Iowa News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 28 2012


February 28th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — With yesterday’s hasty vote, the Iowa Board of Regents will close a public school long tied to University of Northern Iowa’s teacher training program. Malcolm Price Laboratory School in Cedar Falls will close before June 30, a move that infuriated local politicians and school supporters. The regents said it was too expensive to operate. The school is known for its small class sizes and research into cutting-edge practices.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is coming to Iowa State University on Thursday to speak about creating manufacturing jobs. The visit further solidifies Iowa’s importance as a swing state in the upcoming presidential election.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Iowa to release a resignation agreement with a former medical employee who is trying to keep the document and his identity a secret. District Judge Thomas Reidel agreed with The Associated Press that the settlement was a public record under Iowa law and said the public has a right to know the details, including a $100,000 bonus offered if he left the university’s employment before a specific date.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will not to invite the University of North Dakota to an April track meet because of the school’s Fighting Sioux nickname. Policy prohibits Iowa’s athletic department from scheduling competitions with schools using Native American mascots, unless those mascots are approved by the NCAA.