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Attorney General Bird Announces Chief of Staff Aaron McKay

DES MOINES — Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird today announced her appointment of Aaron McKay as Chief of Staff. McKay is a graduate of Upper Iowa University and recently served as the State of Iowa Director for U.S. Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks. He has served over 20 years in the legislative branch of the federal government with extensive experience in Veterans Affairs, Military Academies, Law Enforcement, the Department of Education, and the Department of Transportation.

“I am so excited to welcome Aaron to our team,” said Attorney General Bird. “He is a dedicated public servant with deep Iowa roots and vast experience working for the people of Iowa. I can’t think of anyone better to help lead our team as we work to uphold the law, support our law enforcement partners, and serve victims across the state.”

“I am honored to join Attorney General Bird’s team as Chief of Staff,” said McKay. “Attorney General Bird is a strong advocate for the rule of law with a focus on keeping our communities safe. I look forward to joining this talented team and working toward our shared mission of upholding the laws and Constitution and serving all Iowans.”

North Mahaska Girls Top Keota

NEW SHARON – North Mahaska found the Keota Eagles a tough out Monday as the Warhawks enter the final week of the regular season. NM hosted the Eagles and had to hold off rallies to win 25-18, 25-15, 25-23.

Game one was a scene for what was to come for the Warhawks. The two teams battled to a 10-10 tie when Abby Van Weelden stepped to the service line and sparked a run including an ace as NM (14-7) led 17-10. The teams traded points and NM led 24-16. Keota (7-11) scored a pair of points, but a missed serve into the net gave the Warhawks the opening set win.

North Mahaska broke a 1-1 tie and Regan Grewe hit an ace to get the Warhawks going in the second set. Five out or net serves propelled NM and the set ended on a hitting error by the Eagles.

Set three saw the teams tied three times and Keota led 23-22. North Mahaska earned the sideout and was able to knock down a pair of points for the match victory.

Unofficially, North Mahaska had 24 kills on the night. The Warhawks were led by Grewe with nine kills. Sydney Andersen and Kayla Readshaw each had four. Five players recorded aces for NM and three had blocks.

North Mahaska returns to action Tuesday when they host Colfax-Mingo for senior night. They will close out the South Iowa Cedar League season Thursday at English Valleys and wrap up the regular season Saturday at the Oskaloosa tournament.

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test for Today; Test Messages Will be Sent to All TVs, Radios and Cell Phones

WASHINGTON — FEMA, in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) tomorrow, Oct. 4.

The national test will consist of two portions, testing WEA and EAS capabilities. Both tests are scheduled to begin at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Oct. 4.

The WEA portion of the test will be directed to consumer cell phones. This will be the third nationwide test, but the second test to all WEA-compatible cellular devices. The test message will display in either English or in Spanish, depending on the language settings of the wireless handset.

The EAS portion of the test will be sent to radios and televisions. This will be the seventh nationwide EAS test.

FEMA and the FCC are coordinating with EAS participants, wireless providers, emergency managers and other stakeholders in preparation for this national test to minimize confusion and maximize the public safety value of the test.

The purpose of the test is to ensure that the systems continue to be effective means of warning the public about emergencies, particularly those on the national level. In case the Oct. 4 test is postponed, due to widespread severe weather or other significant events, the back-up testing date is Oct. 11.

The WEA portion of the test will be initiated using FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS), a centralized internet-based system administered by FEMA that enables authorities to send authenticated emergency messages to the public through multiple communications networks. The WEA test will be administered via a code sent to cell phones.

This year the EAS message will be disseminated as a Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) message via the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System-Open Platform for Emergency Networks (IPAWS-OPEN).

