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Tuesday morning read: House approves gun rights constitutional amendment, Ivanka Trump visits Iowa, Iowa City West wrestling coach steps down

Ivanka Trump, Adviser to the President, participates in a tour of the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center in Waukee, Iowa, Monday, March 19, 2018. The two toured the school, experienced firsthand the school's skill-focused curriculum and participated in a roundtable with students, educators, community leaders, and elected officials. The roundtable focused on the education and workforce development priorities of the Trump Administration. (Pool photo by Rodney White, Des Moines Register)
Ivanka Trump, Adviser to the President, participates in a tour of the Waukee Innovation and Learning Center in Waukee, Iowa, Monday, March 19, 2018. The two toured the school, experienced firsthand the school's skill-focused curriculum and participated in a roundtable with students, educators, community leaders, and elected officials. The roundtable focused on the education and workforce development priorities of the Trump Administration. (Pool photo by Rodney White, Des Moines Register)

Iowa House approves gun rights constitutional amendment: The House voted 54-42 to approve House Joint Resolution 2009, which includes a requirement that courts apply “strict scrutiny” when considering challenges to gun laws. 44 states have similar protections in their constitutions, and proponents say it gives Iowans more freedom. However, critics say it would elevate the Second Amendment above Iowans’ other constitutional rights and tie the hands of future legislatures. Read more >

 

Ivanka Trump sees 'amazing' example of hands-on learning in Iowa: First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump was “really impressed” by what she saw Monday at a school innovation center in Waukee where students get hands-on experience in engineering, biosciences, insurance and business technology and communications, Gov. Kim Reynolds said. Trump spent about two hours at APEX, seeing demonstrations from students and even donning a lab coat and safety glasses. After the tour, Trump and Reynolds led a roundtable discussion on workforce training and high-tech education with students, faculty, administrators, business people and government officials. Read more >

 

Iowa Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in traffic camera case: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next month in a high profile lawsuit between two branches of government over who makes the rules for automated traffic enforcement cameras. The case of the cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Muscatine versus the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Transportation Commission will go before the state’s high court at 1:30 p.m., April 10 in Des Moines, according to a court notice filed this month. Read more >

 

NewBoCo opens start-up accelerator to not-for-profits: The Iowa Startup Accelerator has begun its fifth year of fostering young businesses with an expansion of its program to organizations in the not-for-profit realm. While NewBoCo has worked with not-for-profits in the past, no such organizations have gone through the accelerator’s program, which puts participants through 13 weeks of education and a year of mentoring. Read more > 

 

Mark Reiland steps down as Iowa City West wrestling coach: After 19 years of making memories, Reiland resigned as Trojans head wrestling coach Monday. He took over the program in 1999 and led West to a seventh-place finish, guiding seniors Nelson Brands and Francis Duggan to individual titles in February. Read more >

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