The Fourth of July holiday weekend is typically a busy time for auto racing in the state and this one will be no different. The O’Reilly Auto Parts NASCAR tour makes four stops at five Iowa tracks in five days. Joe Hayes promotes tracks in Farley, West Liberty and Davenport. The first stop is tonight in Farley.The tour stops in West Liberty Saturday night and Davenport on Monday.Hayes says the tour offers the same rules but has added competition and prize money.Hayes says heavy rains, especially in the Northeast part of the state have had a major impact on the schedule.
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Law officers in eastern Iowa are paying close attention to one stretch of roadway as the Fourth of July holiday gets underway. Davenport police lieutenant Jerry Behning says Highway 61 between Dubuque and Keokuk is one of the most dangerous in Iowa. Behing says the highway will be swarming with cops this weekend.Behning says drivers need to look at their task as a full-time occupation while they’re on the road.The Highway has been the site of numerous accidents in recent years.
University of Iowa President Mary Sue Coleman has o-kayed guidelines for Hawkeye apparel makers, rules designed to prevent the exploitation of workers. U-of-I Management Professor Lon Moeller led the committee that drafted the “Code of Conduct”. Moeller says the code sets out strict guidelines for the working conditions manufacturers must provide.A group known as “Students Against Sweatshops” pushed the University to make changes. Moeller says that pressure, and time contraints, made developing the code a difficult task. He says the toughest task is now in the hands of those who have to make sure manufacturers are following the code.Under the code, University-sanctioned clothing must have been made by workers earning at least the minimum wage — and in factories where child labor is banned. Manufacturers have six months to abide by the new code after being notified by the University.
Fire officials are warning Iowans to take precautions with fireworks this holiday weekend. Sioux City fire department spokesman Brian Thiele says most fireworks are illegal in Iowa.Sparklers and snakes are just about the only fireworks legal to buy and set-off in Iowa. Thiele says Sioux City is in a unique position since other fireworks are legal across the state border.Thiele says even legal fireworks can cause damage if not used properly.Thiele recommends having a bucket of water handy to douse the sparklers once they’ve flared their colored rays of light.
About two-hundred members of the Iowa Air Guard’s 185th fighter wing in Sioux City will soon be in the Caribbean, looking for drug-runners. The group leaves Sunday for a seven-week mission. Lieutenant Colonel Gary Cranmer says six F-16s from Iowa will be part of U-S drug interdiction efforts.This is not the first time Iowa Air Guard members have participated in the drug sweep, but it is the first time they’ve operated out of the island of Curacao.Cranmer, who will be one of the pilots involved, says he’ll be looking for suspicious aircraft flying out of Columbia and Venezula.Cranmer says the F-16s are already on their way to the island. Support staff and cargo will leave Sioux City Sunday morning at six a.m. Curacao is an island in the Netherlands Antilles in the southern Caribbean.
The state has fined a Manchester business 10-thousand dollars for failing to report releases of sulfuric acid. Excide Battery officials say they’ve paid to repair workers’ vehicles which were damaged as the gas escaped the plant. An air-scrubber failed. State environmental officials have told the company to develop a plan to prevent future releases.
The 10-year-old Spirit Lake boy accused of stabbing his foster mom will face charges in adult court.Prosecutors want to move the case against Anthony Stephenson out of Juvenile Court and into District Court. Humboldt County’s Attorney says there are noreasonable prospects for rehabilitating the kid if he stays in the Juvenile system, which would release him on his 18th birthday. The boy’s foster mother, Jenny Zigrang of Thor, says she was pulling laundry out of the drier in her home, when the boy stabbed her in the back with a knife. As she was pulling the knife out, she claims the boy stabbed her with a second knife and ran away.
Calls to “Twilight Lounge” and “Confidential Connection” showed up on a western Iowa County’s telephone bill, and an elected county official is a suspect. Crawford County’s treasurer is suspected of making the phone calls to a dating service. Crawford County Auditor Ceceilia Fineran says she started an investigation into the calls at the beginning of April.Crawford County treasurer Allen Hansohn says he’ll repay the hundreds of dollars in personal phone calls he made on the county’s dime, if he made them. An audit found the 46-year-old treasurer was making up to seven calls each day to expensive, long-distance dating services. Hansohn was elected County Treasurer in 1994. He’s married, with children.
A-T-and-T Cable will make a sexually-explicit channel available to digital cable customers in Des Moines, Ames, Marshalltown, Ottumwa, Waterloo, Mason City and Davenport. Some cable operators won’t carry “The Hot Network” because it’s too racy. A-T-and-T Cable spokeswoman Debora Blume of the company’s Des Moines office says they’re responding to customer demand.Blume says it’s the fastest growing “pay-for-view” channel in the nation. The channel isn’t as explicit as x-rated video store fare, but it is a bit more racy than the cable channel Spice, which is described as “soft-porn.”Blume says AT&T’s Des Moines office hasn’t received a lot of complaints about the network.She’s received just one letter since the company announced it was going to launch the channel. Blume says that may change now that they’re moving ahead with plans to offer the network in Iowa. “The Hot Network” will be available to over a hundred thousand Iowa digital cable subscribers.
The Iowa Barnstormers play their final road game of the regular season tonight when they visit the Nashville Kats in Arena Football League action. After separating his left shoulder in last week’s loss at Oklahoma, Barnstormer quarterback Aaron Garcia is expected to start the game.Iowa coach John Gregory who says while he has confidence in back up Matt Sherman, the Barnstormers need their leader for the stretch run.Garcia says this is a big game for the Barnstormers as they still feel the Arena Bowl is within their grasp.