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March 2014

APNewsBreak: Iowa Expands Its 'Do Not Rehire' List - ABC News

Iowa continues to maintain an internal "do not rehire" list of fired employees who are barred from returning to state employment, even though judges have raised questions about its legality, according to a review by The Associated Press.

Since 2009, judges have said three times that the Iowa Department of Administrative Services doesn't have "the statutory or regulatory authority" to issue lifetime employment bans against fired workers, but the list has steadily grown, records show.

via abcnews.go.com


Hawkeyes working to fill offensive line holes this spring : Iowa Hawkeyes Football

IOWA CITY – Less visible but every bit as significant as the competition taking place for starting jobs at linebacker or the shifting roles in the secondary, Iowa has openings on the offensive line and at tight end to fill this spring.

After an injury-filled 2012 season, the starting front five on the Hawkeye offensive line remained intact from the start to finish of Iowa’s 8-5 season last fall.

Right tackle Brett Van Sloten and left guard Conor Boffeli completed their eligibility in the Outback Bowl, but Iowa will build its offensive front around the experience provided by four returning players.

via qctimes.com


HealthCare.gov offline for nearly six hours on deadline morning - POLITICO.com

A double whammy of new HealthCare.gov glitches shadowed the final day of Obamacare sign-up, causing confusion and delay just as the White House tried to push procrastinatorsover an enrollment finish line that may be far closer to the 7 million mark than seemed possible even a week ago.

HealthCare.gov was down for six hours early Monday morning. Then it was up. Then it activated its “virtual waiting room.” Then it blocked newcomers trying to create accounts. Then it was working again, with officials reporting more than 1.2 million visitors by mid-day.

via www.politico.com


Cubs lose first official challenge in MLB history | Big League Stew - Yahoo Sports

Jeff Samardzija thought he was safe at first. Chicago Cubs manager Rick Renteria and the folks monitoring replays for his team thought so too. So it was the Cubs who called for the first official challenge under baseball's new replay rules. And, typical of their reputation, it was the Cubs who lost the first challenge in MLB history. 

At least losing is something they're accustomed to.

Samardzija, the Cubs' starting pitcher and a former college wide receiver, bunted back to the pitcher during the fifth inning of Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Francisco Liriano fielded the bunt and threw to third base for a force out, then Pedro Alvarez threw across the diamond trying to finish the double play at first. 

via sports.yahoo.com


Farmers projected to plant more soybeans, less corn | TheGazette

With soybean futures prices at $14 per bushel and corn at $4.90 per bushel, many of the nation’s grain farmers are expected to switch some of their acres from corn to soybeans this year.

Farmer are projected to plant a record 81.5 million acres of soybeans this year, up 6 percent from 76.5 million acres last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual planting intentions report released Monday. Planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged across all states with the exception of Missouri and Oklahoma.

via thegazette.com


Ashton Kutcher, Pregnant Mila Kunis Visit His Family in Iowa: Picture - Us Weekly

Honey, they're home! Ashton Kutcher and his pregnant fiancee, Mila Kunis, headed to his hometown of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, this weekend to visit the Two and a Half Men actor's family following their big pregnancy reveal on March 23.

PHOTOS: Mila and Ashton's hot romance

Toting just a backpack, the couple flew out of LAX in the early morning hours of Saturday, March 29, and returned one day later on Sunday, March 30, wearing almost the same outfits they had on the day before. An onlooker tells Us Weekly they were "super lovey dovey together," and even kissed a few times at the airport. 

via www.usmagazine.com




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Shirley Jones plans to jump out of plane for 80th birthday - CSMonitor.com

The Oscar-winning actress and singer says she'll take her very first skydive on Monday — her 80th birthday.

"That's something I wanted to do all my life," Jones said Friday. The inspiration to try comes from former President George H.W. Bush's jumps on several birthdays, including when he turned 85 in 2009.

"When I saw him do it I thought, 'Wow, if he can do this, I can,'" Jones said.

via www.csmonitor.com


Wil Wheaton Responds To Viral “Nerd” Video | WebProNews

Wil Wheaton began to trend across the web last week after a video taken at a comic con in June went viral. In it, the “Stand By Me” star was asked by a girl named Mia about whether he was bullied for being a nerd as a kid and if so, how he dealt with it.

Wheaton responded beautifully, and his answer has made its way around the web; recently, he addressed the situation in a blog and shared a note from the girl’s parents, who say he’s now an honorary member of the family.

“I’m so happy to learn that she and the girl who was mean to her have changed that relationship dynamic, but I’m so incredibly proud that she’s standing up against bullying with other kids in her school,” he wrote. “I really try my best to be the person I want other people to be. I don’t always succeed, but when I see things like this, and hear from people who have been touched or inspired by something I said or did in a positive way, it reminds me how important it is to do everything we can to be awesome.”

via www.webpronews.com