Iowa News Headlines: Fri., April 26th 2013


April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Sioux City’s school district has sent layoff notices to 30 educators due to state and federal funding cuts. Up to 15 of those teachers could keep their jobs past July 1 if the state keeps funding a $1.1 million early intervention grant. Superintendent Paul Gausman says there is no guarantee about the funding.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s 15 community colleges say they’ll offer more programs to help workers get jobs in welding, industrial maintenance and robotics. The Iowa Advanced Manufacturing Consortium will work with employers to identify the occupational skills they are looking for and develop programs that fit their needs.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Board of Regents has approved Iowa State University’s plan to lease five Ames apartment buildings to meet demand for university housing. The regents approved $2.7 million to lease space for about 500 students in a building known as Legacy Tower. The space will be available beginning with the 2013-2014 school year.

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Board of Regents has approved a new scoreboard and sound system at the University of Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium. Athletic Director Gary Barta says the roughly $9 million in costs will be covered through athletic department revenue and private contributions. The improvements are expected to be ready for the 2013 football season.