Iowa early News Headlines: Friday, Feb. 8th 2013


February 8th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Friends of a young Iowa woman killed in a mo-ped accident are urging lawmakers to approve a law requiring helmets for underage mo-ped drivers. College students Leah Murray and Olivia Lofgren testified before a state Senate subcommittee yesterday on behalf of legislation to require helmets for mo-ped drivers under 18. Both say they want to prevent an accident like the one that killed their friend Caroline Found in 2011.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has voted to uphold the firing of a University of Iowa radiology professor who engaged in harassing behavior toward colleagues. A spokeswoman said yesterday the board voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon for the termination of Malik Juweid (joo-WAYD’) after considering his appeal in closed session.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — Jim Warkentin says personal reasons led him to resign as chief of the North Liberty police force. The Gazette reports that Warkentin didn’t elaborate on those reasons in a press release issued through the city on Wednesday. His resignation was effective today. Lieutenant Diane Venenga has been named acting police chief.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University’s athletic director is apologizing for his comment at a high school basketball game that led to his removal. The Des Moines Register reports Jamie Pollard says he’s sorry he said anything that he shouldn’t have said at the Tuesday night game between Colfax-Mingo High School and Gilbert High School. Pollard’s son plays for Gilbert.