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BY DI STAFF | APRIL 06, 2009 7:40 AM

Man charged with assault with a weapon

Iowa City police arrested a Iowa City man after he allegedly stabbed a person.

Michael Lopatka, 21, 505 E. Burlington St. Apt. 15A, was charged Sunday with assault with a dangerous weapon.

According to Iowa City police, a dispatcher reported receiving a call and hearing a female screaming and two males fighting. The caller then phoned again to report someone may have been stabbed.

Police said the victim had been involved in a verbal argument with a female when he began arguing with Lopatka. Lopatka displayed a knife, and the two soon got into a physical altercation, officers said.

Officers eventually located the victim sitting in a parked vehicle. He appeared to have a stab wound to his abdomen, reports show.

In addition to the laceration to his abdomen, the victim sustained a cut on his hand. He was taken to the hospital; his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Assault with a dangerous weapon is a aggravated misdemeanor, punishable by up to two years in prison and a maximum fine of $6,250.

— by Regina Zilbermints

Regents to get $50 million less

The state Board of Regents would receive roughly $50 million less than originally projected under Gov. Chet Culver’s revised budget, which was released on April 3.

But the regents’ budget likely won’t be slashed as much as other areas after federal stimulus money is infused to plug gaping holes in the budget.

As outlined in his new plan, the governor plans to use $56 million in federal stimulus money strictly for community colleges and regents’ institutions. Another $86 million would be partially devoted to stabilizing their budgets, along with a couple other designated areas.

Culver’s January budget earmarked roughly $640 million for the regents’ budget, compared with the revised $590 million. Most state programs would receive a 7.9 percent cut under his plan.

He was given 14 days to release a revised budget after the state Revenue Estimating Conference estimated last month the state would take in $270 million less than previously thought in fiscal 2010.

The state Legislature is still in the midst of approving different areas of the fiscal 2010 budget.

— by Shawn Gude

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