DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke is planning a series of stops in Iowa beginning Thursday as he nears an announcement on a 2020 White House bid.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A month ago, Eric Giddens was just a member of the Cedar Falls school board thinking about maybe, someday, running for higher office.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke is making his first trip to Iowa of the 2020 campaign, visiting the state that kicks off presidential voting amid intense speculation that...
Iowa governor dismisses criticism of special election timing
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is dismissing criticism of her decision to schedule a special election for a state Senate district in the Cedar Falls area while University of Northern...
2 college students killed in car-semitrailer collision
CONRAD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say two University of Northern Iowa students were killed when their car collided with a semitrailer.
The collision occurred around 12:40 p.m. Sunday, a few miles north of Conrad on Iowa Highway 14. The Grundy County Sheriff's Office says the northbound car went out of control on the snow- and ice-covered roadway and crossed into the path of the southbound semi.
Deep freeze prompts Iowa universities to call off classes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Dangerously low temperatures and wind chills have prompted several Iowa universities to call off classes.
The National Weather Service's wind chill warning says wind chills as low as minus 50 degrees (negative 45.6 Celsius) could occur Wednesday in much of Iowa.
Iowa Sen. Ernst denies allegation of affair with soldier
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst on Wednesday denied allegations leveled by her ex-husband that she had an affair with a subordinate while she served in the military.
Cap failure blamed for university’s deadly steam release
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — An engineering report blames the failure of a pipe cap for a massive steam release that fatally injured an employee at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Officials identify UNI steamfitter killed in steam leak
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — University of Northern Iowa officials have released the name of an employee killed this week in a steam pipe leak.
The Courier reports that 61-year-old Kevin Bley, a 10-year-old steamfitter at the university, died Monday morning after the incident in a dining hall.
UNI worker killed by steam leak at dining center
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A steam leak at a University of Northern Iowa dining hall has killed a maintenance worker.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports the employee died Monday morning while working on malfunctioning equipment at the Rialto dining center on the Cedar Falls campus.
Correction: Iowa Public Colleges-Enrollment story
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Sept. 7 about Iowa college enrollment, The Associated Press erroneously interchanged the enrollment of students at the University of Iowa and Iowa State University. The University of Iowa has about 32,900 students, down 600 students, and ISU has about 35,400 students, down 550 from last year. This story also clarifies that the state university system has a combined enrollment of about 79,600 students.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Falls City Council member has been accused of drunken driving.
Court records say 41-year-old Mark Miller is charged with operating while under the influence, first offense. A University of Northern Iowa police officer's criminal complaint says Miller was arrested after being pulled over early on June 2. The report says Miller's blood alcohol level tested out nearly three times the legal limit.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A state audit has found nearly $7,000 in improper and unsupported payments and undeposited collections at the University of Northern Iowa's Study Abroad Center.
The audit found the problems from July 2011 to June 2014, when the program was run by Yana Cornish. Cornish left UNI in 2014 to become the director of education abroad at the University of Georgia.
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Waterloo's police chief wants to hire a violence reduction officer to focus on stemming gun violence.
UNI proposes 2.8 percent hike in resident tuition
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls is proposing an undergraduate resident tuition increase of 2.8 percent for the upcoming academic year.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The House has approved more than $35 million in mid-year cuts to Iowa's $7.2 billion budget.
The Republican-controlled chamber voted 59-41 Tuesday along party lines for the reductions, which impact the budget running through June. The GOP-majority Senate must OK the cuts before Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds can give final approval.
U of Northern Iowa takes over student bookstore
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa has taken over operation of its student bookstore.
In December university regents approved the purchase of University Book and Supply near the campus in Cedar Falls. The university took control Tuesday of the renamed UNI Bookstore. The store's private shareholders first approached the university nearly a year ago.
Iowa regents won’t make tuition decisions until June
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents isn't expected to make a final decision on tuition increases at the state's three public universities until June, meaning students will have only a few weeks to make financial plans before the start of the next academic year.
Presidents at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa have proposed tuition hikes ranging from 1.75 to 11.7 percent over the next five years.
