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DES MOINES, Iowa– The fate of the Iowa Senate’s version of the education savings account bill is still undecided … and opponents are continuing to speak out against it.

“I think we should be allocating funds to public school, public money needs to be going to public schools, that’s the money that tax payers pay into,” Brian Carter activist for Iowa Conference of the Methodist Church, said.

If Senate File 372 passes public funds will go to special needs students to help pay for private or homeschooling.  Roughly 60,000 special needs kids would qualify for up to $5,000 in grant money.

A faith-based organization called the Family Leader backs the bill saying it gives parents more of a say in their child’s education.

“In addition to parental involvement is the idea that competition spears innovation,” Republican Senator Jerry Behn said.

BAGLEY, Iowa — Hy-Vee is stepping up to help people in a small Iowa town who are without drinking water.

Residents in Bagley cannot drink the water from their tap because it contains high levels of the mineral manganese. Exposure can damage the nervous system.

Thursday, Hy-Vee is handing out free bottles of water at the town library. Each resident gets three one-gallon jugs and two packages of 24-pack bottled water.

Any extra will be taken to the Perry and Jefferson Hy-Vee stores for people who live in Bagley to pick up while supplies last.

“It’s just the right thing to do. We heard about the story of the water. Man, it’s a tough thing not having water. I can’t imagine not having water. Hy-Vee, it’s kind of something we’ve always done. It’s in our culture. We just step up and do the right things and try to take care of people,” said Matt Roy, Store Director of the Perry Hy-Vee.

Hy-Vee says more than 200 people picked up water since 7:00 Thursday morning.

City leaders are in the planning process for a new treatment plant, but the facility is still years away from being built.