Regents close Harkin Institute at Iowa State

AMES, Iowa (AP) — After two years of controversy, the Iowa Board of Regents has voted to close the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University.

The regents approved a plan Thursday during their meeting in Ames to shutter the institute, a move that had been expected for months after a messy public spat between Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin and university leaders.

Harkin announced earlier this year that he was backing out of his pledge to give the papers from his 30-year congressional career to Iowa State. Instead, he announced plans in May to donate them to Drake University, which is establishing a similar institute in his honor.

The move came after Harkin and his backers chafed at what they called restrictions on the research that could be conducted at Iowa State.

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