The sophomore averaged 27 points, six rebounds and nearly four steals in two games. Jackson scored 27 points, hauled down eight rebounds and collected four steals in a victory over Norwalk. She was three of eight from three point range.
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The sophomore averaged 19 and a half points, nine rebounds and three steals in two games. Birks scored 17 points, including four of four from three point range, added nine rebounds and four steals in a win over Prairie Valley.
The senior averaged 21 points, 15 and a half rebounds and three assists in two wins. Ernst poured in 23 points, hauled down 15 rebounds, added three assists and four steals in a victory over Lisbon. She was nine of 14 from the field.
The sophomore averaged 14 points, six and a half rebounds, nine assists and four steals in two wins. Hickey had a double-double in a victory over New London with 12 points and 11 assists. She also had seven rebounds and three steals.
Iowans are breaking out their snowplows and shovels again today. National Weather Service Meteorologist Rod Donovan says much of southern, central and northeast Iowa is buried under 4 to 6 inches of snow.
“Out highest snowfall totals have been around 7.8 inches in Indianola. We had a 7 inch report near Knoxville and another 7 inch report between Waterloo and LaPorte City,” Donovan says. Snowfall totals in northwest and north-central Iowa are between 1 to 3 inches.
While the snow is tapering off, strong northwest winds are picking up. “Generally, 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts toward 40 miles per hour,” Donovan says. “So, even though the snow has diminished, we do have visibility reduced to one-half to one mile out in rural areas.”
The wind is blowing in some very cold air. Lows will drop below zero across northern Iowa and in the single digits elsewhere. That will push wind chill readings into the 20-to-30 below zero range.
“It’ll be even colder Thursday night as Arctic high pressure arrives and we could be see below zero temperatures across most of the state,” Donovan says. Warmer weather is on the way. Temperatures could push above freezing this weekend.
“Overall, the general trend going through February looks fairly mild with little cold air,” Donovan says.
A southwestern Iowa woman was killed last night when her pickup went out of control on Interstate 80 and was hit by a semi.
Iowa State Patrol says say 41-year old Heather Ann Roberts, of Council Bluffs died at a hospital in Des Moines following the crash on I-80 in Adair County.
Roberts was traveling west on the interstate at around 10:30 p.m., when her full-sized Chevy pickup went out of control. The pickup crossed the median and entered the eastbound lanes of traffic, where it was hit on the passenger side by a 2006 Volvo semi.
Both vehicles then came to rest in the east ditch off of eastbound I-80. The driver of the semi, 49-year old Michael P. Cole, of Oswego, Illinois, was not injured.
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic
One of the co-chairs of a group that is trying to get more women into the top elected offices in the state says women should not be left out of the talk over filling what will be an open U.S. Senate seat in 2014.
Maggie Tinsman says the retirement announcement of Senator Tom Harkin is an opportunity for women.
“It’s time for Iowa to break out of its connection with Mississippi — which is the only other state that’s never sent (a woman) to Washington, D.C. besides Iowa — and never had a female governor,” Tinsman says.
“So, I think it’s really important for Iowa to realize that we’ve got some real quality women that could run as well.”
Tinsman is a Republican and a retired state senator from Bettendorf. Former Democrat state senator Jean Lyod-Jones co-chairs the bipartisan group “50-50 in 20-20” with Tinsman. The group seeks to have 50-percent of the members of the Iowa Legislature and congressional delegation be women by 2020.
They also want to have a woman governor in office by the same year — which is the 100th anniversary of the women’s suffrage movement. Tinsman says there are numerous female candidates from both parties who could run, such as: Iowa Economic Development Director Debi Durham; Des Moines City Councilwoman Chris Hensley; Iowa Senate President Pam Jochum; former Lieutenant Governors Patty Judge and Sally Pederson; House Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer; and former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack.
Current Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says she is keeping her options open for a possible run. Tinsman says her group is not endorsing any particular woman.
“We’ve not talked to any of them about running. We’re just saying that all the media and everyone else is talking about all these men who could run, and they are very quality men, don’t get me wrong,” Tinsman says, “but the fact is that now we have some potential candidates that are female as well and could be elected to congress.”
Tinsman says running against an incumbent is not easy, and that’s what makes this an even more important opportunity for women. “This is an open seat, so it’s very different. And it’s time for women who have been in the pipeline and who have done a wonderful job, not only in elected politics, but non-elected politics to absolutely run. And we know that women win in the same percentage as men. It’s the fact that they don’t run enough,” according to Tinsman.
She says if one of the sitting congressmen decides to run for the Senate seat, then that would provide an opportunity for women to run for an open congressional seat. Tinsman says now is the time for women candidates to start lining up and raising money for a political run.
You can find out more about Tinsman’s group on their website at: www.50-50in2020.org.
State officials say 30 percent of the inmates in Iowa prisons are “severely mentally ill.”
Dr. Harbans Deol, the director of medical services for Iowa’s nine prisons, says those inmates diagnosed with illnesses like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and depression “take a lot of resources” and require special training for the staff who deal with them.
