Drake fell short in their bid for their best Missouri Valley Conference finish since 1993.Jerome Robinson scored 21 points to lead the Bradley Braves past the Bulldogs 74-50. Luke McDonald paced Drake with 19 points. Drake finished the regular season at 12-15 and 8-10 in the conference.
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A bill designed to boost ethanol sales has cleared a committee in the Iowa House. Representative Ralph Klemme of LeMars says the bill gives an incentive to gas stations that sell lots of ethanol-blended fuel.If more than 60 percent of the gas sold at a station is ethanol, that station’s owner gets a two-and-a-half cent tax credit for every gallon sold over that 60 percent threshold.Klemme says the credit will hopefully be passed along to the consumer — in the form of cheaper ethanol at the pump.Klemme believes the marketplace will guarantee station owners will lower the price of ethanol if they get the credit.The bill cleared the House Ag committee on a 19 to one vote yesterday afternoon. The bill faces an uncertain future. Governor Vilsack supports a law that would require ethanol-only at Iowa gas pumps, but he has reservations about the tax credit proposal.
Iowa Democrats are criticizing the tax cut President Bush will outline tonight in a speech. Iowa Democrat Party chair Sheila McGuire Riggs saysthe tax cut plan is “Reaganesque.” She says the mistakes of the 1980s left the country with a mountain of debt. McGuire Riggs says the tax cut is a gamble with America’s economic future.Lieutenant Governor Sally Pederson says the Bush tax cut is skewed to the wealthy.Pederson says a middle-income family will get a tax cut worth a dollar a day, but families in the top one percent of earners will get a tax cut worth a hundred dollars a day.Pederson and McGuire Riggs made their comments this morning during a news conference at the statehouse.
Passengers on one of Iowa’s Mississippi River gambling boats were evacuated yesterday after a barge the boat was moored to sank. Ken Bonnet, a spokesman for the Clinton-based Mississippi Belle II, says 176 passengers were escorted off the boat over a rigged up gangway. Bonnet says the barges that support the gambling boat were checked at two o’clock Monday and had no water in them.By four o’clock, the barge was listing. Divers began working on the boat’s hull to weld up the hatches and places that were damaged when the barge pulled away. He says they aren’t sure what happened.
More than a half-million cable T-V customers in Iowa will likely be writing out their monthly checks to a new company soon. A-T-and-T Broadband plans to sell its systems in Iowa and three other states to New York-based Mediacom Communications as part of a two-point-two billion-dollar deal. Debra Blume, a spokeswoman for A-T-and-T Broadband in Des Moines, says it’s part of a plan to cluster its systems in major metropolitan areas.A-T-and-T Broadband has 540-thousand customers in: Ames, Cedar Rapids, Clinton, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Iowa City, Mason City and Waterloo. Blume could not comment on the job security of the company’s one thousand Iowa employees. The deal also includes A-T-and-T Broadband properties in Missouri, Georgia and Illinois. The designated spokesperson for Mediacom has not returned Radio Iowa’s call.
President Bush will meet this afternoon with Senator Chuck Grassley to give the Iowan a briefing on the budget plan he’ll present to Congress tonight. Grassley says he expects the President’s spending proposal to do many positive things for the economy at once.Grassley says the Bush budget plan will reduce the national debt and still allow government spending for important programs to grow, while providing Americans with much-needed tax relief.Critics, including Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, a democrat, say the Bush plan will only offer significant tax savings to the rich. Grassley, a republican, says that’s simply not the case. He says the average family earning 50-thousand dollars a year will get a 50-percent tax cut.Grassley says the one-point-six trillion dollars in proposed tax cuts over the next ten years is “a spit in the ocean” compared to the predicted 28-trillion dollars in government income over that same time.
Iowa women are being sought for a contest which demands public-speaking skills, confidence — and a confining disability. Applications are now being accepted for the title of “Ms. Wheelchair Iowa 2001.”Judy Hoit, of Iowa City, is state coordinator for the program, which aims to make the needs and -abilities- of people in wheelchairs more widely known. Hoit held the state title herself in 1996. Participants who want to become the next Ms. Wheelchair Iowa need to be between the ages of 21 and 60 who’ve lived in Iowa at least six months and whose minds are not contained by their chairs. Hoit says this pageant is based more on a woman’s enthusiasm than her appearance.The deadline for entering is March 19th. The winner will be announced in April. Iowa’s winner will compete in the Ms. Wheelchair America Program in July in Denver, Colorado. The current titleholder, Jamie Barker of Urbandale, was named First Runner Up in the 2000 national contest. For more information, call (319) 351-8375 or send e-mail to “email@example.com”.
Iowans who are victims of incest may soon get more time to take their case to court. Under present law, you have three years from the time the incest happens to tell authorities. Representative Scott Raecker of Urbandale says that’s not fair to kids and teenagers who suffer at the hands of a parent.A bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee would let incest victims bring charges ’til the victim reaches the age of 28. The bill now goes before the full House. Also today, a House Committee approved a bill that closes a loophole in Iowa’s sexual predator law. Once a “sexual predator” has served his or her prison sentence, Iowa law lets officials lock ’em up indefinitely for medical treatment if there’s fear they’ll commit another sex crime. There’s a problem, though, if they escape to another state. The bill makes a sexual predator’s escape a crime as there’s presently no penalty on the books for sexual predators who escape from treatment. Anne Sheeley of the Attorney General’s office says over a year ago, a man ran after a court hearing committed him to treatment.Sheeley says the man ran in Council Bluffs, and had he gotten to Omaha, he would have been free. But he was caught in Iowa and charged with violating a court order. Sixteen sexual predators who’ve served their prison sentences remain locked up in Oakdale.
A popular Canadian author of children’s books is visiting Iowa in a trip sponsored by the Iowa Reading Association. Marguerite Ruurs visited an elementary school in Webster City Monday. She’s published 14 books already and has four more coming out this year. Ruurs has been pleased with the success of her books.She was surprised to hear some children thought playing video games was more fun than reading.She tells kids reading is more important because they get to use their brains instead of their thumbs. Ruurs credits the success of a fellow author who has helped revive interest in reading.Ruurs also visited a school in Calmar Monday and will visit Cedar Rapids this weekend.
Fifty-six years after his death during World War Two, the cremains of a Shenandoah man are finally being laid to rest. Lieutenant Neil Davis was killed in January of 1945 when the bomber he was co-piloting crashed in the Philippines. The crash site was discovered in 1992. D-N-A evidence helped to determine which remains were Davis’. The graveside service is Saturday at 10:30 a-m in Shenandoah.