University of Northern Iowa officials want to buy bookstore
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa is trying to purchase a local business that has been selling and renting textbooks and classroom materials to its students for nearly 80 years.
3 Iowa public universities request funding for financial aid
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The presidents of Iowa's three state universities are asking the governor for money to help fund more financial aid for undergraduate students, but stagnant tax revenue could make additional spending unlikely.
Waterloo candidate acknowledges public intoxication arrest
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo city council candidate is acknowledging that he was arrested Friday for public intoxication.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Chris Shimp apologized for his action and took responsibility in a statement issued Saturday.
Drake, UNI to host gender violence prevention training
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 250 central Iowa high school students will attend a daylong summit at Drake University designed to help them identify, prevent and advocate against sexual assault and gender-based violence.
The Oct. 3 Mentors in Violence Prevention Leadership Summit will be hosted by Drake and the University of Northern Iowa.
Univ. of Iowa proposing annual 7 percent tuition increases
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa is proposing a 7 percent increase in tuition annually for five years.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A task force created by the Iowa Board of Regents will begin a series of meetings focusing on how to set tuition levels at the state's three public universities.
The regents created the Tuition Task Force in response to more than $30 million in state funding cuts to the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported .
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Some university officials in Iowa say international student enrollment has fallen at the state's three public universities this year due to immigration concerns raised during the presidential election.
Iowa program aims to inspire minority teachers
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A diverse group of high school students have spent a week living on a college campus in Iowa to learn what it's like to be an educator.
Fifteen students participated in the week-long Minority Educators for Today and Tomorrow academy hosted by the University of Northern Iowa, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/2s8tF0W ) reported.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a tuition increase at each of the states three public universities, starting in the fall.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is considering tuition hikes at the state's three public universities next school year to help offset millions of dollars in budget cuts.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A group representing private colleges on Monday slammed a lobbying push by the University of Northern Iowa to get a piece of its schools' state-funded financial aid program as "despicable and greedy."
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa has launched a digital media program that will focus on new ways of reporting and production.
The university held an event to introduce a digital media program Thursday that will replace its electronic media program, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/2mWCYyr ) reported.
Former UNI head Ben Allen named ISU interim president
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will serve as interim president of Iowa State University following the resignation of Steven Leath.
The Press-Citizen reported (http://icp-c.com/2nQGQkt ) Friday that Allen will begin his interim role on May 9. His annual salary will be $525,000 — the same as Leath.
Iowa college student plays trumpet at funerals for veterans
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A University of Northern Iowa student is using her trumpet to give back to veterans, playing "Taps" at many local military funerals.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (http://bit.ly/2krK2Od ) reports university marching band member JD Waybill of Central City has been performing at most military funerals with the Cedar Falls AMVETs Post 49 since 2015.
Former dance director gets probation for university theft
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A former dance director accused of stealing from the University of Northern Iowa has been given probation.
As is often the story with people who go on short-term mission trips, those doing the ministering can get just as much benefit as those on the receiving end.
Allison Bailey, a Fort Madison High School graduate, can testify to that. She didn’t go on a mission trip, but she went to Nicaragua recently as part of her Socio-economic Realities of Central America class she is taking at the University of Northern Iowa.
Standout wrestler Gary Steffensmeier joins third Hall of Fame
You don’t always get rewarded for hard work.
But you greatly improve your chances.
Gary Steffensmeier has been reaping the benefits of working hard both on and off the wrestling mat most of his life, and his accomplishments in the sport he loves are being recognized once again.
Steffensmeier, a 1987 Fort Madison High School graduate, will be inducted into the Iowa High School Wrestling Hall of Fame this coming February at the annual state tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
MSUB’s Nook to become next president of the University of Northern Iowa
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Montana State University of Billings Chancellor Mark Nook has been selected as the 11th president of the University of Northern Iowa.
Nook was unanimously selected by the Iowa Board of Regents Tuesday afternoon. He is currently serving as the chancellor of Montana State University Billings. He has been serving in that role since 2014. He starts Feb. 1.