All wireless phones should receive the message only once. The following can be expected from the nationwide WEA test:

  • Beginning at approximately 2:20 p.m. ET, cell towers will broadcast the test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, WEA-compatible wireless phones that are switched on, within range of an active cell tower, and in a geographic area where the wireless provider participates in WEA, should be capable of receiving the test message.
  • For consumers, the message that appears on their phones will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.”
  • Phones with the main menu set to Spanish will display: “ESTA ES UNA PRUEBA del Sistema Nacional de Alerta de Emergencia.  No se necesita acción.”
  • Similar to when your phone receives an Amber Alert, the WEA alert tone is generally only played when the alert is initially received by the phone and on some devices stops as soon as the user clicks a button.
  • If a phone is off before the test alert is sent and not turned back on until after the WEA Test expires (approximately 30 minutes), the phone should not get the test message.

WEA alerts are created and sent by authorized federal, state, local, tribal and territorial government agencies through IPAWS to participating wireless providers, which deliver the alerts to compatible handsets in geo-targeted areas. To help ensure that these alerts are accessible to the entire public, including people with disabilities, the alerts are accompanied by a unique tone and vibration.

Important information about the EAS test:

  • The EAS portion of the test is scheduled to last approximately one minute and will be conducted with the participation of radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers and wireline video providers.
  • The test message will be similar to the regular monthly EAS test messages with which the public is familiar. It will state: “This is a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System, issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, covering the United States from 14:20 to 14:50 hours ET. This is only a test. No action is required by the public.”

Shooting Death Being Investigated in Poweshiek County

POWESHIEK COUNTY — The Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating a shooting death that took place yesterday.

At approximately 8:25 yesterday morning, Poweshiek County Sheriff Deputies responded to the 187 westbound mile marker of I-80 in response to a call for assistance from the Iowa State Patrol. The Sheriff’s Office, along with the ISP and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), is investigating the shooting death of one adult male.

One suspect is currently in custody and it is believed that there is no danger to the public at this time.

Late-night shows return after writers strike as actors resume talks that could end their standoff

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Late-night talk shows began their return to the air after a five-month absence brought on by the Hollywood writers strike, while actors completed the first day of talks that could end their own long work walk-off.

CBS’s “ The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” ABC’s “ Jimmy Kimmel Live! ” and NBC’s “ The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon ” were the first shows to leave the air when the writers strike began on May 2, and were among the first to return with fresh airings Monday night.

Colbert blew a leaping kiss to his audience, which chanted his name as he took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York for the early evening taping of his show that airs at 11:35 p.m. Eastern.

“It feels good to be back,” the host said. “Now the writers strike is over with a new contract that includes protections against AI, cost of living increases, better pay for streaming, plus, thanks to the picket lines, my writers got fresh air and sunshine, and they do not care for that. Now they’re back safely in their joke holes.”

In a cold open to his show, Kimmel was shown on a psychiatrist’s couch.

“The strike has been going on so long, I just don’t know if I’ll be back,” Kimmel said. The shot then reveals that the therapist is his first guest Arnold Schwarzenegger, who declares, in a variation on his best-known catchphrase: “You’ll be back.”

Fallon taped segments for his show with Matthew McConaughey and John Mayer. He then said a third guest would be Bono from U2, who played the opening of the new Sphere venue in Las Vegas over the weekend.

A phony Bono came out encased in a small sphere. The bit fell flat, and Fallon suggested it may take some time to shake the rust off.

“I should mention not all the writers are back,” he said.

Seth Meyers, the former “Saturday Night Live” head writer whose show follows Fallon’s, praised the union’s negotiators for the deal they won, and the chance to return.

“I am so happy to be back in a room with my writers, everybody. I missed my writers so much,” he said. Then joked, “I will admit by lunch I was a little over it.”

Colbert lamented having been unable to weigh in with jokes about so much news for so many months.

“I believe we have been off the air for 154 indictments,” he said. “It was a crazy summer to be off. It was just packed with events.”

The hosts haven’t been entirely idle. They teamed up for a podcast, “ Strike Force Five,” during the strike.

Meanwhile, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists began negotiations Monday with the same group, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, for the first time since they joined writers in a historic dual strike on July 14. The two sides will resume talks Wednesday.

