Several computer users in Oskaloosa are warning of a fake virus that can damage your computer. The file says you should delete several other files from your computer to avoid damage. Oskaloosa computer expert, Phil Swift, says it’s just a scam to damage your computer, as it tells you to eliminate some vital files.Swift says the file is labeled “FULFNBK.”
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One Iowa high school baseball coach says new regulations governing bats have cut down on the number of home runs this season. New rules in place this season have made the barrel of aluminum bats narrower and the bats themselves heavier. Bill Wuebker, the coach of defending class 1A state champion Granville Spalding, says through five games he has seen just one home run.Wuebker says many balls that would have been home runs a year ago have become long outs and hitters will have to adjust.Wuebker likes the change. He says teams will have to adjust by bunting more and using more strategy. He says that makes it tougher on your pitching and defense.Prior to the change, one study concluded that home runs had quadrupled at the high school level in recent years.
The state patrol’s out with its tally of highway incidents over the recent holiday weekend. Eighty extra troopers were on the roads, as part of the patrol’s “Operation Care.” They handed out a total of 44-hundred speeding tickets and warnings. Officers ticketed nearly 13-hundred people for not buckling in themselves or their kids properly, but that figure was down from last year’s Memorial Day holiday weekend. The troopers report drunk driving arrests were down slightly from last year, too, 31 compared to 39 in 2000. But other violations, including open-bottle and minors in possession, were up, as were narcotics violations. Alcohol-related crashes were up, though only from six last year to seven this year. And there were just three fatal crashes on the long weekend, below the average of four.
High fuel prices are hurting agencies that revolve around lots of driving, including the Iowa State Patrol. Sergeant Robert Hansen says the first of three strategies to save gas will be what’s called an “in-view patrol.”Offices will choose a location known for a high accident or violation rate, and sit there watching, with the car not running. Hansen says a second practice will have highway patrol officers, who usually drive alone, doubling up in a car for part of the shift.At low traffic times and in rural areas, troopers will be two-to-a-car during part of night shifts. They can use another set of eyes, and more backup for safety when they do late-night stops. And instead of troopers driving around looking for violators, they’ll stop all drivers at waypoints more often.Hansen says troopers are even asked to find the cheapest stations they can to fill the squad car’s tank, when they need gas on patrol. But there’s no telling what gas prices will do.Restricting mileage may become necessary. Commanders say they don’t want to take that move. The fuel-saving programs being put into effect were chosen because patrol officials think they will still be able to maintain full services.
Two Waterloo men are facing drug charges after a third man died of an apparent drug overdose. Police say 47-year-old William Beltran of Waterloo died at a Waterloo Hospital Monday. Waterloo police got a search warrant following Beltran’s death, and arrested 37-year-old Richard Richbow for possession with intent to deliver heroin. Thirty-seven-year-old Tyrone Flemming was also arrested for possession of heroin. Police say they seized drugs in the arrest. The exact cause of Beltran’s death is still pending the results of an autopsy.
The Iowa-based McLeodUSA Communications Company will lay off hundreds of workers. The telecommunications company announced its changes at a big stockholder meeting today in Cedar Rapids. Five percent of the workforce, or about 600 of its 11-thousand 500 employees, will be told they’re being laid off. McLeodUSA will cut capital expenditures by 300 million dollars and its website newsletter says the company will take a onetime charge about seven million dollars to cover costs of those layoffs. Known for phone directories, McLeodUSA also offers local phone service, Internet and video fiber-optic connections to customers in all 50 states.
Iowa’s lone contestant in the national spelling bee has made it through the first round. Rockford eighth grader Sarah Mosier was among the 175 contestants still in the running this morning when the Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee resumed in Washington D-C. She correctly spelled “melee” yesterday.
Hamilton County officials hope a reward will lead to some clues in solving a murder case.A 30-thousand dollar cash reward is being offered for an arrest and conviction in the death of 53-year-old Barbara Brim. Brim was found by her husband in her home near Webster City April 25th, she had been shot. Hamilton County Sheriff Scott Anderson is asking anyone with any information on the death to call his office.
Quad City-based Deere and Company is growing into a new industry. Deere plans to buy Richton International Corporation, a New York-based irrigation equipment business, for 125-million dollars. Deere spokesman Ken Golden says the new division will be named John Deere Landscapes.Golden says Deere bought McGinnis Farms Incorporated in January, which will be combined with Richton International to form the new John Deere Landscapes. He says the new company will offer a full line of products nationwide in an industry where there hasn’t traditionally been a leader.Richton is about 80-percent irrigation equipment and 20-percent computer-related services and products. Golden says Deere hasn’t determined “what to do with” that 20-percent of the company yet.The deal still has to be approved by Richton’s shareholders. Deere is paying 125-million dollars for the company, which has annual sales of 200-million. One of Iowa’s largest employers, Deere is already a world leader in making equipment for lawn care, farms and construction.
A prisoner who’s been incapacitated for the past decade may have his life sentence commuted so he can be transferred to a veteran’s home. Forty-nine-year-old Dennis James Fredericksen was sentenced to life in prison for shooting his wife to death on the sidewalk outside their home in Clinton back in 1990. Shortly after entering prison, though, he had a heart attack. Fred Scaletta of the Iowa Department of Corrections says oxygen was cut off to Fredericksen’s brain, and he’s now a quadriplegic in a vegetative state. Scaletta says Fredericksen has been in a prison infirmary for more than 10 years, and it’s not the best place for such a patient. He says Fredericksen is no longer in any danger of harming someone.And, the state wouldn’t have to shoulder the entire cost of caring for Fredericksen if those veteran’s benefits kick in — effectively transferring the cost of his round-the-clock care from the state to the feds.