Eastern Iowa firefighter dies while battling fire at grain facility

first_imgCLINTON, Iowa (AP) — One firefighter died and another was critically hurt while fighting a fire at a grain storage facility in eastern Iowa.Clinton City Administrator Matt Brooke says 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette died in Saturday’s fire at the ADM grain facility in Clinton, and 23-year-old Adam Cain was injured.Clinton Fire Chief Mike Brown says firefighters were called to the ADM facility before 6 a.m. Saturday. While firefighters were battling the blaze inside a silo, there was an explosion.The cause of the fire is under investigation.last_img

Ask the Mayor — April 24, 2019 — Iowa Legislature talks about sports betting

first_imgThe “Ask the Mayor” program on April 24, 2019, offered a better insight to the debate in the Iowa Legislature about sports gambling. Listen back and/or download the program via the audio player below:last_img

Biden starts campaign bus tour in western Iowa

first_imgCARROLL — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is focusing on his ideas to revitalize rural economies as he travels through Iowa on his eight-day, 18-county “No Malarkey” tour.He spoke to about 150 people in Carroll early Sunday afternoon. “It shouldn’t matter whether you grew up in a Manhattan skyscraper or whether you live right in here Carroll or you live on a farm,” Biden said Sunday. “The fact is, you deserve the same opportunity, the same hope that everyone else does.”His bus tour kicked off Saturday with stops in Council Bluffs and Denison and concludes Saturday. Biden called rural America the backbone of the country’s prosperity. He cited an Iowa State University report suggesting 44 percent of farmers struggled to pay their bills last year –and Biden warned a crisis is brewing.“We have to make sure we restore the middle class in rural America,” Biden said, “…and put them in a position where you’re actually able to make it and grow and grow families.”Biden promises to invest in net-zero emission farming practices, expand wind and solar energy and set aside at least $20 billion in federal funding to expand broadband access in rural areas.Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren campaigned in eastern Iowa Sunday. Warren spent most of the time at an event in Marion answering audience questions. Warren defended her call for getting rid of the Electoral College, saying she wants to be the last president selected by the Electoral College and she wants to be elected to a second term by the popular vote.Warren will hold a town hall meeting on the University of Iowa campus this afternoon. Biden has events scheduled in Emmetsburg and Algona.last_img read more

Wildlife biologist concerned about lower bald eagle numbers on Mississippi

first_imgCLINTON — An expert says far fewer bald eagles are spending the winter along an 80-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between eastern Iowa and western Illinois.Wildlife biologist and consultant Kelly McKay says he counted 912 eagles between Clinton, Iowa and Keithsburg, Illinois, during this year’s mid-winter count. By contrast, McKay says he counted nearly 2,500 per year between the years 2000 and 2009.“Then, the last ten years, from 2010 through 2019, that number dropped from almost 2,500 per year down to 1,400 per year,” McKay says. “That’s a decline of almost 1,100 birds per year in terms of averages.” More eagles are wintering inland, which McKay says is being misinterpreted.“People think it’s a good sign because we’re seeing eagles in places we never saw them before and that must mean there are so many more eagles,” McKay says. “To me, that’s not necessarily a good sign. Bald eagles are a fish eagle. They should be tied to the river systems. That’s where they’re supposed to be and if they’re going inland, away from the riverways, there’s a reason for that.”McKay says the drop may be due to a dwindling food supply. Bald eagles mainly eat a fish called gizzard shad. Eagles didn’t roost in large numbers along the Mississippi this year because of a lack of ice on the river, which may have contributed to the lack of gizzard shad.“I think they’re being forced inland to find food resources, dead livestock out in fields, gut piles from the hunting season, winter-killed deer and other wildlife,” McKay says. “They’re being forced inland because I think they’re not able to secure enough fish on the river.”The Hampton ornithologist says he’s also concerned that the number of immature or young bald eagles was lower this year. Over the last 20 years, McKay says the percentage of immature eagles he’s counted averaged 38%. This year it was only 25%.last_img read more

