Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the highest ranking senator in the state, and his son, Adam Skelos, may face corruption charges as early as next week, according to The New York Times.Skelos, the powerful senate majority leader, and his son are expected to be arrested next week on charges that may include conspiracy, extortion and solicitation of bribes, the Times reported, citing anonymous sources.The potential charges stem from an ongoing federal probe into corruption in Albany. The investigation is being led by Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for Manhattan, who has been steadfast in his pursuit to clean up the state capital.The announcement also comes three months after Sheldon Silver, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, was arrested for allegedly running a bribery and kick-back scheme that netted him nearly $5 million, prosecutors said.The expected charges could cause major upheaval in Albany, which for years was run by Skelos, Silver and Gov. Andrew Cuomo—a trio that has come to be known as “the three men in the room.”The Skelos’ probe centers around Adam’s business relationship with AbTech Industries, an Arizona-based company that was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by Nassau County despite it not being the lowest bidder, the Times reported.“The company, AbTech Industries, had hired Adam Skelos as a consultant,” the Times reported. “Prosecutors, some of the people said, have also focused on a $20,000 payment that a title insurance company, American Land Services, made to Adam Skelos, even though he never worked for the company.”“I have and will continue to cooperate with any inquiry,” Skelos said in a statement in mid-April. Several months earlier he criticized an NBC New York story that revealed Skelos was the subject of a federal investigation, calling it “thinly sourced” and “irresponsible.”The federal probe sparked an investigation by Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, whose Public Corruption Bureau is scrutinizing the county’s contracting practices.Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was one of several local officials to testify before the grand jury in the Skelos case.“The County Executive and the County have been notified that they are not targets of the investigation,” Mangano’s spokesman Brian Nevin said at the time, “and will continue to assist law enforcement officials in the event they require additional information regarding the methodology of this public procurement process and the specifics of how the award determination was made.”Neither the US Attorney’s office or Skelos’ lawyer could be reached for comment.
Jay Noteboom’s Aug. 18 IMCA Modified victory at Park Jefferson Speedway was his career 74th at the South Dakota speedplant. (Photo by Jeff Bylsma)JEFFERSON, S.D. (Aug. 18) – IMCA Modified driver Jay Noteboom stole the show Saturday at Park Jefferson Speedway.Noteboom notched career win number 74 at Park Jefferson to pass Late Model Hall of Fame driver Joe Kosiski as the speedway’s all-time feature winner.With tears in his eyes, Noteboom accepted the checkers and trophy from flagman Nate Peterson.It was not an easy battle in the Artworks Graphics IMCA Modified special, as Chris Abelson was first to move to the lead on the multi-lane oval. Toward the late stages, Abelson drifted high off the track and gave up the lead.Noteboom saw his chance and pounced, then held off the challenges of Bob Moore to take the historic win. Abelson was third.Ryan Voss took the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win and Colin Smith the unofficial 2018 track championship.
OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa seven-foot center Xavier Foster has made his college choice, choosing Iowa State. He was recruited by several colleges, including Iowa, Providence, Kansas and Baylor. Foster averaged 14.5 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots per game, leading Oskaloosa to the Class 3A state title. Foster says he chose Iowa State because he feels home there because of the relationships he’s built there. Foster says he expects to be a role player for the Cyclones next year, but his focus is on trying to win another state championship this year. CINCINNATI (AP) — Jarron Cumberland scored all of his 11 points in the first half Monday night, and Cincinnati showed off its new up-tempo offense under John Brannen, beating Drake 81-59 for their new coach’s first win.The Bearcats (1-1) struggled offensively during an opening nine-point loss at Ohio State, going 4 of 21 from beyond the arc. Against Drake, they made the most of a wide-open style installed by Brannen, who came from Northern Kentucky.Cincinnati opened a 26-point lead in the first half, when it went 8 of 16 from beyond the arc. Cumberland led the way with 11 points, making three of his four shots from beyond the arc. Cumberland played only 4 minutes in the second half as Brannen turned to his bench.Drake (1-1) relies on 3s but couldn’t find many open ones. The Bulldogs matched their school record with 17 3s during an 86-55 win over Kennesaw State, but went only 4 of 19 against Cincinnati. Liam Robbins led the Bulldogs with 12 points and seven rebounds. IOWA CITY — DePaul jumped on Iowa for a 13-0 lead at the outset and the outcome was never in doubt in a 93-78 win in Iowa City in the Gavitt Tipoff Games, as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO. The Blue Demons shot 62 percent and led by as many as 25 points. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery felt the Hawkeyes panicked after the rough start.DePaul dominated every phase of the game to move to 4-0.Iowa falls to 1-1 with the loss.Next up for Iowa is a game at home against Oral Roberts University on Friday night starting at 7 o’clock, with the pre-game at 6 o’clock on KGLO. AMES — The Iowa State football team will be looking for a better start on Saturday when the Cyclones host Texas. In Big 12 losses to Baylor, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma the Cyclones were forced to bounce back after slow starts.That’s ISU coach Matt Campbell who lauded the play of safety Greg Eisworth in the loss at Oklahoma. Eisworth has battled through knee and shoulder injuries this season.Campbell says Eisworth has remained positive despite a frustrating string on injuries.Kickoff at Jack Trice Stadium on Saturday is scheduled for 2:30 MASON CITY — Both of NIACC’s basketball teams have moved up to third in the latest junior college Division II rankings.== The NIACC men moved up from sixth to third in the new rankings after wins over Kansas City Kansas Community College and Quakerdale Prep Academy in the Konigsmark Klassic in Mason City over the weekend. Johnson County of Kansas and Highland of Kansas are ranked first and second. Kirkwood fell from the top spot down to ninth in the new rankings, while DMACC dropped two spots to 19th.== The NIACC women moved from ninth to third in the new rankings after wins over then-5th-ranked Illinois Central and Marshalltown in the Konigsmark Klassic. Kirkwood moves up to #1 in the new rankings, followed by Johnson County, NIACC, Kansas City Kansas, and Lincoln Land of Illinois. Illinois Central dropped to ninth after their loss to the Lady Trojans.Click on these links to see the full men’s and women’s rankings.NIACC will host a doubleheader tomorrow night, with the women facing Iowa Western at 6 o’clock, followed by the men playing the Luther JV. You can hear both games on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.com CEDAR RAPIDS — The State Volleyball Tournament gets underway today at the US Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids with play in Classes 5A and 4A:== 5A Quarterfinals12:00 — #1 Cedar Falls (41-1) vs. #8 Waukee (35-11)2:00 — #4 Ankeny (36-5) vs. #5 Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (38-3)12:00 — #2 Iowa City Liberty (34-2) vs. #7 Pleasant Valley (29-5)2:00 — #3 Valley West Des Moines (40-4) vs. #6 Dowling West Des Moines (32-11)== 4A Quarterfinals4:00 — #1 Sergeant Bluff-Luton (34-3) vs. Glenwood (30-12)6:00 — #4 Waverly-Shell Rock (46-6) vs. #5 West Delaware (39-5)4:00 — #2 Xavier Cedar Rapids (28-6) vs. #5 Western Dubuque (22-13)6:00 — #3 North Scott (28-5) vs. #8 Marion (30-10)
Two of the B.C. NDP’s high-profile members will be in Fort St. John on Thursday evening. Finance Critic Bruce Ralston will speak about the B.C. economy at the Quality Inn / Northern Grande Hotel at 7:30 p.m. The New Democrats’ Energy Critic, John Horgan, will also be on hand, to speak about the province’s energy policy. – Advertisement -The session is open to all members of the public, and the speakers will be answering questions.