The Daily Iowan

Virginia Tech alert system faster than UI

ALISON SULLIVAN

December 9, 2011

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Students and employees at Virginia Tech University knew about a gunman on campus just minutes after local law enforcement were called. That's a sharp contrast to a similar system at the University of Iowa. Officials here released...

Some GOP candidates call for balanced-budget amendment

RISHABH R. JAIN

December 9, 2011

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About one out of every three dollars the federal government spends is borrowed. That's troubling to the pack of Republican Iowa caucus contenders, but some scholars say the U.S. debt crisis isn't so urgent. "In the short...

UI students face another tuition hike

DORA GROTE

December 9, 2011

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Increasing tuition and cutting back state appropriations may affect the presence of young people in Iowa's workforce. That's according to Regent Robert Downer, speaking during the state Board of Regents meeting on Thursday....

Johnson County officials push private wind turbine use

AUDREY ROEN

December 9, 2011

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Johnson County supervisors said they believe county residents would seize an opportunity to invest in private wind turbines if obtaining them was made easier. Officials said the technology is capable of producing 27 percent...

Iowa policymaker: Buy local Christmas trees

CHASTITY DILLARD

December 9, 2011

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Lying against the white, snowy earth, Brian Fuhrmeister joked with his 5-year-old son while preparing to chop down the family's ideal Christmas tree. "All right, Lukas. I'm going to cut down the tree," the 37-year-old...

UI Student Legal Services to hire new attorney

KRISTEN EAST

December 9, 2011

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The University of Iowa spends less on providing legal advice to students than any school in the Big Ten. Greg Bal, supervising attorney for UI Student Legal Services, said he doesn't think adding a part-time attorney is too...

A Christmas Carol comes to Coralville this weekend

CARLY HURWITZ

December 9, 2011

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On the stage at the Coralville Center for the Performing Arts during the month of December, audiences will see Scrooge rushing to find the true spirit of the holiday season. "It's a well-done adaptation, and [Scrooge]...

Iowa Percussion to hold holiday show

JORDAN MONTGOMERY

December 9, 2011

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After an intense November concert series, Iowa Percussion will welcome the holidays with a percussion pops performance featuring songs of the season. Iowa Percussion and the PanAmerican Steel will perform a free show at 7:30...

UI to present three honorary degrees

DI STAFF

December 9, 2011

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The state Board of Regents unanimously approved a UI request to award an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Robert Osterhaus, honorary Doctor of Law degree to Robert Ray, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree to...

UI sees decrease in crime statistics

DI STAFF

December 9, 2011

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UI crime statistics have decreased since last year, according to a report released at the state Board of Regents meeting Thursday. In 2010, there were 2,109 offenses and incidences; that figure dropped to 2,084 in 2011. The...

Regents OK capital-improvement projects

DI STAFF

December 9, 2011

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The state Board of Regents unanimously approved several UI capital-improvement business transactions at its telephonic meeting Thursday. The UI will construct a new electrical duct bank for $6.5 million — funded from the...

IC accepting applications for block grants

DI STAFF

December 9, 2011

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Funding applications for low-income community-development projects now being accepted, according to an Iowa City press release. Application are now available for $1.2 million in aid for housing, jobs, and service needs for...