Board approves wild animal show ban

E.K. Fernandez has brought tigers, lions and other wild animals to state

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii panel has approved amended rules prohibiting “dangerous, wild animals” from entering the state for performances, carnivals or circuses.

The Hawaii Board of Agriculture voted Tuesday in favor of the rules, sending them to the state Attorney General’s office for review, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported.

The rules will then go to Gov. David Ige for his signature. Ige said he supports preventing the wild animals from entering the state for shows, but he declined to say Wednesday if he would sign off on the rules. He said he had not reviewed them yet.

In a statement, the Humane Society of the U.S. applauded the board’s decision. The organization has advocated for years for stopping the use of wild animals in entertainment.

“Wild animals used for entertainment are trained with pain and the fear of punishment, caged and chained in trucks and trailers, forced to endure months of grueling travel and bullied to perform silly tricks,” said Keith Dane, the organization’s Hawaii policy adviser. “They pose a public health and safety risk as well as risks to Hawaii’s natural resources. There is simply no need to involve wild animals in any form of live entertainment.”

Scott Fernandez, CEO of Oahu-based E.K. Fernandez Shows, described the board’s decision as “regulatory overreach,” saying it will likely put him out of the carnival business.

“To say I was disappointed would be a massive understatement,” Fernandez said. “They basically ripped the guts out of E.K. Fernandez. They’ve taken a piece of history from us.”

The company has brought tigers, lions, alligators, chimpanzees and other wild animals to its state fairs for decades.

But it has not brought any new animals to the state since 2015, resulting in a drop in fair attendance, Fernandez said.

Ex-police sergeant accused of misdemeanor sex assault

HONOLULU (AP) — A retired Honolulu police sergeant was charged with misdemeanor sex assault after a woman reported that he made unwanted advances while he oversaw her driver’s license road test, officials said.

Corbett Roy was arrested this week on three counts of fourth-degree sex assault and one count of harassment, according to police records.

He was released on $1,000 bail.

Roy, 59, retired in 2011 as a police sergeant after 31 years with the Honolulu Police Department, spokeswoman Michelle Yu said.

Roy gave a road test to the woman who later complained, said Sheri Kajiwara, director of Honolulu’s Department of Customer Services, which oversees licensing operations.

The woman passed the test and then reported to a clerk what happened in the car, Kajiwara said.

Rainbow Wahine down Highlanders

The Maui News Despite hitting just .184 for the match, the University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team swept UC Riverside 25-15, 25-19, 25-17 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Norene Iosia had eight kills, 10 assists, eight digs and three of the Rainbow Wahine’s seven aces. McKenna Granato added seven kills and three aces, and Kamalei Krug added seven kills for UH (8-5, 4-0 Big West Conference).

Yuliya Ushakova had seven kills to lead the Highlanders (5-10, 0-3), who hit minus-.022 for the match.

The Rainbow Wahine hit the road again next week, playing at UC Santa Barbara on Friday.

TCU escapes ISU’s grasp

AP Sports Writer
FORT WORTH, Texas — Jonathan Song kicked a 28-yard field goal with 37 seconds remaining and TCU beat Iowa State 17-14 on Saturday night.
The game-deciding kick came three plays after TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson was helped off the field and taken directly to the locker room after taking a hard hit to his left shoulder at the end of a 1-yard run to the 10. Running back Sewo Olonilua then took direct snaps twice to set up the field goal for TCU (3-2, 1-1 Big 12).
Iowa State (1-3, 0-2) tied the game at 14-all with just under eight minutes left when David Montgomery, who ran for 101 yards on 21 carries, scored from a yard out. Quarterback Zeb Noland kept that drive alive when he avoided being sacked by Ben Banogu on third-and-25, then ran 28 yards for a first down.
On TCU’s ensuing possession, Robinson’s pass was intercepted by Braxton Lewis at the 3. But the Cyclones went three-and-out, then punted the ball for the drive that led to the final points.
The Frogs led 14-7 when Banogu returned a fumble 47 yards right after halftime, and were driving for a possible two-touchdown lead late in the third quarter when tight end Artayvious Lynn caught a short pass and inexplicably tried to hurdle over a defender. The ball came loose when Lynn made midair contact and was recovered by linebacker O’Rien Vance at the Cyclones 9.
After TCU’s first game since SMU in 2009 when neither team scored in the first quarter, Robinson was sacked and fumbled in the first minute of the second quarter.
Multiple players from both teams had a chance to recover before JaQuan Bailey dived over a TCU lineman to finally secure the pinballing pigskin at the Frogs 22. Four plays later, Noland threw a 3-yard TD to Charlie Kolar.
TCU got even on the next drive when Robinson threw a 10-yard TD pass to freshman Taye Barber.
Iowa State: A year after beating both Oklahoma and TCU, the two teams that later met in the Big 12 championship game, the Cyclones have lost their first two Big 12 games this season to those same teams.
TCU: Robinson was already dealing with an unspecified shoulder issue before the big blow that knocked him out of the game. He has also been prone to turnovers, with five interceptions and three lost fumbles in the last three games. The Frogs defense limited Iowa State to 198 yards.
TCU lost playmaking receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin on its first TD drive on a play that was initially called targeting but overturned after replay despite the vicious helmet-to-helmet contact from cornerback Datrone Young.
Iowa State travels to Oklahoma State next Saturday.
TCU has an open date before hosting No. 25 Texas Tech on Oct. 4, a Thursday night.

