Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Senate has passed a bill that would go against Governor Terry’s Branstad’s plans to close two state mental health facilities in Iowa. The Senate voted 29-19 yesterday y to pass a bill that would require the state Department of Human Services to develop a comprehensive plan before it can close the state mental health facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Archdiocese of Dubuque is investigating a sexual abuse claim against a former Iowa pastor 30 years after the alleged abuse occurred. The Telegraph Herald reports that the claim, made last year against a former Dubuque pastor, alleges the man sexually abused a minor in 1985. Efforts by the Telegraph Herald to reach the man for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful. The former pastor, now working at a Florida parish, has been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has appointed a student from the University of Northern Iowa to the state Board of Regents. UNI on Wednesday announced the appointment of Rachael Johnson as the regents’ student member. Johnson, a freshman education major from Sioux City, will serve as the voice of students attending the state’s three public universities.
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State says that athletic director Jamie Pollard had successful open heart bypass surgery on Tuesday at Iowa Methodist Medical Center. Pollard suffered a heart attack on Monday while watching his daughters at a track meet in northeast Iowa.