Two Cedar Rapids teenagers face charges after they answered a page on a stolen electronic pager.A Cedar Rapids man who had his wallet and pager stolen at the YMCA paged the two teens and set up a meeting with them. The man then called the police and a police detective met the two teens at a local mall. The officer arrested the two and recovered the pager and the wallet. Police are not releasing the names of the 16 and 17-year-old boys . They were turned over to juvenile authorities.
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Iowa’s Senior U-S Senator contends the showdown between the President and Congress over the federal budget will not impact the November 7th election. Last night, Republicans junked a deal with the democrat President over new “ergonomic” rules to reduce workplace accidents. Businesses object to the rules. Grassley says voters won’t be swayed by the conflict because government operations continue uninterrupted.At the end of 1995, Republican Congressional leaders shut down the government as they fought with President Clinton over federal spending. Grassley says they learned that shutting down the government didn’t save any money.Grassley says the process of compromise is working now in Washington, but some G-O-P leaders worry Congress is spending so much money there won’t be enough money for the tax cut proposed by their candidate, George W. Bush. Grassley says though, the only thing that can eliminate the surplus is a big slowdown in the economy over the next ten years.Some strategists believe President Clinton and Republicans will use the budget stalemate as fodder for the election fight.
Four months ago, A-J DeCoster was declared an habitual violator of state environmental laws, which means he cannot build a new hog lot. But now DeCoster’s asking for a state permit to build a new chicken farm near a State Park in Wright County and he may get it because his son and an associate would run the egg-laying facility. Wayne Gieselman of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the question is how much of a financial stake will DeCoster have in the poultry farm.DeCoster lists himself as a “non-voting stockholder” in the corporation that’s been formed to build the poultry facility. The proposed site is about two miles from Wall Lake State Park. Gieselman says that’s allowed by state law as long as the egg washwater treatment lagoon is 250 away from a residence.Gieselman says the application is not complete, but when it is, state officials have 60 days to rule on the proposal.
Four residents of a central Iowa home for physically and mentally disabled children have died this month from a virus nearly all of us survive. The children’s severe medical problems make their immune systems weak and susceptible to the common cold virus. State epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk says 34 residents in the facility in Johnston have been segregated to ensure others don’t get infected. Quinlisk says these cases serve as a reminder not to go visit an elderly or ill relative when you have a cold. She says a regular cold can advance in high-risk individuals into a life threatening illness.Sixty-eight children live at the care facility in Johnston.
The federal government announced changes yesterday it says will make it easier for Iowans to buy homes. The “Homebuyers Savings Plan” involves homes purchases that’re insured by the Federal Housing Administration. Paul Bognanno handles the F-H-A loans for Principal Residential Mortgage in Iowa. The program lowers the upfront premium paid by a borrower, which would save the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home about 750 dollars. Bognanno says the program also lowers the cost of insuring the loan once the homeowner achieves 22-percent equity in their home. Bognanno says the program helps homeowners and lenders.The F-H-A says it backs about 40-percent of the loans made for homes nationally. Bognanno did not have figures for the number of homes included in Iowa.
The first American woman in space will be in eastern Iowa this week to address a group of educators. Retired astronaut Sally Ride is keynote speaker for the Kaleidoscope of Learning Conference in Cedar Rapids on Thursday. Ride is a physicist, pilot and author who flew two missions aboard the space shuttle Challenger. The 50-year-old says her latest mission is to push young women toward careers in science and mathematics.Ride is now a physics professor at the University of California at San Diego. Her talk will focus on how she got involved in the space program, her experiences aboard the shuttle, and who will lead future endeavors.The shuttle Discovery landed last week after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Another crew is slated to blast off from Kazakhstan today. The two Russians and one American will be the first crew of the I-S-S and are scheduled to remain aboard for four months. Ride says this is an exciting time for NASA.The conference is sponsored by the Grant Wood Area Education Agency and is expected to draw more than 45-hundred people.
The University of Northern Iowa has signed football coach Mike Dunbar to a contract extension that runs through the end of the 2003 season. Dunbar is in his fourth season as the Panther coach has a record of 27-14. Panther athletic director Rick Hartzell says they’ve been working on the contract for awhile. Hartzell says its important to have the contract in place as the next recruiting season gets underway.Hartzell says he has been pleased with the direction of the program under Dunbar. Dunbar says they’ve been talking about the extension since last spring. Dunbar says the coaching staff looks forward to accomplishing their goals, which include qualifying for the playoffs and competing for a national championship.
The coordinator of safety programs for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says the opening weekend of pheasant hunting season went pretty well. Sonny Satre says there were four accidents reported Saturday and Sunday.There were accidents in Audubon, Jasper, Cedar and Pocahontas Counties. Satre says the accidents all involved hunters being hit with shotgun pellets, but they weren’t major injuries.He says having only four accidents is a pretty good record considering the thousands of hunters in the field.He says the D-N-R estimated 170-thousand hunters turned out on opening weekend. Satre says hunters should continue to play it safe.Satre gives hunter safety programs part of the credit for the lack of hunting accidents.
There is a new top ranked team in class 4A in the final Radio Iowa high school football poll. West Des Moines Dowling climbs two spots and edged out Cedar Falls for the top spot in the 4A survey after previously top ranked Iowa City High lost to Cedar Rapids Jefferson. Cedar Falls is second, Jefferson third, Davenport Assumption fourth and Iowa City High fifth. The other top ranked teams remain the same. Denison-Schleswig is top ranked in 3A, Clear Lake is second then its Grinnell, Harlan and Boyden Hull Rock Valley. Solon leads in 2A, Emmetsburg is second and rounding out the top five its Mount Vernon, North Fayette and West Hancock. In 1A, West Lyon is top ranked followed by Aplington-Parkersburg, Southern Cal Council Bluffs St. Albert and West Branch. In class A, Manning is top ranked West Central of Maynard is second and completing the top five, West Bend Mallard, Treynor and Northwood-Kensett.
State officials are asking for your help in identifying poachers. Steve Dermand coordinates the “Turn In Poachers” or “TIP” program for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Dermand says this is the time of the year when more poaching occurs and you can help by reporting anything suspicious.Dermand says you should not confront someone you think is poaching. He says you should instead collect all the information you can.Dermand says the department operates a 24-hour-a-day hotline to report poachers at 800-532-2020.Dermand says poaching includes any illegal taking of wildlife.