A shipment of corn from the U-S has been turned down by Japan because tracesof a genetically modified corn variety were found. The corn has been tracedback to a Minnesota cooperative but it’s unclear if any of the corn camefrom Iowa. The shipment refused by the Japanese contained traces of Starlinkcorn, a bio-tech variety that was approved for animal but not humanconsumption when it was widely grown a couple of years ago. The shipment hasbeen traced back to cargo that originated with twin cities-based CHSCooperatives. Officials with the co-op say they don’t know how theshipment was contaminated. Two years ago the corn market was racked by theStarlink controversy. This time. many market observors says they don’texpect the latest findings to have a lasting effect in the market.
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Four airports in Iowa are starting new security procedures this morningwhich may slow the already-tedious passenger check-in process to a crawl.Des Moines travel agent Kay Johnson says people need to arrive at theairport even earlier than they normally would to compensate.The new guidelines take effect today at airports in: Des Moines, Fort Dodge,Mason City and Waterloo. She recommends people get to the airport two hoursbefore the flight. As part of the new safety measures, Johnson says allchecked bags need to be left unlocked, so security screeners have easyaccess. Johnson says people with concerns about their possessions fallingout might consider buying luggage straps that buckle, but don’t lock. Shesays packages should -not- be wrapped if they’re to be checked and don’t putundeveloped film in the bags. Johnson says people are being urged not topack any food or beverages in checked luggage. Things that may set offwarnings include: cheese, chocolate and jars of peanut butter.
Hospitals in Iowa and across the nation are going to be graded next month onhow well they implement 11 patient safety standards to reduce medicalerrors. Officials say the standards shouldn’t cost a lot to implement andwill save lives. For example, hospitals will be required to confirm apatient’s identify not once but twice before dispensing medication orperforming surgery. Hospitals risk losing their accredidation if thestandards are not in place. Rhonda Kirkegaard of Finley Hospital in Dubuqueis administrative director of quality, and she says most hospitalsimplemented these standards years ago. Kirkegaard says there will be six”goals” to start with, dealing with the most critical patient safety issues.Kirkegaard says another rule deals with communication among care givers. Thenew rule requires the “read back” of a telephoned order and a list ofabbreviations so written orders are precise. Another rule calls fordifferent ways to handle “high-alert” medications.Another rule deals withthe ways hospitals try to prevent mistakes in surgery. Kirkegaard says herhospital already puts a big “NO” on a leg or arm that’s not to be operatedon.
The leading Republican at the statehouse is threatening new taxes for Iowa’sland-based casinos if they press their court case with the state. Thissummer, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state could no longer tax theracetracks in Altoona, Council Bluffs and Dubuque at a higher rate than theriverboats. Now, the tracks are suing for the extra taxes they paid since1997. House Speaker-elect Christopher Rants of Sioux City says if thecasinos win, he’ll look for a way to collect that money in new taxes. Rantssays legislators can be “pretty creative” and might consider taxing squarefootage or even the number of machines in the casinos. Rants is from SiouxCity, a river town with a riverboat casino. Rants says he has nothingagainst the racetrack/casinos, but he insists he won’t let the state sufferin order to pay some casinos back taxes.Rants says education or humanservice programs shouldn’t have to “feel the pinch” if the casinos insist onbeing paid back. Rants says he’s angry the casinos are asking for $100MILLION when the state should be spending that money on other priorities.Rants says the racetrack casinos agreed to the higher taxes years ago inreturn for the legislature’s approval of slot machines at the tracks. Rantsaccuses the tracks of “being greedy” and he says the legislature willretaliate with more taxes on the tracks if the tracks win their latestgo-round in court…………
Iowa State led Boise State 10-7 at the halftime of Tuesday’s Humanitarian Bowl but like the season as a whole the second half fell apart. The 15th-ranked Broncos scored 27 second half points in a 34-16 win. After being 6-1 at one point, the Cyclones finish 7-7. The good news is that a majority of the two-deep return, including junior safety Lane Danielsen. Danielsen says he’s going to work as hard as he can to play winning Big 12 football next season. Danielsen says Iowa State, with one of its biggest senior classes ever, will have a “pretty good shot” next year. Boise State grabbed the momentum by scoring on its first two possessions of the second half. McCarney says Boise State played with a lot of confidence on their home field, where they’ve won 26 of their last 27 games. McCarney says Iowa State just couldn’t capitalize on mistakes, and Boise State did. McCarney says the lack of a running game was the Cyclones’ downfall. McCarney says he wants 62 players to put on weight between now and the start of spring football in March. “That’s not just sitting around eating Hostess Twinkies and eating mashed potatoes. We’ve got to get bigger and stronger.” McCarney says Iowa State’s “under-sized” at some positions and some guys should gain 30 pounds in the off-season.
