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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Iowa Newsletter for Sunday October 13, 2019 ( 21 items )  

ACT Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Oct. 8 -- ACT, a provider of financial and volunteer support to communities and organizations, issued the following news release: Next school year, ACT will introduce individual section retesting, online testing on national test dates, and superscore calculations ACT, the maker of the ACT(R) test used in college admissions, today announced plans to introduce three new options to improve students' test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions an  more

American College Testing Test to Provide New Options Designed to Offer Students More Choices, Faster Results
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Oct. 8 -- American College Testing issued the following news release: * * * - Next school year, ACT will introduce individual section retesting, online testing on national test dates, and superscore calculations * * * ACT, the maker of the ACT(R) test used in college admissions, today announced plans to introduce three new options to improve students' test-taking experience and increase their opportunities for college admissions and scholarships. Beginning with the Septembe  more

American Football Coaches Association: Two Upsets Cause Shakeup In NAIA Top 25
WACO, Texas, Oct. 7 -- The American Football Coaches Association issued the following news: Marian (Ind.) used a stingy defense and a dominate run game to upset then-No. 3 Saint Francis (Ind.), 28-10. The win vaulted Marian to No. 3 in this week's AFCA NAIA Coaches' Top 25 Poll. That wasn't the only Top 5 upset as Grand View (Iowa) took down then-No. 2 Benedictine (Kan.), 27-6, allowing the Vikings to jump to No. 5. Morningside (Iowa) still holds the top spot after moving its record to 4-0 wit  more

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health: Iowa - Researchers to Study Alcohol Recovery Outside of Treatment
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health issued the following member research: University of Iowa researchers have been awarded a $2.27 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to study adults with alcohol use disorder (AUD) who achieve remission without obtaining professional treatment. Dr. Paul Gilbert, assistant professor of community and behavioral health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is the princ  more

Cottingham & Butler's David Becker Elected Chairman of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 -- The Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers issued the following news release: David O. Becker, chief executive officer of Cottingham & Butler, Inc., in Dubuque, Iowa, was elected 2020 Chairman of The Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, as announced today by The Council. He succeeds Martin P. Hughes, executive chairman of the Board of Directors of HUB International in Chicago. Becker was elected during The Council's 106th annual Insurance Leadership Forum (ILF) in Colo  more

Economic Policy Institute: African Americans Face Widespread Racial Disparities Across the Midwest
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Economic Policy Institute issued the following news release: A new report by EPI's Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) state partners highlights the racial disparities within a dozen Midwestern states. Race in the Heartland: Equity, Opportunity, and Public Policy in the Midwest, authored by Colin Gordon from the University of Iowa and the Iowa Policy Project, is a comprehensive look at the causes and consequences of black-white disparities in the Midwest. Th  more

Environmental Integrity Project: Almost 600 EPA Veterans Call for Investigation Into Trump's Political Abuse of EPA Authority
WASHINGTON, Oct. 10 -- The Environmental Integrity Project issued the following news: * * * - Prompted by EPA Threats Against CA, Former EPA Officials Sign Letter to U.S. House Oversight Committee * * * Almost 600 former EPA officials sent a letter ( https://www.environmentalintegrity.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Letter-to-U.S.-House-Protesting-Trump-EPA-Threats-against-CA.pdf)today to the U.S. House demanding an investigation into President Trump's abuse of EPA authority by threatening Ca  more

Environmental Law & Policy Center: Coal Generation, Rate Increases Addressed in Proposed Alliant Energy Settlement
DES MOINES, Illinois, Oct. 8 -- The Environmental Law and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - ELPC, IEC, and Sierra Club applaud proposed agreement, say more work remains * * * The Environmental Law & Policy Center, Iowa Environmental Council, and Sierra Club agreed to a proposed partial settlement in the Alliant Energy rate case being heard by the Iowa Utilities Board this week. The proposed settlement, joined by ten of the 14 intervening parties, including the Consumer  more

Food and Water Watch: We're Suing Iowa for Choosing Big Ag Over Clean Water
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following news release: The recently exposed water crisis in Griswold, Iowa is just one part of a statewide drinking water tragedy caused by factory farming. It's time to put a stop to agribusiness's irresponsible pollution of Iowa's waterways -- so we're taking the state to Court. Griswold's Water Crisis Griswold's drinking water supply was contaminated by excessive fertilizer application to the surrounding cropland. Nitrates from che  more

Iowa Farm Bureau, University of Iowa Athletics Team Up to Unveil New ANF Plaza
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 8 -- The Iowa Farm Bureau issued the following news release: Iowa Farm Bureau and the University of Iowa Athletics will celebrate America's farmers at the ninth annual America Needs Farmers (ANF) Game Day, Saturday, Oct. 12 at Kinnick Stadium. The highly anticipated game against Penn State University kicks off at 6:30 p.m. showcasing why Hayden Fry's famous ANF program is still important today. As part of the annual celebration of the importance of Iowa agriculture  more

