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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:50AM
Minnesota blanked Kansas City 2-0. That's the fourth straight loss for the AL Central-leading Royals. Kyle Gibson threw eight innings of four-hit ball to even his record at 6-6. Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar had RBI triples.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:15AM
The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued plans Thursday aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating waterfowl and other wild birds.
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:14AM
Will Venable clubbed a two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the 11th inning to give the San Diego Padres a 5-3 win over St. Louis. That's the Cards' third straight loss.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 3 2015 5:12AM
Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late yesterday afternoon, as he approved a slew of budget bills. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.
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by LeRoy Beck posted Jul 3 2015 4:22AM

So this is a crazy list of places to see fireworks over the 4th of July Weekend. Obviously if we missed your town, we apologize, hopefully we got em all!

Albia: July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at Albia Reservoir on Highway 5.

Altoona -- Adventureland: Fireworks for in park guests at about 9:40 p.m. on July 4th.

Altoona -- Prairie Meadows: Fireworks follow live racing on July 3 at dusk.

Ames: July 3 at dusk. Fireworks will be launched near the Iowa State Center. Get updates by following the @Ames Fireworks Facebook page.

Ankeny: Summerfest this year is July 9-12 near Prairie Ridge Middle School at 1010 Prairie Ridge Dr. Learn more at

Belmond: Fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4 at the Belmond Klemme athletic complex. Fully choreographed show.

Boone: July 4 at Boone Speedway at Highway 30 and South Story Street.

Bussey: Fireworks on July 4 at 10pm. Best viewed from the North Park.

Carlisle: July 3-4 , 4th of July Celebration at North Park. July 4th -- Parade 9:30 a.m., Noon-10 p.m. North Park: Activities, Events, Food and Games, 10pm Fireworks

Cincinnati: Fireworks show on Friday, July 3, at dusk in the city park.

Clearfield: Fireworks are at 10 p.m. July 4th put on by the Clearfield Lions Club.

Clear Lake: Parade at 10am, Arts and Craft Fair 11am-9pm, Evans United Shows Carnival opens at 12pm, BINGO tent opens at 12pm, Denny's School of Dance, 1:30-3:30pm, Clear Lake Municipal Band 8:30-10pm, fireworks over Clear Lake 10pm.

Clive: Fireworks on July 18 during this year's Clive Festival 40th Anniversary celebration.

Colo: Fireworks July 4 at dark at Twin Anchors Golf Course.

Creston: 65th Annual 4th of July Celebration is June 26-July 4. Parade at 10 a.m. on July 4. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. on McKinley Lake.

Des Moines: Yankee Doodle Pops 22nd annual concert. Thursday, July 2 at 8:30 p.m. on the West Terrace of the Iowa State Capitol. Turner Center Jazz Orchestra begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening culminates with the Des Moines Symphony's premier fireworks display.

Des Moines -- Iowa Cubs: The Iowa Cubs will celebrate Independence Day with two spectacular fireworks shows on July 2 and July 3. The shows will begin immediately following both 7:08 p.m. contests as the I-Cubs host the Round Rock Express. Great seats are still available for both dates. Fans may get tickets by stopping by the box office at Principal Park, calling the Iowa Cubs at 515-243-6111 or visiting

Des Moines -- Good Guys Heartland Nationals -- Fireworks on July 4 at Iowa State Fairgrounds about 9:30 p.m.

Earlham: July 4 at the football field. As you enter town going south from I-80 football field is just to the west.

Eddyville -- Eddyville Raceway Park will have fireworks after the pro cars run on July 4. Also, legendary drag racer Shirley Muldowney will sign autographs.

Exira Fireworks on July 4 at 9:45 p.m. at the Spartan football field:

Fontanelle: July 4 -- INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION with games and vendors, Adair County Historical Society Heritage Tractor Ride, a traditional parade, and fireworks. Greenfield hosts the celebration every three years in rotation with Massena 2014, Fontanelle 2015, Greenfield 2016.

Grimes: July 4 at 10 p.m. shot from the south side of the Grimes Sports Complex on S. James Street.

Independence: Annual 4th of July fireworks at 10 p.m. on July 4.

Knoxville: Fireworks will be shot off on the north end of the airport on July 4 at dusk. Viewing areas include the Recreation Center, Knoxville High School, and many businesses located on the south side of town. Parking will NOT be allowed on Highway 14 and Highway 5/93.

Leighton: July 3. Leighton Lions serving free will donation dinner from 5-7 at the Leighton Christian Reformed Church. Parade starting at 7:30 on Otley St. There will be games and entertainment with displays and interactive demonstrations all evening. Fireworks at 10 on the Leighton Ball Diamond. Come celebrate 150 years of the City of Leighton.

Marshalltown: July 4 celebration 3-9:30 p.m. then fireworks shoot off, "Standing Hampton" performing.

