From UI Sports Information:
University of Iowa junior left tackle Brandon Scherff said today that he will stay at Iowa for his senior season in 2014. Scherff is a native of Denison, Iowa, who started all 12 games this season. He was recently named first team All-Big Ten by a vote of league coaches.
Scherff says, “I am excited to say that I will be staying at the University of Iowa for my senior season in 2014. I am looking forward to the 2014 Outback Bowl and playing an outstanding opponent in LSU, and then working as hard as possible with my teammates to prepare for my senior year as a Hawkeye.”
THE U.S. COAST GUARD SAYS A PARTIALLY SUNKEN TOWBOAT HAS BEEN RAISED FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER AT LECLAIRE TWO WEEKS AFTER IT HIT SOMETHING IN THE RIVER AND TOOK ON WATER.
COAST GUARD SPOKESWOMAN JACLYN YOUNG SAYS SHORTLY AFTER NOON CRANES HAD THE BOAT LIFTED SO THAT IT LOOKED AS IF IT WAS SITTING NORMALLY IN THE WATER AGAIN.
WORKERS CONTINUED TO PUMP OUT THE REMAINING WATER, FUEL AND OIL.
ONCE IT'S CONFIRMED THE BOAT HAS NO OTHER DAMAGE AND IT'S READY TO MOVE, IT WILL BE TOWED TO A REPAIR FACILITY IN ILLINOIS ABOUT 300 MILES DOWNRIVER.
A HOLE MEASURING ABOUT 12-BY-30 INCHES ALONG A SEAM ON THE BOTTOM NEAR THE REAR HAS BEEN PATCHED.
MOST OF THE SPILLED DIESEL FUEL AND OIL HAS BEEN CLEANED UP.
IOWA OFFICIALS ARE FINDING NEW TREATMENT FACILITIES FOR THE 21 YOUNG PEOPLE CURRENTLY LIVING AT THE IOWA JUVENILE HOME IN TOLEDO.
THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES ANNOUNCED THE PLAN MONDAY. DIRECTOR CHARLES PALMER SAYS IN A NEWS RELEASE THAT THE DECISION WAS BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM A TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED BY THE GOVERNOR.
THE RESIDENTS _ ALL GIRLS WITH BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS _ WILL BE MOVED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, EITHER TO OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS OR TO PRIVATE PROVIDERS. IN ADDITION, THE 93 STAFFERS AT THE HOME HAVE RECEIVED LAYOFF NOTICES, THOUGH SOME MAY BE ABLE TO SECURE OTHER STATE JOBS.
AN INVESTIGATION BY THE DES MOINES REGISTER HAS LED TO MAJOR CHANGES AT THE HOME, INCLUDING LIMITS ON ITS ONCE-WIDESPREAD USE OF SECLUSION CELLS.
AN IOWA WOMAN CONVICTED OF MURDER WHEN SHE WAS A TEENAGER HAS BEEN GIVEN A NEW SENTENCE THAT ALLOWS PAROLE.
RUTHANN VEAL RECEIVED LIFE IN PRISON WITH THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE ON MONDAY AT BLACK HAWK COUNTY DISTRICT COURT.
VEAL WAS 14 WHEN SHE WAS CHARGED AS AN ADULT IN THE 1993 KILLING OF CATHERINE HAYNES, OF WATERLOO. A JURY FOUND HER GUILTY TWO YEARS LATER, AND VEAL WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE.
THE U.S. SUPREME COURT RULED LAST YEAR THAT SUCH SENTENCES FOR JUVENILES ARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL. IT HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR OTHER IOWA PRISONERS LIKE KRISTINA FETTERS, WHO WAS RECENTLY RESENTENCED AND GIVEN PAROLE FOR HOSPICE CARE.
THERE'S NO GUARANTEE VEAL, NOW 35, WILL RECEIVE A PAROLE HEARING.
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF IOWA IS BARRING PARTY OFFICIALS FROM TAKING COMPENSATION FROM POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS.
THE STATE GOP ANNOUNCED MONDAY THAT THEY HAD APPROVED A BYLAW CHANGE OVER THE WEEKEND. UNDER THE NEW RULES, ABOUT 20 PARTY OFFICIALS WILL BE BANNED FROM TAKING ANY PAID CAMPAIGN WORK.
IOWA GOP CHAIRMAN A.J. SPIKER SAYS STATE PARTY OFFICIALS HAVE RECEIVED COMPENSATION IN THE PAST. HE SAYS THIS CHANGE IS A GOOD WAY FOR THE STATE PARTY TO SET AN EXAMPLE THAT THEY ARE SERIOUS ABOUT AVOIDING ANY CONFLICTS OF INTEREST.
FORMER SEN. KENT SORENSON, A REPUBLICAN FROM MILO, RESIGNED IN OCTOBER AFTER AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATOR CONCLUDED HE LIKELY BROKE SENATE ETHICS RULES IN RECEIVING MONEY FROM PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MICHELE BACHMANN'S POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE AND PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.
