New Skins safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix admired late Sean Taylor

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix professed all sorts of love and admiration for the Washington Redskins a day after arriving in a trade — mentioning the late Sean Taylor, new teammate and offseason workout partner D.J. Swearinger and even the team’s marching band.
“Check this out, all right? I’ve got practice in about an hour. I came here to play. I came here to work,” Clinton-Dix said at an introductory news conference at Redskins Park on Wednesday. “If that’s on special teams or just helping contribute to this team any way I can, then No. 20 is going to be suited up this weekend. And you can bet that.”
NFC East-leading Washington (5-2), which hosts Atlanta on Sunday, acquired Clinton-Dix for a 2019 fourth-round draft pick in a trade-deadline deal with the Green Bay Packers.
“I imagine that he’ll be up to speed quickly,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.
The safety’s contract expires after this season. He’ll presumably move into the starting lineup in place of second-year safety Montae Nicholson, who had a “small procedure on his hip,” according to Gruden.
Asked what he can add to a defense that ranks No. 4 in the NFL in yards allowed per game and a team that stands No. 5 in points allowed per game, Clinton-Dix said: “My leadership. My hustle to the ball. My effort; you can’t control effort. Being a veteran player now. Being able to go get the ball, create turnovers. Take this team to another level, man, and keep things going.”
The 2014 first-round draft pick is tied for second in the league with three interceptions this season — one came off Washington quarterback Alex Smith in Week 3.
“Good player. A safety that I think has a lot of tools,” Smith said Wednesday. “And I think that’s important, kind of right now in football. The way football is going, safeties get put in a lot of different situations with what offenses are doing now. … They can get put in the box and need to be able to tackle. They need to be able to play the post when they have to. You kind of need a player like that, that’s kind of a jack of all trades, can do a little bit of everything, because of all the situations they can end up in.”
Only one player has picked off more passes than Clinton-Dix: Redskins safety Swearinger has four INTs.
He and Clinton-Dix have trained together in Miami between seasons.
“When you’re competing with a guy who loves this game as much as you do, you can never get bored,” said Clinton-Dix, who said he used to offer words of praise to members of Washington’s marching band after playing road games at FedEx Field.
“I’m real close with him,” he added about Swearinger. “I watch a lot of his games. I study his tape. I love the way he plays the game. I’m excited to be back there with him. There’s a lot I can learn from.”
While Clinton-Dix will wear No. 20 with Washington, he was No. 21 in Green Bay — the number worn by Taylor at the end of his career.
Taylor was a Pro Bowl safety for the Redskins who died at age 24 after being shot at his Florida home in 2007.
“He’s one of the best to ever play this game, and that’s not just for the money, but because of love of the game. He was a leader. He didn’t talk much, but he led by example. And he set great examples,” Clinton-Dix said. “So that’s someone you want to admire. Somebody you want to look up to. And someone you want to feed off of. There’s no way I can be Sean Taylor, but he’s a guy I look up to, and I model my game after him.”
Notes: Gruden said that RB Byron Marshall would be brought back from injured reserve in the next week or two. … LT Trent Williams (dislocated right thumb) was among the players who missed practice Wednesday, and Gruden said he doesn’t “have a feel for that one, at all” in terms of whether Williams will play Sunday. … Others who didn’t participate included TE Jordan Reed (neck), WR Jamison Crowder (ankle), WR Paul Richardson (knee, shoulder) and RB Chris Thompson (ribs).

