When Iowa State visits Baylor on Saturday it will be a homecoming for a dozen members of the squad. Four Texans are in the Cyclone’s starting line-up, including offensive lineman Lorenzo White who says he needed 22-tickets for the game and had to borrow from his teammates.Defensive back Jamarcus Powers did not know about Iowa State until the recruiting process began while he was in Junior College.Powers says he is not caught up in the idea of going back to Texas because there is too much riding on the game. He says it’s one of the stepping stones to a successful season.With a victory, the Cyclones would be 4-0 for the first time in 20-years.
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Drake University has named Mark Kostek as the new director of the Drake Relays. Kostek has been the track and field coordinator at the University of Nebraska since 1980. Kostek says it was a “slam dunk” choice to take the job.Kostek says his goal is to make the Relays such an event that fans and athletes across the country will want to come back. He says the warmth of Drake University and Des Moines will ensure that happens.Kostek’s first day on the job will be October 9th.Kostek replaces Bob Ehrhart, who retired after 31-years at the helm.
Governor Vilsack and his administrators are disputing the findings of a study which concludes Iowa teachers are making slightly more than the national and regional averages. Iowa Department of Education director Ted Stilwell says the Iowa Legislative Fiscal Bureau study is seriously flawed. He says they used data from a national Census Bureau survey instead of readily available data.Stilwell is among those who’ve been calling for an increase in Iowa teacher pay. Stilwell says the Fiscal Bureau study confuses people.The Fiscal Bureau study found the average Iowa teacher with a bachelor’s degree earns 30-thousand annually. Stilwell says credible data indicates the average teacher salary in Iowa was 35-thousand dollars last academic year — about seven thousand dollars below the national average.Stilwell says his estimate of the average Iowa teacher salary comes from the National Center for Education Statistics. Stilwell calls the Fiscal Bureau study an “unnecessary distraction” from the debate over how to raise teacher salaries and improve student performance in Iowa schools.
The Iowa-based Maytag Corporation is sponsoring a series of free concerts around the country to tout Maytag appliances which conserve water and electricity. Lisa Buckley is vice president and general manager of Maytag’s laundry category.is in Nashville, Tennessee, today, with Kenny Chesney, Sara Evans and Jennifer Day — the country music stars who’ll be giving the free concerts in Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Washington, D-C and L-A. Maytag is diverting from traditional advertising means to try to reach potential customers through these free concerts. Maytag’s other partners in this concert tour are Best Buy, the publisher of “Parenting” magazine and the U-S Department of Energy. Buckley says Maytag will have a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade — and the three country stars will be riding it to tout the free concert series.
An Iowa Congressman characterizes it as a battle between rampant environmentalism and common sense. Republican Tom Latham says the U-S House today will consider the Energy and Water Appropriations Bill, which seeks to keep administration democrats from tampering with the Missouri River.The bill may be vetoed by President Clinton because it would prohibit new regulations on the Missouri, which would cause springtime flooding in western Iowa. Latham says western Iowa could see serious problems if the bill is killed by the President.He says property and lives could be jeopardized. Navigation and shipping could also see a negative impact. Latham says the Clinton administration is also trying to reduce the amount of power generated upriver on the Missouri. He says northwest Iowa depends on that energy.Latham says “it’s something we’re going to fight for to protect northwest Iowa and the Missouri River.”
College loans to more Iowa students who plan to become Iowa teachers would be forgiven under a proposed federal-state partnership. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin says the -current- state program puts 525-thousand dollars toward forgiving students’ loans. Last year, 191 students were granted the loans and 42 of them entered the Iowa workforce as teachers.Harkin proposes tripling the size of the program with one million dollars in federal funds to help an additional 350 future Iowa teachers next fall. He says the maximum loan would be for three thousand dollars a year to be forgiven over five years.Harkin says four out of every ten Iowa teachers will be eligible to retire in a decade.
Police in two eastern Iowa communities say yesterday afternoon’s bank robberies are not believed related. The holdups were in the Dubuque County town of Key West and in Iowa City within a half-hour of each other. Peggy Dempster owns The Mill, a restaurant next-door to the Iowa City bank which was robbed and she’s unphased. She says she doesn’t feel any less safe.Dubuque County Sheriff’s Department Captain Don Vrotsos says much of the robbery was captured on videotape. He says they’re checking for fingerprints and other evidence they can use to identify the man.The Iowa City holdup was at a Hawkeye State Bank branch while the Key West robbery was of an American Trust Bank branch. No arrests have been made. Both suspects were men.
The stalled nomination of an Iowan to a federal judgeship is the subject of more finger-pointing and heated debate. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, blames republicans for the continued delay of voting on Bonnie Campbell.Campbell is a former Iowa Attorney General who now runs the U-S Justice Department’s office on Violence Against Women. Her nomination to the U-S Circuit Court of Appeals has the support of Iowa’s other Senator, republican Chuck Grassley. Harkin says Grassley’s backing should ensure Campbell a fair shot at the bench, but it hasn’t worked that way. Harkin says he can’t remember another time when a nominee supported by the Senator from the majority party was not reported out for a vote.Campbell was nominated for the seat in March. She has been criticized for comments made during her failed bid for Governor in 1994 which some characterize as bigoted against Christians.
A Mount Pleasant athlete has brought home a bronze medal from the Olympics in Sydney. Twenty-three-year-old Rod White competed in archery at the Olympics, and returned to Mount Pleasant late Tuesday after spending four weeks in Sydney. He and his U-S archery teammates captured the bronze. It’s his second Olympic medal. White earned gold in team archery competition four years ago in Atlanta. White, who finished 26th in individual competition in this year’s Olympics, says he’ll probably continue competing on the international level. White grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Mount Pleasant two years ago when he married a woman who grew up in Mount Pleasant.
Morningside is on the road in North Central Conference play to battle South Dakota State. The Mustangs are 0-2 in league play after a 16-14 loss to nationally ranked Nebraska-Omaha and coach Dave Elliott says despite the frustrating loss his team still has a good outlook.Elliott says the Mustangs believe they can compete against anybody in the conference.Elliott says South Dakota State deserves its national ranking as they’re a good team playing with a lot of confidence.