first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has appointed a 44-year-old who was born in Thailand as the next justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. Christopher McDonald has been serving on the Iowa Court of Appeals since September of 2013.“I know that as the first minority or person of color appointed to the Supreme Court, people will have special expectations for me in terms of leadership and mentorship and I understand that. I appreciate that,” he said Wednesday. “I embrace those expectations and I’ll certainly do my best to meet or exceed them.”Reynolds introduced McDonald as the jurist who will fill the vacancy on the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday at an event in her capitol office.“Judge McDonald has a wealth of life experience that has prepared him exceptionally well to serve Iowans on the Supreme Court,” Reynolds said. “It’s not an easy life. Judge McDonald was born in Bangkok, Thailand as the son of a Scottish-Irish father and a Vietnamese mother, spending his young childhood at military bases around the world before his family eventually moved to Des Moines.”McDonald’s parents separated and he was raised by his mother on the south side of Des Moines. He got his undergraduate degree at Grand View University in 1997 and his law degree from the University of Iowa in 2001.“In law school, he continued working to support his family while also excelling at his studies. He graduated first in his class and following law school he clerked for Judge Hansen on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals,” Reynolds said. “He practiced law at some of Iowa’s most distinguished law firms and at one of our international insurance companies.”McDonald gave brief remarks after the governor introduced him, thanking his family as well as legal colleagues and clients.“Each of you has given me sage advice over the years about life and the law,” he said, “and I’ve become a better person and a better judge for it and I thank you for your friendship and your mentorship.”McDonald called his five-and-a-half years on the Iowa Court of Appeals as “the most rewarding professional service of his life.”“In the next few weeks, I’m going to wind down my docket as a judge on the Iowa Court of Appeals and commence service as a justice on the Supreme Court. I am truly humbled to have the opportunity to serve in that capacity,” McDonald said. “To my future colleagues on the court, I look forward to many productive years of service together.”Governor Reynolds said the colleagues who recommended McDonald for this new role used the words “brilliant” and “thoughtful” to describe him. McDonald is filling the vacancy created when Justice Daryl Hecht resigned for health reasons.AUDIO of Reynolds and McDonald speaking in the governor’s officelast_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds has given the green light to a new “blackout” license plate design.“Evidently it’s popular,” Reynolds said during an interview with Radio Iowa. “I have not even seen one on a car.”The “blackout” design has been on the road for a few years. More than 800 Iowans have purchased the specialty license plate for the Dordt College Defenders. It has a black background. The letters and numbers are white. Legislators tucked language creating a new “blackout” license plate — without the reference to Dordt College — in a multi-subject bill the governor approved this week.You may recall that in August of 2017, Reynolds spearheaded a public vote on three designs for new “standard-issue” state license plates. The chosen design and color scheme have sparked complaints.“We’re so many limited in what we can do because there are so many requirements,” Reynolds told Radio Iowa. “Sure, we’d like all sorts of different things on them. We just don’t have the luxury of doing that.”Iowans who don’t want the standard-issue license plate can pay extra for specialty plates for their vehicles. As Radio Iowa reported last week, the DOT plans to start taking orders for the new “blackout” plates on July 1.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal court judge says the state of Iowa cannot enforce its latest attempt to stifle undercover investigations of livestock farms and denied the state’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging this year’s so-called ag-gag law.The Republican-led legislature passed the state’s second such law in March, two months after a federal judge struck down the previous 2012 law, saying it violated constitutional free-speech rights.The new law created a trespass charge for undercover investigators. Lawmakers claimed they crafted it more narrowly to avoid free speech claims.However, U.S. District Judge James Gritzner said in his ruling filed Monday that the animal rights and civil rights groups filing the lawsuit had raised enough legal issues to allow the case to proceed.Gritzner also prohibited the state from enforcing the law while the lawsuit moves forward.Similar laws in Idaho and Utah have been struck down as unconstitutional.last_img read more