Schuette cancels TV ads in all markets except Detroit

Associated Press
LANSING — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette on Tuesday canceled TV ads across Michigan in the final week of the race, except in the Detroit market — another sign that his campaign was facing an uphill climb to defeat Democrat Gretchen Whitmer.
The state attorney general nixed all $445,000 worth of broadcast ads in the Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Traverse City and Marquette markets. A $441,000 buy in metro Detroit, the state’s largest market, was kept intact.
“We don’t comment on ad strategy, but everyone knows this race is closing,” said Schuette spokesman Stu Sandler, noting the comeback victories in Michigan for Donald Trump in 2016 and John Engler in 1990 in their runs for president and governor.
Said Whitmer spokesman Zack Pohl: “Even Bill Schuette is joining Michigan voters in abandoning the Schuette campaign.”
The Michigan Republican Party was still airing ads for Schuette around the state, but his cancellation of ads exacerbated the advantage that Whitmer and aligned groups have had over Schuette and his allies on the airwaves.
A poll released Monday by The Detroit News and WDIV-TV showed Whitmer — a former legislative leader — leading 50 percent to 38 percent, with 9 percent undecided. The survey of 600 likely voters, which was conducted Thursday through Saturday, had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4 percentage points. The Glengariff Group poll results were little changed from a poll the media outlets had done about a month before.
Whitmer has raised more money and spent more than Schuette. She spent $4.6 million to his $2.9 million between the August primary and Oct. 20 — about what they collected in that period, though Schuette loaned his campaign $325,000. Whitmer had raised $12 million for the cycle, Schuette more than $8 million. She also had more cash on hand for the closing stretch.
“Polls come and go, but we cannot focus on that. We can’t get complacent. We’ve got serious work to do, and every one of us has a stake in this election. I want people to get out there and vote,” Whitmer said earlier Tuesday, before news of the ad cancellation. She spoke in Lansing while launching a weeklong bus tour that her campaign said would include at least 70 stops between herself and running mate Garlin Gilchrist II.

$155K to man wrongfully jailed

ALBION, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $155,000 to settle a lawsuit by a man who spent a weekend in jail. The problem: State police had arrested the wrong guy.
Billy Rowe of Calhoun County was arrested on child pornography charges in 2011. But he was the wrong Rowe. The real suspect had the same first name and last name but a different middle name. He also lived 120 miles away.
WOOD-TV says the settlement was disclosed in documents obtained through a public records request.
The wrong Rowe was released after three days in jail, but he says he had to ride 100 miles home with his hands cuffed behind him.
The attorney general’s office fought the lawsuit, but lost key procedural decisions.

3 key employee retention strategies to keep turnover low

As an HR professional, you are keenly aware of the importance of employee retention—both for achieving target department milestones, as well as for the long-term success of your company. Beyond the sunk costs and organizational chaos that take place when there’s a constantly revolving door of employees entering and exiting a business, companies often cite […]

As an HR professional, you are keenly aware of the importance of employee retention—both for achieving target department milestones, as well as for the long-term success of your company. Beyond the sunk costs and organizational chaos that take place when there’s a constantly revolving door of employees entering and exiting a business, companies often cite employee retention as a key metric for effective daily operation and overall success.

In fact, it goes further than that: companies that build reputations for consistently impressive employee retention rates bolster their brand identities—and you better believe that word travels fast, so you can count on active and passive future candidates discovering that people enjoy working at your organization for the long haul.

Your company’s bottom line—and opportunities for achieving industry growth, attracting talent-rich candidates, and realizing long-term success—is dependent on effective employee retention, so you better have a strategy. If your HR team needs to take its retention plan to the next level, consider utilizing the following strategies for keeping turnover low in your organization.

Know your industry

The truth is, not all industries are created equal—and neither is how employees are typically treated. What employees expect in one field may be completely different than another, and you better believe that all of the employees in your organization—including everyone from new hires to seasoned veterans—will have some level of expectation regarding how they should be treated by their employer and will respond accordingly based on their perception (regardless of whether or not it’s completely aligned with reality).

This mindset isn’t relegated to just your most talented star employees or any specific department—it’s at the core of human psychology. How you’re treated or, more accurately, how you perceive that you’re treated, impacts your resultant behavior. This holds true at home, in the world, and on the job.