The writers were allowed to return to work last week after the Writers Guild of America reached an agreement on a three-year contract with an alliance of the industry’s biggest studios, streaming services and production companies.

Union leaders touted the deal as a clear win on issues including pay, size of staffs and the use of artificial intelligence that made the months off worth it. The writers themselves will vote on the contract in a week of balloting that began Monday.

Actors walked off the job over many of the same issues as writers, and SAG-AFTRA leaders said they would look closely at the gains and compromises of the WGA’s deal, but emphasized that their demands would remain the same as they were when the strike began.

The two sides said in a joint statement that “several executives” from studios would be in on the talks, without providing names. But Disney CEO Bob Iger, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos, Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav, and NBCUniversal Studio Group Chief Content Officer Donna Langley all took part directly in the negotiations with writers.

The late-night shows will have significant limits on their guest lists. Their bread and butter, actors appearing to promote projects, will not be allowed to appear if the movies and shows are for studios that are the subject of the strikes.

But exceptions abound. McConaughey, for example, appeared with Fallon to promote his children’s book, “Just Because.”

And SAG-AFTRA has granted interim agreements allowing actors to work on many productions, and with that comes the right of actors to publicly promote them.

Harvest moves ahead with dry weather

By Dar Danielson (Radio Iowa)

Dry weather gave farmers almost a full week of field time and the latest corn and soybean harvest numbers show the result.

The USDA report shows 16 percent of corn was out of the fields by the end of last week. That is up nine percent from the previous week and the corn harvest is now four days ahead of last year and the five-year average. Corn condition improved slightly to 51 percent good to excellent. The soybeans harvested more than doubled — hitting 24 percent — up from 11 percent the week before. Beans are right about on schedule, just one day ahead of last year, and equal to the average. Soybean condition improved two percentage points so 49 percent are rated in good to excellent condition.

IHSAA Football Rankings – Week 6

DES MOINES — The latest edition of the IHSAA’s inaugural football rankings are available below. The rankings for Class 2A, Class 1A, Class A, and Eight-Player will be determined throughout the 2022-23 regular season by official rankings committees, as announced in November.

Available for the first time Oct. 2 are weekly Ratings Percentage Index lists for Class 5A, Class 4A, Class 3A.

RANKINGS COMMITEES

CLASS 2A

Rank School W L
1 Central Lyon/George-Little Rock 6 0
2 Van Meter 6 0
3 West Lyon 6 0
4 Monticello 5 1
5 Western Christian, Hull 5 1
6 Spirit Lake 5 1
7 Kuemper Catholic, Carroll 4 2
8 Clarinda 4 2
9 PCM 4 2
10 Mediapolis 4 2

 

CLASS 1A

Rank School W L
1 Grundy Center 6 0
2 Underwood 5 1
3 Sumner-Fredericksburg 5 1
4 MFL MarMac 5 1
5 Denver 5 1
6 Wilton 6 0
7 West Branch 4 2
8 Regina, Iowa City 5 1
9 Sigourney/Keota 5 1
10 Columbus Catholic, Waterloo 4 2

 

CLASS A

Rank School W L
1 Saint Ansgar 6 0
2 Woodbury Central 6 0
3 West Hancock 5 1
4 Madrid 6 0
5 Lisbon 6 0
6 Wapsie Valley 5 1
7 ACGC 6 0
8 Lynnville-Sully 5 1
9 Lake Mills 6 0
10 Akron-Westfield 5 1

 

EIGHT-PLAYER

Rank School W L
1 Winfield-Mount Union 6 0
2 Gladbrook-Reinbeck 6 0
3 Bedford 6 0
4 CAM, Anita 6 0
5 St. Mary’s, Remsen 6 0
6 Don Bosco, Gilbertville 5 1
7 Central City 5 1
8 Lenox 5 1
9 Clarksville 7 0
10 WACO 5 1

RATINGS PERCENTAGE INDEX

CLASS 5A

CLASS 4A

CLASS 3A

State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum to visit Mahaska County

DES MOINES — The State Historical Society of Iowa’s mobile museum is hitting the road again as it continues its journey to all 99 Iowa counties.

