State regulators have okayed MidAmerican Energy’s proposalto temporarily raise gas delivery rates to customers. But, the stateUtilities Board did not approve the increase MidAmerican had hoped for. Theboard will allow MidAmerican to raise its rates by one-point-six percentinstead of the four percent requested by the utility. The board now has until August to review the company’s request for apermanent four-and-a-half percent raise in rates. MidAmerican says the ratehike is needed to cover the costs of recent upgrades.
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A group of Iowa residents and officials from seven countieshave joined forces to save the Loess Hills. The hills of glacial silt arehome to many rare species and habitats. Iowa’s top Republicans have proposedsix-million dollars in spending to preserve the area, while others arepushing for the creation of a national park. State Senator Steve King is pleased with the formation of the LoessHills Alliance and hopes they have some proposals for lawmakers soon.
The Mississippi River Revival group is asking state waterquality officials to crack down on polluters. The environmental group sayshalf of the 17-hundred cities and industries that discharge sewage intoIowa’s waters violated their permits last year. The group has sent “citizen enforcement notices to several Iowabusinesses. Those firms now have 60 days to end their violations or thegroup has the right to sue them under E-P-A guidelines.
) Twenty-five people have been injured in a school buscrash during the weekend in Buchanan County. The bus driver, who sufferedmore serious injuries, is still hospitalized. The bus was carrying membersof the Sumner High School wrestling team and cheerleaders. The bus slid on ice and slammed into a ditch.
) An official with Iowa’s top gasoline supplier says Iowans whoare preparing for possible year 2000 computer bug problems will have gas. Williams Energy Services operations manager John Rullestad (RUL-uh-stad)says his company is ready for the year 2000 bug and any problems it maypresent. One of the supplies being snapped up by people fearing thecomputer problem will wreck society are gas-powered generators.
The methamphetamine trade has kept cops in the Quad Citiesarea busy the past few days. Police say they dealt have with four seperatemeth busts in just a day-and-a-half. Davenport police have some store clerks to thank for calling them whentwo men tried to buy 18 boxes of an over-the-counter decongestant, a methingredient. A seperate bust by Iowa State Patrolmen had to wait for several minutesdue to the strong stench of ether on the men, another product used for methproduction.
A four-day standoff has come to a peaceful end inIndianola. Wayne Sinclair barricaded himself inside his estranged wife’shouse Sunday and threatened to shoot his two sons. But negotiators wereable to coax him out of the house yesterday afternoon, and no one was hurt. He was tackled by state troopers when he came out of the house to seehis wife, Tammi.
It will soon be harder for gamblers to get cash in thestate’s casinos. State gambling regulators have imposed a rule that willprohibit casino customers from getting cash advances on credit cards. Therule takes effect February 28th.
An Iowa-based college-testing program is branching out tooffer more help to prospective college students. A-C-T Incorporated, ofIowa City, will offer an Internet website for students, to tell them whatkind of financial aid they might qualify for. A-C-T spokesman Kelley Hayden says the website gives students aconfidential assessment of their eligibility for sudent aid. And he saysthe company will soon offer information about the costs of attending variouscolleges.——The address is w-w-w-dot…a-c-t-dot…o-r-g.
If you want information about Hollywood health tips… youcan actually get it from a woman from Iowa. Betty Schott is chief publicistfor a new book called “Health Secrets of the Rich and Famous.” She gotinvolved with the book because she’s a friend of one of the co-authors fromLos Angeles. The book includes information about weight loss, arthritis, and sex…all from the prospective of Hollywood stars.