Statehouse snippets

GUNS AT THE CAPITOL: The recently completed legislative session drew Iowans by the thousands to the state Capitol building and with them a number of people with valid permits to carry concealed weapons into the Statehouse.

Dave Garrison, who oversees security at the Capitol entrances, said dating back to Jan. 1, a total of 140,444 people passed through security gates carrying concealed weapons.

He said that likely represented lobbyists or other regular visitors to the building who would have been counted multiple times over the period through early May.

A total of 276 different gun permits were presented to the officers manning the metal detectors at Capitol entrances.


FUEL PRICES IN IOWA: Retail gasoline prices charged at the pumps in Iowa went up an average of 2 cents per gallon this week and could go higher in the future as the price of crude oil rises.

Prices for crude oil increased anywhere from $3.87 to $4.26 per barrel and were considerably higher than market prices one year ago, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.

The price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.71 a gallon across Iowa this week, according to AAA. That was up 2 cents from last week and 19 cents per gallon higher than one year ago. The national average was $2.83 per gallon.


PROTEST EXHIBIT AT STATE MUSEUM: The State Historical Museum of Iowa soon will be showcasing an exhibit depicting a successful human rights campaign in ?Power of Protest: The Movement to Free Soviet Jews? ? a traveling exhibit that will be in Des Moines from May 18 to June 7.

The exhibition ? created by the National Museum of American Jewish History ? showcases Americans? efforts in the late 1960s through 1990 to free refuseniks.

The refuseniks were Jews who lived in the Soviet Union and were denied the rights to live freely, practice Judaism or leave the country due to their religion.

The exhibit will be on display at the State Historical Museum of Iowa, 600 E. Locust St., Des Moines.

Admission is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.