Wolf dies after capture for relocation to Isle Royale park

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died.
The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once thriving population.
A 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were successfully flown there and released this week.
But the park service said Friday night that another female died “despite the best efforts of the attending veterinarians” after being trapped, sedated and driven to a holding facility for a medical exam.
The park service says its wolf relocation team has adjusted procedures involving how long a captured wolf is held before transport to the island, as well as sedation measures used to reduce stress.
This story has been corrected to reflect that the captured wolf was driven, not flown, to the facility for a medical exam.

Minnesota farmers use buried underwear to test soil health

EASTON, Minn. (AP) — Some southern Minnesota farmers are using underwear as a creative way to test soil health.
Farmers participating in the “Soil Your Undies” program buried cotton underwear in their fields this summer to see how they would decompose over time, Minnesota Public Radio reported. Farmers recently gathered in Faribault County to share their results.
Using underwear is a fun way to raise awareness about the importance of soil health, farmers said. The gathering also highlighted other signs of soil health, such as signs of worm activity.
Eric Volsen farms corn and soybeans near Walters. He buried two pairs of underwear; one in a field that’s been tilled over the years and one where cover crops have been planted for three years. The pair in the tilled field was almost completely intact while the pair in the cover crop field was more decomposed, Volsen said.
“That contrast is very eye-opening to me,” he said.
Volsen said he believes that illustrates how planting cover crops can improve soil’s health by increasing plants, organisms and nutrients. Tilling fields involves tearing up the soil after crops are harvested to get rid of plant residue.
Program organizer Nathan Carr said the goal was to encourage farmers to share their soil practices. He works with the Faribault County Soil and Water Conservation District, which aims to reduce tilling and encourage the use of cover crops.
“We want to highlight the good stuff people are doing,” he said.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,

Minnesota organization helps inmates with drug addiction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota is working to help get inmates access to drug treatment and avoid the danger of overdosing when they leave jail.
Faith-based Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge offers short-term and long-term treatment programs, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The organization’s 11 facilities serve about 850 people daily.
About 40 percent of the people the organization helps have legal conditions connected to their recovery, said Tim Walsh, the organization’s vice president of long-term recovery and mental health.
“If they’re coming here just to satisfy the conditions of probation (or) to satisfy the court, that’s good enough as far as we’re concerned,” Walsh said. “We just want them in the door and to be in a safe, structured place where they can get the help they need.”
About 90 percent of inmates in state prison are chemically abusive or dependent, the Minnesota Department of Corrections estimated.
While people leaving jail likely have the advantage of having already gone through withdrawal, they also face other challenges like limited job options, loss of a support system and legal requirements, Walsh said.
“As a part of those conditions, they may have years of prison stay that’s hanging over their head,” Walsh said. “They have a ton that’s on the line.”
Being released from jail is one of the most dangerous times for people recovering from alcohol or drug use, said Gina Evans, who heads up community outreach for Challenge.
“What we’re seeing happening is that people with opioid addiction and heroin addiction get out, get clean and their tolerance drops,” Evans said. “That’s where we see all these overdoses, people getting out of jail, getting out of treatment and getting out of detox, and then going out and dying.”
Evans’ team works to education inmates about their treatment options.
Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News,

Mauer, Gibson lead Twins to 8-3 win over White Sox

By Brian Hall
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Joe Mauer reached base three times and Kyle Gibson capped a season of improvement with six quality innings in the Minnesota Twins’ 8-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night.
Mauer had two hits and scored twice in what could be his final homestand after a 15-year career in Minnesota. Mauer has said he’ll contemplate retirement once the season is over, but he’s showing he can still swing the bat with a strong September.
Mauer, who entered the day with a major league-leading .410 average with runners in scoring position, drove in a run with a single as part of a six-run second inning. He is hitting .365 with eight RBIs in his last 16 games.
Gibson (10-13) allowed one run on three hits and three walks to lower his ERA to 3.62. The right-hander had a 5.07 ERA each of the past two seasons, but continued the growth he showed at the end of last season after returning from the minors.
Jorge Polanco added three hits and Jake Cave drove in three runs for the Twins, who tied a season high with their fifth straight win.
Chicago starter Carlos Rodon (6-8) was knocked out six batters into the second inning without retiring an out. He surrendered eight runs on six hits and four walks in his 21st start of the season after returning from shoulder surgery.
The White Sox lost for the 10th time in 13 games and are 62-99. A loss Sunday would be their first 100-loss season since losing 106 games in 1970.
Chicago struck out nine times in the game to set a new major league record for a team in a season. White Sox batters have struck out 1,579 times this season, breaking the mark of 1,571 set by the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
Second baseman Yoan Moncado struck out for the 216th time, the highest total in the majors this season and the fourth-most in a single season in history.
Moncado is three strikeouts behind Chris Davis, who had 219 in 2016. The record is held by Mark Reynolds, who struck out 223 times in 2009.
White Sox: C Omar Narvaez left the game in the third inning with low back stiffness. He was replaced by Kevan Smith.
Twins: Mitch Garver was out of the lineup a day after getting four hits and six RBIs because manager Paul Molitor wanted to go with Tyler Austin and Joe Mauer at first base and designated hitter, respectively. Garver recently returned from a concussion and won’t be used as a catcher again this season.
Minnesota will end the season with rookie right-hander Zack Littell (0-2, 6.61 ERA) starting Sunday, with Chicago going with right-hander Dylan Covey (5-13, 5.06). It will be Littell’s eighth major league appearance and second start. His previous start was against the White Sox in his debut on June 5 when he gave up six runs in three innings. Covey is 0-6 with a 6.08 ERA over his last eight starts but has 12 scoreless innings over his past two starts.

