Iowa News Headlines Tuesday November 29, 2022 | Regional

(Nationwide) – It’s Giving Tuesday, and if you’re planning on making a donation to your favorite charity, you need to double-check where the donation is going. Ashlee Kieler, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Attorney General’s office, says an excellent place to confirm that a charity is legitimate is on the Better Business Bureau’s “Wise Giving” website, give-dot-org. She also suggests you Googling the charity’s name and then putting words like “review” or “scam” after it and see what other people are talking about. Don’t be rushed into making a decision, as Kieler says, a crook can claim that if your donation isn’t made immediately, a relevant donation doesn’t count. And if you get an unwanted call, don’t trust caller ID.

(Sioux City) — The Iowa Air National Guard’s KC-135 tanker aircraft have operated at bases in Topeka, Kansas and Sioux Falls, South Dakota since the start of runway rehabilitation work at their home base in Sioux City. The 185th Air Refueling Wing’s big disks are back in Sioux City, and Lieutenant Colonel Ben Young, one of their pilots, says it’s good to be back in Iowa. The runway was supposed to be reopened at the beginning of October – but the weather and delays have postponed this. Young says everyone involved will be able to spend more time with their families once the Jets are back at their homes.

(Nationwide) — Half a dozen Iowans who have navigated their public libraries through disasters will be featured in an online discussion this (Tuesday) morning. Dara Schmidt, Director of the Cedar Rapids Public Library, is one of the panellists. Its library was forced to close in 2016 due to nearby flooding, a derecho hit Cedar Rapids in August 2020 β€” and the library was closed again this summer for about a month due to smoke damage. In late July, a light fixture caught fire in the lobby. With this list of disasters, Schmidt and her staff have developed plans that focus not only on responding the moment a disaster strikes, but on how to restore services as quickly as possible. Librarians from Bettendorf, Clinton, Marion, Sioux City and West Des Moines will join Schmidt in today’s (Tuesday) panel discussion on disaster planning.

(Logan) — The Logan-Magnolia school district is among 12 statewide to receive federal funding to purchase electric school buses. Superintendent Tom Ridder says they will buy five EV buses to replace half of the district’s entire fleet to save on fuel. The longest bus route in the western Iowa district is 100 miles β€” which he says EV buses can easily cover with fees between trips. He says the buses will sound different – but are brand new buses that will have seat belts. Ridder says federal rebates will likely cover the full cost of purchasing the buses, but the district will have to pay for chargers to be installed. The program was funded by the bipartisan infrastructure law passed last year. Schools in Iowa received more than $11 million for the purchase of 30 electric buses.

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