first_imgDES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Boys Basketball Prep Poll — By The Associated PressThe Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Iowa high school basketball poll with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:Class 4ARecord Pts Prv1. Iowa City, West (8) 13-1 106 12. Ankeny Centennial (2) 15-1 95 43. Dubuque, Senior (1) 13-1 83 54. Waterloo, West 13-2 71 75. North Scott, Eldridge 14-1 57 66. Cedar Falls 11-2 56 27. Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln 16-1 47 88. Waukee 11-2 46 39. Dubuque, Hempstead 12-3 14 910. Valley, West Des Moines 11-5 11 NROthers receiving votes: Ankeny 7. Indianola 5. Davenport, Central 4. Sioux City, East 3. Class 2ARecord Pts Prv1. West Sioux, Hawarden (8) 17-0 107 12. Treynor 16-1 89 23. North Linn, Troy Mills (2) 16-0 86 34. Van Meter (1) 17-0 81 55. Camanche 14-2 64 46. Boyden-Hull 15-2 48 77. Beckman Catholic, Dyersville 14-3 36 68. Aplington-Parkersburg 14-1 25 109. West Branch 14-1 24 810. Western Christian, Hull 13-3 20 9Others receiving votes: Monticello 9. Des Moines Christian 4. A-H-S-TW, Avoca 4. Albia 3. Osage 2. Pella Christian 2. South Central Calhoun 1. MASON CITY – The NIACC men’s basketball team is ranked 17th in the NJCAA Division II poll released Monday.NIACC (17-5 overall, 4-4 in the ICCAC) was 12th in last week’s poll. NIACC lost to Kirkwood (89-88) and DMACC (77-69) in its two games last week.North Central Missouri College (19-1) is ranked No. 1 in this week’s poll. Milwaukee Area Tech (23-1) is ranked second and Schoolcraft (20-1) is ranked third.DMACC (20-3 overall) is ranked seventh, Iowa Lakes (19-3) is ranked eighth and Kirkwood (17-4) is ranked 12th.NIACC returns to action Wednesday in a conference game at Iowa Lakes. Game time is slated for 7:30 p.m. CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson believes national parity this season will help the Missouri Valley when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. The Panthers are in first place in the Valley race with an 8-2 record.Jacobson says Bradley’s near upset of Michigan State last season and Loyola’s run to the Final Four two years ago are proof that Valley teams can find success in the tournament.Jacobson says the Panthers are focused on the present and not what it may take to get in the NCAA Tournament.UNI travels to Valparaiso on Wednesday. Class 1ARecord Pts Prv1. Easton Valley (6) 15-0 102 12. WACO, Wayland (3) 17-0 92 23. West Fork, Sheffield (1) 17-1 86 34. Lake Mills 16-1 77 45. Bishop Garrigan, Algona (1) 15-2 56 66. South O’Brien, Paullina 15-2 50 97. St. Mary’s, Remsen 14-2 40 78. Montezuma 14-2 23 59. Martensdale-St. Marys 15-2 22 810. Boyer Valley, Dunlap 15-1 11 NROthers receiving votes: Don Bosco, Gilbertville 8. Notre Dame, Burlington 7. Springville 7. Highland, Riverside 6. Lamoni 5. Mount Ayr 4. Newell-Fonda 2. Pekin 2. Belle Plaine 2. Madrid 1. Siouxland Community Christian 1. Meskwaki Settlement School 1. HAMPTON — Andrew Formanek had 17 points while Jack Barragy added 16 as Clear Lake beat Hampton-Dumont-CAL 69-41 last night in North Central Conference boys basketball, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, and via the app. The Lions raced out to a 21-9 lead and never looked back, leading 43-20 at halftime and 60-30 at the end of the third quarter. Clear Lake is 15-2 overall and 11-0 in the North Central Conference. Clear Lake will host Garner-Hayfield-Ventura on Thursday night.— other boys basketball last nightWest Hancock 59, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 54Osage 52, Central Springs 26 TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO,, app — Mason City at Dowling — girls 6:15, boys followAM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB,, app — Clear Lake girls at Algona — 7:30center_img SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — De’Aaron Fox scored 31 points, Bogdan Bogdanovic made five free throws in the final 69 seconds and the Sacramento Kings held off a late run by Minnesota to win 113-109, handing the Timberwolves their 12th consecutive loss. Bogdanovic scored 23 points, Buddy Hield added 16 and Harrison Barnes had 14 points and seven assists for Sacramento. Karl-Anthony Towns had 22 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead six Minnesota players in double figures. Shabazz Napier added 17 points and seven assists. — girls basketball last nightOsage 56, Central Springs 30West Hancock 74, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows 27 DES MOINES — Drake will be out to start a new home winning streak when the Bulldogs host Bradley on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs had their 15-game home winning streak snapped with a 79-72 loss to Southern Illinois. It was their first home loss in more than a year.That’s Drake coach Darian DeVries who says the Bulldogs will need a better defensive effort on Wednesday after giving up 13 three pointers in the loss to the Salukis. Class 3ARecord Pts Prv1. Marion (7) 15-1 103 22. Carroll (1) 13-1 91 4(tie) Assumption, Davenport (3) 12-2 91 34. Norwalk 12-3 74 15. Mount Vernon 14-2 64 66. Pella 12-4 45 57. Glenwood 12-3 38 88. Clear Lake 14-2 35 109. MOC-Floyd Valley 14-3 27 710. Winterset 12-3 12 9Others receiving votes: Center Point-Urbana 6. Algona 5. Clear Creek-Amana 5. Keokuk 4. Central Clinton, De Witt 3. Ballard 1. Le Mars 1. MASON CITY – For the first time since the 2013-14 season, the NIACC women’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division II poll.NIACC, which was fourth in the Jan. 27 poll, moved up to the top slot Monday with wins last week over No. 1 Kirkwood (63-60) and DMACC (85-52). The Lady Trojans are 23-1 overall and 10-0 in the Iowa Community College Athletic ConferenceIn the 2013-14 season, NIACC spent seven weeks ranked No. 1. The Lady Trojans were ranked No. 1 in the Dec 18 and Jan. 8 polls that season, spent the last four weeks of the regular season in the top slot and placed third at the Division II national tournament.In this week’s poll, Kirkwood, which was No. 1 last week, is ranked No. 2 and Highland CC (Kan.) is No. 3.NIACC, which has won 11 straight games, returns to action Wednesday at Iowa Lakes in a conference contest. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Two Mason City men were charged on Tuesday with harboring a runaway connected with a recent missing juvenile case in Clear Lake.Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth says 38-year-old Eric Anderson and 59-year-old Leroy Lomholt were arrested on a charge of harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent.Both were booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail and were being held on $2000 bond. The missing juvenile is safe and was reunited with her family.Roth says the incident remains under investigation and no further information will be released at this time.last_img

