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Jared Strong

Jared Strong

Senior reporter Jared Strong has written about Iowans and the important issues that affect them for more than 15 years, previously for the Carroll Times Herald and the Des Moines Register. His investigative work exposing police misconduct has notched several state and national awards. He is a longtime trustee of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, which fights for open records and open government. He is a lifelong Iowan and has lived mostly in rural western parts of the state.

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New E15 bill has backing of petroleum group

By: - November 30, 2022

A newly introduced bill in the U.S. Senate that would permanently expand the summertime availability of blended gasoline with 15% ethanol appears to have the support of the country’s largest trade association for the oil and natural gas industries. Those industries have historically opposed the expansion of E15 sales, but U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an […]

Iowa COVID infections continue to steadily increase

By: - November 30, 2022

Iowa’s COVID-19 infection rate increased about 17% in the past week, and infected people receiving inpatient hospital treatment jumped 35%, according to state and federal health data. The state reported a similar increase in the infection rate last week after weeks of roughly steady numbers of infections. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services […]

Livestock producers fined for manure management violations

By: - November 29, 2022

Several livestock producers have been fined by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in recent weeks for failing to comply with manure management requirements, according to DNR records. Most of the violations pertained to required annual updates of manure management plans, which determine how much manure can be applied to fields to avoid excessive application. […]

Mobile home park fined for inadequate wastewater treatment

By: - November 25, 2022

A mobile home park on the eastern outskirts of Iowa City failed for more than two years to address the excessive contamination it discharges from its wastewater treatment system, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sunrise Village was recently ordered by the DNR to pay an $8,000 fine. It was required by the […]

Ex-cop accused of threatening witness against him

By: - November 23, 2022

A former police officer who faces numerous felony charges in connection with allegations of harassing and stalking a Des Moines woman is now accused by prosecutors of threatening to harm her to prevent her from testifying against him. Walter Pacheco, 28, of Pleasant Hill, had been released from jail pending the outcome of several criminal […]

Feds don’t expect tremendous COVID spike this winter

By: - November 23, 2022

The number of new weekly COVID-19 infections in Iowa increased about 16% last week — and hospitalizations are up 25% from a week ago — but federal health officials don’t anticipate a repeat of last winter’s coronavirus surge. “We’re hoping that a combination of people who’ve been infected and boosted and vaccinated, or people who’ve […]

‘Major source’ of air pollution operated without permits for decades, DNR says

By: - November 22, 2022

A Muscatine company that operates a large, gas-powered dryer to process sand that it sells has failed for decades to obtain permits to update and operate it, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Northern Filter Media has operated just south of Muscatine for more than a hundred years, processing sand and gravel to […]

Deadlines loom for subsidized health insurance enrollment

By: - November 22, 2022

Iowans who lack health insurance — and those who might be eligible for cheaper coverage — have until Jan. 15 to enroll in plans subsidized by the federal government. “What makes this so important is that having health insurance is simply vital in today’s America,” Joseph Palm, a regional director for the U.S. Department of […]

Thanksgiving holiday renews focus on bird flu, rising costs

By: - November 22, 2022

Fresh turkeys are more expensive and smaller than usual leading into the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s due, in part, to the deadly and highly transmissible avian influenza that has wracked turkey producers this year. The virus, which is transmitted by wild, migrating birds, has led to the deaths of […]

Yield predictions are rosier as harvest concludes

By: - November 21, 2022

Average corn yields in Iowa are expected to approach last year’s record despite the significant drought that developed throughout the growing season, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Harvest is pretty well complete, and I think people were pleasantly surprised with the corn yields, as well as the soybean yields,” said Aaron Saeugling, an […]

Camanche in talks with 3M to fix ‘forever chemical’ contamination

By: - November 16, 2022

A major manufacturer of toxic chemicals that persist indefinitely in the environment will pay for a new drinking water source or a water treatment system for Camanche in eastern Iowa. The town of about 4,600 residents lies across the Mississippi River from a 3M Company facility near Cordova, Illinois. The facility has been producing and […]

Iowa COVID cases plateau and hospitalizations drop

By: - November 16, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate held roughly steady this past week, but hospitalizations among those infected declined about 24%, according to state and federal health data. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 1,980 infections among those who were not previously infected, a 6% increase from the week prior. The total […]