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Monday, June 11, 2012
Catch up on the day before you head home for the night
Skilled Iowa Initiative launched
Gov. Terry Branstad today announced the new Skilled Iowa Initiative, a program that provides assurances to employers and potential employers that local workforces have the skills and abilities to fill job openings.
The initiative will promote the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) testing to potential job seekers, encourage businesses to hire certified workers when applicable and provide resources to those looking to improve their skills.
"The Skilled Iowa Initiative is a critical step in improving the quality of the workforce in Iowa," Mr. Branstad stated in a press release. "It is important Iowa's government, private industry and our educational system work together to find innovative solutions."
The program will allow employers to determine baseline skills for potential employees. The program uses a universal testing system that rates the skills and abilities of those in Iowa's workforce, awarding an NCRC upon completion of the program. The NCRC allows workers tomore accurately display their skills to current and potential employers. More details are available at the website: www.skillediowa.org.
FOCUS: Health Care
Hospital safety scores released
The long-awaited Hospital Safety Score - the A, B, C, D or F score assigned to hospitals based on infections, injuries and medical and medication errors - was released last week by Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the nation's leading experts on patient safety. Scores were assigned to 39 greater Iowa hospitals (27 in Iowa) with nine (9) receiving an "A", the highest score. Of these nine (9) A's, six (6) are in Iowa.
More than 180,000 people die every year from hospital infections, injuries and errors. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score will highlight the country's safest hospitals and warn against those with unacceptable safety records to save lives and bring attention to our nation's silent epidemic.
The Leapfrog Group worked under the guidance of the nine-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel to select measures and develop a scoring methodology. The consists of experts from major universities from across the country, including Harvard, Stanford and the University of Michigan.
The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
For this first-ever release, the Hospital Safety Score reports only on general hospitals, not on specialized hospitals such as critical access hospitals or children's hospitals.
For more information on the Hospital Safety Score, or to find out the score of your local hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Learn about international travel health
St. Luke's Hospital is hosting a free program about the health risks of international travel.
The program will take place 6:30-7:30 p.m. June 13 at St. Luke's Hospital, at the third floor Nassif Heart Center classrooms. To register, call (319) 369-7395 or visit www.stlukescr.org/livewell.
Short-term Event Planner
Effectively Handling Unemployment Insurance Claims and Recent Trends, Eastern Iowa Human Resource Association, 7:30-9 a.m., Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education, 7725 Kirkwood Blvd. SW, Cedar Rapids. Speaker: Joe Walsh, chief administrative law judge, Iowa Workforce Development Appeals Bureau. Free to members, $15 for guests.
Word Basics 2010, The Kirkwood Center, main campus, Cedar Rapids. Learn the basics of word processing with Microsoft Word. In this beginning-level class, you'll learn all the basics for document preparation. In addition, you'll create, sort, format, merge and perform calculations in tables. Introduction to XP or equivalent experience recommended. Tuition includes a textbook. 5:30-9:30 p.m., two sessions. Cost: $145. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce.
DreamWeaver CS5 Level 2, Iowa City Learning Center, 1810 Lower Muscatine Rd., Iowa City. Further your knowledge of Dreamweaver CS5. Learn about CSS layout, library assets, page templates, forms, AP elements, rollovers, behaviors and APDivs. Also learn about working with XML, publishing and multimedia. Tuition includes a textbook. 5:30-9:30 p.m., four sessions. Cost: $199. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce.
Designing Effective Websites, Kirkwood Training & Outreach Services Center, 3375 Armar Dr., Marion. Learn the techniques needed to design a website that is appealing to the user. Look at planning and navigating the site and fonts, graphics, and colors that will best fit your website. Also discuss how Web servers and clients work together along with ways to minimize security hazards. Tuition includes a textbook. 5:30-9:30 p.m., two sessions. Cost: $145. To register, call (319) 398-1022 or visit www.kirkwood.edu/ce.
Today's closing price and change from yesterday for select publicly traded Corridor companies
|Dow Jones Average||^DJI||12,411.23||-142.97||-1.14%|
|MidWestOne Financial ||MOFG||20.04||-0.33||-1.62%|
|Principal Financial ||PFG||24.6||-0.21||-0.85%|
|Procter & Gamble ||PG||62.54||-0.21||-0.33%|
|Rockwell Collins ||COL||49.91||-0.4||-0.80%|
|Tanger Factory ||SKT||30.62||-0.89||-2.82%|
|United Fire Group||UFCS||20.9||-1.04||-4.74%|
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After 17 days officials say the fire burning at the Iowa City landfill has been completely covered. Crews started the stir, burn and cover operation a week ago in an attempt to get the shredded rubber tires inside the landfill to burn quickly before being covered and contained by clay soil. Officials say the focus will now shift to fire containment and preventing any flare ups as the shredded tires are expected to smolder underground for several days. The landfill is now open to the general public with regular business hours. Officials say folks around the landfill may see smoke periodically but they don't expect the persistent heavy plume of smoke seen over the past two weeks.
The Anamosa State Penitentiary has been placed under tighter security since two inmate brawls. State prisons spokesman Fred Scaletta says the prison went into lockdown after Saturday's fights. He says no serious injuries were reported. Many of the 1,100 inmates at the Eastern Iowa prison are serving long sentences for murder and other violent crimes. Investigators are looking into the cause of the incidents, and Mr. Scaletta says it's too early to say whether they were gang-related. Danny Homan is president of Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He says the fights show what can happen when the prisons are overcrowded and understaffed.
The state and many Iowa cities and counties have been topping off salt supplies for winter even before summer officially arrives later this month. The past winter was a mild one, so many of the cities have plenty of salt left over. And they're finding relative bargains when officials go shopping to stock up for the coming winter. For example, the Urbandale City Council has agreed to buy salt for just under $56 a ton from Kansas-based Hutchinson Salt Co., a price that was 14 percent less than the average price the city paid last year. The Iowa Transportation Department says that the state is still buying salt under an old contracted price, but officials say the price will drop under a new purchasing agreement.
CBS 2 FirstWarning Weather-- A cold front brought us some much needed rain early this morning, but now the rain is moving out the area. We will see clearing skies by early afternoon. Temperatures today will warm into the mid 80s and the wind will be breezy from the west at 10 to 20 mph. You can probably open the window back up tonight. We will see mostly clear skies and temperatures in the lower to mid 50s. Cooler air will return to the state behind the front for Tuesday and Wednesday as highs drop back into the mid to upper 70s with mostly sunny skies.