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Iowa Gets $20 Million To Expand Energy

     The National Science Foundation grant will be provided over five
years for a project that will be led by Robert Brown. He heads Iowa
State University's renewable energy studies.
     The Des Moines Register reports ( that some
of the money will be spent to study how economists and engineers
can combine their expertise in advising lawmakers on energy policy.
     The state of Iowa will add $2 million to the project resources.

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Donations are being sought to help pay
for renovations at the Iowa governor's mansion, Terrace Hill.
     Officials told The Des Moines Register ( )
that a new geothermal heating and cooling system is being planned.
The mansion on the west side of Des Moines also will get extensive
work on its kitchen.
     The groups - Two Rivers Capital and the Terrace Hill Foundation
- want to raise about $1 million from private sources for the work.
     The nearly 150-year-old mansion has housed Iowa's governors
since the 1970s.
     Renovations are expected to be finished by early next year.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids police say nothing
threatening was inside two suspicious suitcases found near the
entrance of downtown building.
     KGAN-TV says a robot device X-rayed the suitcases while bomb
squad technicians stood by. Nothing suspicious was found, and
police are now clearing the scene. Most streets that were blocked
off have been reopened.
     Police and bomb technicians were called to the Human Services
Campus around 7 a.m. on Friday. Fewer than 10 people were in the
building when police evacuated it and closes several streets.
     KGAN says police have detained a person on interest in the
investigation. Police spokeswoman Cristy Hamblin says the person is
being cooperative.
     Police have been told the suitcases were first noticed on
Thursday and that no one has been around them.


 AMES, Iowa (AP) - The committee searching for Iowa State
University's next president will meet as members try to narrow a
pool of candidates to a handful of finalists this month.
     The search committee will meet Friday for an update from search
consultant Parker Executive Search of Atlanta and a closed-door
"executive session" to consider candidates to replace President
Greg Geoffroy, who has announced plans to step down next year.
     The committee is expected to identify up to five finalists for
consideration by the Iowa Board of Regents, which will make a
hiring decision. Campus forums for the finalists, who have not yet
been selected, have been scheduled between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A test archaeological excavation will
begin later this month at the site of a proposed levee near the
Cedar River in Cedar Rapids.
     City officials say Bear Creek Archaeology Inc. of Cresco will
begin the excavation on Sept. 19 to learn more about people who
once lived in the area and to determine if the site is eligible for
nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
     The excavations will take place in backyards of flood-damaged
homes and buildings, in city parks and parking lots on the city's
southeast side.
 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The cost of looking into allegations of
illegal contributions to former Gov. Chet Culver's campaign from
Fort Dodge casino interests has risen to more than $92,000.
    The Iowa Executive Council approved the payments to a special
prosecutor and another attorney to investigate allegations that
Fort Dodge casino backers passed money through a third party to
Culver's campaign. The newspaper reported the payments on Thursday.
     The executive council hired the special prosecutor in 2010 to
look into allegations that Peninsula Gaming LLC illegally made
contributions in the name of another person, which is illegal in
Iowa. At issue were donations from three Fort Dodge businessmen who
reportedly gave $25,000 to the Culver campaign after they received
$25,000 from Peninsula Gaming.

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