So, make sure you’re keenly aware of what the standards are for your industry, and make sure your company is on target in all key areas—including salaries, benefits packages, and additional perks. Even things like your office layout and organization are going to impact employee perception. So, if you want to keep turnover low and employee satisfaction high, make sure you’re meeting their expectations regularly, which includes both current and future industry standards (so be sure to stay on top of industry shifts and trends).

Lead the way

Now that you know how important it is to meet industry expectations for employees in your company, create a plan to exceed them. That’s right—in today’s ultra-competitive job market, where hungry and lean new startups are emerging every day and are eager to source new talent for their teams—today’s talented job candidates have options, and the laws of attraction apply in the professional world as much as anywhere else. Progressive companies know that investing time, energy, and resources towards developing truly innovative, first-in-class employee incentives will not only attract new talent, it will help keep your existing teams from thinking about whether or not the grass is greener somewhere else. Doing so will also have the added benefit of helping to bolster your company’s brand identity—and trust us, word will spread. Pique candidate interest, and then keep hold of their attention and loyalty as employees, by offering them industry-leading incentives to keep them satisfied and doing their best work over the long haul. Don’t just keep up with other companies—innovate.

Listen to your employees

This one might seem obvious, but you may be surprised to learn that the communications pipeline between employees and leadership in many organizations tends to work slowly—and oftentimes seems as if it barely works at all. Big mistake—and one that your company should actively seek to avoid. Make sure the employees on your team have the tools to voice their opinions regarding the direction of the company and their place in it—think everything from offsite gatherings to regular feedback meetings and annual employee satisfaction appraisals—and make sure that it’s not just smoke but is treated like the valuable data that it is.

If employees are telling you that something is working, then keep doing it; if something is broken, then fix it. Don’t forget, active and attentive listening is a key component of any healthy relationship, including the one between employer and employee, and great companies treat their employees as more than cogs in their machines.

If you’re looking to reduce employee turnover in your company, consider using the strategies presented here to keep your teams happy and eager to come to work—and do their absolute best—every single day of the week. If you put in the work up-front, you’ll create a warm, thriving atmosphere that’s sure to retain talented workers who will bring the results your company wants.

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Cyclones still shuffling QBs behind Purdy

AP Sports Writer
AMES — Iowa State freshman quarterback Brock Purdy has played so well so quickly that sophomore Zeb Noland — the starter as recently as a month ago — has already decided to play elsewhere.
A shake-up caused by Purdy’s progression is a good problem for the Cyclones to have.
But it’s still a problem.
It’s only taken three games for Purdy to look like an experienced starter. Purdy has nine touchdowns during that stretch — the best such streak at Iowa State in 20 years — while leading Iowa State (4-3, 3-2 Big 12) to three straight wins and an outside shot at a spot in the Big 12 title game.
Still, losing Noland, who announced his intent to transfer on Monday, leaves Iowa State thin behind Purdy moving forward. Iowa State plays at Kansas (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday.
“We love Zeb. Zeb is a tremendous young man,” Iowa State coach Matt Campbell said. “I think it’s kind of the nature of our sport, where he wants to go find somewhere to play.”
Iowa State has been down this road before. Sam Richardson broke out as a freshman in 2012, completing 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four TDs in his first extended action, against Kansas. Richardson led the Cyclones to a bowl game later that season and maintained the starting job the next two seasons. But those were both losing years, and in 2015 Richardson ceded the No. 1 job to Joel Lanning, who beat Texas in his first career start.
Lanning held onto the job until late in the 2016 season, when Jacob Park moved past him on the depth chart.
Park, who looked like a possible future pro and whose emergence forced Lanning to linebacker, started the first four games in 2017 before he took a leave of absence he never returned from.
Park gave way to Kyle Kempt, who threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns to beat then-No. 3 Oklahoma in his first start. Kempt led Iowa State to an 8-5 record and a bowl win a year ago, but he injured his knee in an opening-day loss at Iowa in September and hasn’t played since.
Kempt’s injury paved the way for Noland, who won his first start in 2017 against Baylor.
Noland had his moments this fall, completing 63.6 percent of his passes. But when Purdy racked up 402 yards of total offense and five TDs in his first extended action at Oklahoma State, it was clear that Campbell couldn’t keep Purdy on the bench.
Even Kempt, who is now healthy but playing backup, wasn’t shocked to see Purdy’s emergence after going through fall camp with him.
“He has a ton of ability,” Kempt said. “So for him, it’s applying what he’s been learning and then using his God-given abilities to make plays. It’s been really impressive.”
The Cyclones should be fine for the rest of 2018 as far as quarterback depth is concerned because Kempt is back, and he has plenty of experience.
But behind Kempt are two freshmen, Re-al Mitchell and Devon Moore, and few would blame them for following Noland out the door with Purdy grabbing the leadership role.
Campbell had plenty of good thing to say about Mitchell on Tuesday, a sign that he might already be the third option behind center.
“Re-al’s the interesting guy, because Re-al has really improved,” Campbell said. “A really talented football player, and a guy that will help the team sooner rather than later.”

