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Lt. Governor Simon honors teens working to end teen dating violence PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Annie Thompson   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:15

MOLINE – Feb. 28, 2014. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon was today joined by representatives of Verizon and the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to name four Moline High School students the first place winners of the “NO MORE Dating Abuse” video challenge. February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month.

“It is important that young people can recognize signs of an unhealthy relationship and know how to get out,” said Simon, a former prosecutor who founded Virtual Legal Clinics to aid abuse survivors in underserved areas of the state. “These students produced strong messages to help their peers identify the signs of unhealthy relationships and showed that it’s never too late to seek help or speak up when you see a friend in trouble.”

Now in its second year, this challenge is the first of its kind in Illinois and is coordinated by the ICADV and the Lt. Governor’s office, and sponsored by Verizon. Last September, all high schools throughout the state were encouraged to invite their students to submit a video that called for the end of teen dating violence and promoted healthy relationships. Moline High School received $1,000 for submitting the winning entries, and students on the winning team received iPads.

“Two primary components are highlighted by this project: the public and private partnerships with Verizon and the Lt. Governor’s Office, and the enthusiasm and engagement of the youth all working together to help end domestic violence in Illinois,” said ICADV Chief Executive Officer Vickie Smith.

“The unique perspective that teens bring to these videos is so important in helping to increase their understanding, awareness and communication on the topic of healthy relationships and domestic violence,” said Verizon Wireless Region President Brian Pascoe. “We are proud of their work and appreciate the opportunity to support this program with the Lt. Governor.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), almost 10 percent of high school students reported being hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boyfriend or girlfriend. About one in five women and nearly one in seven men who have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, first experienced some form of partner violence between 11 and 17 years of age, the CDCP reports.

The winning videographers at Moline High School are: Gabrielle Pinc, Travis Meier, Elane Edwards and J.J. Schrick. Their nearly one-minute video shows teens how to identify the signs of an unhealthy relationship, how victims can get help, and urges teens to support healthy relationships. The second and third place teams are from South Elgin High School Beacon Academy and Eastland Junior/Senior High School in Lanark, IL, respectively. To view the top three winning videos, please visit www.ilcadv.org.

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Civil Air Patrol inducts Senator Harkin into Hall of Honor PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Cox   
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 09:13

WASHINGTON – Longtime U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, is the newest member of Civil Air Patrol’s Hall of Honor.

Harkin – a former Navy fighter pilot who commands CAP’s Congressional Squadron – became the 34th person inducted into the Hall of Honor during a congressional reception Thursday in the Senate’s Russell Office Building. In addition to members of Congress, CAP’s 52 wing commanders, visiting Capitol Hill for CAP’s annual Legislative Day, attended the induction ceremony.

“This is Civil Air Patrol’s highest honor, our way of thanking Senator Harkin for his 30 years of CAP service,” said National Commander Maj. Gen. Chuck Carr. “He has been a staunch supporter of CAP’s missions for America.”

Soon after joining Civil Air Patrol in 1984, Harkin worked on the first full appropriations bill for CAP and has touted CAP’s volunteer missions and programs to his Senate and House colleagues ever since. To do this he often reached across the aisle to work with his Republican colleagues on CAP issues and missions vital to the nation and thousands of communities. He has also repeatedly promoted the cost effectiveness of CAP with government agencies such as the Air Force and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Harkin has been a rated CAP mission pilot and flown a number of training and actual missions, including counterdrug flights off the southern tip of Florida. He also has served as an adviser to CAP’s national commanders, providing valuable insight on how CAP can best address some of its budget and operational challenges. Most recently, he introduced Congressional Gold Medal legislation honoring the unusual service of CAP’s founding members during World War II, which quickly passed the Senate under unanimous consent and with 83 co-sponsors. A similar bill is awaiting a final vote in the House.

As the newest CAP Hall of Honor inductee, Harkin joins CAP’s most prestigious body. Previous inductees have included Gill Robb Wilson, who served as the first director of Civil Air Patrol, and World War II-era Gen. Carl A. “Tooey” Spaatz, the first chief of staff of the Air Force.

Harkin is only the second member of Congress in the Hall of Honor, joining former New York Congressman and fellow CAP Col. Lester Wolff, who was inducted in 1985.

Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 60,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs about 85 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 71lives annually. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 25,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet programs. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 72 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information.

 
Iowa Supreme Court Opinions February 28, 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 28 February 2014 09:51
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. 12–2023

JOHN GIZA vs. BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY

No. 13–0412

RENT-A-CENTER, INC. vs. IOWA CIVIL RIGHTS COMMISSION

 
State Treasurer Fitzgerald Has a Vault Full Of Gold For Iowans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Karen Austin   
Thursday, 27 February 2014 14:44

DES MOINES, IA (02/27/2014)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald has a pot o' gold better than the one waiting at the end of the rainbow to give back to Iowans. He has a vault brimming full of unclaimed property to be reclaimed.

Treasurer Fitzgerald encourages everyone to not wait until they find a four-leaf clover to see if luck is on their side, but to check greatiowatreasurehunt.com to see if a treasure is waiting for them. "Our database contains names of individuals and businesses from all over Iowa," Fitzgerald stated. "We search our list looking for those Irish connections this St. Patrick's Day. Currently on the list we have over fifty records with the name Ireland, a few Shamrocks and over a thousand Greens." While there are no four-leaf clovers, there is one Clover Luck in Cedar Rapids, a few dozen Irish and a Lucky Pub Grub in Ankeny.

The Great Iowa Treasure Hunt program has returned over $174 million in unclaimed property to more than 421,000 people since Fitzgerald created it in 1983. Unclaimed property refers to money and other assets held by financial institutions or companies that have lost contact with the property's owner for a specific period of time. State law requires these institutions and companies to annually report unclaimed property to the state treasurer's office. The assets are then held until the owner or heir of the property is found. Common forms of unclaimed property include savings or checking accounts, stocks, uncashed checks, life insurance policies, utility security deposits, and safe deposit box contents.

to begin your search. Be sure to like the Great Iowa Treasure Hunt on Facebook and follow the program on Twitter @GreatIATreasure.

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FDA denials of role in employee email monitoring PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:01

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa today testified before a House committee on the Food and Drug Administration’s aggressive email monitoring of employees who were concerned about the safety of certain medical devices and released an investigative report on the monitoring with Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which convened the hearing.  Grassley made the following statement on FDA comments in media reports on the agency’s actions in the case.

“An FDA official is quoted as saying the agency did not target, intercept or prevent any communications to Congress.  That’s false.   The FDA may not have begun the email monitoring to try to capture privileged communications with attorneys, the Office of Special Counsel and Congress, but senior managers certainly knew early on that it was happening and they kept doing it.  Emails with two Senate committees’ staff and a House member’s staff were all intercepted, stored, and summarized for senior managers by the FDA contractors conducting the monitoring.  The FDA is trying to deny the facts rather than own up and take responsibility for what it did.”

 
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