A Marshalltown man is sentenced to 15-years in prison following the Decembershooting death of a Marshalltown woman. Michael McDowell was sentenced forthe slaying of 18-year-old Enaile Underwood in a Marshalltown hotel room. Hewas convicted of involuntary manslaughter and drug charges.
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A move to let non-teachers become superintendents has been derailed at theIowa Statehouse. Representative Christopher Rants, a republican from SiouxCity, argued that the state’s six largest school districts should have theoption of choosing a non-teacher to be their leader. Rants said schoolboards should have the option of choosing someone with business acumen torun their multi-million dollar enterprise.But critics, like Representative Mary Mascher, said superintendents havecontrol over curriculum and therefore superintendents should have teachingdegrees.Mascher, who’s a democrat, is a teacher in Iowa City. The proposal wasdefeated on a voice vote.
Spring football drills at the University of Northern Iowa open today andPanther coach Mike Dunbar has lofty expectations for the upcoming season.The Panthers finished 7-4 and missed the one-double-a national playoffs forthe second straight year, but after ending the ’98 season with fiveconsecutive victories and with 14-starters back Dunbar is optimistic.Dunbar says with more Seniors on this team, that means the depth will bebetter.The areas that need the most rebuilding are the offensive and defensivelines.An injury forced Quarterback Ryan Helming into the starting job in the thirdgame of last season. Dunbar says the experience he gained will pay off thiscoming season.The Panther’s spring game is set for Friday night April 23rd.
Vitamin C isn’t just for colds anymore. Researchers at Iowa State Universitysay it helps pork on your plate stay juicy. ISU animal science researcherTim Stahly says feeding vitamin C to hogs a couple hours before processingreduces water loss by 13 percent. Stahly says that leaves the meat moretender and visually appealing. Stahly says it’s undecided who should administer the vitamin, the producersor the processors. Be he is optimistic the pork processing industry willhelp make that decision.He says in a time when the pork industry is vulnerable, this discovery mayaid in its recovery. Stahly says the patent for this research is pending and he sees this newtechnique going worldwide.
Many wonder when, or if, Russia will take action in response to the U-S-ledattacks on Kosovo. University of Northern Iowa political science professorKen Basom says the Russian prime minister made a serious statement by -not-coming to the U-S as scheduled last week at the start of the attacks.Basom says the relatively weak Russian government is still trying to showthat it has influence on the world stage:Basom says the U-S-led attacks on Kosovo put Russia in an awkward positionbecause of Russia’s widespread economic problems:If NATO moves into a ground phase, Basom says there’s a possibility moreRussian military hardware will end up in Yugoslavia to be used to fight backthe allied attacks.
The Meskwaki Indian tribe near Tama will be better able to celebrate theirreligious traditions if a bill which cleared the Senate yesterday becomeslaw. The measure allows the tribe to hunt its land by its own rules. Presently, state hunting and fishing regulations are enforced on thereservation. Tribal chairman Dean Whitebreast.The move will allow the tribe to conduct certain religious rituals anddances which it cannot, by law, conduct now.Senator Dennis Black, a democrat from Grinnell, spearheaded the change.Black says the Meskwakis have a right to practice their religion, withoutstate interference.FEDERAL hunting restrictions on fish and wildlife, like the prohibition onkilling eagles, WOULD be maintained on the reservation even if the billbecomes law. The Meskwakis are prepared to challenge the state’s huntingrestrictions in court, if the legislature fails to pass the bill.
The struggles continue for the Iowa State baseball team. The Cyclones hostIowa tomorrow in non-conference play after seeing their Big-12 record fallto 0-12 with a weekend sweep at the hands of Kansas State. Iowa State coachLyle Smith says a struggling offense has been a factor the last couple ofweeks.The Cyclones have lost 20 of their last 22-games and Smith says the Iowa gamegives them a chance to turn things around.
Schools will NOT be given authority to randomly test students for drug use. Maquoketa School District officials have sought a new law which would allowrandom drug checks of students in extra-curricular activities. HouseRepublican Leader Brent Siegrist of Council Bluffs says the bill will failto clear a Friday deadline and therefore will be dead for the year.Siegrist says there isn’t enough support in the House to pass the bill.Governor Vilsack several weeks ago expressed reservations about makingteenagers submit a urine sample in front of an adult. Legislators face aself-imposed deadline this Friday whereby bills which have passed either theSenate or the House must also clear a committee in the opposite chamber orbe dead for the year. The deadline does NOT apply to budget or tax bills.
Governor Vilsack wants more Iowa kids eligible for government-financedinsurance, but Republican legislators aren’t ready to make the move. Vilsack says statistics show kids who aren’t covered by health insurancemiss 25 percent more school. Vilsack wants legislators to expand a newstate program which provides health care coverage for Iowa kids who are inpoor families. It’s call the HAWK-I program. Vilsack proposes spendingthree-quarters of a million dollars to provide basic health care to kids infamilies at 200 percent of the poverty level. That’d be an annual income of33-thousand dollars for a family of four. He says that 33-thousand dollarsdoesn’t stretch very far, and parents forego the thousands of dollars healthcare coverage costs rather than give up food, clothing or paying taxes. Republicans say they’re not interested in expanding the health care programfor needy kids as it’s just started this year. Others question whether afamily of four with 33-thousand dollars in income might be “middle class”rather than poor.
Five hundred workers at the Wells Dairy plant in LeMars remain on thepayroll, but don’t have any work to do today after an explosion at the plantthis weekend. Company officials are still trying to find the cause of theexplosion.A Wells spokesman says a hazourdous materials team has inspected the plantand they are trying to determine how much of the plant should remainedclosed. The explosion happened Saturday afternoon after employees smelledammonia. Part of the town around the plant was evacuated after the explosion.One worker was injured. Company officials say workers will remain on thepayroll while they try to re-open the plant.