Grassley may seek EPA head Pruitt's resignation over ethanol
DES MOINES — Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a leading supporter of corn-based ethanol, says he'll call for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation if Pruitt doesn't work to fulfill federal ethanol mandates.
Grassley is showing frustration with Pruitt's lack of action to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standards law.
On a conference call with agriculture reporters Tuesday, Grassley said Pruitt had better follow through with ethanol mandates or "I'm going to be calling for Pruitt to resign because I'm done playing around with this."
Grassley says President Donald Trump has committed to upholding 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be mixed into the nation's fuel supply but Pruitt has been allowing refineries to evade some of that commitment by issuing waivers. Grassley says that has reduced ethanol content to 13.8 billion gallons.
University of Iowa freezes most pay increases
IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa has frozen pay increases for teachers and other staff members until January.
It's not certain whether the freeze will be lifted then.
University administrators blame the freeze on uncertainty about revenue there will be from tuition, fees and state allocations.
In April the university announced a moratorium on building projects and a review of whether to close some centers.
University of Iowa Health Care employees will receive average salary hikes of 1 percent beginning July 1. Also, workers covered by bargaining agreements will receive their scheduled pay hikes.
Coaches and sports staff are paid through the athletic department's budget and won't be affected by the freeze.
The university has more than 18,000 employees.
Ex-wife of slain Iowa deputy sues for $160K for children
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The ex-wife of a western Iowa sheriff's deputy killed in the line of duty has filed a lawsuit against his widow and the county, claiming donations made for his children were never given to them.
Pottawattamie County Deputy Mark Burbridge died in May 2017 after inmate Wesley Correa-Carmenaty shot him while attempting to escape. Sheriff Sgt. Jason LeMaster and the county started the Mark Burbridge Memorial Fund after his death, collecting more than $160,000 in donations.
Sara Reinsch, the deputy's ex-wife, filed a petition on March 29, alleging that the public was told the funds would go toward Burbridge's children. Reinsch and Burbridge, who divorced in 2012, had two children together and cared for another minor while they were married, according to the lawsuit.
Reinsch was denied access to the fund's bank statements, and only Burbridge's widow, Jessica Burbridge, was allowed access to the account, the petition said.
Jessica Burbridge said the donated money wasn't specifically declared for the children, according to court records.
Group says Obama center won't be true presidential library
CHICAGO — A nonprofit group suing the city of Chicago says the Obama Presidential Center shouldn't be built in a Chicago park because it won't be a true presidential library.
Protect Our Parks Inc. accuses organizers of the planned library at Jackson Park on the city's South Side of pulling an "institutional bait and switch" by changing the true nature of the center from a presidential library to a center that doesn't house historic papers.
The group's federal lawsuit was filed Monday.
The Obama Foundation has said it will host a digital archive of President Barack Obama's records, but that paper documents will be stored elsewhere.
On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel dismissed the argument that the center won't be a true presidential library. He says all the records the group wants at the center will be there in digital form.