Davenport police have charged the owner of two dogs in connection with a weekend attack on a jogger. Police say two rottweilers owned by Elizabeth Elwood of Davenport attacked the woman jogger Saturday. A man stopped and helped fend off the dogs with a shovel and took the woman to the hospital. Elwood is charged with two counts of harboring a vicious animal and two counts of allowing a dog to run at-large. Both charges are simple misdemeanors carrying a 125-dollar fine and 30 days in jail. The dogs are under observation at the county animal shelter.
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Tyson Foods’ buyout of I-B-P has gotten the federal okay. The Justice Department sees no potential negative impact on competition. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley calls it bad news. He hopes the Justice Department has done a thorough investigation of the transaction to make their determination. Grassley foresees problems with this and other big-business deals and says agricultural mergers deserve added attention. Grassley says he’ll continue pushing for changes in anti-trust laws.The Tyson/I-B-P deal would merge the nation’s largest chicken producer with the largest beef and the number-two pork processor. Agriculture mergers aren’t the only thing Senator Grassley is worried about. He will meet tomorrow with Don Carty, the C-E-O of American Airlines, which is trying to buy T-W-A. Grassley has a variety of concerns over the proposed merger.T-W-A filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month as part of the arrangement for American to buy the airline for 500-million dollars in cash and the assumption of three-and-a-half billion in debt.
The 17th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes return to action Wednesday night at home against Minnesota. Iowa coach Steve Alford says the crowd was a major factor in the comeback win against Indiana. Alford says the fans kept the Hawks from trailing even more than 17 at the half.At 5-2 in the Big Ten and 16-4 overall, Alford is pleased with where the Hawks are heading into the stretch run of the regular season. He says his players have done everything the coaches have wanted to this point.Alford says the key will be continued improvement in the final month. He says it won’t be easy and they enter a tough nine-game stretch.
The eastern Iowa cities of Cedar Falls and Elkader are finalists for the U-S “Great American Main Street” award. Thom Guzman of the Main Street Iowa program says the national award honors communities which dramatically improve their “Main Street” areas. He says being named a finalist is a big honor.Winners gain the national recognition of their efforts, and a 25-hundred dollar cash prize. Guzman says residents of Cedar Falls and Elkader will find out if they’ve won in April.Guzman says Iowa has done well in the program. Iowa has four national award winners, the most of any state. Past national award-winning cities are: Bonaparte, Corning, Dubuque and Keokuk.
Many Iowans stunned by Friday’s deadly and destructive earthquake in India are sending help overseas through the American Red Cross. Bobbie Bishop, spokeswoman for the Central Iowa chapter, says the situation is dire.It’s feared at least 20-thousand people were killed in the quake, while thousands are still missing. At least eight survivors were rescued in the past two days, including a four-year-old child who was pulled from the rubble. Bishop says Iowans have been calling to find out how they can help relieve the suffering.Bishop says there are several ways to get the money from Iowa to those who need it in India.You can write a check to your local Iowa chapter of the Red Cross, call 800-HELP NOW or log on to “www.redcross.org” for a secure donation using a credit card.
An Iowa State University economics professor says confusion reigns as Congress prepares to rewrite federal farm policy.Professor Bruce Babcock says there’s confusion among agricultural groups and Congressional leaders as to what the next Farm Bill should look like. He says military and environmental policies are easier to figure out because we know what those policies are supposed to do. He says no one has answered that question about ag policy.The last Farm Bill gradually phased out much of the federal support paid to farmers. In return, federal restrictions on which crops farmers could grow were lifted. Babcock says in the past few years, price dips have shown farmers don’t have much of a fallback.Babcock says the key will be convincing urbanites to support federal policies which support farmers. He says they’re more congressmen from urban areas, and that makes it more important to explain why they should support farm income.
The Northern Iowa Panthers return to Missouri Valley Conference action tomorrow night at second place Bradley. U-N-I is 1-8 in the Valley and coach Sam Weaver says finding the right combination has been a struggle since losing Robbie Sieverding in the season opener. Weaver says a number of divison-one transfers into the program have had trouble making the adjustment.
Snow is forecast for tonight and tomorrow in northeast Iowa, and that’s not good news for cities that’ve already been buried under the white stuff. Elkader City Administrator Ryan Heiar says his snow removal budget is already in the red by a thousand dollars. He budgeted 12-thousand dollars for snow removal. Heiar says the city contracts with a local company to clear the streets.He thinks they have enough money in other areas of the department they can shift around to cover the snow removal shortfall. Heiar says he won’t even consider letting the streets go unplowed.Elkader reported a record 31 inches of snowfall in December.
A northeast Iowa factory is shutting down, tossing dozens of people out of work. Monona Wire is closing its plant in Edgewood that makes wire harnesses for vehicles. Gus Saros is a spokesman for the plant’s parent company in Dekalb, Illinois. He says Monona Wire’s orders from another company trickled to a halt and that’s hurt business.The shutdown in Edgewood will be effective April first — 82 jobs are being eliminated. The company also has operations in Monona and Wauzeka, Wisconsin. Saros says they may be able to find some Edgewood workers jobs in Monona.He says they’re also working with a couple of other northeast Iowa companies that may be able to help the displaced workers.State and local officials will meet with the company’s workers tomorrow to let them know some of their options.
The head of the board handing out about 180-million dollars in state funds for community attractions expects Iowa cities and counties to ask for up to two billion dollars. “Vision Iowa” chairman Michael Gartner, the owner of the Iowa Cubs baseball team, says his 13-member committee is overwhelmed by the applications. He says they haven’t handed out a penny yet, but he considers the program a success by the number of ideas generated for potential projects. Five cities have formally asked for state backing of local projects, and another 20 are expected to submit applications — but there’s no deadline. Gartner expects the board will make the very first award by June 30th. Gartner says they’ll try to be “Solomon like” in handing out the money.Gartner says the board will negotiate with cities to change the financial structure of a project to be sure they wring every last local dollar out. He says they don’t want to shortchange a project enough to kill it, or overfund one project so much that they don’t have enough money for other projects.Gartner testified today before the Iowa House and Senate Economic Development Committees. Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Marshalltown and Sioux City have already submitted applications for “Vision Iowa” grants or loans.