The Northern Iowa women open a road trip tonight at Illinois State in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Panthers will visit Indiana State this weekend.U-N-I coach Tony Dicecco says Illinois State is playing really well right now. The Panthers are coming off a disappointing overtime loss at home to Evansville.
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Crestwood high school’s wrestling match tonight involving Osage and Riceville will have a special visitor. E-S-P-N cameras will be at the match as part of a documentary. Crestwood athletic director David Herold says the cable sports network contacted him yesterday about their interest. He says they’ll come back Sunday and shoot some reaction from the wrestlers.Herold says it will be exciting to see Crestwood high school be part of the story.Herold says the presence of E-S-P-N will add a lot of excitement to the meet. He says it may do just the opposite, by giving them more exposure and getting them to wrestle harder.
The Iowa women’s basketball team will try to build a new winning streak tonight when the Hawkeyes visit Michigan in the Big Ten. The Hawkeyes had their five-game win streak snapped with a loss at Purdue on Sunday. Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says the Purdue game showed that the Hawkeyes are only as good as their defense. Michigan is 2-7 in the conference race but Bluder says the Wolverines record is deceiving, as they’ve had to play five road games. Michigan coach Sue Guevera says her team is trying to regroup after opening the season 11-1 and finding a spot in the national rankings.
A mysterious death is under investigation in eastern Iowa.Davenport police are treating a car found in west central Davenport as a crime scene. That’s until an autopsy determines the cause of death of a man found in it. Police received a 9-1-1 call a little before 5 Wednesday afternoon about an unresponsive man in the car in an apartment building’s parking lot. The man’s identity is not known. The car was towed from the scene and is being examined by police and the county medical examiner.
Boat traffic on the Mississippi River is at a standstill for the winter, allowing for major renovations at Bellevue’s Lock and Dam. It’s the first-ever overhaul of Lock and Dam Number 12, which has been the portal for all watercraft on that leg of the Muddy Miss for more than 60 years. Lockmaster Leonard Ernst says decades of bumping barges have taken a toll on the concrete walls.Ernst says the upper 20 feet of the 32-foot-deep chamber is being rebuilt with reinforced armor set in concrete. The Lock and Dam is also getting a new electrical system and new machinery to operate the locks. Ernst says crews pumped 12-million gallons of river water out of the lock chamber before the work on the walls could begin.Once all the water was pumped out of the chamber, Ernst says all sorts of junk was found at the bottom, including all sorts of old boat parts and several truckloads of zebra mussels. The project is expected to cost 16-and-a-half million dollars and should be done by early March.
A refurbished state building was officially dedicated today in honor of the first woman elected to statewide office. In 1932, Ola Babcock Miller was elected Iowa Secretary of State, and she won re-election twice. The Old State Historical Building, across the street to the northeast from the statehouse, has recently undergone extensive renovations and been renamed in her honor. Miller was born in 1872 and was active in the movement to get women the right to vote. Her most notable achievement as Secretary of State was convinced legislators that Iowa needed a state agency to enforce highway safety laws. The Iowa Highway Patrol was established in 1935 — and Miller was put in charge of the 50 male troopers.
Cedar Rapids based McLeod U-S-A has gone to court to try and get out from under its huge debt. The telecommunications company filed a chapter 11 bankruptcy petition in a Delaware court today. Company officials say the filing shouldn’t disrupt employees, customers or suppliers. The re-organization proposal drops the common stockholders share in the company from 30 to 17 percent. Trading of the company’s stock was halted with the filing. The stock last traded at 18 cents a share.
An outbreak of whooping cough is under the microscope in the Cedar Rapids schools. There’ve been cases confirmed at a one high school and one middle school in Cedar Rapids. Officials say that’s cause for concern and they’re advising parents to keep their kids home if they notice symptoms of the disease, which mimic a chronic case of bronchitis.
The Iowa House has voted to block a proposal that’d get rid of a tax agreement with Illinois and start collecting Iowa taxes from Illinois residents who work in the Hawkeye State. Illinois would then start collecting taxes from Iowans who work on the east side of the border. Democrat Representative Phil Wise of Keokuk hates the idea. He says he doesn’t want his constituents to have to file multiple tax forms.Under current law, the so-called “reciprocity agreement” with Illinois can be voided by officials in the Iowa Department of Revenue, Republican Representative Dave Millage of Bettendorf says legislators should make that decision. He says they’re elected to make the policy decisions, to enact taxes and collect revenue.But democrat Representative Don Shoultz of Waterloo argued legislators shouldn’t make the decision. He says the amendment is political because people along the river are afraid businesses there won’t support them for re-election.Governor Vilsack says the state of Iowa will collect about 16 million dollars from Illinois residents who work in Iowa if the reciprocity agreement ends.
An ethics complaint against a state senator who works for a large-scale hog operation has been dismissed. But the Senate Ethics Committee voted in favor of requiring senators to ask for an ethics ruling in the future if they take jobs which might present a conflict of interest. Republican Senator Mike Sexton of Rockwell City says he’s relieved by the dismissal, and he won’t give up his job, or his role as chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee. He says it’s been a very trying time. He says to endure a personal attack has been emotionally tough at times.Two of Sexton’s lawmaker friends attacked the Senate ethics committee action to require senators to ask for advice on potential conflicts of interest. Republican Senator Steve King of Kyron says it’s ridiculous.Republican Representative Mike Cormack of Fort Dodge says it’s all about politics. He says it’s unfortunate that Sexton’s reputation has been smeared because of the charges.The activist group that’s been strongly critical of Sexton, had criticism for today’s ruling. Hugh Espey is rural project director for the group Citizens for Community Improvement.He says that by not finding a conflict of interest, he says the committee’s approving “buying influence” in the legislature. He suggests opening day of the legislature be a job fair for big businesses, and charges that Swine Graphics has paid 45-thousand dollars since October 1999. Espey says they won’t give up the fight against Sexton. He says the group will keep pressuring Senator Stewart Iverson and Mary Kramer to remove Sexton from the Natural Resources Committee. Citizens for Community Improvement helped organize two recent meetings to oppose the building of a 55-hog feedlot proposed for west-central Iowa.