Iowa State coach Dan McCarney says the Cyclones have had spirited workouts as they prepare for the December 31st Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, Idaho against Boise State. McCarney says practices have been like spring football with lots of repetitions — getting the young kids lots of opportunities and the older kids ready for a bowl game. McCarney says his coaching staff has “busted their tails” by recruiting and preparing for a bowl game at the same time. McCarney says the two-a-day practices have been intense, and the players are working hard. McCarney says his team is preparing to win, not just make an appearance in a bowl game. McCarney says he’s discovered the people in Boise support the Hanitarian Bowl in much the same way the residents of Shreveport, Louisiana support the Independece Bowl where Iowa State played last year.
Tim Barnes had a season high 19-points as Iowa State downed Northern Iowa71-64 last night in the UNI-Dome, giving the Cyclones a sweep of theirthree, in-state foes. Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy waspleased with the victory even though the Cyclones had trouble slowing downthe Panthers inside game.Eustachy says UNI was the best team they’ve played this year. Iowa Statejumped out to a big early lead then held off a couple of UNI rallies in thesecond half. Eustachy says he likes the composure of his team. UNI coachGreg McDermott says the Panthers could not overcome a slow start.
After a day off from practice Saturday, the Iowa Hawkeyes held their thirdFlorida practice in Miami Sunday. The two head coaches also held their firstformal Orange Bowl news conference Sunday at media headquarters in MiamiBeach. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz says things are starting to intensify as thegame gets closer. Ferentz says his team isn’t ready yet, and isn’t sharpenough. Ferentz “somewhat” agrees with the idea that this will be a match upof Iowa’s Big 10 brawn against the Trojans Pac-10 speed. He says trying toplan for that speed is one of the biggest problems in practice. One thingthe team hasn’t had to worry about is poor weather. Ferentz says that’swelcome after Iowa’s last trip for a Florida bowl game when he was anassistant coach and the Hawkeyes lost in the Gator Bowl to Florida.USC coach Pete Carroll says the team has responded well in its first fewpractices. He says this is an “action-packed week” but it seems like thegame is still a long ways away. Carroll says Iowa’s kicking game is onearea that statistically beats his team in every catergory. He says they’veput some extra time in with their two young kickers to try and help thatsituation. Traditionally, the Big Ten is perceived as a league that playspower football while the Pac-Ten is considered a speed league. Carroll saysit’ll be a classic confrontation, because Iowa is so strong upfront. It wasn’t all work though on Sunday. The players from both teams had a beach partyat nearby Fort Lauderdale beach after their practices.
Big growth is happening fast at the Blood Center of Iowa, including dropping the word “Central” from its name. Spokeswoman Christine Hayes says they currently serve 34 hospitals in counties from the Minnesota border to the Missouri border, but will add nine more next May, mainly around Waterloo and Cedar Falls. Hayes says this will increase the demand on the Blood Center’s services as the new clients will need about 10,000 units of blood. Hayessays a donor center will open in Waterloo so local donors can support their local hospitals, and send Bloodmobiles out for on-location blood drives at schools, businesses and other locations. Blood doesn’t last very long, she explains, so they need donations all the time. Right now, Hayes says each donor with the Blood Center gives blood onthe average once a year. She says they’ve been lucky not to have a critical shortage in this region but normally during a holiday supplies become short and usage increases. The Blood Center has an incentive program to get thoseonce-a-year donors to come give more often. You can give six times a year, every 56 days, and the new program called “Four Pints For Life” will give donors a free T-shirt after their fourth donation within a year.
Tempo is normally a term reserved for basketball but Iowa State coach DanMcCarney says it will be a factor in tomorrow’s Humanitarian Bowl againstBoise State. The Broncos want to create as many snaps as possible on offenseand McCarney says the Cyclone defense will need to be ready when they breakthe huddle. McCarney says Boise State ran 30 different motions in theiroffense in recent games. McCarney says the number of sets and motions BoiseState runs is designed to get a defense lined up wrong at the snap. Cyclonedefensive tackle Jordan Carstens says Boise State has been known to sprintout of the huddle and snap the ball immediately.