A roundup of state government and Capitol news items for Wednesday:
JEAN SEBERG: Gov. Terry Branstad and the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs announced Wednesday they plan to honor the late Hollywood legend Jean Seberg. The Marshalltown native who became an actress, an activist and a fashion icon will be the focus of the department’s next “Hollywood Backstories” event in Des Moines next month. A free screening of the documentary “Movie Star: The Secret Lives of Jean Seberg” will be offered as part of “Hollywood Backstories: Remembering Jean Seberg” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines. Sixty years ago, Seberg won a worldwide talent search for the title role in the movie “Saint Joan,” which made her an overnight star. Over her career, Seberg, who died at age 40, starred in 34 films in Hollywood and Europe, including “Breathless,” “Lilith,” “Paint Your Wagon” opposite Clint Eastwood, and “Airport.” For more information, go to iowaculture.gov or call 515-281-5111.
FUEL PRICES: The average price of unleaded gasoline in Iowa fell 2 cents a gallon this week, closing at $2.19 according to AAA. The pump price is 14 cents a gallon lower than a year ago and two pennies below the national average. Retail diesel fuel prices in Iowa were 1 cent lower with a statewide average of $2.36 per gallon, a dime cheaper than a year ago. The national average for diesel also is $2.36 per gallon. The state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship says propane prices were unchanged from last month with a statewide average of 95 cents per gallon, while home heating oil rose 3 cents from last month’s figures to a statewide average of $1.89 a gallon and natural gas prices rose 2 cents to end the week at $3.08/MMbtu.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY SERVICES: The Iowa Utilities Board reviewed and approved a contract with Hamilton Relay Inc. of Aurora, Nebraska, this week regarding its request for proposals to provide Iowa’s Telecommunications Relay Service — known as “Relay Iowa” — and Iowa Captioned Telephone Relay Service — known as “CapTel” — plus associated outreach services. Board officials say Hamilton was selected in accordance with the state Department of Administrative Services’ formal competitive bidding process. The contract for these services will begin Jan. 1, 2017, and run through Dec. 31, 2019, with a potential three-year extension that may be granted at the sole discretion of the board. The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requires telephone companies to provide telecommunications relay services throughout the United States. In 1991, the Iowa legislature gave the Iowa Utilities Board the authority and the responsibility to establish and administer the telecommunications relay services for Iowa. Iowa’s relay services provide individuals who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking the opportunity to participate in two-way communications with hearing persons for everyday calls.
— Times Bureau