National Center for State Courts: Iowa Supreme Court Seeks More Racially Diverse Juries
WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia, Oct. 7 -- The National Center for State Courts issued the following news release: The Iowa Supreme Court, wanting to increase minority representation on juries statewide, recently adopted a recommendation to go beyond "run-of-the-mill jury management practices" that can lead to underrepresentation of minorities. The recommendation came from Paula Hannaford-Agor, director of NCSC's Center for Jury Studies, who wrote in a 2011 article, "Although the socioeconomic factors   more

National Coop Grocers Welcomes Two Emerging Co-Ops as New Members
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Oct. 7 -- The National Coop Grocers issued the following news: National Co+op Grocers (NCG) -- the business services cooperative for retail food co-ops across the United States -- today welcomes two emerging co-ops in Northern Virginia and Rhode Island as new members. Joining are Urban Greens Food Co-op in Providence, RI, and Fredericksburg Food Co-op in Fredericksburg, VA. "Communities are stronger when they have access to fresh, healthy food delivered by independent, commun  more

National Corn Growers Association: Researching the Next Generation of Biobased Materials
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, Oct. 10 -- The National Corn Growers Association issued the following news: The Department of Energy (DOE) Bioenergy Technology Office (BETO) recently held a workshop on Leveraging First Generation Bioethanol Production Facilities. The National Corn Growers Association participated in the event, which was held in Ames, Iowa at the Ames Laboratory, a national laboratory operated for the U.S. Department of Energy by Iowa State University. The workshop focused on how to lever  more

National Jewish Health: Compound in Breast Milk Fights Harmful Bacteria
DENVER, Colorado, Oct. 10 -- National Jewish Health, a respiratory hospital, issued the following news release: * * * - Simple, Inexpensive Compound Could Be Added to Formula or Cow's Milk * * * Researchers at National Jewish Health and the University of Iowa have identified a compound in human breast milk that fights infections by harmful bacteria while allowing beneficial bacteria to thrive. Human breast milk has more than 200 times the amount of glycerol monolaurate (GML) than is found in  more

National Pork Board: Prioritize Flu Vaccinations to Protect People and Pigs
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 8 -- The National Pork Board issued the following news release: * * * - Annual protective step should be taken now * * * As we move into fall, there are many on-farm tasks that need to be adjusted, such as ventilation and rodent control. One practice that needs to be added to the list is influenza protection, specifically to prioritize flu vaccinations for everyone working on a pig farm. "Everyone associated with the farm should be vaccinated whether they work directl  more

National Pork Producers Council Honors Duroc Breeding Legend With Commemorative Painting
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 10 -- The National Pork Producers Council issued the following news release: The National Pork Producers Council today unveiled a commemorative painting in honor of Kay Christian, a highly respected pork producer who contributed to the industry in countless ways before her passing on Nov. 4, 2018. The painting is the second in a series commissioned by NPPC from Iowa artist Valerie Miller, who specializes in livestock-themed art. Entitled "Kay," the artwork depicts a Duro  more

National Speech & Debate Association Announces 2018-2019 Leading Chapter Awards
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 9 -- The National Speech and Debate Association issued the following news release: * * * - This is the highest recognition a speech and debate charter school can earn. * * * The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to award one chapter from each competition district with this year's Leading Chapter Awards. Only approximately 3% of schools are recognized as Leading Chapter Award winners. "This award, which is based on participation, represents a tremendous ded  more

Oct. 13 New Hampshire Stop for People's Action Presidential Forum Series Canceled
CHICAGO, Illinois, Oct. 9 -- People's Action issued the following news release: People's Action today announced the cancellation of its October 13 People's Presidential Forum stop in New Hampshire. "As is often the case when scheduling multiple national candidates, not enough candidates could make this date work to execute the event," People's Action Executive Director George Goehl said. "We look forward to facilitating engagement between candidates and People's Action members in New Hampshire  more

PETA: Anti-Dairy Bus Ads Target National Farmers Organization
AMES, Iowa, Oct. 7 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - New Ads Urge Co-Op to Reconsider Ties to Dairy Farm Where PETA Revealed Beatings, Filth, Sick Cows Denied Veterinary Care * * * Despite evidence of cruelty and filth at Reitz Dairy Farm in Pennsylvania, the National Farmers Organization continues to conduct business as usual with it, causing PETA to place ads this week on local buses showing an image from its recent eyewitness expose   more

Sierra Club: Coal Generation, Rate Increases, Energy Efficiency Addressed In Proposed Settlement as Alliant Rate Case Gets Underway
DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 7 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: * * * - ELPC, IEC, and the Sierra Club applaud proposed agreement, say more work remains * * * The Environmental Law & Policy Center, Iowa Environmental Council, and Sierra Club agreed to a proposed partial settlement in the Alliant Energy rate case being heard by the Iowa Utilities Board this week. The proposed settlement, joined by ten of the 14 intervening parties, including the Consumer Advocate and large ener  more

USDA, Cooperative Extension & APLU Award Top Honors in Extension Excellence and Diversity
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 -- The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities issued the following news: Recognizing visionary leadership and diversity in educational programming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Cooperative Extension, and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced that Matthew Devereaux of the University of Tennessee will receive the 2019 Excellence in Extension Award and two Iowa Sta  more