Emotional moment as Iowa Senator explains her vote on felon voting rights

first_imgDES MOINES — As the Iowa Senate began its session this morning, one senator asked to speak to her colleagues. Senator Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Ottumwa grew emotional as she explained why she supports automatically restoring voting rights to felons who’ve been released from prison.“I think Michael would want me to share this story although we rarely talked about it in public to other people,” Miller-Meeks said. “I never wanted to embarrass my brother who was otherwise a good person and I know that from the letters that came from his death.”Her brother was accused of stealing a thousand dollars from another Marine and was convicted of a felony. He served a year in the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.“He wouldn’t allow us to defend him…We didn’t know what the circumstances were or what to believe,” Miller-Meeks said. “His commander had offered him an Article 15 which would have meant losing some stripes paying a financial penalty and making restitution — we did pay the restitution — but Michael refused all of that.”The senator’s brother served 21 years in the military and died in November of 2017 at the age of 66.“Michael never had his military funeral with honors. He never had his military pension that he earned, but he had one eight-year-old girl who he took to her eighth birthday to the Beatles ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ who still thought of him as a hero,” Miller-Meeks said. “…And so when you ask me why I supported voting rights for felons, it’s because of Michael.”Miller-Meeks made her comments less than three hours before 11 of her Republican colleagues will gather in the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote on the governor’s proposed constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to felons who’ve been released from prison.“I don’t know why these thoughts came to me this morning, but I feel that I’m guided to share them with you,” Miller-Meeks said. “Everyone has a Michael in their family or to whom they know. Michael never had another conviction, not even a speeding ticket, the rest of his life…so I don’t know if this story moves you or helps you, but there are good people out there who do bad things…make mistakes, when they are younger.”Miller-Meeks ended her brief speech by asking her fellow senators to think of her brother Michael when they consider how to vote on this issue.last_img read more


Mason City saving money on workers’ compensation claims

first_imgMASON CITY — Mason City’s city administrator says worker safety in the last few years has meant the city is saving money.Aaron Burnett says the city is consistently focused on worker safety, and that safety is producing savings in the form of reduced premiums for worker’s compensation.  “This year, the city will see a reduction of over $40,000 primarily because of work-related injury claims decreased over the last few years. Efforts to evaluate tasks to create safe work environments are constant.”Burnett credits department heads for their efforts in making sure employees are safe.  “While often overlooked, it is a great accomplishment of the department managers and staff to send employees home healthy and safe after they work for the city considering the strenuous nature of many of the jobs within the departments.”Burnett was asked if work-related injury claims through the years typically come from one or two departments or a variety of departments.   “I think we’re seeing that across departments. A lot of times, you’ll see one injury will specifically drive a very large claim or something along those lines, and it looks back over many years when you look at workers compensation. I think when you look at those safety efforts, it’s really a citywide effort to try and reduce claims and look at potential hazardous situations that could create claims.”Burnett made his comments during his report to the City Council at their meeting this week.last_img read more


