Tuesday Afternoon News, March 26
Spalding Catholic Students Finalist For Creating Mobile Applications
GRANVILLE, Iowa –– A team of high school students from Spalding Catholic High School are winners of a national competition to develop mobile applications that address a need or problem in their community. Their “AgNote MAX” app concept is one of 10 winning designs. The app makes it easier for farmers to track all aspects of farming. Mary Hunt serves as the supervising teacher for the Spalding students. She says each of the five students have a connection to the area's agriculture.
Hunt says the Spalding students wanted to create an app that would benefit area farmers.
The competition, the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, was created by the Verizon Foundation in partnership with the Technology Student Association to help boost student engagement and interest in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. The students were asked to use their STEM skills to design app concepts that provided real-world solutions for issues in their communities or schools.
Hunt offers an explanation as to how Spalding Catholic got involved with the creation of apps for mobile phones.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab will continue to work with the Spalding Catholic “AgNote MAX” app team to refine their projects. Verizon will provide the teams with professional support and training to help bring their concepts to market. The final products will be made available for download from Google’s Play Store. In addition, the Spalding Catholic High School will receive a $10,000 Verizon Foundation grant to advance STEM education at their school, and each team member will receive the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung Mobile. More than 470 student teams from across the country submitted concepts for the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.
Hay Bales Roll Off Truck Killing Truck Driver
FOSTORIA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities are investigating a farm accident that killed a truck driver in northwest Iowa.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Jerrold Goodman was fatally injured while unloading a trailer of hay at a farm in Fostoria. Goodman's body was found about 2 p.m. Saturday.
The sheriff's office says the top row of bales fell on Goodman while he was unloading them.
Attorney General Orders California Company To Stop Marketing In Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a California company has agreed to stop marketing real estate documents to Iowa residents.
A news release from the office of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says LA Investor Inc. does business as Local Records Office. Miller's office says the company employs official-sounding mailings
and language in selling what it calls "property profiles" that include copies of deeds.
Miller's office says the property documents are available free or for a small charge from Iowa county offices.
In the agreement, the company and its owner deny any wrongdoing.
A company representative didn't immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press.
Two More Charged With Voter Fraud
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Two more people face charges as Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's crackdown on voter fraud continues.
A Melbourne man is charged with election misconduct and fraudulent practice. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says 53-year-old Nickie Dean Perkins registered and voted in the
November General Election though he's a convicted felon. He was charged March 5. A hearing is set for April 1.
His attorney, Mark Olberding of Nevada, says Perkins thought his voting rights were restored. Olberding says Perkins cast a provisional ballot in November but it wasn't counted.
Authorities also have charged 64-year-old Jesus Castorena, of Hampton, with perjury for claiming on 2010 driver's license and voter registration applications he was U.S. citizen. He had been
deported to Mexico in 2007.
An arrest warrant has been issued.
Lawmakers Look To Expand Bottle Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State lawmakers and recycling advocates have introduced legislation that would expand Iowa's 5-cent bottle redemption program.
Bill supporters introduced the measure Tuesday and the legislation now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee for review.
The measure would expand the redemption program to include non-carbonated beverages like water, tea and sports drinks. Current law only allows redemption of alcoholic and carbonated beverages.
Democratic Sen. Robert Dvorsky of Coralville said Monday the bill would expand recycling and create 330 new jobs in the recycling industry.
The public appears to support such an expansion of the program, approved in 1978. A poll by The Des Moines Register last month showed 64 percent of Iowans support an expansion.
A spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad says the governor hasn't decided whether to support the proposal.