MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A new trial date has been set for a former farmhand charged with first-degree murder in the abduction and stabbing death of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts.A judge on Friday set trial for 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Sept. 3 in the Poweshiek County courthouse in Montezuma. Trial had been set for April 16. Defense attorneys said they needed more time to go through a massive investigation file from prosecutors.Rivera is charged in the killing of Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student who disappeared while out for a run July 18 in Brooklyn, Iowa. Investigators recovered her body a month later in a cornfield. A medical examiner has said Tibbetts was stabbed to death.Rivera is a Mexican national who has been accused of being in the country illegally. He worked at a dairy farm a few miles from where Tibbetts disappeared.
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during a second briefing Wednesday that President Trump has granted his request for a FEMA disaster declaration, which provides the state with federal funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.In an effort to protect senior citizens, especially those with underlying health issues, DeSantis also said the surgeon general is advising those people to stay at home.“The numbers that we have, as we have expanded testing, the data is just overwhelming that if you are not in one of those two groups, your chance of suffering a fatality is extremely low,” he added.Additionally, the governor reiterated the need for travelers to from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self isolate if they are arriving to the Sunshine State by plane.“People are fleeing from New York (since the stay at home order was imposed Friday) … we have to take precautions here,” said DeSantis.The National Guard will meet passengers arriving on flights from New York.According to DeSantis, the federal government supports that decision, calling it a thoughtful and data-driven approach.Trump Declares FL “Major Disaster Area” for COVID-19 Funding; Cases Rise; PBSC Employee Diagnosed
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsAnother slow start came back to haunt the Nelson Leafs Monday night in Kimberley.Rylan Duley scored a power play goal at 12:48 of the third period, snapping a 4-4 tie to spark the Dynamiters to a 5-4 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory in the Bavarian City.“It was a disappointing start for us,” said Leaf coach Frank Maida from the team bus Monday.“We didn’t come out strong and they took it too us.”Kimberley struck for two quick goals, the first coming in the opening minute of the game, to take a 2-0 first period lead.The teams exchanged goals in the second as the Nitros continued its two-goal advantage after 40 minutes.In the third Eric Spring and Matti Jmaeff tied the game with goals early in the third.But Duley spoiled the comeback with a man-advantage goal.“Bus legs hurt us,” Maida said, “We couldn’t get back in the game until the third period.”Corson Johnstone, Jared Marchi, Senate Patton and Richard Hubscher also scored for Kimberley, which took over top spot in the Eddie Mountain Division two points ahead of Fernie Ghostriders.James Sorrey and Dallon Stoddart also scored for Nelson. Brasden Ostepchuk got the win over Nelson’s Andrew Walton in goal.Nelson, 19-10-0-2 on the season, failed to take advantage of an extra game the Leafs had on second-place Castlegar. Nelson returns to the NDCC to face Murdoch leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.The game is the first of three Murdoch Division games for Nelson.Saturday the team travels to Castlegar to meet the Rebels before concluding the weekend Sunday with a 1 p.m. game in Fruitvale against the Hawks.ICE CHIPS: Monday’s game in Kimberley marked the 80th anniversary of hockey in the Bavarian City. Monday’s contest focused on copying the game played exactly 80 years ago against the same team, the Nelson Maple Leafs. Kimberley won that very first game 2-1. . . .Leaf coach Frank Maida said the Leafs came away from the game unscathed with no new injuries to report. . . . Nelson won the first game between the two clubs, October 7, [email protected]
Following the announcement in September of its planned launch of a female-focused channel, Glitz, next year, Turner Broadcasting is reportedly aiming to further strengthen its position in the German market by launching the first original production for its TNT Series channel in the New Year, and has hired Andrea Gunther and Sascha Kunth to head up local productions. The broadcaster will air 10-part comedy drama Add a Friend, focusing on the relationships of a group of Facebook generation individuals and aimed at a female audience, in the first half of next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Add a Friend will be produced by production group Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion.
Swedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 say viewing on digital platforms double last year, more than compensating a modest decline in traditional linear TV consumption.According to the broadcaster, traditional TV viewing declined by about six minutes a day to 153 minutes on average. However, consumption on digital platforms took the total average daily viewing time to over four hours.TV4 cited MMS Web TV figures that it said showed the number of requests for TV4 Play increased from 115.1 million in 2013 to 135.2 million last year, higher than the figures for rivals Modern Times Group – up from 46.3 million to 81.5 million – and SBS Discovery – up from 29.5 million to 43.7 million – giving TV4 Play a 52% share of all requests.TV4’s YouTube requests for the year numbered 127 million, taking total digital requests up from 131.4 million in 2013 to 262.3 million last year.Public broadcaster SVT’s player service SVT Play is still the market leader, but requests for the service fell from 405.7 million in 2013 to 337.8 million this year.In traditional viewing, TV4 Group claimed an audience share of 29.6% in the 12-59 age group, down from 30.4% in 2013 when it sold TV11 to SBS Discovery, while the share of SVT, MTG and SBS Discovery were all more or less flat year-on-year at 25.5%, 23.5% and 14.2% respectively.