It has been a roller coaster campaign for the Wisconsin football team. The Badgers have won at Ohio State but were blown out at home by Indiana and stand 4-5 overall. Injuries have taken their toll and Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez says it starts at quarterback where they’ve had three injuries.Alvarez says Iowa is vastly improved and it began toward the end of last season when he says his team was lucky to leave with a victory.
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A northwest Iowa school district has become the first in the state, and possibly the nation, to get all its power from wind. Officials from the Spirit Lake School District dedicated a 780-thousand dollar wind turbine today. Superintendent Tim Grieves says there were two reasons for building the turbine. It will be an educational tool, and it will save the district money. The district built a turbine to provide power to the elementary school in 1993. Schoolboard President Craig Newell says the new turbine will power the middle school, high school and administrative offices.Former Superintendent Harold Overman spearheaded the building of the first wind turbine. He calls them “money machines.”The school district has already signed an agreement to sell any excess power to Alliant Energy.
The F-A-A is out with a new temporary ban on some flying activities. They’re called “NOTAMs”, Notices to Airmen, and the latest bans any private aircraft from flying within ten miles of a nuclear power plant. Iowa’s Palo nuclear power plant is just far enough from the Cedar Rapids airport that planes can take off and land normally, though an instructor says the usual student-pilot training maneuvers done over open country there will be moved away from the sensitive area. But the airport at Clinton is closed through November 6th because it’s about four miles from a nuclear power plant in Cordova, Illinois. Clinton airport manager Rex Brandt says while weather often grounds student and private pilots, the shutdown after September 11th and the latest flying ban are different.When weather’s bad you know it’ll end, but you don’t know when a government shutdown will end, and he’s seen NOTAMs be extended before. Brandt recalls the grounding of all planes on September 11th, as he headed to a local football game.The latest ban on private or instrument flying near power plants is due to be lifted at midnight November 6th, unless further orders come from the FAA. The Iowa D-O-T says aviation in counties that don’t have commercial flights still generates nearly 110-million dollars a year in economic activity.
An expert on the impact of trauma on children says kids are durable, but parents need to be calm as the threat of terrorism hangs over the nation. James Garbarino spoke today in Des Moines at a forum on Iowa’s mental health system.Garbarino says kids aren’t wimps and can deal with adversity. He says kids, however, have been traumatized by the images of the collapsing buildings they saw on television.Garbarino says what makes today’s situation different from normal trauma is that it seems to have no end with the anthrax attacks and the F-B-I warnings of imminent danger.Garbarino says the good news is 80 percent of kids will be o-k. Garbarino says the 20 percent of kids who’ll have trouble coping are the kids who had other physical or emotional problems, like divorcing parents, before the September 11th attack.Garbarino says parents need to provide kids with structure. For example, he says the idea of NOT letting your kids celebrate Halloween is ludicrous. Garbarino has written 17 books. His latest is “Parents Under Siege” and chapter four is titled “The Dangerous World Outside Your Front Door.”
State troopers have made three marijuana busts in the past few weeks. The biggest was yesterday in southwest Iowa with a haul worth more than a half-million dollars. Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Rob Hansen says a trooper in Cass County happened across a motor home on Interstate 80.The motor home was weaving and going slow compared to other traffic. The trooper pulled the motor home over near the Anita exit and after a brief talk, the driver hopped out and ran into a field. He was apprehended after a short foot chase. Hansen says 380 pounds of marijuana was found in the camper worth 570-thousand dollars.38-year-old George Grant of Baltimore, Maryland, was arrested on a variety of charges. An unnamed female juvenile was also taken into custody. Charges against her are pending. Sergeant Hansen says this is one of the largest pot busts this year by the patrol, and the third in ten days.The other busts were 120 pounds in Dallas County and 150 pounds in Pottawattamie County. There was another marijuana seizure early this year that netted 990 pounds.
Eighty teams take the field tonight for the opening round of the high school football playoffs. the first game of a doubleheader in the UNI-Dome features class A top-ranked and defending state champion Hubbard-Radcliffe against sixth ranked East Buchanan. Hubbard-Radcliffe coach Bill Huebner says he expects to see the wishbone formation. He says East Buchanan doesn’t have a lot of size, but is a fast team.Huebner says there is no added pressure being the defending champ. He says they see themselves as one of the best sixteen teams in the state and feel if they do the things they’re supposed to, everything will work out.
A northwest Iowa man is jailed in Minnesota after allegedly trying to run down border guards at the U-S border with Canada. Fifty-two-year-old Vieng Bouaphakeo is charged with attempted manslaughter, assault and fleeing from a police officer. Koochiching County prosecutor Dave Johnson says after the border incident, the suspect led authorities on a two-hour chase.After being caught, Bouaphakeo allegedly threw a white substance at the officers — which turned out to be rock salt. The suspect is a native of Laos and has lived in Iowa about 17 years, most recently Storm Lake. Johnson says he’ll remain in custody in International Falls as his native country won’t take him back.The car Bouaphakeo was driving was allegedly stolen in Omaha.
If you’re trying to scrape up some extra money for the holidays, you might want to check with the Internal Revenue Service. I-R-S spokeswoman Donna Migazzi says about three thousand Iowans are due advanced tax credit payments, or are still owed refunds from past tax years. Migazzi says the I-R-S has been unable to locate the owners of the checks as the Postal Service doesn’t have any forwarding address.She says the checks add up to thousands of dollars.There are about 25-hundred advance tax credit payment checks worth about 783-thousand dollars, the tax refunds total from one dollar to over 11-thousand dollars. Migazzi says it’s easy to find out if you’re owed money, just call the I-R-S at 1-800-Tax-1040. Migazzi says a deadline is approaching for advance tax credit payments.You need to contact the I-R-S by December 5th to have it paid by the end of the year, or you have to claim it on next year’s taxes as a credit.
A Davenport woman learned her pet python was more interested in her than the rat she was trying to feed it.The year old snake clamped down on her hand, wrapped itself around her arm and refused to let go. Eventually, fire fighters and paramedics were able set her free. Officials won’t identify the woman, who had some puncture wounds on her hand. She declined treatment, and turned the snake over to Davenport Animal Control.
There’s an outbreak of whooping cough in Johnson County. Officials have identified 30 cases in the Iowa City area. Elizabeth Miller is a disease prevention specialist with the Johnson County Health Department.Miller says whooping cough in most school-age children and adults isn’t that serious. But in infants and the elderly, whooping cough can lead to pneumonia or serious breathing problems. Miller says fortunately, whooping cough can be treated with antibiotics, which reduce the contagious nature of the illness. Miller says with 30 cases, this is definitely an outbreak. She says they normally only have two or three cases during a year. The most cases they ever had were 150 in 1997.Your doctor may call whooping cough by its other name, pertussis.