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Arbor Day Foundation Offers Tree-Care Booklet for $3 Donation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Arbor Day Foundation   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:08

The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a handy tree-care booklet designed to help people plant and care for trees.

Anyone can receive the Conservation Trees booklet simply by making a $3 donation to the Foundation.

Conservation Trees is a user-friendly booklet that features illustrations, colorful photos and easily understood descriptions.

"Conservation Trees is an ideal resource for tree planters throughout the country," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "It is important that people know how to properly plant and care for their trees.

"Taking care of existing trees is just as critical as planting new ones," Rosenow continued. “Trees clean the air, keep our water sources pure and conserve energy. Trees provide so many benefits to a community, and that’s why it is so vital to take care of them."

The booklet provides details about the right way to plant and prune trees. It also includes tips on using shade trees and windbreaks to save on energy costs, attracting songbirds and creating a living snow fence.

To receive the Conservation Trees booklet, send a $3 check along with your name and address to: Conservation Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, NE 68410, or order online at


Iowa Supreme Court Requests for Further Review PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Monday, 30 April 2012 10:04


April 18, 2012













Black Hawk

Hoskins v. State


Cerro Gordo

State v. Harrington



State v. Shank



State v. Pettinger


Black Hawk

State v. Becker


Black Hawk

State v. Crawley



State v. Zmuda



State v. Nyabugulu



State v. Bouchard


Des Moines

State v. Hodges



In re Guardianship & Conservatorship of Sluyter



Maiers v. Gansen



In re J.R.
















Hall v. EAB



State v. Howard




Further Review Results

April 18, 2012

Loebsack Statement on President Obama’s Speech at the University of Iowa PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Monday, 30 April 2012 09:51

Washington, D.C. Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement after the President spoke at the University of Iowa about the need to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling, from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, on July 1st.  Loebsack is a cosponsor of H.R. 3826, which would ensure the increase does not occur.  Loebsack welcomed the President to Iowa at the Eastern Iowa Airport and attended his speech at the University of Iowa Field House.

“I was pleased President Obama chose the University of Iowa to highlight the looming rate increase if Congress does not take action.  This issue truly impacts many Iowans.  In fact, over the past year more than 3,900 people have contacted me with their concerns about the cost of college and student loans.  This is not all that surprising given that college grads in Iowa leave school with some of the highest debt load in the country.  They cannot afford a rate increase.

“I grew up in poverty, worked my way through college and relied on financial aid to pay for tuition.   I know firsthand the difference that a college education can make in a student’s life.  No student should be turned away or lose out on attending college because their family can’t afford to pay tuition.  Congress must act to avoid this rate increase.”

During his time with the President, Loebsack also raised the need for bipartisan support in passing a long-term transportation bill.

“I talked with the President about an issue central to job creation and economic development in Iowa – transportation.  Iowans are sick of the bickering and partisan politics and are demanding that the work get done, which is why I have crossed party lines time and again to try and pass a Highway Bill.  I strongly urged the President to engage on a bipartisan basis to finally move a long-term transportation bill so projects critical to Iowa’s families, businesses and farmers can move forward.”


Royal Neighbors of America reports strong results in insurance sales in 2011 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lynnette Meincke   
Monday, 30 April 2012 09:46

April 25, 2011

(Rock Island, IL) – Royal Neighbors of America reported strong financial results for 2011. It generated revenue in excess of $100 million; grew its assets by $26 million to $792 million; and has a surplus of $211 million, resulting in a surplus ratio of 27%, significantly above the estimated industry benchmark of less than 8%.  These results highlight the strength and stability of the organization.

A.M. Best, an internationally respected insurance industry rating agency, continues to rate Royal Neighbors an A- (Excellent) for its overall financial strength and ability to meet ongoing obligations to certificateholders. The agency recognizes Royal Neighbors’ strong level of risk-adjusted capitalization, well-established fraternal presence, and large membership base.

“Our 2011 financial report once again demonstrates that we remain among the most financially secure insurance carriers in the industry,” said Cynthia Tidwell, President/CEO. “With these results, we are positioned to empower women to achieve financial protection and healthy lifestyles. It is estimated that 50 percent of women today are expected to live past 85, and many are not financially prepared. We have the opportunity and responsibility to offer them life insurance protection and financial education to help them make appropriate decisions.”

She continued, “Our success also is driven by our independent agents who sell our products nationwide. Their level of experience and professionalism and their commitment to supporting our community-based initiatives show a deep understanding of our Insurance with a DifferenceSM philosophy.”

Royal Neighbors of America, one of the nation’s largest women-led life insurance companies, exists for the benefit of its members. It offers insurance and annuity products to fulfill financial needs of growth, savings, and protection. Members receive valuable benefits and can participate in volunteer activities through the organization's local chapters to help make a difference in their communities. The organization's philanthropic efforts are dedicated to changing women's lives through its national programs, including the Nation of NeighborsSM Program, and through the Royal Neighbors Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Headquartered in Rock Island, IL, with branch offices in Mesa, AZ, and Austin, TX, Royal Neighbors serves more than 215,000 members and is licensed to do business in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information about Royal Neighbors of America, call (800) 627-4762, or visit




Americans for Prosperity to Host Rally During President Obama’s Speech PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Mark Lucas   
Wednesday, 25 April 2012 14:51

President Should Stop Obstructing Job Creation for America’s College Graduates

Iowa City, IA - When President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Iowa campus today, Americans for Prosperity – Iowa (AFP-IA) will be on campus to rally in support of job creation and economic freedom. Americans for Prosperity – Iowa state director Mark Lucas believes the White House should change its policies to make it easier for companies to grow and create jobs.

“A college degree doesn’t matter much when there are no jobs available in the economy,” says Lucas.

Recent employment data shows that one in two college graduates are unemployed or underemployed and the unemployment rate for 21 to 24 year-olds is over 13 percent.

“The President had an opportunity to support the Keystone Pipeline which would have created thousands of much-needed jobs,” said Lucas. “The White House claims they want to lower unemployment. This administration is content to see half a billion dollars wasted on failed companies like Solyndra, while blocking job growth that would come with the Keystone pipeline.”

The rally will be held along Grande Avenue on the President’s motorcade route. Americans for Prosperity – Iowa will watch the President's speech and discuss it over a pizza lunch at the Wig & Pen restaurant on 1220 Hwy 6 West at 1:00PM. The President is scheduled to speak at the University of Iowa campus today as part of his effort to get Congress to extend an interest rate cap on the federally subsidized Stafford college student loan program.

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