The Iowa Board of Regents approved Nook for a three-year contract, and he will receive a salary of $358,110.
Regents announce Mark Nook as new UNI president
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa native and current chancellor of Montana State University Billings will be the new president for the University of Northern Iowa, the Iowa Board of Regents announced Tuesday.
Mark Nook will lead Iowa's third-largest university, known for its education programs and persistent budget challenges.
Nook will assume his new position on Feb. 1 and will receive a three-year contract with an annual salary of $357,110, a news release from the university said.
Tuition to rise 2 percent next year at 3 Iowa universities
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Thousands of undergraduates at Iowa's three public universities will pay at least 2 percent more in tuition next year — and maybe an additional 2 percent the following year.
The Iowa Board of Regents voted Monday to raise tuition for resident undergraduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year.
MSUB chancellor Mark Nook touts ‘UNI community’ during Cedar Falls forum
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Throughout his time on campus, University of Northern Iowa presidential finalist Mark Nook has been asking people what makes the university special.
Nook told the crowd at a public forum on Thursday that he’s gotten a universal answer.
“It’s community. And everyone knows how to talk about it,” Nook said.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — The Iowa Board of Regents named its last finalist for the University of Northern Iowa president position as Mark Nook.
Nook is chancellor at Montana State University Billings, a position he has had since 2014. The school, like UNI, emphasizes teacher training.
Through his career, Nook has also worked as a professor of physics, astronomy, and engineering sciences.
Ousted Temple president a finalist for U. Northern Iowa job
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A former Temple University president who was recently forced out by the school's board is a finalist for the University of Northern Iowa presidency.
The Iowa Board of Regents says Neil Theobald will visit the Cedar Falls campus Tuesday.
The regents are searching for a replacement for Bill Ruud, who left this summer to become president of Marietta College. Two other finalists will be announced this week, and the board is expected to make its choice next week.
Faculty plans evaluation of U of Northern Iowa candidates
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — The faculty union plans to prepare a post-visit evaluation of the four presidential finalists scheduled to be on the University of Northern Iowa campus in Cedar Falls next week.
Union president Joe Gorton says the analysis being done by the presidential search committee "won't be enough to provide a definitive statement about who the faculty thinks should be the next president."
Autopsy: UNI student pulled from river accidentally drowned
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The death of a University of Northern Iowa student whose body was pulled from the Iowa River last month has been ruled an accidental drowning.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports (http://icp-c.com/2dL4o57 ) Friday that autopsy results show 20-year-old Nathan Twedt drowned. The autopsy also cites over-consumption of alcohol as a contributing factor to the drowning.
Board will review Iowa State president’s plane use, travel
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The board that governs Iowa's public universities will review whether employees have adhered to policies barring the use of state equipment and travel for private gain, amid growing questions about the use of Iowa State University's planes by its president.
Enrollment up at Iowa State, Iowa but drops a bit at UNI
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University and the University of Iowa are reporting record fall enrollment but the number of students at the University of North dropped slightly.
The state's three public universities reported their fall enrollment Thursday and discussed the student numbers at a Board of Regents meeting in Iowa City.
Regents’ budget idea has challenges because of state funding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The board that oversees Iowa's three public universities says its plan for a new two-year budget system will bring more predictability to tuition expenses for students and their families, but the unpredictability of available state funding could complicate that effort.
Hate crimes forum scheduled Tuesday in Waterloo
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A forum scheduled for Tuesday in Waterloo will address hate crimes and bias incidents.
The forum is aimed at strengthening hate crime responses by communities, local law enforcement and support agencies.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/2bJzCqh ) that the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and other federal, state and local agencies are expected to participate.
Regents respond to inquiry from lawmakers on UNI search
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The board that oversees Iowa's three public universities has responded to an inquiry from some state lawmakers about the search for a new president at the University of Northern Iowa.
Katie Mulholland, president pro tem of the Iowa Board of Regents, sent a letter Tuesday addressing Sens. Rob Hogg, Jeff Danielson and Brian Schoenjahn. The letter details the timeline for hiring a president to formally replace Bill Ruud at the Cedar Falls school.