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

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Regents OK two UI projects

The state Board of Regents approved the plans for the University of Iowa’s West Campus energy plant and Madison Street residence hall on Wednesday in Iowa City.

The energy plant, which will be located near the Finkbine commuter lot, is estimated to cost $75 million; it will be funded through utility-system revenue bonds.

The proposed budget for the residence hall, funded by dormitory revenue bonds, is $95 million. The dorm would be located at the site of the old Iowa City water plant.

Plans include a 12-story hall housing approximately 1,000 students with a dining-services area made to serve around 2,000 students. The dining-services portion makes up about $10 million of the $95 million budget.

— by Carly Matthew

COGS contract approved

The regents ratified collective bargaining with the Campaign to Organize Graduate students, the local graduate student union, at their Wednesday meeting in Iowa City.

In their new contract, COGS gained a one percent salary increase in the first year of the contract and three percent in the second year.

Additionally, the University of Iowa will cover 25 percent of graduate student-fees for those who are members of the union and work as teaching or research assistants.

College of Education students, in the past, did not have their tuition paid. In the future, they will receive full tuition coverage.

— By Carly Matthew

Two charged with theft

Authorities have accused a Coralville man and a North Liberty man of stealing a car.

Timothy Messier, 33, and Christopher Dohrer, 33, were charged with first-degree theft on Tuesday.
According to online court documents, Coralville police were contacted abpit a stolen trailer and asked to monitor an area.

An officer then observed a 2006 Ford F250 hauling a trailer behind it. 

Messier, who was driving the Ford, said Dohrer made the deal for the trailer, according to the documents.

First-degree theft is a Class-C felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

Man faces drug charge

Authorities have accused an Iowa City man of possessing marijuana.

Cedric Johnson, 20, was charged with controlled-substance violation on Mar. 10.

According to online court documents, officers acquired a search warrant for Johnson’s home and allegedly found marijuana, cash, and a digital scale.

Controlled-substance violation is a Class-D felony.

— by Alyssa Guzman

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