Drake returns to Valley action tonight at home against Wichita State. This will be the second matchup of the season after the Shockers claimed a lopsided win in Wichita. Drake coach Kurt Kanaskie says Wichita State creates a lot of problems with their speed and quickness.The Shockers have lost their last two games but Kanaskie says that does not always mean this is a good time to play them.Wichita State appeared to be in title contention a week ago but coach Mark Turgeon’s team has slipped to 5-4 in the Valley.Turgeon believes his team will come back with a good effort.
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The Northern Iowa Panthers return to Missouri Valley Conference action tonight by visiting Illinois State. The Panthers are 6-3 and alone in third place in the conference race. Illinois State is part of a three-way tie for fourth at 5-4. U-N-I coach Greg McDermott says after struggling early following the loss of leading scorer Tarise Bryson, the Redbirds have bounced back.McDermott says the Panthers have been successful when they’ve executed well and that will be a key tonight. He says they’re not athletic or big enough to make up for a lack of execution.Illinois State coach Tom Richardson says while Robbie Sieverding garners most of the attention, the Panthers have a number of weapons. He says they have three guards though that can score.Richardson says getting Sieverding back from a knee injury has been a big part of U-N-I’s surprising success.
More than two thousand University of Iowa students who work on campus got less money in their paychecks then expected this week. U-of-I payroll manager Joe Joynt says a computer programming error caused the students to be short-changed.Joynt says Social Security and Medicare taxes were mistakenly taken out of the checks that were issued to about 22-hundred students — making the payday smaller than usual. He says refund checks to make up for the error have already been issued. Joynt says students shouldn’t be greatly disadvantaged by the error. He says they may’ve gotten the refunds before they actually got their paychecks.Students who work on the Iowa City campus take on a variety of jobs, from re-stacking books in the library to slinging food in the cafeterias.
Iowa’s protestant and Jewish leaders today called on state lawmakers and the Governor to re-think dramatic cuts in services for the poor, the elderly and children. Philipp Barrett, the top official for the Des Moines Presbytery — the organization that represent Presbyterians, was among a group who held a news conference today at the statehouse.Barrett says policymakers need to add morality and values to their decision-making process.Mark Finkelstein of the Iowa Jewish Federation says cuts to human service programs are worrisome.Iowa Methodist Bishop Gregory Palmer concedes cuts must be made, but he says there are other options than cutting programs like welfare, gamblers assistance and pregnancy prevention.Sarai Beck is director of Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa. She says the highest priority is adequate financial support for low-income Iowans.Iowa Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Disciples of Christ, American Baptists, the United Church of Christ, Church of the Brethren, Reformed Church of America and the Community of Christ are members of Ecumenical Ministries of Iowa.
The Governor has declared this “Iowa Insurance Day.” The Statehouse is swarming with men in suits as the state’s insurance industry struts its stuff for lawmakers. Thirty-seven companies have set up booths; handed out a free lunch and ice cream dessert. Governor Vilsack saluted the throng at mid-day, saying the industry had made an “historic contribution” to Iowa and the nation. Vilsack says in light of September 11th, security has become one of the most important things to people. Vilsack says insurance is one of Iowa’s most important industries.The stats tell the story: 40-thousand Iowans are employed by insurance firms. Twenty-seven thousand Iowans are insurance agents. There are 257 insurance companies based in Iowa; and the industry generates over one-and-half billion dollars each year. Vilsack says it’s hard to believe, in the midst of recession, that Iowa has record employment. Vilsack says one of the reasons is the insurance industry.
Iowa’s been cleared as a source of last fall’s anthrax scare. Since shortly after anthrax spores were mailed to news and congressional offices last October, tests have shown it to be a variety dubbed “the Ames strain.” Researchers at the USDA animal disease labs in Ames have maintained that the germ never came from Iowa. Now, federal lab spokesman Jim Rogers says The Army Medical Institute of Infectious Diseases in Maryland has tracked down the truth.The Army Department found files showing the disease strain had been sent from Texas. Rogers explains the error slipped in because of the system of sending samples from all over the country to the central lab in Maryland.USDA supplies packing for labs to ship things, and mailers carry a return address of the USDA lab in Iowa, which apparently caused the mix-up. Every anthrax attack of fall 2001 involved the same strain, the Texas variety of the bacteria.
A six-point-one million-dollar bond issue for the Decorah schools was defeated Tuesday. Fifty-seven percent of the voters favored of the issue, but it needed 60-percent approval to pass. The bonds would’ve paid for a ten-point-six-million dollar project that included a new middle school and gymnasium. It’s the third time a school bond issue has failed to pass in Decorah.
At least one non-profit group in Iowa hopes to capitalize on President Bush’s call last night for more Americans to volunteer in their communities. In his State of the Union Address, the President said we need to -quote- “serve goals larger than self.” Althea Holcomb is executive director of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Central Iowa which connects hundreds of children with role models. She was very pleased to hear the President’s appeal for more volunteerism.Iowa Congressman Tom Latham says volunteering can be a positive response to the “soul-searching” Americans have done since the attacks of September 11th. Holcomb says volunteers at Big Brothers-Big Sisters are paid back, with as much reward or more than what they give a child.Holcomb says the best way to serve the greater good is to work with children, calling kids our state’s most valuable resource. There are 11 Iowa chapters of Big Brothers-Big Sisters. Surf to “www.biglink.org” for more information.
Part of the mystery is solved, but more questions remain about the discovery of a dead man in central Iowa. The Marshall County Sheriff identifies the man whose body was found in a ditch near Marshalltown over the weekend as Mark Kieler of Marshalltown. Authorities say Kieler had been released from the city jail in July after being arrested on charges of theft, unlawful use of a credit card and possession of drug paraphernalia. The cause of death has not been released.
That Illinois minister who’s accused of cooking and selling a “date rape” drug in eastern Iowa is being sent home with his mom and dad. Bureau County, Illinois, priest Jeff Windy is being suspended from his duties with the parishes in Sheffield and Wyanet. During a federal court appearance yesterday in Davenport, a judge said there is probable cause to charge Windy with making and distributing G-H-B, a date-rape drug. The 31-year-old Windy is being released to the custody of his parents in Peru, Illinois. Timothy O’Brien of Davenport and Bradley Bush of Rock Island are also charged. An informant told police he saw Windy and O’Brien making G-H-B in O’Brien’s home.