Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., March 20th 2012


March 20th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate has passed a measure that would give more state support to the University of Northern Iowa than the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The Democrat-led Senate voted to provide the universities $34 million more than the current year’s funding. Governor Terry Branstad has proposed a $20 million increase. The bill now returns to the Republican-led House.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa State University Foundation is stepping down as the university’s new president shapes his executive leadership team. Dan Saftig spent nine years at the helm and the foundation generated more than $1 billion in gifts and commitments. ISU President Steven Leath took office in January and has set a first-year fundraising goal of $100 million.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) —Governor Terry Branstad says he’ll work with lawmakers to restore funding for unemployment assistance and worker compensation. Last week, the Iowa Supreme Court nullified the Iowa Workforce Development’s budget. The governor wants lawmakers to focus on restoring the agency’s funding to prevent 200 layoffs and keep it operating for the remainder of the fiscal year.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to six months in prison over tax returns for his Nebraska-based business. Sioux City resident Patrick Bohall had pleaded guilty to filing a false tax return in 2003 and admitting he failed to file a tax return for 2004 to 2006. Bohall owns Legacy Financial Services in South Sioux City.