TRT: 1:30

Anchor Lead: ARRESTS FOR ALCOHOL RELATED ASSAULTS ARE INCREASING IN IOWA CITY, BUT THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING.  WILEY SCHATZ HAS MORE.

VO: DOWNTOWN IOWA CITY HAS OFTEN BEEN A PLACE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE A GOOD TIME WITHOUT BEING OVERLY WORRIED FOR THEIR SAFETY.  HOWEVER, RECENT TRENDS HAVE HAD MANY NOT FEELING SO SECURE.

SOT: WE WERE HAVING RANDOM ASSAULTS; SO PEOPLE WOULD BE ASSAULTED BUT BY THE TIME WE WOULD GET THERE THE SUSPECT WOULD BE GONE, MAYBE A FIGHT WOULD BREAK UP-EVERYONE WOULD SCATTER. WE WERE NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL IN GETTING THOSE PEOPLE TRACKED DOWN.

VO:TO COMBAT THIS TREND OF RANDOM ASSAULTS, IOWA CITY IMPLEMENTED THE 21 ORDINANCE IN JUNE 2010, AND UNIVERSITY OF IOWA CAMPUS POLICE STARTED “POWER WATCH,” AN ASSIGNMENT THAT FOCUSES SPECIFICALLY ON THE DOWNTOWN AREA FROM WEDNESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHTS.  AND JUST BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF ASSAULT RELATED ARRESTS HAVE GONE UP SINCE THEN, DON’T THINK THAT IT IS A STEP IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

SOT: YOU MAY SEE THOSE NUMBERS COME UP BUT WE WERE NOT HAVING THE SERIOUS ASSAULTS WHERE YOUR WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH BROKEN JAWS, BRAIN BLEEDS.  BUT YOUR STILL SEEING THE ASSAULTIVE BEHAVIOR BUT BECAUSE WE’RE THERE TO BREAK THE FIGHT UP OR GET THE PERSON TREATED IMMEDIATELY YOU SEE THAT DIFFERENCE.

VO:CAMPUS POLICE ARE TAKING FURTHER STEPS TO FOCUS ON ALCOHOL RELATED INCIDENCES AS WELL AS OFFERING ALCOHOL AWARENESS CLASSES FREE TO ANYONE IN THE JOHNSON COUNTY COMMUNITY, RESIDENTS CAN FEEL A LITTLE SAFER GOING OUT AT NIGHT.  WILEY SCHATZ DAILY IOWAN TV

TRT: 1:30

Anchor Lead: For those of you in the market for an engagement ring, you may want to be aware of the current state of diamond prices.

VO:DONT LET THE CURRENT DROP IN THE PRICE OF GOLD FOOL YOU, THE TRUTH IS THE PRICE OF DIAMONDS IS RAPIDLY GROWING.

SOT: THE PRICE OF DIAMONDS HAVE INCREASED UNBELEAVABLY, AT UN UNPRECIDENTED RATE OVER THE LAT SIX MONTHS AND REALLY OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS.  WE RECIEVED ANOTHER PRICE INCREASE TODAY, THATS THE SEVENTH THIS YEAR.  USUALLY WE GO MANY YEARS WITHOUT A SINGLE PRICE INCREASE, SOMETIMES WE GET ONE, MAYBE TWO, BUT THIS IS SEVEN IN TEN MONTHS.

VO: WELL, WHAT SOME MAY FIND EVEN MORE SURPRISING IS THAT DIAMOND SALES ARE UP ALONGSIDE THE PRICES WITH SOME COMPANIES SUCH AS PURE GOLD JEWELERS REPORTING SALES INCREASES AS LARGE AS 15-25% MANY MAY ASK WHY SALES ARE UP NOW WHEN PRICES ARE SO HIGH.

SOT: I THINK ITS JUST A SIGN OF THE TIMES, PEOPLE WERE JUST TIRED OF JUST DOOM AND GLOOM AND WANTED TO JUST FINALLY REWARD THEMSELVES.

SOT: THE INTERESTING THING HERE IS THE CONSUMER’S MOTIVATION IS 100% IRRATIONAL THAT THE MORE EXPENSIVE THEY BECOME THE MORE PEOPLE WANT THEM.  PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY BUY MORE DIAMONDS THEY ARE MORE AWARE  OF THEM AND PEOPLE DONT BUY ON THEIR WAY UP, THEY BUY AT THE TOP.

VO:WITH CURRENT TRENDS LIKE THIS, TIS OBVIOUS TO SEE THAT THOUGH DIAMONDS MAY BE FOREVER, THE MONEY IN YOUR WALLET IS ANYTHING BUT.  WILEY SCHATZ, DAILY IOWAN TV.

TRT: 1:38

Anchor Lead: WITH THE RESTORATION OF THE LOWER LEVEL OF THE IOWA MEMORIAL UNION STILL NOT FULLY STARTED, WILEY SCHATZ TAKES A LOOK AT WHAT THE UNIVERSITY’S PLANS ARE TO BRING THE AREA BACK TO LIFE.

VO: NOW THAT IT HAS BEEN NEARLY THREE AND A HALF FULL SCHOOL YEARS SINCE THE IOWA CITY FLOOD OF 2008, THE MAJORITY OF UNIVERSITY OF IOWA STUDENTS HAVE NEVER SEEN THE LOWER FLOOR OF THE IOWA MEMORIAL UNION.  HOWEVER WITH FUNDING  SOON COMING FROM FEMA AND IOWA HOMELAND SECURITY, REPAIRS MAY FINALLY START GETTING UNDERWAY.

SOT: WE ANTICIPATE WE WILL GET FUNDS FOR THE IMU PROJECT IN DECEMBER OF 2011 THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE OUR PLANNING PROCESS WITH SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT IN AUGUST 2014.

VO: IN ORDER TO RECIEVE THE FUNDING FOR THE PROJECT, THE UNIVERSITY HAS PUT TOGETHER A PLAN TO MAKE SURE THE IMU WILL STAY DRY IN THE FUTURE.

SOT: THERE ARE TWO PARTS OF THE MITIGATION AND RECOVERY PROJECT, ONE IS THE MITIGATION, WHAT STEPS CAN WE TAKE MAKE SURE THAT FLOOD WATERS DONT GET BACK INTO THE IMU.  THERE WILL BE AN EXTERIOR MITIGATION THAT WILL INCLUDE A FLOOD WALL THAT IS ARCHITECTURALLY PLEASING AROUND THE BUILDING, AND THEN THERE WILL ALSO BE SOME PUMPS TO KEEP WATER OUT OF THE BUILDING.

VO: DESPITE CANCELING PLANS FOR A SIX-LANE BOWLING ALLY, THE IMPROVED LOWER LEVEL OF THE IMU WILL HAVE A NEW BOOK STORE AND FOOD COURT, AS WELL AS STUDY AND ENTERTAINMENT LOUNGES FOR STUDENTS TO HELP MAKE THEIR COLLEGE EXPERIENCE THAT MUCH BETTER. WILEY SCHATZ DAILY IOWAN TV.

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