“They’re really hearing voices. They’re seeing things,” he says.
“They cannot picture what you’re talking about and if you start giving them orders when they’re having an acute episode…to say, ‘Hey, get up and go ahead make the bed,’ guess what? In that little sentence you have given them three different orders. They don’t get it. You have to direct them step by step.”
Dr. Gary Hinzman is a top administrator in the community-based corrections system that manages half-way houses and other low- or no-security facilities.
“We have come to learn that within our system we have people who come to us with mental health issues who would otherwise not be criminals,” Hinzman says. “And if we can identify mental health issues on the front end of the system, we can prevent those people from entering into the system further, into the costly prison system or even our own residential facilities, which are costly.”
According to Hinzman, the “shadow behind the curtain” is that many of those who are on probation have mental health problems that need to be diagnosed and treated.
Iowa Department of Corrections director John Baldwin says the governor has approved plans to hire more psychiatrists to work in the nine prisons. Those psychiatrists will do video consultations with people who’re charged with a crime, have a mental illness, but are in halfway houses or other community-based facilities outside of the nine state prisons.
“We think that’s a huge step forward and we’ll be the nation’s trend-setter in trying to keep people at the lowest level of the corrections continum,” Baldwin says. “That’s just huge because so often they come to us when, if they had some psychiatric care in the community, they would not have continued up the corrections scale.”
According to Baldwin, mental health professionals in the private sector do a good job, but they often can’t handle patients who get “aggressive” and the downward spiral starts — and those patients wind up being charged with a crime.
“We’re going to work with those people to try to keep them in the most logical place that they can be housed,” Baldwin says. “…I’m just so excited to have this conversation now.”
Baldwin and other prison officials were invited to speak before an Iowa Senate committee Tuesday. The committee’s focus on mental health issues is one reaction among Iowa legislators to the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
Gun rights advocates have proposed other measures, like allowing Iowans who have a permit to carry a concealed weapon carry that gun in a school.
“Breaker-breaker-one-nine” was how truck drivers used to communicate on the citizen’s band radio, but technology has changed. The Iowa Department of Transportation is reaching out to truckers during this latest snowstorm, hoping they’ll send Tweets, pictures and video about the messes they’re encountering.
Bob Younie is the D.O.T.’s state maintenance engineer. “We think it would be very useful for professional drivers and other motorists to let us know what they see,” Younie says.
“We can’t be in every part of the system all the time, although we’re continually plowing snow. We think the use of social media will help us understand what people are seeing and experiencing.”
The snowstorm that hit December 19th and 20th dropped nearly 14 inches of snow on parts of central Iowa. Younie says situations arose during that storm that were teachable moments where a quick note via Twitter or Facebook would have gone a long ways to helping overcome winter travel obstacles.
“People experience a condition that sometimes we don’t see, for example, a slow-down in traffic or people being unable to move or people being stranded,” Younie says. “We had some comments about that during the blizzard. Those are the kinds of information that’s valuable to us. We want to know things we can take action on.”
Today’s snowstorm is much less ferrocious than the late December blizzard, but parts of Iowa may still get six to eight inches of snow from this blast. Plus, the winds are whipping up the snow and causing white-out conditions in some areas.
Younie says, “There’s snow on the roads, snow’s blowing and people need to be concerned with their own personal safety by slowing down, giving a little extra space around them, and let’s just all travel safely.” The Iowa D.O.T. is using the following hashtag — #iatraffic — during this event and recommends other Twitter users do the same to find relevant tweets using that key phrase.
If you’re sending pictures or video, use the “geotag” function, so your location can be pinpointed. Keep up on conditions by calling 511 or visit “511ia.org“.
At about four o’clock yesterday afternoon the Iowa House finally had 100 members.
Ninety-nine state representatives took the oath of office on January 14, but Todd Pritchard of Charles City wasn’t sworn in as a member of the House until Tuesday.
“I’m going to play catch-up. I’m going to do my research and I’m ready,” Pritchard said of his rookie status, “I’ve got an uphill battle, but we’re ready.”
Pritchard, a Democrat, won a January 22 special election for a House seat that became vacant when the man who won it in November’s election resigned in December.
Pritchard met many of his colleagues for the first time and settled into his House desk Tuesday. Today Pritchard will start going to committees and voting on bills.
“So I’ll start drinking from the fire hose, as they say,” Pritchard told Radio Iowa, with a laugh.
Pritchard had been serving as the Assistant Floyd County Attorney. He now represents an Iowa House district that covers Chickasaw and Floyd Counties as well as portions of Cerro Gordo County.
“I think I bring some good experience to the table as a lawyer, a prosecutor and as a veteran,” Pritchard said Tuesday.
Pritchard is a major in the Iowa National Guard and has been deployed four times. He was in the unit that served 15 months in Iraq — the longest deployment in modern history for any unit in the U.S. military.
(Photo courtesy of Dean Fihr, House Democratic Caucus Staff.)