Statewide Iowa — All three student body presidents spoke Monday during the Board of Regents meeting as they held the first reading of a proposed four-point-two-five percent tuition increase.

The Board says the increase is needed after they requested an additional 15 million dollars from the Iowa Legislature and lawmakers gave them a five-and-half million. ISU student body president Jacob Ludwig says he understands the situation.

He says the tuition increase is another hurdle students face following the challenges of the pandemic.

The increase translates to around 350 dollars at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University and 330 dollars at the University of Northern Iowa. Ludwig says students are grateful for the increase in state support this year — but says state support is not keeping up.

UI student body president, Patrick Johnson, talked about the impact of the tuition increase on student debt.

He says he is also concerned that it costs out-of-state students around 30-thousand dollars just for one year of tuition and fees.

He says state lawmakers need to do more to help.

UNI student body president, Leila Masinovic, echoes the concerns.

Masinovic says UNI depends on the state funding even more than the other two universities.

The Board of Regents will take its first vote on the tuition proposal at its next meeting.

June 20, 2022 - 11:17 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Deidre DeJear, the Democratic Party’s nominee for governor, is asking party activists to remember Iowa has a history of progressive politics.

 

DeJear spoke at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention this weekend and formally accepted the party’s nomination to challenge Republican Governor Kim Reynolds in the General Election. DeJear also announced Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker is her running mate for the General Election.

Van Lancker, who’s in the middle of his fourth term as Clinton County’s top election official, lost his bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination for secretary of state in the June 7th Primary. Van Lancker says he and DeJear will provide leadership on issues like voting rights as well as public education, housing, broadband and health care.

DeJear told Democrats the race ahead won’t be easy, but she says issues like abortion access and public schools can sway independent voters.

After her speech, DeJear told reporters Reynolds appears to be more focused on enhancing her national profile and that will be an issue in the race.

June 20, 2022 - 10:42 am - Posted in News

Des Moines, Iowa — Big changes are coming to Iowa’s Bottle Bill.

Governor Kim Reynolds has approved a bill that will soon let most grocery stores and other retailers opt out of accepting empty bottles and cans and paying back the nickel deposits. The 44-year-old Bottle Bill was created for the reduction of litter and the encouragement of consumers to recycle their drinking containers.

In the past, grocery stores have complained about being forced to allow these into their stores due to sanitation issues.  There are only around 60 redemption centers left, as the fee for handling recycling has remained at a penny per container.  This bill signed by Reynolds triples this fee, hoping to encourage more people to open redemption centers.

Those who oppose this bill may think that because many retailers have the chance of opting out of the program, many Iowans, depending on their area, will lose the convenience of returning empty containers, resulting in more litter and trash in the landfill.

Reynolds’ staff also announced late on Friday that the Governor had approved a two-year postponement on new state casino licenses. This hinders developers and city officials who had previously planned to seek a license for a Cedar Rapids casino complex. Reynolds has also given the okay for the new January deer hunting season for areas overrun with deer, and hunters would be allowed to use AR-15 type rifles during that season.

June 20, 2022 - 9:58 am - Posted in News

 

Statewide, Iowa — The search for workers to fill open jobs continues to be one of the top priorities in surveys of Iowa businesses. Iowa Workforce Development Director, Beth Townsend, says the numbers for March don’t show a lot of workers leaving one job for another.

She says that may change when the numbers for April or May are released.

Townsend says there may have been an incentive to move to another job in the past — but businesses have taken steps to keep employees.

She says her agency tries that issue in evaluating the skills and needs of employees.

She encourages you to seek out help from Iowa Workforce Development if you are looking for a job.

June 18, 2022 - 7:34 pm - Posted in News

Ireton, Iowa — An Ireton Man was injured Friday afternoon when his UTV was struck by a pickup, northwest of Ireton.

According to the Iowa State Patrol, shortly before 3:00 Friday afternoon,  Troopers say a 2016 John Deere UTV, driven by 62-year-old Robert Vander Hamm of Ireton, was stopped facing north on the southbound side of Dogwood Avenue, near the mailbox for 4261 Dogwood Avenue, when it was struck head-on by a southbound 2020 Chevrolet pickup, driven by 55-year-old Jeffrey Vonk of Ireton.

Vander Hamm was taken to the Hawarden Hospital by the Ireton Ambulance, according to the accident report.

The Iowa State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

June 18, 2022 - 7:34 pm - Posted in News

Statewide Iowa — Representatives from the ACLU of Iowa and Planned Parenthood talked with reporters Friday in reaction to the Supreme Court decision on abortion.

ACLU of Iowa legal director Rita Bettis Austen says the ruling that abortion is not a fundamental right under Iowa’s constitution is a devastating reversal of prior precedent.

The ruling on the constitutional question came as the Supreme Court reviewed a lower court decision that said the 24-hour waiting period for abortion that was passed in 2020 was not legal. Austen says the ruling does impact abortion law review.

Bettis Austen says the lower standard of scrutiny known as the Undue Burden still holds.

She says that is the level of protection that is in place at the FEDERAL. Bettis Austen and a representative from Planned Parenthood cited an Iowa Poll that showed a majority of Iowans supported keeping abortion legal. Iowa Republicans who have pushed to end abortion in the state have control of both Houses of the Iowa Legislature and the governor’s office. Those on the conference call could not say why Republicans have such control if a majority of Iowans support abortion, according to ACLU of Iowa Communications Director Veronica Fowler.