Housed in a custom-built Winnebago, the 300-square-foot museum on wheels launched in 2017 and completed its first 99-county tour in 2019, making 175 stops along the way and attracting nearly 65,000 visitors, including 11,400 students. The current exhibition, “Iowa History 101: Iowa’s People & Places,” debuted in 2021 and will continue its 99-county journey through the end of this year.

The public is invited to take free self-guided tours of the mobile museum at the Oskaloosa Vendor and Farmers Market on South First Street (between the Courthouse and City Park), Oskaloosa, Iowa, at the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, October 3 – 3:00-6:00 p.m.

“This traveling exhibit has been a huge success because it shares Iowa history in towns across the entire state, and Iowans are eager to have that experience in their communities,” State Historical Society of Iowa Administrator Susan Kloewer said. “We’re grateful to our community hosts and generous sponsors who are helping make this next 99-county tour possible.”

The exhibition shares stories from Iowa’s past with an eclectic array of artifacts from the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s permanent collection, plus a video narrated by former WOI-TV host Jackie Schmillen.

Guests will see iconic artifacts that reflect the role of Iowans in state, national and international events, including a Meskwaki cradleboard representing the past and continued presence of Native nations in Iowa. They’ll also see women’s suffrage materials from the early 1900s and the pen used by Iowa Governor William Harding to sign Iowa’s resolution in support of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Other artifacts include a menu from a dinner held in Des Moines for Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, in 1959, as well as photos of a southeast Asian refugee and Sudanese women in central Iowa, and a flight suit that southern Iowa native and accomplished astronaut Peggy Whitson wore during one of multiple expeditions (totaling 665 days) aboard the International Space Station.

“These images and objects remind us of the role Iowans played in global events,” State Curator Leo Landis said. “It’s easy to overlook the significant contributions Iowans have made in promoting equality and liberty, but this exhibit can inspire all Iowans to understand and appreciate our past and promote these values.”

EMC Insurance Companies sponsored the first tour and renewed its support for the new exhibition.

“EMC Insurance Companies has deep roots in Iowa,” EMC Executive Vice President Beth Nigut said. “We’re proud to be a part of our state’s history and excited to help share it with Iowans across the state.”

The idea for the mobile museum emerged in 2014 from a series of community conversations. Iowans care deeply about history and made it clear they wanted new ways to access the State Historical Museum’s resources.

Iowans may request a visit from the mobile museum for their local schools, libraries, museums, community festivals, county fairs and other places where people gather. Visits are complimentary and the tours are self-guided.

More details are available at history.iowa.gov. Iowans can also follow the mobile museum’s statewide journey on Facebook at facebook.com/IowaHistory.

North Mahaska Grounds Falcons

NEW SHARON – North Mahaska looked like a team that was going down when things fell apart. But the Warhawks were not going to allow their seniors to walk off the home field a last time without the win. North Mahaska rallied from a 12-0 first half deficit to score 21 unanswered points and secure a 21-12 win over the Wayne Falcons.

With 9 minutes 47 seconds to play in the first quarter a North Mahaska fumble was picked up by Iowa defensive lineman Gage Swan who rambled in from two yards out for a score. The 2-point attempt failed. About three minutes after the Warhawks turned the ball over on downs, Corydon Kiefer broke through the NM defense for a 50-yard score and went into halftime leading 12-0.

“We were pretty down at halftime,” said NM coach Trey Bennett. “They (Wayne) are tough, but I am so proud of my team and my seniors. Our boys showed a lot of strength coming back in the second half.”

The third quarter opened up with an interception by Wayne’s Brennen Sims. Then it was North Mahaska senior Gage Vande Voort which flipped the switch for the Warhawks. He stripped the ball and recovered the ball with 6:22 left in the third period. Junior Kaleb Stout, who finished with 124 yards on the ground, scored on a strong run to cure the lead to 12-7.

