Oskaloosa's 13-year-old Babe Ruth team is off to a good start after winning its first tournament game Wednesday in Gering, Nebraska. The young Osky Maroon team beat the hometown Gering team 10-0 in six innings (Babe Ruth games are seven innings, but the "10 run rule" cut it short).
The 2012 drought is becoming more than just a local concern for farmers. Today Xinhua News Agency came to Mahaska County to report on crop conditions. Xinhua News Agency is the largest news agency in China and the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China. Click here for more photos and facts on exported crops.
Getting moving may be more important than ever. A study out of the medical journal, The Lancet, says physical inactivity causes one in ten deaths globally, similar to the effects of smoking and obesity.
School starts in less than a month, and if you have back-to-school shopping to do, later this week might be a good time to do it. Iowa's 13th Annual Tax Free Holiday will be in affect Friday, August 3rd and Saturday August 4th. That means the sales tax on certain items, like clothing and shoes, will be waived for those two days.
Brown's Shoe Fit Co. Manager Brian Meyers says the two days of tax exemption have been big for the company in the past---since most shoes are tax-free during the holiday, he says he's expecting a lot of back to school shoppers.
For a complete list of which items are tax exempt on Friday and Saturday (and which items are still taxable), visit this website.
CRI sat down with Oskaloosa Schools Superintendent Russ Reiter to talk about how the district is trying to grow when its budget isn't. Reiter talks about what the district was up to this summer and what are its goals for the next school year, as well as his take on the Iowa Assessments and No Child Left Behind.
As the drought keeps getting worse statewide, the federal government has started to take notice. This week -- US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack met with about 60 farmers and agricultural leaders at a farm outside of Prairie City, Iowa, to talk about the drought's impact. CRI Ag reporter Jon Hoffmann has more about his visit.