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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 11:18AM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The NCAA says it will keep its Division I softball championship tournament in Oklahoma City through 2020 and likely will extend the deal through 2035.

Officials from the NCAA, USA Softball and Oklahoma City announced the agreement Thursday before the opening game of this year's Women's College World Series.

The WCWS has been held at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium every year but one since 1990. The new deal is the third long-term hosting agreement for the NCAA, following similar deals for baseball in Omaha, Nebraska, and outdoor track and field in Eugene, Oregon.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says about $20 million in improvements either have been or will be made to the stadium. NCAA officials say that was a key to the extension.


 
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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 11:03AM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Montour man faces up to five years in prison when he sentenced later this year for bankruptcy fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the northern Iowa district says 51-year-old Jay Freese pleaded guilty and was convicted Wednesday of hiding assets from his creditors.

Freese had filed for bankruptcy protection in September 2009 and was required to disclose all of his assets. Freese admitted Wednesday that he kept a skid loader and a tractor he had claimed to have sold.

Freese will be sentenced at a later date, when he also faces up to a $250,000 fine.


 
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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 10:58AM

Minneapolis (AP) — Pro sports teams are hawking more than beer and brats at games these days. They're also pushing raffle tickets that give lucky fans at the stadium a chance to win thousands and raise money for charities too.

The "50/50 raffle" trend encompasses baseball, basketball, football and hockey. Even some college programs, such as Michigan State, are getting in on the act.

Franchises randomly draw the winning number near the end of the game. The winning fan takes home half the pot, while the rest goes to charity.

Vendors with hand-held machines and stationary kiosks inside stadiums keep a running tally of the pot's total.

The Minnesota Twins and St. Louis Cardinals are among the latest baseball teams to use 50/50 raffles. Both began theirs this season.


 
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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 29 2014 10:52AM

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — A former Indianola city attorney has been ordered to pay the city $35,333 in restitution after being found guilty of fraudulently overbilling the city.

The restitution order comes after John Hoyman was sentenced in February to 10 years in prison for the fraudulent billing.

Hoyman was arrested in May 2013 after a state audit discovered that Hoyman had put false names of clients on bills that he was submitting to the city. The audit said Hoyman filed nearly $91,000 in overbillings to the city during a six-year period.

Hoyman acknowledged using fake names from the phone book on his invoices, but said he never obtained any money he didn't deserve from the city.

Hoyman is appealing.

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Location : IndianolaIowa
People : John Hoyman
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 10:48AM

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says there must be better medical information about concussions suffered by young athletes.

Obama is calling attention to youth sports concussions during a White House summit with coaches, students, parents and medical professionals.

Obama says there's a huge public interest in having kids participate in sports. He says it's a central part of American culture that teaches teamwork.

But Obama also says there's both concern and uncertainty about sports concussions. He says it's not limited to football.

Obama says there still aren't solid numbers and at every level, experts are still trying to grasp the scope of the issue.

Obama says people must learn to recognize and respond to concussion symptoms. He says awareness about the problem has improved, but not by much.


 
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Location : Washington
People : Barack Obama
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 29 2014 10:44AM

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A candlelight vigil has been held in Muscatine to honor a man who was stabbed to death earlier this week.

Hundreds of people gathered Wednesday night at the city riverfront to reminisce about 45-year-old Timothy Lane, a local businessman who was found with multiple stab wounds Sunday night. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Lane's stepson, 30-year-old Cody Ryan Curtis, has been charged with second-degree murder in the case. Court records do not list an attorney.

Lane's friends from high school helped put together the vigil. They called the event a time to celebrate his life and support his family.

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Location : IowaMuscatine
by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 10:39AM

PARIS (AP) — Fifth-seeded David Ferrer of Spain comfortably advanced to the third round of the French Open by beating Italy's Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 Thursday.

Ferrer, last year's runner-up to Rafael Nadal, broke Bolleli's serve five times and saved all four break points he faced.

Also, former French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia advanced to the third round by beating Camila Giorgi of Italy 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Kuznetsova, seeded 27th, broke Giorgi's serve four times and next faces either fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova or Marina Erakovic, who were playing later Thursday.

Sixth-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and 15th-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States also advanced in straight sets.

Jankovic won 7-5, 6-0 against Japan's Kurumi Nara and Stephens won 6-1, 6-3 against Slovenia's Polona Hercog.


 
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 29 2014 10:34AM

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police have arrested a Cedar Rapids man suspected of stealing wheelchairs from an organization that holds sports and recreation activities for those with disabilities.

39-year-old Rick Allen Smith is charged with felony theft and criminal mischief.

Police say officers searched Smith's house and found stolen property, including the wheelchairs. Investigators say the majority of the chairs had been chopped up and destroyed.

The arrest comes after Sportability of Iowa reported its trailer, packed with a dozen specialized wheelchairs worth between $36,000 and $60,000, was stolen in December from the parking lot of Stoney Point YMCA in Cedar Rapids.

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by KIX 101.1/ 1230 KFJB Sports Department posted May 29 2014 10:31AM

RIFUGIO PANAROTTA, Italy (AP) — Julian Arredondo claimed a solo victory on the 18th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday, while Nairo Quintana retained the overall leader's pink jersey as the race returned to the mountains.

Arredondo had been part of a breakaway and made his move with just under 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) remaining to ride alone up the summit finish to Rifugio Panarotta.

The Colombian had time to raise one arm into the air as he crossed the finish line, 17 seconds ahead of Fabio Duarte. Philip Deignan was 20 seconds further back.

Quintana remained 1:41 ahead of fellow Colombian Rigoberto Uran, with Pierre Rolland moving into third place as former race leader Cadel Evans slipped to ninth.

Rolland is 3:29 behind Quintana, two seconds ahead of Fabio Aru.


 
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted May 29 2014 10:27AM

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City firefighter is recovering after being overcome by heat and dehydration while fighting a house fire.

The firefighter was sent to Mercy Medical Center on Wednesday night.

He and other firefighters were battling a house fire in a single-story home reported around 8:30 p.m. The fire was extinguished with half-an-hour.

Assistant Fire Chief Robert Wilson says he is unsure how many people were inside the house when the fire broke out, but said no other injuries were reported.

Wilson says the house was heavily damaged by fire and smoke. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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People : Robert Wilson
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