Governor to visit Creative Edge Friday morning; Museum exhibit on Iowa’s role in movies to debut; more
Governor to visit Creative Edge Friday morning
DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad is scheduled to attend Creative Edge Inc.’s 25th anniversary celebration at 8:30 a.m. Friday in Fairfield.
After leaving Fairfield, Branstad is scheduled to attend the 31st Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards recognition ceremony at 10 a.m. on the Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa.
At 11:30 a.m., Branstad is set to participate in economic roundtable discussion at Country Kitchen in Ottumwa.
Museum exhibit on Iowa’s role in movies to debut
DES MOINES (AP) — An exhibit focusing on Iowa’s place in movie history has been announced by Gov. Terry Branstad. “Hollywood In The Heartland” opens June 27 at the State Historical Museum.
It features a 6,400-square-foot exhibit of Hollywood memorabilia including Academy Awards won by actresses Cloris Leachman and Donna Reed, both Iowa natives.
Items from other Iowa-born actors including John Wayne, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh, and Tom Arnold are on display.
Arnold, an Ottumwa native, is scheduled to appear at the exhibit’s premier to talk about his movie making experiences.
The exhibit discusses movies made in Iowa including “Field of Dreams” and “Bridges of Madison County.”
It also offers historical information and artifacts from some of Iowa’s historical movie theaters including drive-in theaters.
Board: Number of Iowa doctors rose during last year
DES MOINES (AP) — A new report says the number of doctors practicing in Iowa has risen again.
The Iowa Board of Medicine report says more than 6,800 physicians worked in the state last year. That’s up 2 percent from 2012 and 12 percent from 2006.
The Des Moines Register reports that despite the increase, the state still has fewer doctors per capita than the U.S. average and faces a marked shortage in some medical specialties and rural regions. But the number of doctors has risen much faster than the state’s population over the past three decades.
The state and federal governments have programs that encourage doctors to move to rural Iowa. Rewards include assistance in repaying student loans, and, for foreign doctors, visas they can use to stay in the United States.
‘Pink slime’ makers: sales rebounding
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Two makers say sales have been rebounding for a ground beef product that critics have dubbed “pink slime.”
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that spokesmen for Cargill and Beef Products Inc. say sales have risen, but Cargill says they fall short of the volume before the controversy erupted in 2012.
BPI has sued ABC, saying the network’s March 2012 coverage damaged BPI by misleading consumers into believing the lean finely textured beef product is unhealthy and unsafe. BPI says the sales drop forced it to close plants in Iowa, Kansas and Texas, leaving open a Nebraska plant.
Cargill spokesman Mike Martin says his company sells the product to about 400 customers, which is more than before March 2012, but sales volume remains down about 40 percent.