Fifteen Iowans who were held as prisoners of war will be honored with P-O-W medals in a ceremony this morning in northeast Iowa. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley will present the medals to the veterans or surviving family members in the 9-45 service at Rose Hill Cemetery in Fredericksburg. Grassley says this is an important day. Today’s service in Fredericksburg will include a fly-over by Iowa Air National Guard F-16s in an aerial salute. Earlier this decade, Grassley served on the Senate Select Committee that investigated the P-O-W issue. More than a million Americans have died in the line of duty, serving this country. Grassley says Iowans should show respect on this holiday.The following is a list of the fifteen P-O-W’s being honored today, the wars they served in and their hometowns: Marvin Balhorn, WW2, Marion; Donald Brehmer, WW2, Waterloo; Donald Busta, Korea, Lawler; Mearl Cline, WW2, Waterloo; John Gutierrez, WW2, Cedar Rapids; Arthur Haan, WW2, Allison; Merle Hobbs, WW2, St. Ansgar; Dale Jensen, WW2, Elk Run Heights; Victor Johnson, WW2, Nashua; Lawrence Klenske, WW2, New Hampton; Carroll McCampbell, WW2, Waterloo; Edward Merfeld, WW2, Marble Rock; Paul Moore, WW2, Marshalltown; Howard Parker, WW2, Cedar Rapids; Carl Selvig, WW2, Charles City; Randall Thompson, WW2, Marshalltown; Duane Vavroch, Vietnam, West Des Moines. A 16th Iowan will be presented with the Purple Heart — Milford Bergeson of Fredericksburg, who served in World War Two.
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(Des Moines, IA) Democrat presidential candidate Bill Bradley, a member of the National Basketball Association’s Hall of Fame, made sure he was near a television set Sunday night.
“I caught the last part of the Knicks game…the last six minutes when it was iced,” Bradley joked with reporters Monday.
Bradley was a New York Knick for ten years. In his rookie season in ’67, he “endured boos and jeers from the Knicks crowd” according to Bradley’s biography on the Internet. Bradley stayed with it, eventually scoring 10,438 points in his career and helping the Knicks win N.B.A. championships in 1972/73 and 1969/70. [Read more…]
The Iowa Lottery is using a national expert from Harvard in a new public service announcement on gambling addiction. The lottery normally tries to get people to play its games, but spokesman Joe Hrdlicka (heard-lick-uh) says there is a segment of players who need help. Hrdlicka says producing the announcement doesn’t conflict with the lottery’s slogan — “You can’t win if you don’t play”. The P-S-A features Dr. Howard Shaffer of the Harvard Medical School. Shaffer discusses the study of compulsive behavior. The end of the announcement advises anyone who may think they have a gambling problem to call the Iowa Gambling Treatment Program’s 800 number. The new public service announcements are being distributed to television stations in the state.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding Iowa flood victims to get your loan applications completed and turned in. Spokesman Frank Adinolfe says there are thousands of dollars in loans available. You’re eligible if you live in one of the ten counties declared federal disaster areas due to the flooding and tornadoes. Adinolfe says businesses in the surrounding counties can also be eligible if they suffered as a result of the disaster. He says the sooner you get your application in, the sooner you get your check. Adinolfe says the loans have varying rates and you need to call FEMA to register to be eligible for the SBA loans.
University of Iowa researchers say a rare disease that accelerates aging may have yielded clues to treat problems of normal aging. The disease Progeria (pro-jeer’-e-uh) causes young children to age rapidly and most die by the age of 13. U of I Radiology professor Larry Oberley led a study of the disease. He says it shows a problem with the proteins in Progeria patients. Oberley says they are trying to treat the disease by altering the proteins of the diseased cells in the lab. He says success could lead to the treatment of normal aging problems. Oberley says it could be a couple of years before they have a treatment that can be used on humans. Oberley says the treatment could be similar to gene therapy used to treat cancer.
Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer says the war in Kosovo has highlighted the need to beef-up the U.S. Military. Bauer says if elected, he’d commit at least 50-billion MORE dollars over the next six years to re-build American defenses. Bauer says it’s wrong that 17-thousand service members are paid so little they qualify for food stamps. Bauer says the military establishment is part of the problem. Bauer says American has gone through cycles in this century where military preparedness has fallen by the wayside. Bauer made his comments Saturday at the Iowa Veterans Memorial on the statehouse grounds.
(Des Moines, IA) Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer on Saturday said the war in Kosovo has highlighted the need to beef-up the U.S. Military.
“We’re supposed to have a two-and-a-half war strategy, that we could fight two-and-a-half wars at the same time,” Bauer said. “We’re already running out of ammunition in a war in Kosovo. Something is deeply wrong and it ought to be a major issue in the campaign.”
Bauer said if elected, he’d commit at least $50 billion over the next six years to re-build American defenses. Among his complaints, a decrease in U.S. Army divisions and fighter air wings, a 50-percent reduction in the number of ships in the Navy’s fleet, as well as aging military hardware. [Read more…]
Federal workers and disabled veterans in central Iowa join forces for a rally tomorrow at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Des Moines. Organizers say the goal is to make the public more aware of the financial condition the facility is facing, calling it a recipe for disaster. Tom Neal is President of the hospital’s chapter of the American Federation of Government Employees. He says the staff is tormented by the recent allegations patients are being neglected. Neal says it’s also a huge weight on everyone there that the facility’s budget is in such trouble. The V-A hospitals in Des Moines & Knoxville are facing a 20-million dollar deficit in addition to a budget that’s been frozen sinced 1997 and will remain so until 2002. Neal blames our elected leaders for the situation. Neal says no time could be more appropriate for the event than Memorial Day weekend.
After lean years in the 1980s, state officials are spending lots more money on the state-supported universities in Ames, Cedar Falls and Iowa City. Frank Stork is the executive secretary of the Board of Regents — the board which oversees the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. For the second year in a row, the Legislature and the Governor approved enough money to provide three-percent salary hikes for university faculty and staff. Policymakers also approved big projects for the schools, like a new plant science center at Iowa State, a new public health college at the University of Iowa and a masters in social work program at the University of Northern Iowa. The legislature approved making 25-million dollars worth of capital improvements at the three, state-supported Universities in the year 2001. Governor Vilsack vetoed those projects, as he objected to setting such sizable budget priorites so far in advance.
A Congressional report concludes Iowans pay significantly more for their prescription drugs than Canadians or Mexicans. Congressman Leonard Boswell, a democrat from Davis City, asked for the analysis. Boswell uses the data as support for a bill he’s authored. The bill would force pharmaceutical companies to offer prescription drugs to Medicare recipients for the SAME low price charged to H-M-Os, insurance companies and some government programs. Boswell says it would help elderly pensioners. Boswell’s “Prescription Drug Fairness Act” would help pharmacies get cheaper drugs by pooling orders — for the kind of “bulk buy” that’s lower priced. The Committee on Government Reform and Oversight found Iowans pay 72 percent more for prescription drugs than do residents of Mexico — and 102 percent more than Canadians. The Committee evaluated drug prices in Ames, Newton, Indianola, Chariton, Lamoni, Knoxville, Albia, Washington, Fairfield, Burlington and West Point.