Former Green Bay Packer Reggie White will speak at the opening cermonies ofthe Iowa Games next month in Ames. Iowa Games executive director JimHallihan says he has always wanted White to visit the summer sportsfestival.White delivered a controversial speech on race to the Wisconsin statelegislature last year but Hallihan doesn’t feel that will be an issue at theIowa Games.
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Two of the state’s top baseball teams in class 4A matchup tonight in adoubleheader as top ranked Sioux City North takes on fifth rated Sioux CityEast. North is 21-2 on the season and coach Kelly Nuestrom (new-strum) saysthe games figure to be entertaining.Nuestrom says the offense has carried them this year even at times when thedefense has struggled.Nuestrom says while they are trying to keep the top ranking in perspectiveit is something they have enjoyed.
Many people again have visions of turning one dollar into millions as thePowerball jackpot has climbed to a near record level. Iowa Lottery spokesmanJoe Hrdlicka says the jackpot is estimated at 145-million, but that couldincrease.Hrdlicka says its the third highest jackpot.He says the annuity payment ends up being around five-point-eight milliondollars a year for 25 years, while a cash payout would be about half of thejackpot after taxes. Hrdlicka expects powerball sales to be brisk beforetonite’s drawing.The drawing is tonite just before ten o’clock.
It’s a far cry from the moonshine-busters of the “Untouchables” era, butofficials from the Iowa Alcohol Beverage Division are going on the road forRagbrai.Field auditors are driving the big bike ride’s route this week to meet withbar and tavern owners and law enforcement agencies. Division chiefadministator Jack Nystrom wants every one of the 250 liquor licensees toknow the laws and abide by them during the week-long trek.Nystrom says he and the auditors will drive the 521-mile path from RockRapids to Bellevue at least twice during the ride a month from now, makingsure the state’s laws on alcohol sales and consumption are being followed.Ragbrai runs July 25th through the 31st.
Governor Vilsack is vowing to seek a “People’s Referendum” on future Iowatax increases. Vilsack first proposed the idea this spring, but republican legislatorsrejected it. However, last night, G.O.P. leaders endorsed the concept.Vilsack opposed the constitutional amendments which were narrowly defeatedin yesterday’s election — but today he offered reassurance to amendmentsupporters.Vilsack says he won’t raise income or sales taxes and says he will stickwith the pledge to not spend more than 99 percent of what the state takesin. Vilsack recorded radio ads for the group which opposed yesterday’sconstitutional amendments. Amendment supporters spent about one-point-sevenmillion on radio and t-v ads. Amendment opponents spent about 250-thousanddollars. He says that shows you can run a grassroots campaign in the statewithout spending a lot of money.Vilsack is in New York City and made his comments during a telephoneconference call with Iowa reporters.
The constitutional amendments weren’t the only thing on the ballot Tuesday. In WinnebagoCounty a one-cent local option sales tax passed. The tax takes effect October first & is expected to give supervisors some630-thousand dollars in new revenue.
The director of the Union County Conservation board is questioning a reportthat says Three Mile Lake’s swimming area is cloudier than normal standards.John Tapkan says he finds the report in the Des Moines Register hard tobelieve.Tapkan says the man-made lake was designed to keep out silt and otherpollutants that cause the cloudiness.The lake is less than five years old. Tapkan says he has visited otherlakes where the water is not as clear as Three Mile Lake. He says they lakeshave never been tested.
Today is the deadline for all the nation’s banks to be prepared against anycomputer glitches that could accompany the arrival of the year 2-thousand. Ben Hildebrandt, spokesman for the Iowa Bankers Association, says Iowa banksare prepared for the new millennium. He says 97-percent of Iowa banks havethe top rating when it comes to being prepared.Many banks across the state are considering opening their doors on New Year’sDay to ease customer concerns.The year two-thousand is only 183 days away.
After Tuesday’s rejection of two tax-and-spend amendments to the Iowaconstitution, one political scientist does NOT expect the voters will beasked to amend the document again anytime soon.Iowa State University political science professor Steffen Schmidt says itappears many people took the tack of -quote- “if it ain’t broke, don’t fixit.” Schmidt says he doubts state legislators will change the way they handlefuture tax increases and budgets.While negative ad campaigns usually turn voters off, Schmidt says theopposite was true this time, evidenced by the higher-than-expected voterturnout and the close results.Schmidt says both the Vote Yes and Vote No campaigns were deliberately vagueon some issues, were of poor quality and at times hysterical.
The Davenport Assumption baseball team has put together a lengthy winningstreak as the regular season heads down the stretch. The class 3A top-rankedKnights improved to 22-6 with a doubleheader sweep of North Scott on Mondayand have now won 14 of their last 16 games. Assumption coach Scott Hardingsays his team is starting to jell at the right time.Assumption has been scoring a lot of runs during the streak and Harding saysthe defense needs to get better because eventually pitching and defense willneed to win some games.Harding says playing in the always tough Mississippi Athletic Conferencewill help come tournament time.