first_imgNORTHWOOD — Two Mason City women charged with embezzling money from a fast food restaurant in Worth County have pleaded not guilty.  The Worth County Sheriff’s Department says they took a call in mid-January from the director of operations for Burger King who wanted to report two employees who had embezzled about $15,000 from the Burger King restaurant inside the Diamond Jo Casino as well as at the Burger King located in the convenience store complex near the casino. The Sheriff’s Department says a deputy interviewed both suspects, with both allegedly admitting to taking an undisclosed amount of money over a time frame of several months. 54-year-old Kristine Morrow was charged with first-degree theft while 41-year-old Angelina Hamilton was charged with second-degree theft. Both were due in court for their arraignment hearings on Monday but each filed written pleas of not guilty last week. Morrow is scheduled to stand trial on April 29th, while Hamilton’s trial is scheduled to start on June 10th.last_img read more

first_img“I think this throws a bit of a shadow, it shows an overly individualistic side. If other situations like this happen the situation could degrade,” he told went further, calling it a “war of egos.”“It’s clear these two players don’t get on,” the site said. Share on: WhatsApp Cavani and Neymar on the penalty spotRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | Brazil’s media on Monday dubbed the spat between Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Edinson Cavani over who should take a penalty kick during their victory against Lyon “a war of egos.”Newspapers in Brazil, always hungry for Neymar news, dived into the tussle in which the recently signed PSG superstar tried to take the ball from his Uruguayan teammate on Sunday. Cavani kept the ball but had his shot saved in what was ultimately a 2-0 win.“Neymar and Cavani argue again,” O Dia’s headline read, referring to another penalty incident during PSG’s 6-2 win over Toulouse on August 20 — Neymar’s first home game with the French side after transferring from Barcelona.“The result allowed Neymar’s team to remain leaders but what caught the attention was the poor understanding between the Brazilian and Cavani,” O Globo daily said.Ledio Carmona, a commentator for Sport TV, which broadcasts Ligue 1 games, said Neymar risks estranging himself from his new teammates if he keeps “playing selfishly.”last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Paul PogbaParis, France | AFP | With Paris Saint-Germain reportedly ready to listen to offers for Neymar while Paul Pogba has publicly declared that he wants a “new challenge” away from Manchester United, the summer transfer window in Europe could see considerable upheaval at several of the continent’s biggest clubs.PSG’s ongoing quest for Champions League success has seen them bring back former sporting director Leonardo, and one of the Brazilian’s first jobs could be trying to find a buyer for his compatriot, two years after PSG signed Neymar for a world record fee of 222 million euros ($264 million).On Monday, sports daily L’Equipe reported that PSG “would not stand in the way of him departing” and added that Neymar “also sees his future away from Paris”.Agent Pini Zahavi, involved in the deal that brought the Brazilian to the French capital from Barcelona, is said to be actively trying to do a deal to take the player back to Spain.Neymar’s two years at the Parc des Princes have been marred by injury and contoversy and he is currently again sidelined by an ankle problem while also dealing with rape allegations.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi appeared to target Neymar when he indicated that the club’s highly-paid stars would have to shape-up or ship-out in an interview with France Football magazine.“They are not here to please themselves and if they do not agree, the doors are open. I do not want to have celebrity behaviour anymore,” he said.Perhaps Al-Khelaifi was also talking about Kylian Mbappe, PSG’s other superstar forward who last month dropped a bombshell when he hinted he might be open to a new challenge elsewhere as he picked up the Ligue 1 player of the year award.Real Madrid fans even chanted Mbappe’s name at the unveiling of Eden Hazard last week, following the Belgian’s 100 million-euro move from Chelsea.But with Real already having splashed around 300 million euros ($336 million) in the market, can they really afford a move for Neymar or Mbappe too? Meanwhile, coach Zinedine Zidane is believed to be most keen on completing a move for his compatriot Pogba.Ideally, United want to keep one of their few world class talents, even if Pogba’s performances have often fallen well short of expectations since his then world record £89 million ($112 million) signing three years ago.However, the Red Devils must now decide whether it is worth the risk to keep the Frenchman against his will or cash in to fund a rebuild. United cannot offer Pogba Champions League football next season, and much is likely to depend on what offers come their way. Madrid and Juventus have been linked, but neither are likely to come close to the reported £150 million asking price.