Monday News, October 21
Out Of State Drivers More Likely To Be Stopped By Iowa State Patrol
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Drivers with out-of-state plates are much more likely to be stopped by Iowa State Patrol when they drive across the state.
The Des Moines Register reviewed (http://dmreg.co/16kJcdl ) about 22,000 traffic
warnings and tickets issued by the State Patrol between 2008 and the end of last year. About
86 percent of those tickets and warnings went to out-of-state drivers.
Some lawyers and motorists question whether the State Patrol's interest in out-of-state
drivers is warranted, and they say troopers sometimes use minor offenses to conduct
But officials defend the State Patrol's practices and say the state where a car is from
is only one factor considered. Sgt. Rob Mordini says troopers are also looking for
suspicious behavior on the part of drivers.
Iowa Residents Slowly Enrolling in Affordable Healthcare Plan
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President
Barack Obama's health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new
online insurance marketplaces.
Detailed enrollment data is unavailable because the federal government, which is
running the exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the
marketplaces were launched October 1st.
But Leigh McGivern , a spokeswoman for CoOportunity Health, one of the two insurance
companies participating in the Iowa exchange, says they have had 16 people enroll in plans
using the exchange during the first two weeks.
A spokeswoman for Iowa's other exchange provider, Coventry Health Care of Iowa, says
it's too soon to release any numbers.
The Obama administration isn't expected to provide enrollment data until later in the
Deere and Co. To Lay Off 100 Ankeny Workers
ANKENY, Iowa (AP) - Farm and construction equipment manufacturer Deere and Company says it
will lay off 100 more workers from its plant in Ankeny plant. The layoffs are being described as adjustments to meet market demand. The Illinois-based company told workers in mid-August that layoffs would take place in mid-September and early November.
Tourism Office To Host Photo Contest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state tourism office is hosting a photo contest to find the
cover of the next Iowa Travel Guide.
The tourism office says people have until Sunday to upload a photo on Travel Iowa's
Facebook page. The top three photos will be selected and then the public will get to vote on
The winning photo will be announced Nov. 12.
A similar competition last year drew 600 photo entries. Jessica Rilling, of Cedar Rapids, took the winning image, which was featured on the 100,000 printed copies of the guide and digitally on www.traveliowa.com. She did not receive any financial compensation for the photo.
A recent study showed that Iowa tourism generated $345 million in state tax receipts in
Casino Tycoon Steve Wynn Donates $25 Million To University Of Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Las Vegas casino tycoon Steve Wynn says he gave $25 million to the
University of Iowa after becoming convinced that its researchers were leading the world in
the search for a blindness cure.
Wynn tells The Associated Press that researchers "are knocking on the door" of a discovery that was once unthinkable.
He spoke in an interview after the university celebrated the naming of the Stephen A. Wynn Institute for Vision Research during a ceremony Friday afternoon.
The chairman of Wynn Resorts Ltd. says that when he learned he had a genetic defect
that would slowly compromise his vision decades ago, "there was no hope." He says he now
believes that scientists will one day be able to restore vision by using stem cells to
replace diseased cells.