Iowa not out of Big Ten West race

AP Sports Writer
No. 19 Iowa’s hopes of a run at a playoff spot were dashed last weekend in a late loss at Penn State.
The Hawkeyes can still win the Big Ten West.
Iowa’s season might have turned out differently if junior quarterback Nate Stanley’s run of somewhat inexplicable interceptions hadn’t continued with a pick at the Penn State 2-yard line with 3:18 left in a 30-24 loss. Still, the Hawkeyes will have a chance to advance to the Big Ten title game if they win out and if Wisconsin loses one more time.
The Hawkeyes (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) have a daunting road ahead, starting with Saturday’s visit to Purdue (4-4, 3-2). That is followed by a home game against West-leading Northwestern (5-3, 5-1).
“Obviously the loss was disappointing and a little bit frustrating for everybody. But the bottom line is good teams learn from their mistakes,” Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. “We had some opportunities for some big plays, and it’s true in every game, but when you lose a game, those things are magnified a little bit more and become even that much more important.”
Stanley clanged the thumb on his right throwing hand off a teammate’s helmet in the second half last week. Ferentz said Tuesday that Stanley is “good to go.”
Though Stanley has struggled with turnovers at times this season, he is second in the league with 16 touchdown passes and sixth with 220.5 yards passing per game.
“We don’t have a better guy on our football team,” Ferentz said of Stanley. “Nobody works harder, more invested, so he’ll bounce back.”
If Iowa can’t beat the improved Boilermakers, the goal will be to close out the season on a high note, earn a strong bowl bid and build toward 2019, when a lot of talented players are expected back.
A win on Saturday would keep 2018 very relevant.
The Hawkeyes will likely be favored in their final three games against Northwestern, at Illinois (3-5, 1-4) and at home against Nebraska (2-6, 1-4). Wisconsin still has to play Penn State and Purdue on the road.
“Every week I just talk about the big picture, but that’s brief….every week you see a handful of scores that, boy, how did that happen? So the experts aren’t always right,” Ferentz said. “The best way to do anything is just try to take things a step at a time, as mundane as it sounds, and a week at a time, because that’s really all we have any control over right now.”

Rae Ann Kelsch, longtime North Dakota lawmaker, dies

BISMARCK (AP) — Former longtime Mandan Republican state Rep. Rae Ann Kelsch has died.
Alex Kelsch says his mother died early Tuesday morning at a New Orleans hospital from a bacterial infection caused by eating raw oysters at a restaurant there. She was 58.
Kelsch was first elected to the North Dakota House in 1990 and served 22 years, including as the chairwoman of the Education Committee.
She was defeated in the 2012 primary, after it came to light she didn’t file state income tax returns for seven years.
Kelsch’s husband, Thomas, a lawyer, said at the time that he was to blame for the tax problems. The couple said the tax bill was eventually paid.
Kelsch served as a lobbyist after her tenure as a lawmaker.
Funeral arrangements are pending.