The Warhawks kept pressure on Wayne and with 9:04 to play in the game blocked a punt and then junior Lucas Nunnikhoven hooked up with junior Asher DeBoef for a 25-yard score and a lead they would not relinquish.

The extra point was the beginning of the downfall of the Falcons. A player was whistled for unsportsmanlike behavior and the kick pinned the Falcons deep and another penalty stuck Wayne at 1 ½-yard line. Not long later sophomore Charlie Goemaat picked off the pass and set the Warhawks up again. Dylan Meland had a crucial 17-yard catch to set up the Warhawks and Stout sealed the game with run.

“I am so proud of these boys,” said Bennett as his seniors were ringing the victory bell. “Dylan’s catch was huge and in the second half we were able to get our running game going. This was big four our seniors.”

Nunnikhoven rushed the ball eight times for 34 yards and DeBoef added 25 more on his TD. 

Defensively, sophomore Alex Meland had 10 tackles. Junior Trenton Hol had eight tackles and two quarterback sacks. Senior Austin McMahan also had eight tackles. VandeVoort, Nunnikhoven and Goemaat each had six tackles. Senior Nate Sampson and junior Joel DeJong had five tackles.

Boudyn White rushed for 69 yards and Kiefer had 64. NM limited the Falcons to just two yards passing.

North Mahaska, 2-4, will hit the road next week with a game at No. 4 Madrid. They will close out the season at North Tama. Wayne is also 2-4 on the season.

Apple says it will fix software problems blamed for making iPhone 15 models too hot to handle

CUPERTINO (AP) — Apple is blaming a software bug and other issues tied to popular apps such as Instagram and Uber for causing its recently released iPhone 15 models to heat up and spark complaints about becoming too hot to handle.

The Cupertino, California, company said Saturday that it is working on an update to the iOS17 system that powers the iPhone 15 lineup to prevent the devices from becoming uncomfortably hot and is working with apps that are running in ways “causing them to overload the system.”

Instagram, owned by Meta Platforms, modified its social media app earlier this week to prevent it from heating up the device on the latest iPhone operating system.

Uber and other apps such as the video game Asphalt 9 are still in the process of rolling out their updates, Apple said. It didn’t specify a timeline for when its own software fix would be issued but said no safety issues should prevent iPhone 15 owners from using their devices while awaiting the update.

“We have identified a few conditions which can cause iPhone to run warmer than expected,” Apple in a short statement provided to The Associated Press after media reports detailed overheating complaints that are peppering online message boards.

The Wall Street Journal amplified the worries in a story citing the overheating problem in its own testing of the new iPhones, which went on sale a week ago.

It’s not unusual for new iPhones to get uncomfortably warm during the first few days of use or when they are being restored with backup information stored in the cloud — issues that Apple already flags for users. The devices also can get hot when using apps such as video games and augmented reality technology that require a lot of processing power, but the heating issues with the iPhone 15 models have gone beyond those typical situations.

In its acknowledgement, Apple stressed that the trouble isn’t related to the sleek titanium casing that houses the high-end iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max instead of the stainless steel used on older smartphones.

Apple also dismissed speculation that the overheating problem in the new models might be tied to a shift from its proprietary Lightning charging cable to the more widely used USB-C port that allowed it to comply with a mandate issued by European regulators.

Although Apple expressed confidence that the overheating issue can be quickly fixed with the upcoming software updates, the problem still could dampen sales of its marquee product at time when the company has faced three consecutive quarters of year-over-year declines in overall sales.

The downturn has affected iPhone sales, which fell by a combined 4% in the nine months covered by Apple’s past three fiscal quarters compared with a year earlier.

Apple is trying to pump up its sales in part by raising the starting price for its top-of-the-line iPhone 15 Pro Max to $1,200, an increase of $100, or 9%, from last year’s comparable model.

Investor worries about Apple’s uncharacteristic sales funk already have wiped out more than $300 billion in shareholder wealth since the company’s market value closed at $3 trillion for the first time in late June.

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