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The Red Avocado Newsletter: Impending demolition of our building PDF Print E-mail
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Written by The Red Avocado   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:55
Friends of The Red Avocado

You may have heard that our building (and a couple more) have been scheduled for demolition on January 29th. We were served 30 days notice. If we can't postpone the demolition, we are most likely out of business. The Haunted Bookshop started a petition. If you have a minute please sign.

http://www.change.org/petitions/save-the-red-avocado

If you have another minute please forward to all who may be able to help spread the word to as many people as possible. There are paper petitions out there too but this is the easiest way to amass numbers. We are aiming for 3000 by January 10th. It began yesterday and currently has 700+ paper signatures.

Paper petitions are out there at The Haunted bookstore, New Pioneer Co-op, White Rabbit, Record Collector, The Motley Cow, The Red Avocado, and more if you're talking to folks.

Thanks in advance

From all of us at The Red Avocado

 
IOWA FARM BUREAU SUPPORTS BIPARTISAN EFFORT TO FUND ROAD REPAIRS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laurie Johns   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:47

Fuel tax will generate funds to repair rural roads, bridges

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – January 4, 2012 –Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) supports the bipartisan legislative effort announced this week to fund the state’s much-needed road and bridge repairs.

Iowa’s largest grassroots farm organization announced support of a fuel tax back in October, when a Citizen Advisory Commission report concluded that raising fuel tax by 8 to 10 cents per gallon would be the most equitable, fairest way to fund Iowa’s critical infrastructure needs.

“Senator Rielly and Representative Tjepkes both served on that task force and met with Iowans who told them that it’s time to do something about Iowa’s aging roads and bridges.  They are working together to address the long term challenges of providing adequate funding to repair our roads and bridges,” said IFBF President Craig Hill.  “With rural roads making up nearly 90,000 miles of our state’s 114,000-mile road system, our members know how critical those roads are for maintaining access to services across the state.  We believe a sound infrastructure is crucial for our state’s current and future economic prosperity,” said Hill.

“The Iowa Department of Transportation says we need $215 million a year to meet the critical needs of our transportation system.  Those needs will increase as our infrastructure ages and construction costs continue to climb.  We haven’t raised fuel taxes since 1989 and our roads have deteriorated significantly since then.   An 8- to 10-cent per gallon fuel tax would generate $184 million to $230 million per year; it’s the fairest way to assure all who drive on our roads help pay for the repairs,” said Hill.

IFBF members have long supported a fuel tax to pay for road repairs.  In 2008 IFBF delegates passed policy calling for the fuel tax increase to repair the state’s roads and bridges.

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Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 15:40

FURTHER REVIEW RESULTS

December 19, 2011

 

DENIED:

 

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME

 

 

10–0731

Hardin

Currie v. State

10–1196

Linn

State v. Moon

10–1382

Cedar

Rouse v. Durant Cmty. Sch. Dist.

10–1491

Polk

State v. Moritz

10–1544

Taylor

State v. Strough

10–1685

Dubuque

Davison v. Dubuuqe County Sheriff’s Office

10–1899

Plymouth

State v. Bender

10–2119

Polk

UPS v. Slaymaker

11–0018

Polk

Gray v. Harding

11–0048

Kossuth

In re Marriage of Larson

11–0062

Scott

State v. Jackson

11–0065

Polk

State v. Atkinson

11–0088

Palo Alto

Whitacre v. Brown

11–0160

Polk

State v. Robinson

11–0262

Dubuque

State v. Chest

11–0428

Des Moines

State v. Ringold

11–1326

Polk

In re M.L.

11–1402

Johnson

In re C.B.S. & K.M.B.

11–1563

Jefferson

In re M.M.

11–1595

Woodbury

In re A.R.A.-C. & A.A.A.-C.

 

 

 

 

 

GRANTED:

 

 

NUMBER

COUNTY

CASE NAME

 

 

10–0631

Butler

State v. Becker

11–0117

Dubuque

Pitts v. Farm Bureau

11–0325

Dubuque

In re Marriage of Vaughan

 
Governor Quinn Takes Bill Action **Friday, December 30, 2011** PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Nafia Khan   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:38

CHICAGO – December 30, 2011. Governor Pat Quinn today took action on the following bills:

 

Bill No.: HB 355

An Act Concerning: Government

Makes numerous changes to the State Employee Health Savings Account Law to comply with the State Employee’s Group Insurance Act and IRS Code.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 1602

An Act Concerning: Wildlife

Allows people with temporary disabilities to receive permits to use crossbows while hunting.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: HB 3036

An Act Concerning: Public Utilities

Contains a number of changes to amend smart grid legislation (PA 97-0616). Changes pertain to consumer and regulatory protections.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 773

An Act Concerning: Public Aid

Allows the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) to deposit federal Medicaid matching dollars into the Public Aid Recoveries Trust Fund (PARTF).

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Jan. 1

 

Bill No.: SB 1226

An Act Concerning: Education

Increases the enrollment at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences from 600 to 720 students. Requires all students to reside within the city of Chicago, with at least 50 percent of the student population residing within a 2.5 mile radius of the school.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1762

An Act Concerning: State Government

Allows HFS to exempt applicants for 20 senior level positions from education requirements, provided they have backgrounds in healthcare administration, healthcare finance, healthcare data analytics or healthcare information technology.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Immediately

 

Bill No.: SB 1795

An Act Concerning: Education

Transfers Illinois business and vocational schools from the jurisdiction of ISBE to the IBHE, and makes changes to the school approval process and general procedures.

Action: Signed

Effective Date: Feb. 1

 

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Iowa Supreme Court Opinions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 14:37
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions

December 30, 2011

Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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NOTE: Copies of these opinions may be obtained from the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Judicial Branch Building, 1111 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319, for a fee of fifty cents per page.

No. 11–0532

OYENS FEED & SUPPLY, INC. vs. PRIMEBANK

No. 11–1068

IOWA RIGHT TO LIFE COMMITTEE, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MEGAN TOOKER, In Her Official Capacity as Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board Executive Director; JAMES ALBERT, JOHN WALSH, PATRICIA HARPER, GERALD SULLIVAN, SAIMA ZAFAR, and CAROLE TILLOTSON, In Their Official Capacities as Iowa

 
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