Melbourne: July 4th at dusk near the Melbourne Ball Diamonds.

Nevada: July 4 at 10 a.m. - 4th of July parade, 9 p.m. fireworks at SCORE fields.

Norwalk: Fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. at McAninch Soccer Fields Parade on July 4 starts at 10 a.m. at Norwalk High School. Activities at Norwalk City Park. On July 3 "Party Before the Works" with Abby Normal, beer tent, dance party.

Osceola: July 3 fireworks at 9:45 p.m. 4th of July Celebration runs July 2-5.

Oskaloosa: July 4 fireworks display at 10 p.m. at Southern Iowa Fairgrounds. Event starts at 1pm with live music, beer garden and food.

Ottumwa: July 4 after dark (9:30?) in the Ottumwa Park. It will be twice the size because of a $9,000 donation by local businesses.

Pella: July 4, Fireworks East of Madison School at 9:45 p.m. or Dusk. Celebrate the Fourth of July with food, music, activities, parade and fireworks. Festivities all day starting at 9:30 a.m. with free fishing at Caldwell Park.

Perry: Fireworks on July 4 about 10 pm in Pattee Park. Parade at 10 a.m. followed by arts, crafts, food vendors and family activities in Pattee Park. Enjoy water fights, bingo, miniature golf, kid's games and live entertainment at the Pattee Park band shell, followed by fireworks. Learn more

Pleasantville: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Cora Shadle Park. All day activities begin with breakfast from 7-10 a.m. at the Masonic Lodge and The Flag Raising Ceremony at Memorial Hall at 8 a.m. Other all day activities include a pet show, parade, music, lunch and games.

Roland: Fireworks display will be July 3 at dusk, put on by the RADC.

Slater: 4th of July celebration will be held on the 3rd and 4th! Fireworks are at 10 pm on the 3rd, parade is at 10 a.m. on the 4th. Go to for more details on events and activities including mud volleyball, horseshoes, stage shows, beer tent, teen dance, inflatables, mobile arcade, raffle, and more!

Urbandale: Fireworks July 4 at 10 p.m. at Walker Johnston Park. Celebration events run July 2-4 with Midway and Carnival at Lions Park. July 4 parade starts 10 a.m. at old City Hall north on 70th, west on Aurora to 82nd.

Waukee: Fireworks on July 4 at dusk at Centennial Park. Activities start at 2 p.m. with a parade through the Historic Downtown that ends at Centennial Park where there will be inflatables, the Game on Game Trailer, live music from the band "Toaster," food vendors and a great fireworks show after dusk.

West Des Moines -- Raccoon River Park: Fireworks on July 4 at 9:45 p.m.

Williams: Fireworks on July 4 at dusk at the ball diamond on the east end of town.

Windsor Heights: Fireworks on July 4 at 10 p.m. at Colby Park. Celebration starts at 1 p.m. with annual parade. At Colby Park find face-painting, inflatables, indoor bingo, live music and much more. Food vendors and a beverage garden from 2:30-9:30 p.m. Abby Normal will kick off an evening of live music with some great 80's cover band hits beginning at 6-8 p.m. Faculty Lounge will take the stage and entertain the crowd with an assortment of Jazz, Funk, Soul and R & B.

Yale: Fireworks July 4 by Farmers State Bank and City of Yale at 9:45 p.m. at the ball field.
by LeRoy Beck posted Jul 2 2015 8:13AM

1. Turn your flash off. If you don't, everything over ten feet away will end up underexposed. If you want to take a photo of someone with the fireworks behind them, set it up so their face is lit by a light behind you.

2. Don't just photograph the sky. Photos of fireworks with nothing in the foreground tend to be boring, so try to get the skyline in there too. Or try something like a shot of your kid from behind while they're watching.

3. Turn off the HDR feature. It stands for "high dynamic range," and it makes your camera take three quick photos at different exposures, then combines them into one image to make the lighting look more natural.

A lot of cell phone cameras have an HDR feature now, but it works best with still images where nothing's moving. If you use it with fireworks, they'll just look blurry.

4. Take photos with a long exposure. That's where the shutter stays open a few seconds longer and lets more light in. But not all camera phones let you do it, and you pretty much have to use a tripod to make it work.

Best of luck!! We hope to see some GREAT Fireworks photos this weekend!!

by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted Jul 2 2015 5:52AM
Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women's World Cup semifinal. That sends the Japanese to play Team USA Sunday in Vancouver in the championship in a rematch of the title game four years ago won by Japan on penalty kicks.
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 2 2015 5:49AM
A state audit has found major problems with how some Iowa state agencies spent millions of dollars on information technology contractors. The report has uncovered cost overruns, a no-bid contract and questionable relationships between agencies and IT firms. In one case, two top Revenue Department officials went to work for a state contractor before a mandatory two-year waiting period was up.
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Location : Iowa
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