Biden public lands nominee opposed by GOP over link to 1989 tree-spiking in Idaho

Republicans in the U.S. Senate are ramping up opposition to President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Bureau of Land Management after a conservative news site and other news...

Supreme Court dismisses case demanding state do more to protect Raccoon River

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by environmental groups contending the state doesn't properly protect the Raccoon River, a major drinking water source and recreational river. The...

Biden signs law making Juneteenth a new federal holiday

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the...

Vermeer exec: Infrastructure bill would be ‘transformative’

The CEO of a large Iowa manufacturing company told a national audience Thursday that a proposed federal infrastructure bill would be "transformative" in the same way rural electrification was. “I...

Reynolds signs ‘Back the Blue’ law, raising riot penalties and adding police protections

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a policing law Thursday that will increase penalties for protest-related crimes and grant qualified immunity to police officers. The bill-signing took place at the Iowa Law...

DOT: More than 60% of Iowa’s bridges ‘fair’ or ‘poor’

More than 60% of Iowa’s bridges remain in fair or poor condition, a new state report shows.  The Iowa Department of Transportation noted that even bridges rated as “poor” are...

U.S. House Ag leader seeks permanent scholarship funding for 1890 land-grant colleges

WASHINGTON — Leaders from 1890 land-grant colleges laid out to the House Agriculture Committee how a fresh infusion of scholarship funding provided by Congress has helped those historically Black...

New health concerns emerge post-pandemic

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in Iowa, health professionals are voicing concerns about post-pandemic health issues.  The main concerns in the state are still related to the pandemic, both...

Grassley: Biden rules could hurt farmers, biofuels industry

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he plans to vote against a key environmental agency appointment to protest Biden administration regulatory moves that could hurt farmers. In a call with...
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Environmental council: Iowa utilities don’t need coal power to meet demand

Iowa’s investor-owned utilities should speed up the retirement of coal plants because neither needs that power to meet demand, the Iowa Environmental Council said in a new analysis. The council’s...

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