Wildlife Populations Down This Winter

Feb 28, 2014

Today on River to River, we bring you six stories.

First, University of Iowa President Sally Mason meets with the Board of Regents for a special meeting this afternoon to discuss her remarks on how the university handles sexual assault allegations. Iowa Public Radio correspondent Dean Borg tells host Ben Kieffer what to expect out of the meeting.

Wildlife populations of deer, wild turkey, and small game are down this season. Ben talks with Wildlife Research Supervisor at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Willie Suchy, to find out why this is and whether the DNR is concerned.

The Iowa National Guard has battled floods, responded to tornadoes – all while deploying troops to Iraq and Afghanistan; and now they’re bracing for a possible reduction in forces. Ben talks with Colonel Greg Hapgood of the Iowa National Guard about Pentagon budget cuts.

A proposed casino in Cedar Rapids would generate 81-million dollars in revenue, but remove 59 million -  67 million dollars from existing casinos by 2017, according to two recent studies commissioned by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission. The commission chair, Jeff Lamberti, joins the show to talk about how they are considering these studies in their decision of whether or not to build the casino.

Iowa businesses and Iowa's three regents universities are part of a manufacturing consortium announced by President Obama this week. The consortium will receive a $70 million grant to support the creation of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.

And, the Eastern Iowa Airport has declared 25 "snow events" this year, compared to last's years count of 12. This year's events caused the airport to spend more than $106,000 on de-icing materials. Airport Director Tim Bradshaw joins the program to talk about the cost of a hard winter and why your travel ticket price may go up.