Tuesday Afternoon News, April 16
Plymouth-Sioux Heart Walk Scheduled For Saturday
(Le Mars) -- Heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women, and this Saturday the annual Plymouth-Sioux Heart Walk will take place at the Le Mars Community School at the Jim Lorenzen Field to raise both awareness and funds for heart research. La Von Galles serves as the Cardio Rehab Coordinator for Floyd Valley Hospital, and is also on the local Heart Walk committee.
Galles says anybody can join in on the walk, and she says you can walk as much or as little as you want. The cardio rehab coordinator says walking is one of three things people can do to maintain a healthy heart.
Galles suggests if you wish to participate in the Saturday heart walk, they ask that you also make a donation. In case of inclement weather, the heart walk will move inside the Middle School. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:00 a.m.
Lawmakers To Meet For Education Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A joint committee of House and Senate lawmakers plans to meet and resume work on a compromise education policy plan.
The Tuesday meeting comes amid disagreement between Senate Democrats and House Republicans over how much to increase school funding and how to implement Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's proposed education overhaul. That plan includes teacher salary increases and leadership incentives.
House Republicans said last week that they would accept Democrats' requests for bigger yearly increases in general funding for schools, if Senate Democrats agreed to House proposals making
teacher salary increases and incentives optional for school districts.
But Democrats have not agreed to the offer. Democratic senators argue that the changes should be mandatory and they have questioned the amount of funding offered by Republicans.
Senate Passes Mental Health Spending Bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that calls for spending nearly $43 million on the state's new regionalized mental health care system.
The Senate passed the bill with bipartisan support Tuesday on a 37 to 17 vote. Last week, the Senate budget committee approved a plan for just under $30 million, but a larger spending plan was
introduced in an amendment by Democrat Sen. Jack Hatch of Des Moines on the Senate floor Tuesday.
The bill funds part of the mental health redesign approved last year. It provides about $43 million in state funding over the next fiscal year for counties to administer mental health services not
covered by Medicaid.
Gov. Terry Branstad did not designate any money in his budget for this part of the redesign.
Sioux City Man Convicted Of Tracking Estranged Wife
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 25-year-old man convicted in Sioux City of tracking his estranged wife has been given 57 months in federal prison.
Ralph Rogers had been convicted of interstate stalking and a weapons charge.
Federal prosecutors say Rogers was sentenced in Sioux City last week. The jury acquitted Rogers of kidnapping and another weapons charge.
Prosecutors say Rogers had secretly placed a GPS device on his estranged wife's car. Investigators say that when the tracking device showed that she'd stopped at a residence in South Sioux City, Neb., Rogers got a handgun and drove there.
Prosecutors say Rogers entered the home without permission and assaulted one of the people inside. Then he took his estranged wife back to his home in Sioux City.
Iowa Health Systems To Change Name
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Health System which includes Iowa Methodist Medical Center and Iowa Lutheran and Blank Children's hospitals, has changed its name to UnityPoint Health.
The organization, which also includes medical clinics and home health care businesses, says the new name reflects patient-centered coordinated care between its hospitals, physician clinics, and home
The new name and brand logo were unveiled Tuesday.
Iowa Health Physicians & Clinics will now be called UnityPoint Clinic and Iowa Health Home Care is now called UnityPoint at Home and UnityPoint Hospice.
UnityPoint Health includes 280 clinics and 29 hospitals in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Sioux City, Waterloo, the Quad Cities, and Peoria, Ill.
The company was formed in Des Moines 1993 with the merger of Iowa Methodist and Iowa Lutheran hospitals.
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