GOP leader says ‘good chance’ sports book legalized in Iowa this year

first_imgDES MOINES — The 2019 Iowa legislature convenes on Monday and odds are that lawmakers will consider a bill to make it legal to bet on sporting events.“I think we have a really good chance to get sports betting passed here in the State of Iowa this year,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, a Republican from Ankeny who decides which bills get debated in the state senate.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last May that all states may legalize wagering on sporting events.“As I travel to conferences across the country and meet with other leaders, there’s a lot of states that are looking at that right now,” Whitver told Radio Iowa today. “I think right now the conversations have progressed pretty well in the state of Iowa. You have a lot of people interested in that bill seem to be on the same page and that makes it a lot more feasible this year.”Over the past couple of years, casino industry lobbyists urged Iowa legislators to prepare for the Supreme Court’s ruling and set up a system that would give the state-licensed casinos authority run sports book operations. New Jersey and Delaware immediately legalized sports betting this past spring and Whitver says Iowa casinos seem the likely host for wagering on sports — if it’s legalized here.“We have a fairly good system set up with the casinos and our Racing and Gaming (Commission) overseeing gambling and so I think you’d largely use that structure as you look at how to implement sports betting,” Whitver said.Iowa Lottery officials say several of the state’s largest lottery retailers want the option of offering a sports lottery — similar. perhaps, to the one now legal in Delaware. Whitver said it “makes more sense” to have sports wagering managed by the casinos.“There’s a lot of people that want a piece of the action,” Whitver said. “…The casinos are used to the regulation. They understand the process. The systems are all set up there. It would be totally different to allow the lottery to get into the gambling world and so, right now, I would be more focused on the casinos, but open minded to listen to what those who are advocating for the lottery would say.”Estimates indicate Americans illegally bet hundreds of billions of dollars on sporting events every year. Bills to legalize sports betting in Iowa have been introduced in the Iowa legislature since 2010, but none advanced beyond the committee level.last_img read more

Iowa State sanctions sorority after hazing reported

first_imgAMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University has sanctioned one of its sororities for hazing, but few details were disclosed.The Des Moines Register reports the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority has been given a deferred suspension through May 2021 because of the hazing reported by two of its members.University officials didn’t disclose details of the hazing. The sorority is allowed to continue operating at this point, but it could be suspended if there are additional rules violations.Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle says two members of the sorority reported that they were verbally harassed by other members after they reported the hazing, but he said police don’t know the details of the hazing report.last_img read more

