A study by the American Cancer Society says kids may be exposing themselvesto skin cancer more often than we think. A spokeswoman for the Iowa chapterof the American Cancer Society, Penny Schramm, says it’s not what the kidsare doing that’s putting them in danger…it’s what they AREN’T doing,keeping on enough sunscreen.Schramm says sunscreen needs to be applied more often if your kids arereally active.Schramm says studies show skin cancer is one of the most preventable types ofcancer. She says even turning a light shade of pink is doing damage to yourskin.Schramm advises using sunscreen with an S-P-F of fifteen or higher beapplied every day, summer and winter, to everyone over the age of sixmonths.
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Iowa Congressman Jim Nussle says he’s been assured the VeteransAdministration Medical Center in Iowa City will not close. Nussle says the Veterans Administration answered his inquiries about thefate of the hospital by sending him a letter saying the agency will NOTclose its doors. Nussle, a republican from Manchester, says there havebeen persistent rumors about the possible closing of the Iowa City Centersince the announcement of the V-A budget in April. Nussle says a recentsurvey showed there would not be a significant cost savings if patient carewas transfered from the Veterans Center to the University of Iowa Hospitalsand Clinics. Nussle says this is one of the reasons the V-A has decided notto close the Iowa City veterans hospital.
A Canada-based company that runs a dozen funeral homes or cemeteries in tenIowa cities is filing to reorganize under “Chapter 11” bankruptcy code.Officials in the Iowa Securities Bureau want the public to know about it.Craig Goettsch (getch) is Iowa’s Superintendent of Securities. He says theVancouver-based Loewen (LOW’-in) Group is having serious financial problems.Goettsch says Iowans who are prepaying for funerals or cemetery plots throughLoewen may want to seek the advice of legal or financial professionals.Loewen Group owns or operates funeral homes or cemeteries in: Ottumwa,Waterloo, Burlington, Cedar Falls, Fort Madison, Centerville, Fairfield,Iowa City, Fort Dodge and Keokuk.
Today’s referendum on two proposed amendments to Iowa’s constitution is sounique, experts are finding it difficult to predict the turn-out or theoutcome. Secretary of State Chet Culver is the commissioner of elections, and hepredicts between 15 and 20 percent will vote in today’s election. Culversays the state constitution has been amended 45 times, but many of thoseamendments undid previous amendments.Culver says in the history of our state, there have been just three times inwhich single-issue elections were held on constitutional amendments.Culver says 40 to 50-thousand absentee ballots were requested for thiselection.Culver says the election may cost as much as two-million dollars.
Former Iowa standout Carlos James is back at practice with the IowaBarnstormers and will play on Friday night against Milwaukee. James left theteam last week and missed Saturday’s game at Albany because of what hetermed a family emergency and said it was not because he was upset over hisrole on the offense.Barnstormer coach John Gregory says everything was cleared up in a meetinghe had with James.
A Colorado based cellular phone company has sold a portion of its business inIowa. CommNet Cellular Incorporated is selling Iowa territory that includes41-thousand customers to Midwest Wireless Communications. CommNet ChiefFinancial Officer Andrew Gardner says the sale totals nearly 87-milliondollars.Midwest is a private company owned by local phone exchanges which Gardnersays will result in a change of ownership style for cellular customers.He believes no one will lose their job in the sale.Some of the cities affected by the sale include: Algona, Forrest City, MasonCity, Charles City, New Hampton, Knoxville, Ottumwa and Oskaloosa.
Waverly-Shell Rock high school coach Randy Schneider has been named the newsoftball coach at Wartburg College. He replaces Robin Baker who resigned totake a teaching position at Nevada High School.Schneider is no stranger to the program having spent two years as anassistant coach and has also been involved in the Wartburg football andbaseball programs. Schneider says it will be a challenge to coach in the Iowa Conference.
The Iowa State University solar car finished the national sunrayceunofficially in fifth place out of 29 cars. The race ended today in Orlando,Florida where I-S-U team captain Allen Ihlefeld says they’re enjoying theirbest finish ever.The I-S-U car came out of the qualifying races in the top spot, but Ihlefeldsays the abundant clouds and rain hurt them early on.He says their top five finish is due to a lot preparation.Ihlefeld says the team will take some time off in Florida before returninghome.The I-S-U team finished the 13-hundred-40 mile journey with and averagespeed of almost 22 miles-an-hour. The winner of the race was the Universityof Missouri-Rolla. That’s the school where Martin Jischke was presidentbefore leaving to become the president of I-S-U.
Turn-out is steady but light in today’s vote on two proposed constitutionalamendments according to Radio Iowa’s survey of county auditors. ScottCounty Auditor Karen Fitzsimmons is keeping tabs on Davenport-area voters.She says it’s been steady but not busy. Fitzsimmons estimates a turnout of 10to 12 percent.Woodbury County Auditor Pat Gill has been checking on turn-out in the SiouxCity area, and estimates about 15 percent of Woodbury County voters willcast ballots. Gill calls it a disappointing turnout.Linn County Auditor Linda Langenberg estimates about one-fifth of CedarRapids-area voters participated in today’s election. And not all therequested absentee ballots were sent in.Des Moines County Deputy Auditor Carol Copeland is monitoring turn-out in theBurlington area. She says in one precinct the turnout was 14-percent, whichshe says is high for its rural nature.Copeland says about 12-hundred Des Moines county voters requested absenteeballots — which she says is quite high for this type of election.
University of Iowa quarterback Randy Reiners was arrested overnight in IowaCity on an alcohol charge. Reiners was arrested and charged with public intoxication. Officers from theuniversiyt of iowa department of public safety responded to a call to aparking ramp at the University of Hospital and Clinics. Hospital securityhad reporteded a man was sleeping or passed out in the ramp. Officersarrested Reiners shortly before three a.m. The senior-to-be from Fort Dodgehas been a part-time starter for the Hawkeyes the past two seasons. It’shis second alcohol-related arrest. He was arrested in Iowa City on adrunken driving charge in January of 1998.