Monday January 27th Local Sports

first_imgIOWA FALLS — Iowa Falls-Alden used a pin in the final match to win the North Central Conference wrestling tournament in Iowa Falls on Saturday, as you heard on AM-1490/96.7-FM KRIB, and via the app. The Cadets were tied with Clarion-Goldfield-Dows heading into the championship match at 285 pounds, with McKade Eisentrager pinning Gavin Meints of Algona to give the Cadets the team title with 198.5 points. Clear Lake finished seventh in the tournament with 102 points and did not crown an individual champion. Conner Morey at 132, Thomas Gansen at 160, and Dylan Kruckenberg at 195 all finished second. MASON CITY — Sioux City swept Mason City in a weekend series at the Mason City Arena in high school hockey. On Saturday, Nik Howell scored 15 seconds into the third period to tie the game, but Cale Bricker scored twice later in the third to give the Metros a 3-1 win. On Sunday, the Metros scored four times in the second and seven times in the third for a 12-0 win, as you heard on KRIB. Mason City is now 2-21 with a shootout loss. The Mohawks host Ames next Saturday night. IOWA CITY — The Iowa men will be in search of a rare victory over Wisconsin tonight in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Badgers have won eight of the last 10 in the series, including four of five in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten in scoring at just over 80 points per game and coach Fran McCaffery credits his players attention to the game plan.The Hawkeyes are nationally ranked despite season ending injuries to a pair of starters and McCaffery says it has become one of the most enjoyable teams he has coached.McCaffery says junior center Luka Garza’s impact on the team goes beyond his 23 points and 10 rebounds per game.Tipoff tonight is scheduled for 7:30, with the pre-game starting at 6:30 on AM-1300 KGLO DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Anthony Murphy made 1 of 2 free throws with 4 seconds remaining in the game and Keandre Cook missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as Drake edged Missouri State 71-69 on Sunday.Drake (15-6, 5-3 Missouri Valley Conference) led 37-25 at halftime and led the whole second half, but Missouri State (10-11, 4-4) pulled within 66-65 on two free throws by Gaige Prim with 45 seconds left to play. Roman Penn answered with a 3-pointer and, following a Cook layup, Penn hit 1 of 2 foul shots for a 70-67 lead with 14 seconds to go. Another Cook layup got the Bears within a point but they couldn’t get over the hump.Penn paced Drake with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. D.J. Wilkins pitched in with 14 points, five boards and four assists, while reserve Garrett Sturtz added 10 points and seven rebounds.Prim topped Missouri State with career highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double. Freshman Isiaih Mosley finished with 16 points and eight boards. Cook totaled 12 points and 13 rebounds for his second double-double of the campaign. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) – Trae Berhow scored the first five points of overtime, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, and Northern Iowa defeated Loyola Chicago 67-62 on Sunday to pull even with the Ramblers atop the Missouri Valley Conference standings.Loyola’s Tate Hall made two free throws with 4 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 55. Berhow was fouled 20 seconds into the extra period and hit two foul shots to put the Panthers (17-3, 6-2 MVC) up two and he added a 3-pointer at the 3:19 mark to stretch the lead to 60-55. Two free throws by AJ Green with 1:38 left pushed the lead to seven and UNI held on from there.Green and Austin Phyfe topped Northern Iowa with 14 points apiece. Phyfe added nine rebounds. Freshman Antwan Kimmons scored 13 off the bench. Berhow’s double-double was his second of the season.Cameron Krutwig topped the Ramblers (14-7, 6-2) with 19 points and a career-best 14 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Lucas Williamson added 18 points, while Hall scored 10. KEOKUK – The 5th-ranked NIACC women’s basketball team topped Southeastern 71-61 in an Iowa Community College Athletic Conference contest Saturday afternoon.NIACC improved its overall record to 21-1 and 8-0 in the conference.The 21-1 start is the best in school history for the NIACC women. The previous best start by the Lady Trojans was a 16-2 start in the 2013-14 season.In Saturday’s game against Southeastern, Sierra Lynch led NIACC with 26 points. Autam Mendez scored 14 points and collected 10 rebounds.Also for NIACC, Kelcie Hale scored 12 points and Sierra Morrow scored 10 points.NIACC returns to action Wednesday in a conference contest at top-ranked Kirkwood. Game time is slated for 5:30 p.m. You can hear both the women’s and men’s games on Wednesday night on AM-1300 KGLO, and via the appcenter_img TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa men vs. Wisconsin — pre-game 6:30, tipoff 7:30 AUBURN, ALABAMA (AP) — Isaac Okoro scored 19 points, Samir Doughty scored 18 and No. 16 Auburn held off Iowa State 80-76 in the opening game of the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Tigers improved to 17-2. Auburn led by 14 points with under six minutes left before the Cyclones rallied. Rasir Bolton had 23 points for Iowa State, which fell to 9-10. IOWA CITY — Freshman McKenna Warnock scored a career high 22 points as the 19th ranked Iowa women raced away to a 74-57 win over Michigan State, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. Warnock stepped up after sophomore center Monica Czinano left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.The Hawkeyes outscored the Spartans 28-9 in the fourth quarter to claim their 32nd straight home win. Kathleen Doyle added 20 points as the Hawkeyes improve to 8-1 in the Big Ten.Mason City native Makenzie Meyer scored 13 points, grabbed three rebounds and had three assists. Iowa travels to Penn State on Thursday. WAVERLY — Girls state wrestling tournament in Waverly over the weekend — area placewinners:== Clear Lake138 — Kennadi Colbert — 4th place== Charles City106 — Marissa Gallup — 8th place120 — Kiki Connel — 6th place126 — Toni Maloy — 6th place132 — Lilly Luft — 4th place145 — Allie Cross — 7th place285 — Kalysta Rodriguez — 4th place== Osage106 — Jaylnn Goodale — 7th place126 — Emma Grimm — 2nd place145 — Makayla Mostek — 5th place170 — Leah Grimm — 4th place285 — Abigail Cockrum — 6th placelast_img read more


