Jennings County, In. — A report from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department says a North Vernon woman was killed in a Monday morning traffic accident on U.S. 50 at the Ripley County line.At 6:30 a.m. deputies say two vehicles traveling in opposite directions sideswiped each other. After the impact, the vehicle driven by Brittany Comer went into the wrong lane and was struck by a vehicle driven by Michelle Hoover, 44, of North Vernon. Hoover was declared deceased at the scene. Comer was treated for minor injuries. Jason Hamm, 41, of Brownstown was not injured.The accident remains under investigation.
MLB trade rumors: Cubs looking to add leadoff hitter, reliever before deadline MLB trade rumors: Royals focused on moving Billy Hamilton, Ian Kennedy, other veterans MLB trade news: Cubs send Mike Montgomery to Royals, receive Martin Maldonado in return The Cubs placed catcher Willson Contreras on the injured list Tuesday, which Cubs Insider reports is a “precautionary” measure.The move is retroactive to Sunday, and Contreras, who is dealing with a right foot sprain, is expected to resume baseball activities by Friday and return to the lineup after the minimum 10-day stay. The #Cubs today placed catcher Willson Contreras on the 10-day IL (retroactive to July 14) with a right foot strain, added catcher Martín Maldonado to the 25-man roster and recalled RHP Alec Mills from @IowaCubs. pic.twitter.com/0T9DtzaMoa— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 16, 2019According to the report, Contreras, who hasn’t played since July 13, told manager Joe Maddon he could have played Monday against the Reds, but the decision was made to rest him. He’s seen a specialist, who diagnosed him with a “fairly innocuous” bruise.It’s obviously good news for the Cubs that Contreras will only be out a brief period. With 19 home runs, 55 RBIs and a slash line of .286/.382/.565, the 27-year-old catcher is on pace for career highs in all those categories. The Cubs acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from the Royals on Monday night in exchange for left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery.Maldonado is slashing .224/.288/.359 this season. Related News
WASHINGTON — The head of Iowa Workforce Development is scheduled to testify before a U.S. Senate panel this afternoon about critical troubles that are hurting efforts to jumpstart the state and national economies.Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is chairing the Finance Committee hearing that will feature IWD director Beth Townsend, who Grassley says will lay out the complications she’s seeing in Iowa’s workforce.Grassley says, “We’re going to focus on the problem that developed as a result of a problem we knew we were creating two months ago when we set up $600 additional unemployment insurance above whatever the 50 states would pay in their respective states.”Thanks to the CARES Act, a person who brought home a weekly paycheck for $1,000 prior to the pandemic may now be getting $1,600 a week on unemployment, which creates a dilemma. “We knew at the time we were going to have some people getting more money on unemployment than they might get from their job,” Grassley says. “Consequently, we’re finding a lot of small businesses, maybe even big businesses, are having trouble calling people back to work.”Grassley says there are ideas circulating about how to remedy this problem, but no solutions are nailed down as yet. “We’ve disincentivized people to go back to their jobs,” Grassley says, “and it’s a tremendous economic problem because if we want to open this economy up, you’ve got to have workers.”One possibility being considered is using federal dollars to supplement the salary of individuals who’ve been laid off and collecting unemployment benefits, prodding them to return to work.The Washington, D.C. hearing is scheduled for 1:30 P.M./Central.