Wednesday February 26th Local Sports

first_img— Tonight at 7 o’clock, it’s Class 1A and 2A regional championship games to set the rest of the field for next week’s girls state basketball tournament:== 1A Region 3 at New Hampton — St. Ansgar (20-2) vs. Central Elkader (21-3)== 2A Region 2 at Garner — Osage (21-2) vs. Emmetsburg (17-5)== 2A Region 3 at Fort Dodge — West Hancock (23-1) vs. Panorama (20-3) HUXLEY — Ballard outscored Mason City 24-8 in the final quarter as the Bombers beat the Mohawks 58-45 in a Class 4A girls basketball regional championship game last night in Huxley, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Mohawks end their season with a record of 12-11. AMES, Iowa (AP) – Solomon Young scored 20 points, Tre Jackson added a career-high 18 points and Iowa State outlasted TCU 65-59 Tuesday night.Iowa State (12-16, 5-10 Big 12 Conference) sealed the win with a 6-0 run to stave off the Horned Frogs’ second-half comeback bid.The Cyclones used runs of 9-0 and 8-0 to build a 41-25 halftime lead – and outscored the Horned Frogs (15-13, 6-9) 9-0 in points off turnovers in the first half.TCU clamped down on defense and attacked the offensive glass to quickly draw back into contention after the break.The Horned Frogs used a 10-0 run to start the second half to narrow the deficit to seven points, then turned a 7-0 spurt into a 55-53 lead on a pair of free throws from P.J. Fuller with 5:14 left.Iowa State outscored TCU 12-4 after that, including the six straight free throws at the end – four from Rasir Bolton and two from Jackson.Desmond Bane scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Horned Frogs. SHEFFIELD — In Class 1A District 11 in Sheffield last night, West Fork advanced to Thursday’s district championship game as they beat AGWSR 67-52. The Warhawks will face the Meskwaki Settlement School in the district final in Parkersburg, as they beat Grundy Center 69-40. MASON CITY – For the second time this season, NIACC sophomore Autam Mendez has been selected as the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week.Mendez scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in No. 1 NIACC’s convincing 85-64 victory over then No. 2 Kirkwood to earn the league’s weekly award for the week of February 17-23. She also made three 3-point goals and was 5 of 5 from the free-throw line in the victory over the rival Eagles.Mendez also was the league’s player of the week for the week of January 27-February 2 this season.It is the third time in her career that Mendez has been honored. She won award during the week of January 21-27, 2019 of her freshman campaign.Mendez averages 16.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per game and has connected on 60 3-point goals.NIACC, which has won 15 straight games, is 27-1 overall and 14-0 in the ICCAC heading into its final two regular season contests. The Lady Trojans close the regular season at Little Priest Tribal College tonight and at home Saturday for sophomore day against Southwestern. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO,, app — 1A girls regional championship game at New Hampton — St. Ansgar vs. Central Elkader — 6:45center_img EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN — A late dry spell proved costly for 18th ranked Iowa. Michigan State used a late 16-5 run to take control as the 24th ranked Spartans beat the Hawkeyes 78-70. Luka Garza had 20 points and Ryan Kriener finished with 18 but Iowa was only six of 27 from three point range. Garza was 0-5 from distance.The Hawkeyes fall to 10-7 in the Big Ten.Michigan State coach Tom Izzo.Freshman Rocket Watts had a team high 21 points and Cassius Winston had 19 of his 20 points in the second half as the Spartans erased a 10 point second half Iowa advantage. CLEAR LAKE — In a Class 2A boys district final in Clear Lake last night, Carter Bruckhoff hit a three-pointer with seven seconds to go in overtime as Forest City beat 10th-ranked Osage 51-50. Noah Miller led Forest City with 20 points while Bruckhoff added 16. Forest City improves to 16-7 on the season and advances to Saturday’s substate final in Cedar Falls where they’ll face 2nd-ranked North Linn. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson is not focused on Evansville’s record heading into tonight’s game in Cedar Falls. With a win the Panthers clinch at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title. The Aces are 0-16 in the Valley.There is too much on the line for the Panthers to take anyone lightly.Jacobson says Evansville is much better than its record. LAKE MILLS — In Class 1A district semifinal play last night in Lake Mills, the host Bulldogs beat Newman 79-56, while West Hancock downed Rockford 57-43. Lake Mills and West Hancock will face off in the district final on Thursday night in Garner, with the winner of that game advancing to Saturday night’s substate championship game in Charles City, where they’ll face either Turkey Valley or Janesville.last_img read more

Iowa nursing homes face shortfall in Medicaid reimbursement

first_imgJOHNSTON — The head of the trade association for long-term care facilities in Iowa says 52 percent of nursing home operating income is dependent on Medicaid payments. Brent Willett , President and CEO of the Iowa Health Care Association, says due to Medicaid reimbursement rates, there’s a shortfall.“The Medicaid system was designed never for facilities to make a dollar on Medicaid. It was designed to cover the cost of an Iowan receiving care, so that facility could do that,” Willet says. “Currently our state share shortfall of Medicaid is about $32 million.”The gap had been larger. Last year, Iowa legislators set aside about $24 million more for nursing home reimbursement.“At the federal level, our national association continues to lobby congress for additional dollars into the system,” Willett says.Willet made his comment during a weekend appearance on the Iowa Press program on Iowa PBS. The recent federal CARES Act temporarily boosted federal Medicaid reimbursement rates.last_img read more

Grassley tweet blasts Fox News for not helping Trump articulate goals

first_imgIowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s recent tweets accuse Fox News of failing President Trump and recommend someone in the Oval Office read a Wall Street Journal editorial to Trump, which suggests why he may lose in November. One media outlet calls the tweets a call for an “intervention” at the White House, but Grassley says that’s not accurate.“I want President Trump reelected and we’ve got to do everything we can,” Grassley says. “This is the first day of the rest of the campaign and we can’t lose any opportunities, the extent to which people aren’t focused, then I want to bring attention to it.” Grassley, a Republican, criticized Fox News after a town hall meeting in which the president was asked about his goals for a second term, but his answer strayed. According to Grassley, Fox’s Sean Hannity should have steered Trump back to speaking about his goals.“I want to bring attention to the fact that this election is about the future, not about the past,” Grassley says. “The president has probably done more than any president that I can recall on the principle that if you run on a platform, you ought to stand on that platform.” Too many candidates, Grassley says, forget their campaign promises once they win office.“One thing unique about this president is that he promised things in the campaign, and in several ways, a lot of them were successful,” Grassley says. “And when Congress doesn’t work with him, he finds ways to do them through executive order.” One of the planks in Trump’s campaign platform was to do away with NAFTA, and as of tomorrow (Wednesday), that trade agreement will be revoked — what Grassley says is a “promise kept.” The Wall Street Journal editorial said Trump faces a “historic repudiation” at the ballot box without significant changes, adding, Trump had done little to present a vision for his next four years in office. Grassley’s tweet read: “Will somebody with access to the Oval Office read the WSJ editorial ‘The Trump Referendum’ to President Trump. We won’t have more good SCOTUS justices or the best economy in 50 years like we have had if he doesn’t follow that advice.”last_img read more