Governor says trooper acted appropriately in incident involving BLM protester

first_imgDES MOINES — Governor Kim Reynolds says the state trooper who hit a Black Lives Matter protester last week while driving her did nothing wrong.The protester, who was not hurt, has said he hoped that by positioning himself in front of the SUV, the governor would roll down her window and speak with protesters.“I do feel like the driver acted appropriately,” Reynolds said during her weekly news conference, “and I think if you look at the report that Commissioner Bayens in the Department of Public (Safety) put forth, as we were leaving the facility the individual sped up and stepped in front of the vehicle intentionally and you cannot block traffic as we’re leaving an event.”Jaylen Cavil, a lead organizer for Des Moines Black Lives Matter, told the Iowa Capital Dispatch it was the governor’s driver who acted inappropriately and anyone else who hit a person with a vehicle would be treated differently by law enforcement. Cavil also tweeted it was unacceptable that reporters asked Reynolds about the incident in an Ackley parking lot, but did not ask about felon voting rights during the governor’s 35 minute news conference yesterday.last_img read more


KCCA inches closer to title with SC Villa win

first_imgAt the other end, Mike Mutebi’s changes paid off as two substitutes Hakim Ssenkumba and Akinyemi combined to give the Kasasiro a win.KCCA can now afford to lose one of their remaining two games but still win the league in case Vipers stutter again.The ten time league champions don’t return to action until May 24 when they visit rivals Express at Wankulukuku, a stadium they have lost four points this season.SC Villa stay 10th on the 16 team log with 36 points but have five games in hand over the log leaders.SC Villa XI: Nicholas Ssebwato (GK), Paul Mbowa, Isaac Muleme, Henry Katongole, Jonathan Mugabi (C), Godfrey Lwesibawa, Abel Eturude, Mike Sserumaga (Martin Kizza), Karim Ndugwa (AbdulKarim Kasule), Ambrose Kirya andKCCA XI: Benjamin Ochan (GK), Denis Okot (C), Habib Kavuma, Martin Mpuuga, Sakka Mpiima (Petit Wanok), Ivan Ntege, Paul Mucureezi (Hakim Senkumba), Jackson Nunda, Muzamiru Mutyaba, Ceaser Okhuti (Sulaimon Akinyemi) and Derrick Nsibambi.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 By UPL co ugSC Villa 0 KCCA 1Substitute Sulaimoni Akinyemi scored seven minutes to time as KCCA stuttering Azam Uganda Premier League (UPL) title charge sparked back to life with a slim 1-0 win over rivals SC Villa at Nakivubo.KCCA lead the standings with 55 points, five more than second placed Vipers who were held to a barren stalemate by JMC Hippos in Kakindu with two games remaining.The first half saw no difference in both sides although they should have scored through half chances created.Karim Ndugwa tamely shot at Benjamin Ochan inside the first minute after a mistake by Martin Mpuuga while Derrick Nsibambi headed over the bar after 22 minutes although he looked better placed to meet Habib Kavuma’s cross.Earlier, Paul Mucureezi had shot direct at goalie Nicholas Sebwato after chest controlling Denis Okot cross from the right.The best chance of the half fell to Nsibambi who failed to keep his shot low when he received a well lofted pass from Ceaser Okhuti.After recess, SC Villa dominated in terms of creating opportunities but were lethargic in front of goal.Not even the introduction of Martin Kizza for Mike Sserumaga and AbdulKarim Kasule for Ndugwa did make a change for the Blues.last_img read more


