A “webcam” that shows live pictures of insects from Iowa State University’s entomology department is getting a lot of attention. The “Insect Zoo Cam” has been named one of the top 25 most interesting webcam sites by a company that provides access to such sites. John Vandyk is the program coordinator for the entomology department. He says they started the webcam as part of their entomology department webpage.He says the entomology department webpage drew a lot of attention even before they started the Insect Zoo Cam.Vandyk says the interest has picked up as the Zoo Cam’s gotten more publicity. He said he’s had to double the capacity their server to keep up with demand.Vandyk says they’re pleased that people are paying so much attention to the bugs.You can see the Insect Zoo Cam on the internet at: zoocam.ent.iastate.edu.
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Kurt Warner’s storybook season had a happy ending. Warner threw a 73-yard touchdown pass to Isaac Bruce with a 1:54 remaining as the St. Louis Rams downed the Tennessee Titans 23-16 in Super Bowl 34 in Atlanta. For the game, warner completes 25 of 45 passes for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and two touchdowns in being named the game’s most valuable player. Warner thanked everyone for believing in him. The touchdown pass to Bruce came just seconds after the Titans had erased a 16-0 deficit with a 43-yard field goal by Al Del Greco. Tennessee nearly tied the game on the final play when quarterback Steve Mcnair connected with Kevin Dyson, but Dyson was tackled at the one by Rams linebacker Mike Jones as time expired.
The search has resumed for a missing woman in northern Iowa. Divers resumed the search under the frigid waters of Clear Lake for the body of a Mason City woman whose snowmobile went through the ice Friday night. The woman’s name has not been released.
The insurance capitol of the midwest is growing a little more in that field. Locally-based Allied Insurance is unveiling plans to build a new home office in Des Moines.Rick Phillips is a spokesman for Allied says the five-story building is a 137-million dollar project and it’ll house some 16-hundred-50 workers. Phillips say the move will create hundreds of new jobs in Iowa’s capitol city.Des Moines is home to more than 50 insurance companies and is third in the world in that industry behind Hartford, Connecticut & London, England.
Governor Vilsack has decided NOT to commute the life prison sentence of woman in what has become a high profile case. Kathy Tyler was convicted of shooting her ex-husband to death 22 years ago in Des Moines. Prominent Iowans such as former Governor Robert Ray testified at her parole board hearing in favor of her release. Governor Vilsack said today he decided not to commute her sentenced based on four criteria, rehabilitation, retribution, the amount of time served versus the crime and whether or not Tyler would still be a danger to society. Vilsack says he reviewed all the documents in the case and has doubts she’s taken responsibility for her crime. Vilsack says another indication of her lack of responsibility is Tyler’s failure to pay court-ordered restitution to her ex-husband’s family.He says the 22-years Tyler has spent in prison isn’t punishment equivalent to her crime. Former Governor Ray and others argued that Tyler has changed her life, and Vilsack didn’t deny that’s true. He says however, the change isn’t enough to justify her release.Vilsack says he had access to information that Tyler’s supporters didn’t. He says that information may’ve changed their minds in supporting Tyler.Tyler will have to wait ten years before re-applying for release.
Today’s the deadline for getting your “W-2s” from your employer. The “W-2” is required for filing your income taxes.Renee Mulvey of the Iowa Department of Revenue and Finance says businesses are required by law to provide the forms to their workers.If you haven’t received your W-2, Mulvey has some advice. She says make sure there isn’t something on your end, like a change of address, that is keeping the form from getting to you.Mulvey also cautions taxpayers to print their Social Security numbers on their Iowa income tax forms. The mailing label used to carry the i-d number, but this year, you must print the Social Security number on the form yourself.
State legislators are used to doing a lot of talking. Tonight, a Tipton representative will be using his voice in a different way — singing. Republican Dan Boddicker has formed a blues band that’ll hit the stage in Des Moines tonight in hopes of generating money for a restoration project at the state capitol.Boddicker says the musical event will focus on a large, aging mural at the top of the steps in the state capitol building.Tonight’s performance by Boddicker and “Bluezone” is slated for 7 p-m at the Tripoint Center in Des Moines.
Kurt Warner was presented with a Ford truck this morning in Atlanta after being named the M-V-P of Super Bowl XXXIV. Warner passed for a Super Bowl record 414 yards and two touchdowns in the St.Louis Rams 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans. Ironically, Warner reached the pinnacle of the sport in the same city where he took part in training camp after signing to play with Amsterdam in the World League just a few years ago.While Warner figures to strike it rich with a new contract he will never forget the early years of sacrafice by his family to keep his career going.Warner was asked what the moral to his story is. He said that was for others to decide.
Iowa is hoping to share the success of other states in using a new approach to get so-called dead-beat moms and dads to make their child support payments. A revised federal law allows states to give information on dead-beat parents to banks which can search records for a match. Nancy Thoma directs the Iowa Child Support system and says Iowa’s in the final stages of implementing the program.Thoma hopes to start seeing results in Iowa by April.Thoma believes the financial institution data match will benefit Iowa children and families.So far, the approach has tracked a billion dollars in the accounts of deadbeat parents nationwide. Thoma warns that finding the money is the first step, collecting it is another.
The Iowa Hawkeyes improved to 3-5 in the Big Ten with a 61-55 victory at Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes scored on nine of their final ten possessions to earn the win. Dean Oliver led the Hawkeyes with 18-points, Ryan Luershmann added 14 and Jacob Jaacks had 12.