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Sen. OKs Plan To Reopen Juvenile Home

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Senate has renewed its effort to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home, with a budget amendment designed to re-establish and improve programming at the Toledo facility.

Lawmakers voted 26-22 Monday to approve the budget bill. It now returns to the House, where a similar amendment was rejected last week.

The proposal attempts to reopen and revamp services at the home, which was closed Jan. 15 by Gov. Terry Branstad following allegations that delinquent girls were being mistreated.

Sen. Jack Hatch, a Democrat who's running for governor, says the plan accounts for the concerns that led to the facility's closure.

Jimmy Centers, a Branstad spokesman, says the governor won't make a decision until it's sent to his desk in its final form.

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