No. 3 Clemson rallies to beat Syracuse 27-23

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, Travis Etienne scored on a 2-yard run with 41 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to give No. 3 Clemson a 27-23 victory over Syracuse on Saturday.
Etienne had three TDs and a career-high 203 yards rushing to bail out the quarterback-depleted Tigers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They went from having one too many starting-caliber QBs earlier in the week to not enough by the second half against the Orange (4-1, 1-1).
Lawrence left his first career start late in the second quarter with a possible concussion. Lawrence was promoted to starter earlier in the week by coach Dabo Swinney and that prompted senior Kelly Bryant, who had started the first four games and led the Tigers to the College Football Playoff last year, to leave the team. That left one-time third-stringer Chase Brice to lead the comeback — and it looked bleak when Syracuse’s Eric Dungey bulled his way in for a 1-yard score with 12:58 remaining to make it 23-13.
Etienne’s 26-yard touchdown run with 11:08 to go drew Clemson within a field goal and Brice, a redshirt freshman with just eight career passes, directed a 94-yard scoring drive that included a 20-yard completion on fourth-and-6 to keep things going.
Dungey was sacked twice by freshman Xavier Thomas on Syracuse’s final drive. The Orange were trying for their first 5-0 start since 1987. Dungey finished with two rushing touchdowns. He was 26 of 41 passing for 250 yards and an interception.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Jaylen Waddle returned a punt for a touchdown and caught two scoring passes, including a 94-yarder, for Alabama.
Quarterbacks Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts staked the Crimson Tide (5-0) to a 49-0 halftime lead over the Ragin’ Cajuns (1-3) en route to the defending national champions’ latest blowout.
Then third-teamer Mac Jones got into the act with his 94-yarder to the freshman Waddle late in the third quarter. It tied for the second-longest TD catch in Alabama history. Alabama has scored at least 45 points five games in a row for the first time in program history.
Tagovailoa completed all eight of his attempts for 128 yards and two touchdowns, mostly in the first quarter. Hurts was 4 of 6 for 118 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown to Henry Ruggs III.
Ruggs caught five passes for 116 yards and two TDs. Waddle gained 138 yards on three catches and returned a punt 63 yards for a score.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Will Grier threw for 370 yards and three touchdowns, Keith Washington thwarted a rally with 51-yard interception return for a score for West Virginia.
Marcus Simms had nine catches for a career-high 138 yards — all in the first half — for his third straight 100-yard game. The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored 28 first-quarter points.
Texas Tech true freshman Alan Bowman, the nation’s leading passer coming in, didn’t return after getting injured in the first half when he was sandwiched on hits by Ezekiel Rose and Washington as he threw a pass.
Jett Dudley had his first career touchdown pass and TD run filling in for Bowman as the Red Raiders (3-2, 1-1) stayed close after trailing 35-10 at halftime.
With Texas Tech driving for a potential tying score late in the fourth quarter, Duffey’s second interceptions was a leaping grab by Washington, who returned it for a 42-27 lead.

Bismarck college starts training program for Saudi Arabia

BISMARCK (AP) — Bismarck State College has started an energy training program for male high school graduates in Saudi Arabia.
Sixty-seven students at the National Power Academy in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, have enrolled in a three-year program run by BSC, after months of negotiations.
Institutions from around the world submitted proposals to partner with the academy. Saudi Arabia chose BSC’s National Energy Center of Excellence, signing a five-year contract that’s expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the school.
“This has turned out to be quite an exciting project, a very large project, and we’re excited that, obviously, we were selected on a global basis to be a part of this,” BSC president Larry Skogen said.
A dispute over intellectual property prolonged negotiations over the contract. The final deal stated that whatever BSC develops in Bismarck to support the program belongs to the college, and what’s developed “specific to their needs” in Saudi Arabia belongs to the academy, Skogen said.
The program includes two years in the classroom and one year of on-the-job training in disciplines such as electrical, mechanical and renewable energy. The hope is to eventually enroll 200 students, Skogen said.
National Power Academy officials also have asked BSC to develop additional short courses and training programs, including one for Saudi women in retail sales, according to Skogen.