Iowa early News Headlines: Tue., Feb. 19th 2013


February 19th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines Democrat wants to require that school harassment policies address the issue of student bullying on social networking sites. Rep. Bruce Hunter introduced a bill yesterday that would update state guidelines for district bullying and harassment policies to include so-called cyberbullying. It also would require that all alleged incidents be reported to school administrators.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Anti-abortion advocates and lawmakers say changing state laws remains a challenge given the politically divided Legislature. Advocates held a rally in the state Capitol yesterday afternoon with Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and other abortion opponents. Branstad said life from the point of conception was a freedom granted by the founding fathers, while Reynolds said the anti-abortion movement supported women.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he will travel to Washington to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to discuss extending a state health insurance program set to expire later this year. Branstad said yesterday that he would meet with Sebelius on Friday and discuss extending a federal waiver to continue the IowaCare program, which provides limited health care coverage for about 70,000 Iowans.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — The five final Blockbuster stores in Iowa will close this spring as part of a move to close hundreds of the video rental shops across the nation. The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports that stores in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Iowa City and Muscatine will close in April, ending a 20-year presence in Iowa.