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Monday Afternoon News, February 10

Auditor Says Some Surplus Funds May Be Used To Finance Expenditures

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the governor's budget proposal uses surplus fund dollars to cover some expenses, a practice she says taxpayers should be aware of. 
     Mosiman on Monday provided a review of Gov. Terry Branstad's budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. She says that a complete analysis of state spending and revenue projections shows that the state will spend $144 million more than it takes in. Mosiman says that means the state needs to tap the nearly $900 million surplus to balance the books.
     Mosiman says spending less than you take in is a sound practice. But she also said the state must decide how to use a sizable surplus. 
     Lawmakers and Branstad last year approved a property tax cut and new education spending.

 

Des Moines Airport To Offer Classes In Hanger

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines airport official says high school students will be allowed to continue working on aircraft in a hanger despite the expiration of a lease in June.
     The Airport Authority Board Chairman Ed Hansell told City Council members Monday that the board would make the hanger available while the school district works to build another facility.
     Des Moines students have learned about aircraft maintenance in a 29,500-square-foot hanger for 40 years, but airport officials didn't renew a lease because they need the space for corporate clients.
     School officials planned to move to a smaller facility, but that would reduce student participation.
     Hansell says the airport board wasn't aware of the district's concerns until seeing media reports.
     It will vote on the temporary plan Tuesday.

 

Iowa Lawmakers Consider Drone Use Regulations

 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative panel is considering a pair of bills that would limit the use of drones in Iowa. 
     Members of a Senate judiciary subcommittee discussed two bills Monday that would regulate drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, used by law enforcement agencies and private users. 
     The first would allow law enforcement agencies to operate or obtain information from drones only under certain circumstances, such as life-threatening emergencies or with a search warrant. The second outlines permit requirements for anyone using drones in the public sphere. 
     Democratic Sen. Rich Taylor, who chairs the subcommittee, says he plans to continue the discussion and eventually combine the two bills before bringing the matter to the full committee.
     Similar legislation is being debated in the House.     

 

Dance Marathon Raises $1.8 Million 

  IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Organizers behind an annual dance marathon at the University of Iowa say they've raised a record $1.8 million this year.
     More than 2,000 people participated in the event held between Friday and Saturday at the school's memorial union. The event is advertised as 24 hours of no sleep, sitting or caffeine.
     Dance Marathon at UI is a student organization. The group's event has raised more than $14 million since it began 20 years ago.
     The money will benefit cancer patients and their families at the children's hospital at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.
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Cedar Rapids Offers Assistance For Frozen Water Pipes 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids is recommending some strategy for people in older homes who may deal with water line problems caused by the frigid weather.
     The city's water division office says there's been an increase in homes with frozen water service lines, so people in homes older than 1970 should leave a faucet dripping slowly to prevent the line from freezing.
     Water flowing through the pipe means it's less likely to freeze. The office recommends collecting the water and reusing it on plants or dish washing.
     Officials say homes build before 1970 may have shallow water service lines that make them more susceptible to freezing. Homes built later follow city code that requires deeper lines.
     A certified plumber should be contacted if a service line freezes.

 


 

 

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