Iowa News Headlines: Tue., March 13 2012


March 13th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s mental health system would be subjected to statewide standards under an overhaul approved by the state Senate. The proposal would also create six regional hubs to coordinate services instead of the current county-based system. The proposal would cost $42 million in the first year but the measure that was sent to the House doesn’t include funding. Lawmakers said debate for that would happen later in the session.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State lawmakers are scheduled to begin debate on Governor Terry Branstad’s school reform plan today. Branstad set the tone for their talks yesterday by urging bold action. His plan includes embracing new technology, testing students more often and evaluating teachers more harshly.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State law enforcement officials will be cracking down on driving violations this week. About 250 agencies are expected to patrol the roads Thursday through Sunday not only to target drunken drivers during St. Patrick’s Day but also to ticket those not wearing seatbelts. Last March, a safety enforcement effort resulted in more than 18,000 traffic citations and warnings.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa City police have arrested an 18-year-old man who allegedly took part in a February armed robbery. Daveon Curry has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, first-degree robbery and going armed with intent. Police say he was the lookout man in a robbery at Cedar Rapids’ Creekside Market.