The Daily Iowan

Branstad: paid-leave bill ‘only fair’

ALISON SULLIVAN

April 7, 2011

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Gov. Terry Branstad said it’s “only fair” state employees convicted of felonies be required to pay back the salaries they earned while on paid administrative leave. “I think there should be a penalty for that, and to...

UI defends increase in travel expenses

ARIANA WITT

April 7, 2011

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University of Iowa employees spent more than $28 million on travel in fiscal 2010, a number that has steadily increased since 2006. Of the $28,598,515 the UI spent in 2010, $3.6 million went to international travel, and $20.4...

Secret to living to 100? Don’t eat dessert

NINA EARNEST

April 7, 2011

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Eleanor Secrest received 67 cards for her 99th birthday. Today, she turns 100 — and she wants a few more. “I want 75 cards,” the outspoken woman said. “I don’t know how many people I’ll get.” In her 100 years,...

More teens earning college credit in high school

MICHELLE MCCONNAUGHEY

April 7, 2011

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It’s becoming increasingly important for teenagers to get a head start on college while still in high school due to the nationwide recession and an expanding global marketplace, community-college officials said. “We’re...

Neighborhood Center wants more summer-camp funding

JAKE KRZECZOWSKI

April 7, 2011

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Khalid Khalid smiled and laughed as he tossed a battered football to a friend. The 12-year-old was surrounded by dozens of jovial elementary school kids Wednesday at the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Center, 2651 Roberts Road. “This place is a...

No firm plans yet for Justice Center

KATIE HEINE

April 7, 2011

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It’s been 10 years, but members of the committee planning a potential criminal justice center in Johnson County still haven’t decided exactly what they want. They know they need a new facility to replace the overcrowded jail...

Students struggle to find summer jobs

MICHELLE MCCONNAUGHEY

April 7, 2011

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In an unstable economy, securing a job for only three months can be difficult. University of Iowa sophomore Yihong Zhang works at the University Bookstore but said she has been unable to find employment for the summer. “I...

UI grad student ‘a rockstar’ of neuroscience

ALLIE WRIGHT

April 7, 2011

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A conversation is a lot more than words. And Rupa Gupta, a University of Iowa graduate student, said she wants to unravel the intricacies of interaction, such as eye contact and timing. “I’m just interested in how people...

Coalition: Continued need for environmental funding

KATIE HEINE

April 7, 2011

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No one likes an empty wallet. But for now, that’s what the Iowa Water and Land Legacy Amendment has, Mark Langgin said. Though the amendment to create a trust fund to protect and preserve Iowa’s natural resources passed a...

Statewide summit focuses on diversity in schools

ALLIE WRIGHT

April 7, 2011

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PELLA, Iowa — Making Iowa colleges and universities more inclusive could have a positive effect on graduates who stay in the state. On Wednesday, higher-education officials gathered in Pella, Iowa, for the sixth-annual Diversity...

Hawkeye still has rhabdo symptoms, looks to other schools

JORDAN GARRETSON

April 7, 2011

Filed under Sports

One of the 13 Hawkeye football players hospitalized earlier this year is asking to speak with other schools, saying he’s still suffering from symptoms of rhabdomyolysis. Iowa Athletics Director Gary Barta confirmed on Wednesday...

Big Ten releases 2013-14 football schedules

J.T. BUGOS

April 7, 2011

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The Big Ten has released its football schedules for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Iowa will meet all five teams — Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Northwestern — from the its division in both years. The Hawkeyes...