Palmer College of Chiropractic was recently awarded a $1.7 million federal grant to assist in a major expansion of library and learning-resource facilities on its Davenport campus. The grant, which is the second major federal award for Palmer in recent months, was included in the final version of the Senate Labor, Health & Human Services appropriations bill. The federal funding is expected to be coupled with money from an upcoming capital campaign to produce a state-of-the-art library and learning-resource center serving not only Palmer College, but also the chiropractic profession at-large and other health-care and educational communities. In mid-October, Palmer was awarded a research-facilities-construction grant for $1.3 million from the National Center for Research Resources, a division of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. By the way, Palmer College has an excellent Web site at (http://www.palmer.edu).
The Life & Family Educational Trust has announced that it has passed the halfway mark in a $1.1 million Presence for Life capital campaign. The pro-life organization plans to build The Women's Choice Center across the street from Planned Parenthood in Bettendorf. Weather permitting, a parking lot will be installed, and plans call for the Life & Family Coalition to open a temporary office trailer on the land until the center is constructed and opened in the fall of 2001.
Davenport's Speedway at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds has been named one of America's top 100 race tracks and placed 18th in an annual survey conducted by Behind the Wheel, a nationally distributed racing trade paper. The survey determined at which tracks readers most enjoy their racing activity. The only other tracks in eastern Iowa and western Illinois to make the list were West Liberty Raceway (which ranked 28th) and Farley Speedway (which ranked 36th). Both tracks are in Iowa.
The Scott County Sheriff's Office, in cooperation with the Retired Seniors and Volunteers, has announced the formation of the Senior Volunteers program. The need for such an organization stems from the growing number of requests for the volunteer services of the Sheriff's Posse, which was originally formed as an adjunct to the Sheriff's Office to perform law-enforcement-related activities. But with the advent of community-oriented policing, many requests for the Posse are not of a traditional law-enforcement nature, and the sheriff's department feels that properly trained individuals could handle many of them. Senior Volunteers will have to pass a background check and have first-aid and CPR certifications, training in the policies and procedures of the sheriff's office, and training in traffic and crowd control. All training will be provided by the sheriff's office. Senior Volunteers will also be asked to attend the monthly business meeting of the Posse and any other training sessions provided to the Posse. If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, call (319)326-8217 and ask for an application.
The State of Iowa is looking to spend $1.7 million to clamp down on underage smoking. More specifically, the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division will check each retailer of tobacco products at least twice before June 30, 2001, to see whether clerks will sell tobacco products to underage customers. The money came from part of $9.3 million that Iowa lawmakers allocated from the state's settlement with tobacco companies. The increased enforcement comes because $5 million in federal grants for substance-abuse programs are in jeopardy. To receive those grants, Iowa must have an 80-percent compliance rate with tobacco laws. Currently, Iowa's compliance rate is 66 percent, and Iowa is one of six states in jeopardy of not meeting the standard. Retailers caught selling tobacco to underage customers can be fined $300 for a first offense, then receive a 30-day suspension, followed by a 60-day suspension, and finally license revocation. Previously, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had paid for the retailer checks, but a March ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court said that the FDA had no authority to regulate tobacco.
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