North Dakota Senate hopefuls making final campaign stops

BISMARCK (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Senate candidates Heidi Heitkamp and Kevin Cramer are enlisting some high-profile help from their respective parties, while also planning a flurry of appearances across the state in the last full week of their long, expensive and contentious campaign.
The race between the two has been among the most watched nationally because Republicans are counting on a Cramer victory to help them keep control of the Senate. Heitkamp, who is seeking her second term, is seen as one of the most vulnerable Senators among red-state Democrats.
Cramer on Tuesday night was scheduled to host President Donald Trump’s eldest son at a campaign event in Williston, the biggest city in western North Dakota’s prolific oil-producing region. Donald Trump Jr. will be accompanied by his girlfriend, former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, Cramer said.
In the state’s biggest city of Fargo on Thursday, former Vice President Joe Biden will campaign for Heitkamp as she kicks off a five-day statewide tour that has scheduled stops in more than 20 communities, covering up to 2,000 miles ahead of Election Day.
Cramer, a 57-year-old congressman trying to make the jump to the Senate after three terms in the House, said part of his last-minute campaign strategy was to focus on western North Dakota, which he called “largely conservative and often ignored.”
With oil production at record levels and an influx of new residents who weren’t in the state in 2012, Cramer said it’s “ripe” for votes.
Heitkamp, who turned 63 Tuesday, won her seat in 2012 by beating first-term congressman Rick Berg by fewer than 3,000 votes. Heitkamp won in nearly all counties of the eastern third of North Dakota, while Berg claimed victory in most of the counties in the western two-thirds.
State census data show there are almost 580,000 people who are eligible to vote Election Day, up about 36,000 from 2012. Data show that 54 percent of the voting-age population is in the eastern part of the state, which is unchanged from six years ago.
Heitkamp on Tuesday was scheduled to make campaign stops in several eastern North Dakota cities, before returning to cast an early ballot in her home precinct in Mandan, in Morton County.
Her campaign said she was not available for an interview on Tuesday.
Almost 69,000 North Dakota residents, or about a quarter of the total number of people who voted in the last midterm elections in 2014, had already cast ballots by midday Tuesday.
Cramer said he’s keeping the final few days before Election Day open, and will campaign where he thinks it will have the most impact.
President Trump, who won North Dakota by a large margin in 2016, has been to the state twice to campaign for Cramer. With polls showing Cramer leading, North Dakota didn’t appear Monday on a schedule of Trump campaign stops planned for the final week.
“If he’d come, I’d love it,” Cramer said. “But the perception is this race doesn’t need his resources.”

3 years in prison for child abuse in Bismarck

BISMARCK (AP) — A Bismarck mother has been sentenced to at least three years in prison for harming her 10-year-old son.
Twenty-eight-year-old Chanita Parrish was charged after the child went to school with a black eye and later told police his mother, while drunk, had slammed his face into a bathroom counter.
The Bismarck Tribune says Parrish’s attorney, Donald Sauviac, told the judge Monday his client suffered from mental health issues and should be place on probation while she undergoes treatment.
South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell sentenced Parrish to five years and suspended two of those years. Haskell also sentenced Parrish to a concurrent 360-day sentence for violating no contact orders with her children.

Cuomo, faith leaders to hold prayer vigil after shooting

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Angela Buchdahl and other faith leaders will gather for a vigil at a Manhattan synagogue to call for civility following the mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.
Tuesday’s event will be held at the Central Synagogue at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and will be open to the public.
Buchdahl says the killing of 11 people at the synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday make sit particularly important for Americans of all faiths and races to come together to “heal the divisions” that have polarized the nation.
Cuomo, a Democrat, called the events of the past week, which included a series of pipe bombs sent to critics of President Donald Trump, “frightening and atrocious.”