As we begin our news day here in the newsroom at KIOW and kiow.com, here are some of the stories we are looking at or have led up to today.
Worker says Houston fire left him no time to spare (Video Link Provided at the end of the article)
A Houston construction worker whose harrowing rescue from a burning building was caught on video says he knew he had to act quickly when he realized he was trapped on a fifth-floor balcony.
Curtis Reissig suffered minor burns to his face and hand from Tuesday’s fire, which destroyed the planned $50 million luxury apartment complex.
The construction supervisor on Wednesday declined to call his own actions heroic. He says the real heroes are the firefighters who rescued him and battled the blaze.
Reissig described how he hung from the fifth-floor balcony ledge, swung his body and landed on the balcony below. He then was able to jump onto a fire truck ladder and escape the flames.
Someone in a nearby office captured the rescue on cellphone video http://bit.ly/1izztmd.
Federal Ruling Means College Football Players Can Unionize
Northwestern football players can unionize, federal agency says in precedent-setting decision. Details are soon to be released.
Charlotte, NC, mayor facing corruption charges
The mayor of North Carolina’s largest city has been arrested on public corruption charges.
U.S. Attorney Anne Tompkins said Wednesday that Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon is facing theft and bribery charges.
Tompkins says Cannon solicited and accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents posing as real estate developers who wanted to do business in Charlotte. A criminal complaint says Cannon is accused of soliciting and accepting more than $48,000 in cash, airline tickets, a hotel room and the use of a luxury apartment as bribes.
If convicted on all the charges, he faces 20 years in prison and more than $1 million in fines.
The 47-year-old Cannon was elected mayor in November, replacing Anthony Foxx. Foxx was named Transportation Secretary by President Barack Obama.
News from Around the Region
Fugitive Moves to a Different “Motel”
An Iowa City standoff has ended with the arrest of a fugitive wanted on warrants alleging escape, weapons and drug offenses. Police say officers had learned 43-year-old Brandon Thompson was in a room at a motel near the airport last night. Officials say members of the police department’s Special Response Team finally entered the room this morning and took Thompson into custody.
Money Doesn’t Grow In Trees Either
Three men who allegedly robbed a bank in northwest Missouri went to great lengths to hide their loot. Witness statements led Nodaway County authorities to about $12,000 hidden in a tree in southern Iowa. The money was stolen last Friday from the Citizens Bank & Trust in Burlington Junction, Mo.
Troubled Bridge Over Waters
The bridge over Saylorville Lake is scheduled to close Monday for several weeks for repair work. Iowa transportation officials say work is expected to be completed before Memorial Day weekend. Traffic will be detoured around the work zone.
Superintendent Quits to Save Money
A schools superintendent in west-central Iowa says he’s resigning in an effort to save his district money. Rich Stoffers, superintendent for the Coon Rapids-Bayard Community School District, says he’s taken an early retirement package in order to save thousands of dollars for the district next year. Stoffers called the decision bittersweet.
Local Stories to Look For Today on kiow.com:
Salad Luncheon Planned
HCHS to Hold Book Fair
Alliant Energy Freezes Rates for 2014
Worth County Board Wrangles Over Drainage Bids
Kanawha Plans to Replace Crosses in Cemetery (Audio Report)
Waldorf WW II Exhibit a Success (Audio Report)
The Farm Report
by Joel Pudenz
of Farmers Co-Op
News was sparse yesterday with corn trading slightly lower and beans closing higher. Weekly ethanol production added some pressure to corn, slipping .67% vs. last week as rail logistical issues continue to keep a cap on what ethanol producers can ship. Ethanol stocks vs. last week were up 2.46%. Eastern Europe is still volatile, but corn and wheat vessels out of the Black Sea are still loading on schedule. Weakness in wheat (due to needed rains in Oklahoma and Texas) also found its way into the corn market.
Beans traded mixed, but was able to close 12 cents higher. Rumors of Chinese cancellations failing to materialize continues to add support. Stronger meal prices and a decent amount of fund buying were also supportive to beans today. Harvest in Brazil is over 2/3 complete and Argentine producers are discovering better-than-expected yields as they begin harvest.
Corn closed down 2 cents at $4.845
Beans closed up 12 cents at $14.40
The History of Today:
On March 27th, 1964, The Beatles occupied the top six spots in the Australian pop chart.
In 1967, the British music industry awarded John Lennon and Paul McCartney an Ivor Novello Award for writing “Michelle,” the most-performed song in Britain in 1966.
Also in 1967, a riot broke out at a Rolling Stones concert in Halsinborg, Sweden. Five days later, 154 fans were arrested at a similar riot at a Stones concert in Vienna, Austria. Further violence erupted at a Stones concert less than three weeks later in Zurich, Switzerland.
In 1972, Elvis Presley recorded his last major hit, “Burning Love.”
In 1973, Rolling Stone reported Carlos Santana changed his name to Devadip, which means “The Lamp of the Light of the Supreme.” Santana had become a disciple of Sri Chinmoy.
In 1987, U2 filmed the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” on a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles. Thousands of people showed up and the police had to break up the shoot.
In 1991, Donnie Wahlberg of New Kids On The Block was arrested in Louisville, Kentucky, for allegedly pouring vodka on a hotel carpet and setting it on fire. He pleaded innocent.
In 2002, Milton Berle died after a battle with colon cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 93. That same day, Dudley Moore died from a rare brain disorder at his home in Trenton, New Jersey. He was 66. Also that day, filmmaker Billy Wilder died in Los Angeles at the age of 95.
In 2006, Elvis Presley’s Graceland was declared a national historic landmark.
Actor Julian Glover is 79. Actor Jerry Lacy (“Dark Shadows”) is 78. Actor Austin Pendleton (“Oz,” ”Homicide: Life on the Street”) is 74. Actor Michael York is 72. Keyboardist Tony Banks of Genesis is 64. Keyboardist-guitarist Andrew Farriss of INXS is 55. Saxophonist Dave Koz is 51. Director Quentin Tarantino is 51. Bassist Johnny April of Staind is 49. Actress Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) is 45. Singer Mariah Carey is 44. Drummer Brendan Hill of Blues Traveler is 44. Actress Elizabeth Mitchell (“Lost”) is 44. Singer Fergie of Black Eyed Peas is 39. Actress Emily Ann Lloyd (“Something So Right”) is 30. Actress Brenda Song (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”) is 26. Singer Kimbra is 24. Actress Taylor Atelian (“According to Jim”) is 19.
Twilight Begins 6:37am Sunrise 7:05am Sunset 7:35pm Twilight Ends 8:04pm
Moonrise 5:03am Moonset 4:18pm The Moon is a waning crescent moon with 13% illuminated.
The Area Weather Forecast:
Tonight: Scattered showers, mainly after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 40. Windy, with a south wind 20 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Today: Periods of rain and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 43. Breezy, with a south wind 10 to 16 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
This Evening: A chance of rain and snow before 10pm, then a chance of snow between 10pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Windy, with a north northwest wind 15 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. North wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 48.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 37. Breezy.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Windy.