Ronaldo’s ‘dream’ still alive after shootout win

first_imgGerman referee Felix Brych waved away Ronaldo’s claims for a penalty on 31 minutes despite replays suggesting the Real Madrid star was bundled over by centre-back Michal Pazdan as he went to meet a cross.Two minutes later, Sanches collected Nani’s cutback from the right side of the area and hit a fierce shot that deflected off Grzegorz Krychowiak and beat Lukasz Fabianski at his near post.Portugal should have hit the winner on 85 minutes, but after sneaking behind Pazan to meet a high ball from substitute Joao Moutinho, Ronaldo’s left foot failed to connect with what looked like a simple chance.Extra time was notable more for the pitch invader who tried to reach Ronaldo than for real scoring chances. Fourteen security personnel carried the Ronaldo fan off after he was caught.Goalkeeper Rui Patricio and Ricardo Quaresma were Portugal’s shootout heroes. Patricio dived left to save Jakub Blaszczykowski’s tame fourth shot for the Poles, who had reached the quarter-finals for the first time.Quaresma was next up for Portugal and made no mistake firing high into the net to beat Fabianski.Sanches said it was a “wonderful moment for the team” and for himself to score.He made little of Portugal’s failure to make a clear win again.“People criticise us but we don’t care, because we are in the semis,” Sanches said.Ronaldo looked vulnerable, but Portugal coach Fernando Santos hailed his performance as “amazing”.“People focus on Ronaldo because he has to score, but he played amazing, he is a great captain.”Santos said it was “an exaggeration” to say Sanches was taking over from the team’s number one player.“He played a great game, but he is still growing.“This is not the future Renato because (in the future) he will be an even better player.“Renato is still growing and he has to take all his qualities and put it all on the pitch.”Poland were disconsolate.“It hurts and it will hurt for a long time,” Lewandowski said as he watched Ronaldo celebrate.Portugal play the winner of Friday’s game between Belgium and Wales in Lille.The final two quarter finals are between Germany and Italy on Saturday followed by France against underdogs Iceland on Sunday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 Bayern boys Kamil Grosicki hurried past Southampton right-back Cedric Soares to deliver a great cross for Lewandowski to drive past a flailing Rui Patricio as Poland made a flying start.It was the Polish striker’s first goal of the competition, after hitting a record 13 in qualifying.Sanches, his new teammate at Bayern Munich, came to Portugal’s rescue. Marseille, France | AFP |Cristiano Ronaldo took his “dream” of an international title another step closer when Portugal beat Poland in a penalty shootout to reach the European Championship semi-finals.Robert Lewandowski scored barely 100 seconds into the latest night of Euro 2016 drama before Portugal unleashed the player who many say could lead the country’s post-Ronaldo era.Making his first start at Euro 2016, Renato Sanches, a powerful 18-year-old and already a 35 million euro ($38 million) player, smashed home a 25 metre drive to equalise the match that went into extra time and then penalties.Sanches followed Ronaldo in hitting home his spot kick as Portugal won 5-3, having again failed to win a game in the alloted 90 minutes. That did not prevent relieved Portuguese celebrations.Ronaldo said it had been an “unforgetable” night as Portugal had reached their target of a semi-final place. “Everyone should be congratulated.”But the Real Madrid star acknowledged again that the prize he really cherishes is a world or European title. And at 31, he knows time is running out.“The dream is getting closer and anything can happen now. I’m not missing anything (in honours) and even if my career finished today I would still feel privileged,” said the Real Madrid star.“But I’ve always said, and I don’t hide it, that I would love to win a title with the national team. We’re on the right road.”Poland started strongly, with Robert Lewandowski scoring his first goal of Euro 2016 before the stadium had settled.last_img read more


