Iowa babies born on 12-12-12 at 12:12 p.m.
DES MOINES (AP) — Some new Iowans have extra special dates to celebrate.
At least three were born at 12:12 p.m. on Wednesday. Or 12:12 p.m., 12-12-12.
The first of twins born to Mike and Holly Seehusen made his grand entrance then at Des Moines’ Mercy Medical Center. Baby Owen’s sister, Elyse, arrived four minutes later.
Down the hall from Seehusen’s room, Candice Richter was happy her son had arrived, if a little late. Richter says Gage was supposed to be delivered by cesarean section a little after 11 a.m. But Richter told station KCCI (http://bit.ly/W8qs7w) that the procedure “just got pushed back, and that’s just the way it happened.”
Officials say a baby in Iowa City also arrived on Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. One in Davenport was delivered at home at 12:12 a.m.
Wind farm begins operation in northern Iowa
CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A company has begun operation of a 60-turbine wind farm in northern Iowa.
Franklin County Wind LLC announced Tuesday it had started operation of the wind farm in Franklin County. The company says its 60 turbines can produce nearly 100 megawatts of energy, which is enough to power 25,000 homes.
The project cost about $235 million.
Franklin County Wind is a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation, based in Madison, Wis.
Branstad: Mental health institutions need review
DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa has some “ancient” mental health institutions that need review.
The Gazette reported Wednesday that Branstad says the state should revamp those institutions to deliver services more efficiently. He noted specifically facilities at Cherokee, Clarinda, Independence and Mount Pleasant.
Branstad says any review of those facilities would need to be in coordination with affected communities.
The governor made the comments during a discussion with state health officials about the 2014 budget.
Lawmakers overhauled the state’s mental health system last session. New legislation creates a regionalized system that coordinates services statewide.
Iowa Public Television’s top leader to retire
JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa Public Television’s top leader has announced he’s retiring after 37 years with the statewide television network.
Daniel Miller made the announcement Wednesday during a meeting of the Iowa Public Broadcasting Board. His departure as executive director and general manager will be effective in April.
During his tenure at the helm of the network, he is credited with tripling Iowa Public Television’s broadcast offerings.
Miller has served on various boards and committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service and other public television organizations.
The Iowa Public Broadcasting Board says it will begin an extensive search for a replacement.
Iowa man seeks money from state for prison time
CLINTON (AP) — An Iowa man is seeking more than $300,000 from the state after a judge ruled he was wrongfully imprisoned for more than five years.
The Quad-City Times reports David DeSimone of Clinton filed a claim Wednesday with the State Appeal Board.
DeSimone was convicted in 2005 of third-degree sexual abuse involving a 17-year-old girl. The state Supreme Court ordered a new trial in 2011 after they concluded prosecutors withheld evidence about a witness. The court also cited discrepancies in the girl’s statements about the assault. A jury later found DeSimone not guilty.
A Clinton County district judge ruled last month that DeSimone was wrongfully imprisoned because he was innocent of the crime. That ruling makes him eligible for compensation. The state has filed an appeal of the ruling.
Iowa to soon have new rules on teacher testing
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will soon begin implementing its new testing requirements for people seeking to be licensed to teach in the state.
The Gazette reports a legislative panel on Tuesday cleared the way for the state Department of Education to begin implementing on Jan. 2 new rules for teacher preparedness tests.
The rules require candidates to score above the 25th percentile, which means test takers must be in the top 75 percent nationwide.
It’s all part of a law that went into effect in July. It’s been delayed to accommodate candidates completing student teaching in the fall.
Some critics say they want to delay the changes because it would be unfair to seniors at public and private schools who are just about to finish their training.