Residents of Northwood are back in their homes after being asked to evacuate yesterday due to an explosion and fire at the city's municipal airport.Â Iowa Public Radio statehouse correspondent Joyce Russell discusses which bills in the legislature might become laws in 2014.Â The Blank Park Zoo's Amur tiger has died, and what Iowa City is doing about a recent rash of sexual assaults in taxicabs.Â Also, an Olympics update from the Des Moines Register's sports columnist Bryce Miller in Sochi.
Heâ€™s been dubbed the â€˜runner without a countryâ€™ â€“ Guor Marial is a 28-year-old marathon runner and refugee from the newly independent African nation of South Sudan. After Marial escaped Sudan as a child, he came to the United States and competed in cross country at Iowa State University. Though heâ€™s a U.S. resident, heâ€™s not a citizen and South Sudan does not yet have a national Olympic body, but after months of consideration, the International Olympic Committee ruled Marial could compete under the Olympic flag â€“ joining three others who will do the same during the London games.
Weâ€™ve reached the finalÂ four in the National Basketball Association Playoffs.Â Weâ€™ll get insights and analysis from two Iowans who are pro-basketball lifers- Fort Madison native Ryan Bowen, an eleven-year NBA veteran whoÂ works on the Denver Nuggets coaching staff.Â AndÂ West Des Moinesâ€™ Matt Bullard, who played 12 NBA seasons, and works as the color commentator on Houston Rockets broadcasts.Â Â Weâ€™ll also hearÂ how theyâ€™re Iowa roots have helped them on the professional basketball stage.