The Royals have one of the top international prospects in the fold. The team has signed 16-year-old Italian shortstop Marten Gasparini to a 1.3-million-dollar contract. He’s ranked the fourth-best international prospect by MLB.com. His signing bonus is the highest ever for a European, topping the previous mark of 750-thousand. Gasparini is a switch-hitter.
It now costs Iowa grocery stores and other businesses more to accept payments through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The head of the Iowa Lottery says his agency's move into a new building is still scheduled to happen before the end of the year.
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman says many factors led him to choose state Senator John Nelson, an attorney from Omaha, as his lieutenant governor for the final three months of his administration.
Microsoft announced its new operating system to replace the largely unpopular Windows 8.