Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press…
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents plan to meet by conference call Wednesday to discuss plans to freeze tuition rates for undergraduates while cutting them for out-of-state law students. After months of discussion, they’re expected to formally approve the plan. The freeze is contingent on the schools receiving a 4 percent general funding increase from lawmakers next year. Without it, the regents warn they may have to approve an increase later.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former prosecutor says her problems in the U.S. Attorney’s Office began when she raised the possibility of age discrimination with her new boss. Martha Fagg testified Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City, where a jury and judge will consider her claims of disability and age discrimination by then U.S. Attorney Stephanie Rose. Rose is now a federal judge. The trial continues Wednesday.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State University-based Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture says it tracked 103 farmers who reported more than $10 million in local food sales in 2012. Most of the food was purchased by grocery stores, restaurants, schools, colleges, hospitals, nursing homes and nonprofit organizations. The organizations reported they spent just less than 9 percent of their total food budget on food grown by local farmers.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Nigerian Ambassador Geoffrey Teneilabe will address an audience Dec. 12 at the Dubuque Multicultural Family Center as it celebrates the history and culture of Africa. The reception and program, titled “All Africa” will include opening remarks by Dubuque Mayor Roy Buol. Abeni El-Amin, the center’s executive director, says the effort behind the event will encourage African-Americans and Africans to celebrate shared elements of culture.