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Wednesday Afternoon News, April 4th


Floyd Valley Healthcare Honors Volunteers During Luncheon

(Le Mars) — Floyd Valley Healthcare honored its more than 300 volunteers during a luncheon held Wednesday morning. Judy Hawkins serves as the president for the Floyd Valley Healthcare Auxiliary. She says in addition to volunteering their time,
the auxilliary members also do fund raising activities for the local hospital.
Most recently, the Floyd Valley Auxiliary purchased a new type of wheelchair being used at the hospital.

Hawkins says the hospital’s gift shop, which is operated by the auxiliary members and other volunteers, brings in a large portion of the proceeds. The annual holiday candy sales accounts for another portion.

Hawkins explains some of the other methods which the hospital auxiliary is able to generate funds for the health care center.

The Floyd Valley Auxiliary chair says the luncheon is a nice way for the hospital to show their appreciation for all the volunteers that contribute their time.

Hawkins says, in May, the Floyd Valley Auxiliary will present three separate scholarships, two will be awarded to area senior high school students wanting to pursue a career in healthcare, and the third scholarship will be awarded to an individual already in the healthcare profession, but wanting to expand their education.



Board of Regents Propose Tuition Increase

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Board of Regents has proposed raising tuition at the state’s three public universities by 3.5 percent, but thousands of students would see much higher increases under the board’s plan.
The Des Moines Register reports that Iowa State University officials are seeking to expand the practice of charging different tuition rates for certain majors, such as science, technology, engineering, business and math. The proposal would have some students paying rates that are 20 percent to 33 percent more than standard tuition.
Officials say programs that involve laboratory or studio work cost more to provide and differential tuition puts costs where they’re incurred instead of spreading it across all programs
The proposed rate increases would generate almost $25 million in additional revenue for the universities.
The regents are expected to vote on the proposal in June.



School Bus Involved With Accident

BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say at least seven people were injured when a school bus was rammed by another vehicle in southwest Iowa’s Taylor County.
Shenandoah station KMA reports that the accident occurred around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at an Iowa Highway 2 intersection just east of Bedford.
Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Nathan Ludwig says five students and the drivers of both vehicles were taken to area hospitals for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. He says the remaining 10 children on the bus were released to their
Ludwig says the driver of the northbound vehicle apparently didn’t halt at a stop sign and then hit the westbound bus, knocking the bus onto one of its sides.
The names of those involved haven’t been released.



Attorney General Says Waterloo Police Chief Can Also Serve As County Supervisor

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa attorney general’s office says the Waterloo police chief can keep that post and serve as a Black Hawk County supervisor, if he were to win election.
Chief Dan Trelka said after the opinion was released Tuesday that he was pleased by it and planned to pursue his candidacy. He announced plans last month to run as a Republican in the June 5 primary. Two seats are up for election, and
Democrats have held all five seats for several years.
So far Trelka is the only Republican to declare his intention.
Assistant Attorney General Michael Bennett says in his opinion that Trelka’s holding both positions “may raise significant conflict of interest issues requiring recusal” when such conflicts arise.
Trelka says he would do so.