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Harkin aide to visit Fairfield airport Thursday; Group votes for ISU event not called ‘Veishea’; Nebraska court dismisses same-sex divorce appeal

Jun 13, 2014

Harkin aide to visit Fairfield airport Thursday

DES MOINES — Sen. Tom Harkin announced his aide, Jessica Border, will visit Jefferson County Thursday as part of a summer tour highlighting his partnership with Iowa communities through the years.

Border will meet with local officials at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Fairfield Municipal Airport to learn about improvements made to the airport as a result of federal funds. Since 2003, the airport has received more than $10.5 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration for land acquisition, equipment replacement, taxiway construction, and facility repair and improvements.

Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the DOT.

“Ensuring that the Fairfield Municipal Airport has the resources it needs to stay modern is important to maintaining safety and efficiency,” said Harkin. “Dependable air service is a significant factor for growing businesses as well as increasing tourism in the area. I look forward to learning about the impact of these improvements, which are important for the airport, and the local economy.”

The “In the Footsteps of History” tour will include all Iowa counties and feature local projects aimed at keeping Iowa communities healthy and safe, keeping communities thriving through targeted education, research, and economic development projects and promoting local agriculture and conservation, while mitigating disasters.


Group votes for ISU event not called ‘Veishea’

AMES (AP) — A university task force wants Iowa State University to continue having a universitywide event, but not call it “Veishea.”

The group was formed by President Steven Leath shortly after a late-night crowd disturbance in early April. People are accused of overturning cars and toppling light poles. One student was injured.

The Des Moines Register says the group voted Thursday night to drop the name, but keep the event.

The task force voted last week to discontinue the current setup of the annual celebration. The group will have open meetings Thursday and June 26 to discuss the event.

It has until June 30 to send recommendations to Leath.


Nebraska court dismisses same-sex divorce appeal

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a same-sex couple seeking a divorce in Nebraska.

The decision came in the case of Bonnie Nichols, a Raymond woman who married her long-time partner, Margie, in 2009 in Iowa. Bonnie Nichols filed for divorce last year, but a Lancaster County judge ruled that the court couldn’t grant it without recognizing the marriage.

Same-sex marriages are allowed in Iowa, but Nebraska’s constitution doesn’t recognize them.

The judge issued an order giving Bonnie Nichols 15 days to file an amended complaint, but said the case would be dismissed without the ability to refile if she didn’t.

Nichols instead appealed. On Friday, the high court said that because she appealed from a conditional order and not a final judgment, it lacks jurisdiction.

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