par. Dean will be joined this year by Harry Casey (Enfield, Middlesex), English champion Harry Ellis (Meon Valley, Hampshire, IoW & CI) and Bobby Keeble (Crowlands Heath, Essex). The Poncat Dutch Junior Open is a 72-hole stroke play competition for boys and girls under 21 years of age. It is also a counting event on the R&A’s World Amateur Ranking. Dean’s victory last July followed his second place in the Fairhaven Trophy and preceded his England debut in the Boys Home Internationals and his five wins from six games in helping Yorkshire to the Boys County Championship. This year, he has finished third in the Selborne Salver, fifth in the Hampshire Salver and equal sixth in the Bernard Darwin Salver. Casey, 20, was the English boy champion in 2011 when he also won the Duke of York Young Champions title and finish third on the Titleist/FootJoy England Golf Boys Order of Merit. This year, he has won the Selborne Salver, finished tied third in the Portuguese Amateur Championship and Hampshire Salver and made his full England debut against Spain in April. Ellis, 17, became English champion at Silloth-on-Solway a year ago and was called up by England for the Home Internationals in Scotland. He was a member of England’s winning team in the Canadian International Junior Challenge and is enjoying a successful 2013. He has won the Hampshire Junior Championship, finished first in the individual standings in the South East Boys Qualifying, runner-up in the Hampshire Hog and the Michel Carlhian Trophy in France and third in the McEvoy Trophy, while he was capped for the European Boys Team Championships. Keeble, 18, made his England debut in last year’s Boys Home Internationals after losing a playoff for the England under 18 Championship at Deal. He followed that with a joint second place in the South of England Boys Championship and third place in the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. He also finished runner-up in the Western Province under 23 Stroke Play Championship in South Africa earlier this year and recently won the Essex Championship. The winners of the Poncat receive an entry into the KLM Dutch Open on the European Tour in September and the Dutch Ladies Open on the Ladies European Tour in 2014. Image copyright: Tom Ward Photography 14 Jul 2013 Dean seeks a happy return when he defends Dutch title