Regulators back off major price increase for liquor in Iowa

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The government agency that regulates liquor sales in Iowa says it has backed off a major price increase for some products that it proposed to reduce heavy drinking.Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division spokesman Tyler Ackerson confirmed that distributors were notified last week of a price increase that was planned for July 1.But he said the notice created negative “feedback from suppliers and other stakeholders” and that the agency has dropped the plan indefinitely.Ackerson said distributors were concerned about the economic impact, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. The planned increase had already been delayed from May 1 to July 1.The agency is Iowa’s exclusive liquor wholesaler, meaning that it buys liquor from suppliers and can mark up the price by 50% before selling it to retailers, such as grocery stores, liquor stores, bars and restaurants.Bottles of Black Velvet whiskey, Captain Morgan rum and Hawkeye Vodka are among the most popular liquor products in Iowa.last_img read more

Charles City bicyclist killed after being struck by vehicle

first_imgCHARLES CITY — A Charles City woman is dead after she was struck by a vehicle Sunday while riding a bicycle. The Iowa State Patrol says the accident happened at 7:40 PM Sunday on Shadow Avenue north of 240th Street in Floyd County. A vehicle traveling southbound driven by 43-year-old Colby Elliott of Clarksville failed to observe the bicycle rider, 28-year-old Ellen Bengston, who was also traveling southbound. Bengston was life-flighted to MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center where she was later pronounced dead. The State Patrol lists the accident as still under investigation.last_img

SC Villa seek fourth successive win over rivals Express

first_imgA goal erupted the crowd that had tried to cause violence after a controversial Ibrahim Kayiwa red card moments earlier.Going into the Tuesday tie, either side still has a minimal chance of claiming the league although it’s entirely out of their hands.Third on the log with 48 points, Express can win the league with victories in all three remaining fixtures including beating KCCA and pray that Mike Mutebi’s side as well as second placed Vipers falter their remaining games.The Jogoos on the other hand are also mathematically in the race but must win all their remaining eight games to surpass leaders KCCA who must falter.READ FULL STORY HERE Share on: WhatsApp By UPL co ugTuesday May 10, 2016Express Vs SC Villa – Mutesa II stadium, Wankulukuku  4pm Live on Azam TVIn a dramatic five goal thriller in the first round, SC Villa rallied from two goals down at half time to win 3-2 against Express at Nakivubo.That made it three in three who had gotten a double over their bitterest rivals although it came in the boardroom following abortion of both games.The first leg aborted after 83 minutes with the Jogoos leading 2-1 at Sazza Ground, Mityana while the second ended moments after Erisa Ssekisambu had equalised for the visitors at Wankulukuku to cancel out John Semazzi strike.last_img read more

Senegal finish year top of Africa rankings, Uganda 1 up

first_imgJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Senegal ended this year as the highest ranked African national team, edging Cup of Nations title-holders the Ivory Coast for top spot in the December listings released Thursday.Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Ghana and Morocco complete the top 10 compiled by world governing body FIFA.All the countries bar Nigeria will be among the 16 challengers for the Cup of Nations title when Gabon stages the 2017 tournament between January 14 and February 5.Another four qualified teams — Mali, Cameroon, giantkillers Guinea-Bissau and Uganda — are among the top 20 ranked teams. Uganda, 73rd last month, move a place up to 72nd place in the world.Gabon-bound Togo and Zimbabwe and the host nation fall outside the elite, but should not be underestimated when the biennial African Cup kicks off in Libreville. A Senegal side packed with Europe-based professionals, including Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Keita Balde of Lazio, completed their Cup of Nations qualifiers with a perfect six-win record.But after a routine win over Cape Verde at the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, they fell 2-1 to South Africa, who scored from a penalty that should not have been awarded.Monthly African rankings released by FIFA Thursday (world ranking in brackets):1 Senegal (33), 2 Ivory Coast (34), 3 Tunisia (35), 4 Egypt (36), 5 Algeria (38), 6 Democratic Republic of Congo (48), 7 Burkina Faso (50), 8 Nigeria (51), 9 Ghana (53), 10 Morocco (57)11 Mali (60), 12 South Africa (60), 13 Cameroon (65), 14 Benin (66), 15 Guinea-Bissau (68), 16 Guinea (69), 17 Congo Brazzaville (70), 18 Uganda (72), 19 Cape Verde (80), 20 Libya (85)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Vipers bow out of CAF Champions League

