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Nov 01, 2012

Clarification: Geothermal tax credit explained


Iowa’s geothermal heat pump tax credit mentioned in Tuesday’s article about state representative candidate Curt Hanson is a residential income tax credit for up to 6 percent of the installed costs. There is also a federal tax credit for as much as 30 percent of the installed costs.


Iowa community college enrollment drops again


DES MOINES (AP) — In what may be a sign of an improving state economy, Iowa officials say community college enrollment has dropped for the second year in a row.

The Des Moines Register reports this fall’s enrollment hit just over 100,500 students, a drop of 5 percent from a year ago. Last year’s drop was less than 1 percent.

The Department of Education says enrollment rose nearly 6 percent to peak at more than 106,000 students in 2010. It rose more than 14 percent in 2009.

M.J. Dolan is executive director of the Iowa Association of Community College Trustees, and he says that “when the economy improves, people that were going to school go back to work. When the economy declines, people come to community college to hone their skills.”


Iowan pleads guilty in theft of wrestling belts


OTTUMWA (AP) — One of two men accused of stealing championship belts during a TNA pro wrestling show in Iowa has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

The Ottumwa Courier says Joel Luke of Ottumwa pleaded guilty to fifth-degree theft and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, based in Nashville, Tenn., reported a heavyweight championship belt, worth $6,000, and a replica, valued at $400, were stolen in August in Ottumwa. Both belts were recovered.

Luke was originally charged with second-degree theft. The newspaper says he pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last week.

Another man, Forrest Jamison, also of Ottumwa, is charged with accessory. His case is pending.


Iowans complete pedometer challenge


AMES — Live Healthy Iowa’s second annual pedometer-based challenge, The Next Step Challenge, concluded Oct. 19 with 5,117 Iowans competing on 905 teams. Participants received a Live Healthy Iowa pedometer, motivational emails, a personal online tracking page and unlimited access to recipes, workouts and health information to assist them in their commitment to increase their level of physical activity.

At the end of the six week challenge, team members recorded more than 1.3 billion steps equaling nearly 700,000 miles. Teams and team members were incentivized throughout the challenge with opportunity to win up to $50 in gift cards and workout towels.

“What a great challenge,” said Nicole Bruce, director of Live Healthy Iowa. “Physical activity is an important component to a healthy lifestyle, and we were thrilled to have over 5,000 Iowans increasing their step count this fall. These individuals have taken great strides to help Iowa become a healthier state.”

The Next Step Challenge is an annual statewide challenge in which teams track their physical activity using a pedometer. Team members report weekly totals on their personal Live Healthy Iowa online tracking page in effort to move their team up the challenge leaderboard. Teams and team members have opportunities to win team incentives and individual prizes throughout the challenge.

To learn more and get involved in upcoming challenges, such as the 10-Week Wellness Challenge beginning in January, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org.


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