– Raiola back in the game –Potential suitors may also be warned off by the cost of dealing with Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola.Pogba’s statement to reporters of his intention to seek pastures new on a promotional tour in Tokyo on Sunday came just days after Raiola saw a three-month ban from brokering deals lifted by FIFA.Raiola creamed off a reported £41 million from the deal that brought Pogba back to Manchester in 2016.With a season of Europa League football on the horizon and a huge rebuild needed at Old Trafford just to compete with Premier League champions Manchester City and Champions League winners Liverpool, Pogba clearly believes he can do better elsewhere.“United should not be in a position where any player, let alone an underperforming one, feels that he can call the shots. That, though, is where the past six years appear to have left them,” wrote The Times.After also being burned in big money deals for Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku, United seem keen to avoid getting in an arms race to replace Pogba should he go, even if the opportunity presents itself in what is expected to be a frantic summer of transfer activity.Antoine Griezmann has announced his intention to leave Atletico Madrid but already seems set for Barcelona.United have also played down interest in bringing Gareth Bale back to the Premier League from Madrid and seem set to be outbid by PSG to land another Raiola client in Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt.Solskjaer has instead prioritised young and hungry recruits for United, and Welsh winger Daniel James, 21, has already been snapped up from Swansea City.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgLiverpool bank on stability over signings to end 30-year title waitLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Missing out on the Premier League title despite a record-breaking campaign was eased by winning a sixth European Cup for Liverpool last season, but ending a 30-year wait to be crowned English champions is now more important than ever on Merseyside.Jurgen Klopp’s men are expected to strike first blood in the title race when they kick off the Premier League season against newly-promoted Norwich under the Friday night lights of Anfield.However, unlike most of their competitors who have delved into the arms race for talent in another transfer window where Premier League clubs have spent over £1 billion ($1.2 billion), the European champions have been conspicuously quiet in the transfer market.Teenage talents Sepp van den Berg and Harvey Elliott have been snapped up with an eye to the future, while Spanish goalkeeper Adrian will replace Simon Mignolet as back-up to Alisson Becker in three low-key arrivals.Klopp, though, believes the foundations are already in place for another tilt at the title after spending over £230 million in the past two years on the likes of Alisson, Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah.“You should never do transfers because other clubs are doing transfers,” Klopp told Sky Sports.“That makes no sense, it’s not about that. And if you sit back for a second and have a look at the squad, do we need more players?”On the evidence of last season, there is precious little for Liverpool to improve on. – Man City set the bar –A Premier League points tally of 97 would have won the title in any season bar the last two as Manchester City have set a new bar under Pep Guardiola.City have further strengthened the squad that won a first ever domestic treble of trophies in England last season with the club record signing of Spanish midfielder Rodri and will be the benchmark for Liverpool to beat.A 1-1 draw between the sides, with City edging a penalty shootout 5-4, in the Community Shield last weekend again highlighted how little there is to separate the English and European champions.Yet, in contrast to last season when Liverpool were the least affected of England’s big six by the late return to pre-season of players at the World Cup, Klopp has a tougher time in ensuring his side hit the ground running.The prolific front three of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were all involved in international tournaments again this summer.Liverpool have decided against investing heavily in back-up for that trio and their presence was missed in a bumpy pre-season that saw an under-strength side beaten by Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Napoli.But Klopp believes the squad he has assembled will be bolstered by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and Rhian Brewster’s return to fitness, while Naby Keita can have a bigger impact in his second season in English football.“People think that players from other clubs, other countries, are better than the players we have here but without really having the proof, because those players haven’t played here,” he said.“It means whoever wants to start has to be at his top level. We have proper competition and that’s exactly what you need.”Winning the Champions League also booked Liverpool’s place in next week’s UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup in December, meaning they have five trophies to play for this season.However, it is ending 30 years of hurt by winning a 19th league title come May that will determine whether Liverpool’s season has been a success or failure.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more