first_imgThe Vipers team vs Constantine. PHOTO VIPERS SC MEDIATODAY 4PM CAF Champions LeagueVipers ?? 0 CS Constantine 2  ??Constantine Advance 3-0 on aggregateKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Vipers Sports Club had a disappointing Saturday, bowing out of the Total CAF Champions League at the hands of Algerian outfit Club Sportive Constantine.Despite a brilliant start, the Vemons failed to break past CS Constantine and eventually caved in to lose the game played at St.Mary’s stadium.Adil Beldjilali and Mohamed Walid Bencherifa scored two goals in the second half to extinguish Vipers’ hopes of progressing to the group stages.Vipers made three changes from the team that played against BUL FC in mid week with Bashir Asiku replacing Ibrahim Kiyemba in right back position.Brian Nkuubi replaced injured skipper Taddeo Lwanga who didn’t make the team after failing to recover in time. Noah Wafula also made it to the starting team starting ahead of Abraham Ndugwa.The first half ended without Vipers breaking the visitors defence, and some hope remained. Despite making changes by introducing Ndugwa, Davis Kasirye and Duncan Sseninde, the visitors remained resilient. The result means Vipers SC will now drop to the Total CAF Confederation Cup playoff stageThe team that startedDerrick OchanBashir AsikuYayo LutimbaLivingstone MulondoHalid LwaliwaGeoffrey WasswaBrian NkuubiMoses Waiswa (Abraham Ndugwa)Dan Sserunkuma (Davis Kasirye)Tito OkelloNoah Wafula (Duncan Sseninde)******SOURCE: VIPERS SC MEDIAShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

DNA request made in Cristiano Ronaldo rape case

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp Mayorga’s attorney has said the model agreed to an out-of-court settlement to keep her name from going public, but was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment.Her attorney could not immediately be reached for comment, but in the past said the agreement should be made null and void because it was made when she was suffering from extreme psychological duress.Ronaldo is widely considered one of the greatest footballers in the history of the game, having won the Champions League title five times — once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid.He also led Portugal to the Euro 2016 title in France.Juventus signed him last year from Real for 100 million euros ($115 million), the most ever paid for a player aged over 30.Ronaldo has long been marketed as a global face of football and his image has become a market mover. When the rape allegations first came to light, shares in Juventus dipped on the stock exchange.Forbes magazine says he is one of just three athletes to be given a lifelong contract by US sportswear manufacturer Nike along with NBA superstar LeBron James and retired basketball legend Michael Jordan. Los Angeles, United States | AFP | Las Vegas police have asked football star Cristiano Ronaldo to submit a DNA sample as part of their investigation into rape allegations made against him.The five-time world player of the year — who plays for Italian league champions Juventus — has vehemently denied the accusations, and his lawyer Peter Christiansen said the request was standard procedure.“Mr Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” he said in a statement.The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said it had made an official request to Italian authorities, adding it is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence”.Former model Kathryn Mayorga, 34, of Las Vegas, made the accusations against the now 33-year-old Ronaldo in a complaint filed last year in the state of Nevada.She claims after meeting the footballer at a Las Vegas nightclub, he raped her at his hotel suite on June 13, 2009 — just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United for a then-world record 94 million euros ($108 million).Mayorga’s lawyers have said previously she immediately reported the alleged rape to the Las Vegas police and underwent a medical examination.A private mediation was organised with representatives of Ronaldo, Mayorga and their lawyers, where she alleges she was paid $375,000 to keep quiet.Ronaldo’s lawyers have said that the non-disclosure agreement signed with the former model was “by no means a confession of guilt”.center_img FILE PHOTO: Cristiano Ronaldolast_img read more