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RELEASE: Braley Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Giertz   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:17

Braley Statement on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 


Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01) released the following statement in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which will be observed on Monday, January 16th:

“Dr. King’s values and work in the face of violence, indifference, and entrenched prejudices remind us that the work of one person willing to speak up against injustice can change the world.  Because of Dr. King’s work, his dream of a nation where people are judged by the content of their character, rather than the color of their skin, is closer to fruition.

“While that dream is yet to be fulfilled, Dr. King’s legacy lives on in our hearts and minds.  Dr. King stood up for people who didn’t have a voice when others failed to stand up for them.  His life should inspire all of us to fight for those among us—of any color, background, or creed—who’ve had their voices taken away.”

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Hawkeye Caucus Weekly Update PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 January 2012 14:13

Iowa Flood Center expands stream sensor network in Iowa


The Iowa Flood Center, based at the University of Iowa, has taken advantage of the state's unusually mild start to winter by continuing to install a second batch of 50 electronic stream stage sensors across Iowa. Now fully installed, the new instruments bring to 100 the number of affordable stream sensors purchased by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and installed on the downstream side of bridges by the Iowa Flood Center.


Developed in part by students at the center, the sensors use sonar to measure the distance to the water’s surface and send reports every 15 minutes to a database at the center’s UI headquarters so that Iowans have access to real-time monitoring of water levels in Iowa’s rivers and streams. A river and stream-level map of the data is available on the center's website (


Flood center researchers say that Iowa, with its thousands of bridges, could benefit from an even wider network of information if more sensors were put into wider use. Such a system would enhance safety in the state by improving the ability to monitor stream levels and predict flooding, and by improving public preparedness.


In addition to developing a system of flood sensors and maps, the Iowa Flood Center plans to build a network to detect and record soil moisture content -- another factor involved in flooding.



Looking to the future, staff from the nearly three-year-old Iowa Flood Center are preparing a new proposal to the National Science Foundation to establish a $25 million National Flood Center. The UI’s experience with the Iowa Flood Center will make the proposal especially competitive. If funded, this new center will help establish Iowa as a national leader in flood-related research and education.


Newborn screening is the healthy first step for Iowa babies


A few drops of blood collected shortly after birth can mean the difference between a healthy future and a lifelong battle with chronic, debilitating conditions.  The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa helps to make that difference for the approximately 40,000 babies born each year in the state.


Each year, 40 or more Iowa babies are identified with a congenital condition that, if left undetected and untreated, could result in irreversible neurological delays, coma or death.  Instead, they have the healthiest start possible in life.  How does this happen?

Shortly after the birth, six tiny drops of blood are collected from the baby’s heel.  From those few drops, the Hygienic Laboratory identifies more than 30 different conditions, including PKU and cystic fibrosis.


It’s all part of the Iowa Neonatal and Metabolic Screen Program that helps give babies the best possible start in life.


Like most things with newborns, time is of the essence.  The tiny drops of blood collected at birth must reach the Hygienic Lab’s Ankeny facility within 24 hours of to ensure the highest degree of accuracy.  A statewide courier system picks up the samples and delivers them to the laboratory, which conducts testing around the clock.

Inter-religious Discussions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jo Cohrs   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:06

Inter-religious discussions with

Imam Saad Baig, Islamic Center of the Quad Cities

Rabbi Tamar Grimm, Congregation Beth Israel at the Tri City Jewish Center

Fr. Mike Schaab, St. Pius X Catholic Church



A Year in the Life: Calendars, Holy Days and Celebrations at the Mosque on Jan. 19

Islamic Center of Quad Cities, 6005 34th Ave., Moline

A Look at our Books: Sacred Texts and Scriptures at the Synagogue on Feb. 16 

Tri City Jewish Center, 2715 30th St., Rock Island

Womb to Tomb: Life Cycle Events and Rites of Passage at the Church on Mar. 15 

St. Pius X Catholic Church, 2502 29th Ave., Rock Island

Plan to join us on Thursdays from 7-9 pm.


All are welcome!


For more information, contact Barb Roedel  793-7356.

Iowa Supreme Court Opinions PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 13 January 2012 14:04
January 13, 2012

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.

Opinions released before April 2006 and available in the archives are posted in Word format. Opinions released after April 2006 are posted to the website in PDF (Portable Document Format).   Note: To open a PDF you must have the free Acrobat Reader installed. PDF format preserves the original appearance of a document without requiring you to possess the software that created that document. For more information about PDF read: Using the Adobe Reader.

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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. 10–0218


No. 11–0886


No. 11–1570


A Very Special 3rd Degree Ceremony PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen L. Davies   
Friday, 13 January 2012 09:53

Farmers Masonic Lodge No. 168 of Kinross requests your presence for a very special Third Degree for a returned soldier on Thursday, January 26, 2012, with dinner beginning at 6:30 PM.  Lucas Snedigar, 21, currently serving in the U.S. Army, a mechanic and resident of Keota, Iowa, recently home from Afghanistan and completed his First Degree at Farmers Lodge on August 31, 2011, and Second Degree on November 12, 2011.

This is open to Master Masons only in good standing with their lodge.

Please join us for  “One Hero – 3rd Degree in Bibs,”  6:30 PM, Thursday, January 26, 2012, with 3rd Degree work beginning at 7:00 PM.   Farmers Lodge is located in the Christian Church at Kinross, one block south of Highway 22, just west of Wellman, Iowa.

Our Lodge dress for Degree Work is Bib Overalls if you have them.  Otherwise, casual dress is just fine.  Come as you are, you won’t want to miss this special occasion to honor a returned soldier at completing his Masonic Degrees.  Contact Brant Andreassen, WM,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Dave Jackson, Secretary,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you plan to attend and can assist.  We always do a group photo.

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