Everton sign Arsenal winger Walcott

first_imgHe becomes Sam Allardyce’s second signing of the January transfer window following the arrival of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun. Speaking last Friday, Allardyce said: “Theo’s not as risky (as Tosun) because he’s proven. He’s scored 100 goals for Arsenal from wide positions as well as many assists.“His pace is one of his key strengths which we lack in this squad. His assists are pretty good as well as his goals.“We are short of goals so to add power in our goalscoring ability would be very important for me.”In a statement, Arsenal said: “We all thank Theo for his contribution to the club and wish him well for the future.”Wenger admitted recently that he did not want Walcott to leave.But he said he could not guarantee the England international playing time, which was a sensitive issue for Walcott as he tries to win a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the World Cup in Russia later this year.Walcott, who has 47 England caps, has not featured for his country since the friendly against Spain in November 2016.He was infamously called up for England’s 2006 World Cup squad by boss Sven Goran Eriksson before he had even made his Arsenal debut, but did not make a single appearance at the tournament in Germany.“I’ve come to Everton because I want the club to push to the next level,” Walcott added in what will be perceived as a swipe at his old club.“The club has won trophies but I want them to win trophies now.“I’m dead excited and I just want to do what I do best which is playing football and expressing myself because I’m excited again, I really am.”Share on: WhatsApp Theo Walcott at EvertonLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Everton signed England winger Theo Walcott from Arsenal in a deal worth a reported £25 million ($34 million, 28.3 million euros) on Wednesday.Walcott had been out of favour with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for much of this season and has opted to move to Goodison Park in a bid to kick-start his faltering career.The 28-year-old made just 16 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season and last started a Premier League game for the Gunners in April.“There’s something about this move I’ve just felt good about,” Walcott said.“It felt like it was time for me to move on.“It was sad but it’s exciting at the same time and I want to reignite my career and push Everton to win things as they have done before.“The manager is very hungry and it’s just what I need. I’ve had a couple of chats with him and straightaway I felt that hunger and that desire that he wanted from me.”Walcott scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal in total since joining them from Southampton in 2006.last_img read more


Salah hits 50 as Liverpool ease past Red Star

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Mohamed Salah continued his return to scoring form by taking his tally for Liverpool to 50 goals as the five-time European champions eased past Red Star Belgrade 4-0 at Anfield.The Egyptian ended a four-game goal drought with the winner at Huddersfield on Saturday and struck twice to open his Champions League account for the season after Roberto Firmino had opened the scoring.Sadio Mane added Liverpool’s fourth soon after missing a penalty as Jurgen Klopp’s men bounced back from defeat to Napoli in their last Champions League outing to move a point ahead of the Italians at the top of Group C.Liverpool are now two points clear of free-spending Paris Saint-Germain who needed an injury-time equaliser to draw 2-2 with Napoli in the French capital.In stark contrast to last season’s thrilling run to the Champions League final, Liverpool have struggled for goals in recent weeks with a new-found defensive stability instead keeping them joint top of the Premier League.Klopp tinkered with his preferred 4-3-3 system by moving Salah centrally as the focal point of a 4-2-3-1 and his decision to hand Xherdan Shaqiri a start paid off as the Swiss added some much-needed creativity in midfield.After a slow start from the hosts, Shaqiri took control by winning back possession and playing Andy Robertson free down the left.The Scotland captain’s cross picked out Firmino, who cut inside onto his left foot before firing into the roof of the net.Salah’s blushes were spared by a late offside flag after he missed a one-on-one with Milan Borjan after a lovely flick from Mane.That was the sort of chance Salah has missed plenty of in the early weeks of the season to spark concern that he will fail to match the standards set in an incredible 44-goal debut campaign at Anfield.However, he is now up to six for the new season as another neat touch from Shaqiri set up Salah to give Liverpool the cushion of a two-goal lead just before half-time. Share on: WhatsApp The home side had luck on their side for their third and Salah’s second six minutes after the break.Mane made the most of an arm across his face from Red Star captain Filip Stojkovic and German referee Daniel Siebert pointed to the spot.Salah didn’t care about the dubiety of the spot-kick as he hammered home the penalty to bring up his half-century quicker than any player in Liverpool’s history after just 65 games.Klopp then withdrew Salah before Liverpool’s second penalty of the night to rob him the chance of a hat-trick when Milos Degenek handled inside the area.Mane missed his chance in Salah’s absence as Borjan turned his penalty onto the crossbar.However, the Senegalese made amends 10 minutes from time by stabbing home Daniel Sturridge’s pass.last_img read more