Iowa Veterans Home disciplines employees for PPE violations

first_imgMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Employees at the Iowa Veterans Home have been disciplined more than 20 times for personal protective equipment lapses that potentially exposed residents and staff to coronavirus.Commandant Timon Oujiri said Monday the strict approach to requiring masks and other equipment when interacting with residents and colleagues has helped keep coronavirus largely out of the state’s biggest nursing home.He says 25 employees and seven residents have tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic and all have recovered. Oujiri says he considers that a major success, noting that the Marshalltown home has 456 residents and 900 employees.Still, there have been numerous policy violations.He confirmed that five employees have received three-day suspensions for showing a “complete disregard of PPE” that results in “repeated exposure to residents and staff.”He says five others have received one-day suspensions for exposing residents, and nine have received written reprimands for exposing staff. Two employees were terminated during probationary periods.Records show one of the suspended employees was seen on surveillance video interacting with residents on three occasions in April without a mask.A state lawyer has ruled that discipline was just, noting that staff negligence infected two residents who had to be transferred to the Des Moines Veterans Affairs hospital.last_img read more

LIVE: African Player of the Year awards

first_img*****Complete list of winners at the 2017 Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony in Accra Thursday:Player of the Year1. Mohamed Salah (Egypt, Liverpool/ENG), 2. Sadio Mane (Senegal, Liverpool/ENG), 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Borussia Dortmund/GER)Women’s Player of the YearAsisat Oshoala (Nigeria, Dalian Quanjian/CHN)Youth Player of the YearPatson Daka (Zambia, Liefering/AUT)Coach of the YearHector Cuper (Egypt)Club of the YearWydad Casablanca (Morocco)National Team of the YearEgyptWomen’s National Team of the YearSouth Africa African Player of the Year Award nominees, Liverpool’s Senegalese striker Sadio Mane (L) and Liverpool’s Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah (R), attend a media briefing on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) awards ceremony. PHOTO AFPSalah completes awards hat-trickAccra, Ghana | AFP | Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is the African Player of the Year. The Egyptian, scorer of 23 goals in all competitions midway through his first season at Anfield, has now been voted African Player of the year, BBC African Footballer of the Year and Arab Player of the Year.Salah, Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane of Senegal and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund and Gabon were  the contenders for the highest African individual football honour.The scoring feats of Salah  installed him as the public and media favourite to succeed Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Leicester City as the number one African footballer.“I want to be the best Egyptian footballer ever,” said Salah after receiving the BBC award last month.“When I came to Liverpool I hoped to show everyone my abilities. I scored a lot of goals with Roma and am very happy being successful at Liverpool.”#AiteoCAFawards2017 TweetsSalah also starred for Egypt, scoring five of the goals that qualified his country for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 28-year absence from the global showpiece.Salah and Mane will leave Accra soon after the awards ceremony as Liverpool have a Friday night FA Cup third-round derby date with Everton.However, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp did not hesitate to release his African duo for the Accra ceremony, which will include six other awards.“It is a sign of respect,” he told reporters in Liverpool. “We sleep in a hotel and they sleep in a plane. That is the only difference.”Salah is a doubt for the Merseyside showdown, though, having missed the English Premier League victory at Burnley this week owing to a groin strain.Salah coud become only the second Egyptian after 1983 winner Mahmoud al Khatib to hoist the symbol of individual brilliance.It would be the first time since 1986 that north Africans have won successive editions of the poll, which this year involved national coaches, journalists, officials and the public.Morocco midfielder Mohamed Timoumi was the 1985 winner, followed by compatriot Badou Zaki, one of two goalkeepers to be voted the best African footballer.Footballers from the west of the continent have dominated recently with Samuel Eto’o of Cameroon and Yaya Toure of the Ivory Coast each winning four times.While Salah has made the top three for the first time, prolific Bundesliga scorer Aubameyang finished first once and second twice in the past three award ceremonies.Mane came third last season, but his valuable input for Liverpool has been overshadowed by Salah, second in the Premier League scorers’ charts behind Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more