Bettis Austen says the next step in this case is for them to go back to the district court and continue the challenge that the 24-hour waiting period for an abortion is an undue burden.

Pro-life advocates welcomed the Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Kristie McGregor has spent every Wednesday outside the Sioux City Planned Parenthood clinic for the last two years praying. She says since her miscarriage in 2017, she’s devoted herself completely to fighting for a ban on abortion. McGregor says she’s happy with today’s ruling – but she’s not celebrating yet. She says that won’t come until abortion is outlawed completely.

She sees the court’s reversal as a step in the right direction. But until abortions in Iowa are banned, McGregor says she’ll keep showing up every Wednesday to pray.

Sioux Center, Iowa — Hairy Heel Wart (HHW) is becoming a significant problem for feedlot producers. It is not only difficult to diagnose, but also hard to treat, according to Beth Doran, beef specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

Therefore, ISU Extension and Outreach, the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association are co-sponsoring the “Hairy Heel Wart and Lameness Symposium – Iowa Checkoff Talks” on Tuesday, June 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Terrace View Event Center in Sioux Center. The program will be offered virtually and in-person, and those attending at the Terrace View Event Center are invited for lunch beginning at 11 a.m. There is no cost to attend thanks to sponsor support.

Speakers at the event are nationally known beef cattle experts who have experience with HHW and cattle lameness.

Dr. Terry Engelken, DVM at ISU, leads off with his Checkoff-funded research exploring the prevalence of HHW in Iowa feedlots. He notes that while common symptoms of HHW include lameness and an unpleasant hoof odor, not all animals exhibit lameness.

Dr. Shane Terrell, DVM at Gothenburg, NE, will share his experiences in diagnosing HHW and other lameness issues in Nebraska feedlots. Terrell will further explain that, because the exact organisms responsible for HHW are unknown, development of a vaccine has been complicated. Consequently, producers have little recourse other than prevention and treatment.

Dwight Kickhafer, Zinpro representative, will discuss what management practices and treatment procedures are currently used to control HHW.

The symposium will wrap-up with an open discussion of future needs moderated by Dr. Dan Thomson, DVM with ISU’s Department of Animal Science. Attendees are encouraged to bring their list of questions and research about the topic.

The symposium is free, but registration is required to attend either virtually or in-person and may be made one of three ways through the Iowa Beef Industry Council: online by CLICKING HERE; by phone, 515-296-2305; or via e-mail, beef@iabeef.org.

For more information, contact Doran at 712-737-4230 or doranb@iastate.edu.

Northwest Iowa — With the mercury expected to reach the centruy mark on Sunday and Monday, and heat index values forecasted in the 100s, according to the National Weather Service, now might be a good time to brush up on those heat illness tips.

According to Sanford Sheldon Nurse Practitioner Michael Grevengoed, overheating or heat exhaustion is a serious issue.

But, he says heatSTROKE is an emergency.

He tells us how to know the difference.

If that’s the case, Grevengoed says you should call 911 and get them to an emergency room as soon as possible.

He tells us what to do if you notice someone has had too much of the heat.

Grevengoed says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are preventable. Just take it easy and drink enough water.

Experts say if you don’t have air conditioning at home or it’s broken or not keeping it cool enough, you can go to an emergency room or clinic and tell them what’s going on. Also, you can spend time in an air-conditioned store, mall, theater, museum, or somewhere else with air conditioning. Experts also say to be aware that opening the windows when it’s so humid outside may actually make indoor conditions worse in a non-air-conditioned home rather than better.

Grand Rapids, Michigan — There are many Christian Reformed congregations in northwest Iowa. The governing body for the denomination, Synod (2022) met at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Mich., from June 10-16.

This year’s CRC Synod voted to no longer require two services on Sundays. In 1995, Synod, facing the fact that many churches no longer held two services, decided to enter the word “ordinarily” into the Church Order, forming the rule, “The congregation shall assemble for worship, ordinarily twice on the Lord’s Day . . .” This year’s Synod voted to remove the words “ordinarily twice,” but at the same time, out of pastoral consideration for churches that still maintain a meaningful evening service, they said that it is important to include affirmation of this rich tradition in the Church Order.

This year, Synod voted to appoint a committee in loco and empower it to begin conversations with the Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and its Classis, Grand Rapids East after Neland Avenue elected a person in a same-sex marriage to the office of deacon. Neland was ordered to comply with the denomination’s position that “homosexual sex, though not the orientation, is incompatible with God’s will as revealed in Scripture,” according to the Christain Reformed Church’s magazine, The Banner.

Over 50 people, dressed in all black, gathered on Wednesday to lament the decisions made at Synod revolving around a human sexuality report.

Although gender and sexuality issues took first priority at this Synod, delegates discussed racial justice for more than an hour. They worked through a series of proposals as a response to Classis Greater Los Angeles’ overture to “oppose white supremacy and systemic racism.”

Synod also asked member churches to review a code of conduct that is being considered before Synod adopts it. The code is supposed to prevent an abuse of power.

(Contributions from The Banner (TheBanner.org) news staff — Thanks)

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