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Friday Afternoon News, October 19th


Floyd Valley Healthcare Announces Its “Hot Shots”

(Le Mars) — The Sioux City Musketeers, in partnership with Floyd Valley Healthcare, announced a new program this summer called Hot Shots.
This program was created with the goal of honoring Floyd Valley Healthcare pediatric patients with chronic health issues. Floyd Valley officials say they are excited to give children an opportunity to have a fun time with their family, cheer on the team and just enjoy being a kid again for a night.

Floyd Valley Healthcare has announced that the 2018-2019 Hot Shots have been chosen.

They and their honor games are:

· Rylan King from Ashton, IA
November 3, 2018 against Omaha

· Skylar Olson from Le Mars, IA
December 31, 2018 against Omaha

· Kayden Adams from Sioux City, IA
January 25, 2019 against Des Moines

· Isabelle Glassmaker from Marcus, IA
February 24, 2019 against Sioux Falls

· Maxine Paulsen from Merrill, IA
March 2, 2019 against USA U17

· Rylie Peters from Le Mars, IA
April 5, 2019 against Tri-City

The Hots Shots will travel in a limo to their honor game as special guests of the Musketeers and will receive a commemorative Musketeer jersey, Musketeer memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the team and coaches, be a part of the ceremonial puck drop as well as a special mentions at their
honor game.

We invite you to come out and help us cheer on the Musketeers with our Hot Shots!

For more information, you can contact the Sioux City Musketeers at (712) 252-2116 or Ann Cole-Nelson, Floyd Valley Community Relations Manager at (712)546-3495.



Supreme Court Says IDOT Cannot Issue Speeding Tickets

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that Iowa Department of Transportation officers do not have authority to issue speeding tickets to or arrest drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles.
The finding came Friday in separate 2016 cases in which lower courts split on the issue, with a judge in Iowa County finding that carrier enforcement officers did have such authority, while a judge in Polk County ruled that those officers did not.
The state’s high court ruled Friday that Iowa law allowed the officers to make arrests and issue tickets only for violations relating to operating authority, registration, size, weight and load of commercial vehicles.
State law changed last year, giving IDOT officers the authority to
ticket drivers of noncommercial vehicles, but only until July 2018.



Iowa’s Unemployment Rate Holds Steady

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s unemployment rate remained at 2.5 percent in September, the second-lowest rate in the nation.
Iowa Workforce Development reported Friday that the unemployment rate didn’t change from August, although the number of unemployed residents decreased slightly to 41,800. The number of employed people also rose by 1,900 in September.
Iowa unemployment rate is second only to Hawaii, which has a 2.2 percent rate.
Iowa’s rate is below the national unemployment rate for September of 3.7 percent.



Corrections Officer Assaulted

FORT MADISON, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a guard was assaulted at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison.
The Iowa Corrections Department says the attack occurred Friday morning when an inmate confronted the officer. The inmate used his fists to knock down the officer, and then the inmate kicked him before other staffers could come to the officer’s aid.
The guard was taken to Fort Madison Community Hospital for treatment and then released. The names of those involved haven’t been made public.
Department spokesman Cord Overton says the inmate did not suffer any major injuries.



Council Bluffs Man Charged With Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) – A former Council Bluffs city employee has been imprisoned for child pornography.
Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Jamin Fletcher was sentenced Wednesday to nine years. A jury found Fletcher guilty in April of receiving and distributing child pornography. He was acquitted of advertising child pornography.
Authorities say Fletcher was an accounting clerk for the city from 2008 to 2017.



Mega Millions Jackpot Nearing $1 Billion Dollars

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger.
Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the
Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million.
Although the jackpot keeps increasing , the odds of winning remain stuck at a miserable one in 302.5 million.
The prize has grown so large because no one has hit the jackpot since July 24, when a group in California won $543 million.
The $1 billion prize refers to the annuity option. Most winners opt for cash, which for Friday night’s drawing would be $565 million.
Officials say that if there isn’t a winner, the prize for Tuesday
night’s drawing would be $1.6 billion, tying the largest U.S. lottery prize.