Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Bradley will be inIowa City next week to speak at the University of Iowa campus. Bradley is aformer US Senator from New Jersey. He’ll give a reading from one of hisbooks on Tuesday evening.
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The Randolph State Bank has been ordered to pay restitutionto two farmers whose checks they refused to honor. The farmers had written the checks to their farm landlords. A Mills County jury says the bankintentionally interfered with the men’s leases by not honoring the check. The bank will pay 85-thousand in actual damages and 75-thousand dollars aspunishment.
The Council Bluffs city council has suspended theliquor license of a bar where an underage drinker fell out of a second storywindow. Edibles and Spirits will lose its license for six months. Thepunishment falls short of the council’s original plan to revoke the owner’slicense for two years and close the bar for a year. The owner will alsohave to pay a 10-thousand dollar fine.
A study of Iowa’s workforce says the current worker shortageis Iowa’s most serious problem since the 1980’s farm crisis. The report,prepared by the Iowa Business Council, finds a quarter of a million Iowajobs go unfilled due to a lack of trained workers. Governor Vilsack is proposing one-and-three-quarters million dollars inforgivable loans for Iowa workers who go back to school for new jobtraining
) A University of Iowa professor is working on the nextgeneration of snowplows. Civil and Enviornmental Engineering ProfessorWilfred Nixon studies ice. He’s working with the Department ofTransportation to develop plows and blades which require less work from theuser. He says the key is to find the best combination of materials andcutting edges.
Republican presidential hopeful Steve Forbes has toldIowa Republicans their national leaders have failed in their publicrelations. Forbes says Republicans in Washington have handled theimpeachment of President Clinton poorly. And he says witnesses are crucialto the trial to complete the record. Forbes is spending his own money on radio ads supporting Iowaconstitutional amendments limiting the Governor’s taxing and spendingauthority. He says he will announce his candidacy for the White House in thenext two weeks.
) A compromise to increase spending for public schools hasbeen reached between Governor Vilsack and lawmakers. House speaker RonCorbett credits a new era of cooperation between the political parties inthe statehouse. The plan calls for per-student spending to growfour-percent, starting with the 2000 school year.
A former newspaper salesperson is suing her formeremployer. Barbara Young of Davenport says the Quad City Times fired her forher religious beliefs because she refused to sell advertising to riverboatcasinos and taverns.
Four men won’t ever gamble in Iowa again. The four men fromOhio and Florida have pleaded guilty to cheating at card games on a Clintonriverboat. They have been banned from gambling in Iowa for life. Three ofthe four men also face similar charges in Dubuque and Davenport.
For the first time, someone in Iowa has been sent to yearsprison for transmitting the AIDS virus. 46-year-old Robert Bradfield ofDubuque has been convicted for transmitting the virus to an 11-year-old boy. The boy has so far, developed no sign of the disease.Bradfield is sentenced to 25 years in prison, but is expected to die fromAIDS complications before the end of the year.