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Tuesday News March 22

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Spring is here and the new season means the potential for new risks.
Registered Nurse Tammy Noble of the Sioux City based Iowa Poison Control Center, has experts available around the clock for when accidents happen.

Noble says the nature and urgency of the calls typically varies based on the age of the person involved.

A toll-free call can sometimes save an expensive and unnecessary trip to the emergency room.
There’s a wealth of helpful tips on the poison center website that can assist parents and others in making their homes safer for children.

The Iowa Poison Control Center is always open at 1-800-222-1222 or online at www.iowapoison.org.


SCHOOL COMPUTER MONEY

The Iowa Department of Education has awarded over $506,000 to prepare K-12 teachers in 136 school districts and nonpublic schools to teach computer science.

The Computer Science Professional Development Incentive Fund awards are part of a broad commitment to expand computer science instruction across Iowa.

The 2021-22 Incentive Fund drew 40 applications with 21 awards granted including Kingsley-Pierson CSD receiving $20,500.

The Northwest Iowa Area Education Agency Collaborative will receive $218,100.to be divided among school districts including Le Mars, Sioux City and Akron Westfield

COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS

Republicans in the Iowa House are proposing a new 12 million dollar scholarship program for students at Iowa’s three public universities.

House Speaker Pat Grassley says it’s an effort to address workforce shortages in specific occupations.
Half of the money would go to juniors and seniors studying to be teachers. The other six million would go to juniors and seniors seeking degrees in other occupations which are in high demand.

Grassley says it’s a way to put money into the three state universities to directly address a lack of qualified employees.

ABORTION BAN

Governor Kim Reynolds says the U-S Supreme Court is on the brink of overturning the ruling that legalized abortion — but she warns banning the procedure in Iowa requires a complex set of moves.

The U-S Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling this summer on a Mississippi law that bars abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Reynolds cautions Iowa cannot adopt a similar law here under current conditions. She’s asking the court to overturn a 2018 ruling that said women have a right to an abortion under Iowa’s constitution. Reynolds also is backing a proposed constitutional amendment that says the state’s constitution does not guarantee abortion rights.

CATHOLIC PRAYERS

Pope Francis has invited worldwide bishops and priests to join him in prayer for peace and in the consecration and entrustment of Russia and of Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The pope will begin the prayer Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. which is 5 p.m. in Vatican City.

Catholic bishops and priests will be offering the act of consecration in churches at the same time as Pope Francis including Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City.

Bishop Nickless invites the public to join him March 25 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Epiphany in Sioux City, the mother church of the diocese.

Those living outside of Sioux City should contact their local parish for consecration prayers in their area