A CHARLES CITY MAN WAS SHOT IN THE HIP WHILE HUNTING WITH A GROUP IN NORTHEAST IOWA.
THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAY 32-YEAR-OLD RYAN ALTON WAS HUNTING A FEW MILES SOUTHWEST OF CHARLES CITY ON SUNDAY AS PART OF A GROUP OF FIVE HUNTERS.
THE GROUP WAS PUSHING DEER FROM A GROVE OF TREES WHEN A HUNTER FIRED A SHOT AND HIT ALTON IN THE LEFT HIP.
THE SHOOTER TOLD INVESTIGATORS HE DIDN'T EXPECT ALTON TO BE IN THE SPOT AND THAT HE COULDN'T SEE HIM WHEN HE FIRED THE SHOT.
ALTON WAS TREATED AT UNIVERSITY OF IOWA HOSPITALS AND CLINICS IN IOWA CITY.
MIRANDA LALLA SENTENCED MONDAY TO UP TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON FOR VEHICULAR HOMICIDE WHILE INTOXICATED IN THE DEATH OF PAMELA GROSS. JUDGE DOUGLAS RUSSELL SUSPENDING LALLA'S DRIVER'S LICENSE FOR SIX YEARS AND ORDERING HER TO PAY 150 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN RESTITUTION TO GROSS'S ESTATE. THE 52 YEAR-OLD IOWA CITY WOMAN APOLIGIZING FOR KILLING A PERSON SHE CONSIDERED A FRIEND. GROSS'S SISTERS OFFERING TO LALLA, BUT ALSO WANTING HER TO KNOW THE PAIN SHE CAUSED WHEN SHE ACCIDENTALLY RAN OVER GROSS IN JUNE OF 2012. THEY REMEMBERED PAM AS A FREE-SPIRITED OPTIMIST WHO LOVED NATURE AND HER FAMILY.
TAMA, IOWA (AP) _ AUTHORITIES IN CENTRAL IOWA ARE INVESTIGATING A CRASH THAT KILLED TWO 21-YEAR-OLD MEN WHEN THEIR VEHICLE SLAMMED INTO A TREE.
THE MARSHALLTOWN TIMES-REPUBLICAN REPORTS A SECOND MAN DIED FROM INJURIES SUSTAINED IN THE CRASH EARLY FRIDAY.
VERNON LASLEY OF TAMA AND DALTON YOUNGBEAR OF TOLEDO BOTH DIED.
AUTHORITIES SAY LASLEY WAS DRIVING WHEN THE CRASH HAPPENED AROUND 2:30 A.M. FRIDAY IN MONTOUR, WHICH IS ABOUT 11 MILES WEST OF TAMA.
LASLEY LOST CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND SMASHED INTO A TREE.
YOUNGBEAR DIED AT THE SCENE WHILE LASLEY DIED LATER AT A HOSPITAL IN MARSHALLTOWN.
DES MOINES, IOWA (AP) _ AN IOWA SENATOR SAYS FEDERAL APPROVAL FOR AN EXPANSION OF LOW INCOME HEALTH CARE HAS BEEN HELD UP DUE TO DEBATE OVER PREMIUMS IN THE PLAN.
DES MOINES DEMOCRAT JACK HATCH SAYS MONDAY THAT HE HAS SPOKEN WITH FEDERAL OFFICIALS ABOUT IOWA'S APPLICATION.
IOWA NEEDS A WAIVER ENABLING THE STATE TO RECEIVE MORE FEDERAL MEDICAID MONEY FOR THE PROPOSED IOWA HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLAN, A NEW HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM WHICH WOULD COVER UP TO 150,000 RESIDENTS.
HATCH SAYS FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE USE OF PREMIUMS. UNDER THE PLAN, THE STATE WOULD START CHARGING SOME PEOPLE SMALL MONTHLY PREMIUMS IN 2015, THOUGH THEY WOULD BE WAIVED IF THEY COMPLETE CERTAIN HEALTH GOALS.
REPUBLICAN GOV. TERRY BRANSTAD SAYS THE LEGISLATURE APPROVED THE PLAN AND THAT IT WILL IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES.
From our news partner TV 9:
CORALVILLE, Iowa - A Coralville police officer spent the night in the hospital after an icy crash on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon. Dashboard camera footage shows officer Michael Wright helping other drivers at the base of the westbound exit ramp from the interstate to 1st Avenue when a semi slams into his patrol vehicle.
"It was a scary situation," said police chief Barry Bedford. "It is an example of why everyone needs to slow down in those conditions."
Wright, who has been with the department for 14 years, was cut above his eye and received some other bumps and bruises. Bedford said he may have lost consciousness for a brief period of time.
"There's a period of time that's unaccounted for," he said. "But we are happy he is going to be okay."
The dashboard footage shows the impact of the crash, which sent Wright's squad car into a jeep several feet away.
Bedford said the squad car, which was brand new, is totaled. The Iowa State Patrol is still investigating the crash.