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AMES, Iowa — In their first ten games, mostly without their top offensive weapon, Iowa State is 8-2.  Now fans of the cardinal and gold may be one step closer to a team at full strength with Lindell Wigginton and Solomon Young.

“Wednesday if everything goes status quo as it is now, they’ll go half court.  Not up and down but live contact in the half court and evaluate them from there,” said head coach Steve Prohm.

Despite the winning record, the absence of Young and Wigginton, who was named preseason all-Big 12, was glaringly evident against the Iowa Hawkeyes.  The Cyclones were outrebounded by twenty and the team shot just 46% from the field.  Wigginton’s 17 points per game from a year ago would be a welcomed site for the team this Saturday against Drake in the Big Four Classic in Des Moines.  Prohm said, “I think Lindell will add a huge boost to our team. I think it makes our perimeter deeper, gives guys like Nick a rest and really Lindell brings experience and scoring punch for our team, another playmaker.  Solomon, when he’s healthy gives us an enforcer around the basket we need.  He’s a guy we missed the other night at Iowa. Just his toughness and physicallness around the basket.”

 

DES MOINES, Iowa–Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven gave a budget hearing Monday for the coming year that used few numbers but expressed optimism.

“We are a very efficient organization,” Foxhoven proclaimed during his presentation before Governor Kim Reynolds, Acting Lt. Governor Adam Gregg and top staff.

He added of his department’s goal, “Trying to focus on outcomes to improve the health of Iowans and create more predictable and sustainable Medicaid budget. There’s a lot of debate about that over the years. I know that you’ve heard it. But really the last couple of years, we have really made this much more sustainable, much more dependable and delivered much better services.”

In the documents that accompanied his presentation, Foxhoven requested $1,782,644,841, a two percent increase in general funds for the next fiscal year. Nearly $27 million of that $35 million increase would go to private companies that have taken over Medicaid delivery services.

A state audit found that privatized Medicaid will save $126 million this year, about half of what former Governor Terry Branstad once estimated. 

Privatized Medicaid has drawn repeated criticism from Iowans who contend cost savings have resulted from decreased services and delayed payments to providers.

Foxhoven said that fewer Iowans depend on his department’s services these days, something he credits to an improving state economy.