The Iowa Department for the Blind’s training materials for computer users are in demand. The state-run “Project Assist” has 22 programs to help the blind with keyboard input and screen reading. “Project Assist” creator, Karen Keninger says blind computer users from around the world have turned to the Iowa Department for the Blind for assistance. “Project Assist” was developed by Keninger to allow the blind to use computers in the workplace. She says before Project Assist the blind had no where else to turn. “Project Assist” was designed to make the workplace more accesible, however the products can be used in the home. Officials from the Iowa Department for the Blind are giving presentations across the state to show how to develop web pages which can be read for the blind.
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A University of Iowa study shows a new attack on the most advanced form of breast cancer may be more effective than the standard treatment. Professor Roger Gingrinch says the treatment uses four drugs and a bone marrow transplant. Gingrinch says the study included 158 women with the cancer.The study showed 53-percent of the women using the therapy survived five to nine years. Gingrich says there now needs to be more study that compares this treatment to the standard treatment. He says the number of women in the study is small — but opens a ray of hope. Gingrich says they hope to now move forward and do more testing of the new treatment approach.
An Iowa State University graduate is back on campus trying to reclaim therecord for the tallest house of cards. Brian Berg has held the record ninetimes since 1992. He is creating his latest attempt in the atrium of the ISUCollege of Design building.He expects to finish the card house later today. The 25-year old from SpiritLake has perfected a technique in which he will use 12-hundred regular decksof playing cards.Berg has made a career our of building card houses and other structures. Hesays though, the job hasn’t become routine.Berg has built stadiums of cards for the baseball all-start game and for theNational Hockey League all-star games. Berg says the latest card structurewill weigh about 160 pounds and will be up for a couple of days beforecrashing down.
Many Iowans are polishing their pleasure boats for the first outings of theyear — and they’d better remember to count life jackets before pulling out.Next week is National Safe Boating Week and a state official says those lifejackets are life savers.Al Foster is a spokesman for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.Earlier this month, two boaters fell out of a boat at Lake Red Rock inMarion County — the one who was wearing a life jacket lived. Foster saysit’s a common story in Iowa boating accidents.None of the four people killed in last year’s boating accidents were wearingpersonal floatation devices. Foster says most people hurt in boating mishapsaren’t wearing them either. Foster says it’s the law that a floatationdevice is ON-BOARD for each person, but they’re not required to be WORN.He says when adults wear life jackets, it sets an example for children inaddition to greatly increase one’s chances for survival.
A state lawmaker whose return address is on a sexually-explicit e-mailmessage to all of his colleagues says he doesn’t remember sending it as he’s”not a computer whiz.” Representative Mike Jager (jay’-ger), a republicanfrom LaPorte City, told the Waterloo Courier he didn’t mean to send themessage, which contains passages about bestiality and sodomy. Senator TomFlynn, a democrat from Dubuque, says the e-mail was inappropriate.Flynn has used a software program which will block any e-mail Jager sends tohim in the future.But House Republican Leader Christopher Rants of Sioux City says democratsare complaining about the e-mail because they want to defeat Jager in thenext election.Rants says legislators have had e-mail on the state system for only twoyears and it might be time to develop a policy for its use.Rants, a self-described “Net Head,” says HE would not have forwarded theracy e-mail to his colleagues.Representative Jager did not respond to Radio Iowa’s request for aninterview.
The Iowa State Gymnastics team will gain the services of a former nationalchampion next season. Former Florida Gator Betsy Hamm is transferring toI-S-U. Cyclone coach Amy Pyle says Hamm has great credentials.Hamm is from Wisconsin and Pyle says she left Florida to be closer to home.Pyle admits it is an unusual situation.Iowa State finished second in the big-12 conference last season.
Plenty of tickets remain for the ballgame and concert tomorrow night at SecTaylor stadium. The Iowa Cubs will host Albuquerque tomorrow as part of 70’snight which will feature a postgame concert by the “Village People”. Cubsspokesman Brett Dolan says so far a little more than six-thousand ticketshave been sold.Dolan says the Cubs are not alone in offering the 70’s night promotion. Hesays a couple of major league clubs also have had the Village People play.Dolan says they try to start the concert right after the game ends.
Nearly four dozen ceremonies are scheduled across Iowa today to announcethe winners in a grant program for acts of historic preservation. Officalssay 451-thousand dollars is being awarded to 46 separate projects — andannouncements are being made in each location.Roger Munns is spokesman for the State Historical Society of Iowa. He saysit’s vital that we honor and protect our past for future generations.The projects being funded range from scrapbook preservation in AllamakeeCounty to restoring a Civil War-era flag in Black Hawk County. Munns givesanother example of today’s winners.The smallest award is for 12-hundred dollars to the Harrison County HistoricPreservation Commission for developing a brochure. The largest grant is tothe Dubuque County Historical Society for 25-thousand dollars to process,catalog and house the Boat & Boat Building Collection.
The University of Iowa is leading a national study to test breast cancermedication. Study coordinator Mary Spaight says this is a followup study toone done with the drug tamoxifen. Spaight says the tomoxifen study provedthe drug was effective in some cases.The new study uses a drug called Raloxifene.The research project is called “Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene” or”STAR.” Spaight says they’re looking for study volunteers with specificcharacteristics.Spaight encourages any woman who may be interested to call the University.The numbers to call are 319-356-2778 or 800-237-1225. Spaight says there are400 STAR satellite research centers across the country that will enrollwomen. In Iowa there are centers in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames,Waterloo, Davenport and Clinton.
The U.S. House has crafted a bill which provides 14-Billion dollars foragricultural programs, but Congressman Leonard Boswell says that’s notenough.Boswell says an Oklahoma Congressman wants to offer 100 different amendmentswhich cut federal ag programs.Boswell says he’ll push for another bill to provide disaster aid to farmerswho’re hard-pressed by bad markets and bad weather.