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BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 12, 2015 5:00 AM

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Staff and faculty show interest in the early retirement plan.

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday morning, 155 staff and faculty of the University of Iowa have showed interest in the UI’s early retirement plan.

Staff and faculty have until the end of the day on March 6, 2015 to show interest in the plan.

Employees who are at least 57 years old with at least 10 years of regular benefit eligible employment as of Jan. 31 are eligible to apply.

Incentives include payment of accrued vacation, accrued sick leave up to $2,000, continued health-insurance payments, and continued retirement benefits.

UI Health Care and/or employees under the SEIU collective bargaining agreement are not eligible.

— By Efe Ayanruoh

UI representatives will not meet with AIB students

There’s been another change of plans.

University of Iowa admissions officials will not be meeting with AIB Business of College students today to discuss transfer possibilities, as previously announced.

The Higher Learning Commission asked the UI to postpone the gathering, AIB announced in a news release.

AIB students have expressed confusion and frustration with recent news regarding their college, which will shutter in 2016.

Described as a “gift,” the UI plans to convert AIB — a private college in Des Moines — into a “regional regents center.” The UI would own and operate the location but lease space to other interested institutions, particularly Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.

The gift needs to be approved by the state Board of Regents.

AIB students were to be grandfathered into the UI, but they will now have to meet transfer requirements.

Originally, the idea was to merge AIB with the UI and make it into a Des Moines campus for the university, but that was scrapped.

— By Chris Higgins

Gas-tax increase introduced

Iowans could possibly see a 10-cent increase for each gallon of fuel sold in the state after a panel of both Republican and Democratic senators set gas-tax legislation in motion Wednesday.

With the gas-tax increase, which was introduced Tuesday in the House and the Senate, the state could generate around $215 million annually. That funding would be allocated to road and bridge improvements.

Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville, Sen. Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone, and Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, were on the panel that approved the legislation to be sent to the full transportation committee.

“There is a tremendous need to put this in place,” Dvorsky said. “They really need additional funds in place to put towards are roads and bridges.”

— by Rebecca Morin

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