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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.

Pipeline survey law enforcement varies by county

By: - January 27, 2023

Three Lee County residents say land surveyors for a carbon dioxide pipeline company went onto their properties without giving required notice of the surveys but that law enforcement officers have so far declined to charge the surveyors with trespassing. Navigator CO2 Ventures is one of three companies that intend to build pipelines to carry captured […]

Lawmakers might loosen reporting requirements for electrical utilities with coal plants

By: - January 26, 2023

Two bills under consideration by the Iowa Senate would either lessen or strengthen the reporting requirements of electrical utilities with coal plants, but lawmakers have so far favored loosening the regulations. One bill that would reduce reporting requirements has received preliminary approval by a Senate subcommittee. Another bill that would require more robust reporting — […]

COVID still slowing in Iowa as subvariant looms

By: - January 25, 2023

The number of documented COVID-19 infections in Iowa continues to decline but at a lesser rate, according to state data. The Iowa Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday reported 1,566 new confirmed cases in the past week among those who were not previously infected. That is about a 7% decrease from a week […]

Legislation would increase number of out-of-state deer hunters by 25%

By: - January 24, 2023

An Iowa Senate bill would increase the number of people who don’t live in Iowa who can hunt the state’s antlered whitetail deer each year from 6,000 to 7,500, and those hunters would be encouraged to shoot female deer, too. Senate File 42 advanced with Republican support out of a Senate subcommittee Tuesday. Similar legislation […]

Lawmakers try again to restrict cellphones in vehicles

By: - January 23, 2023

A bill that would dramatically expand the prohibitions against using a cellphone and other electronic devices while driving was advanced unanimously by an Iowa Senate subcommittee Monday. Under current law, drivers are barred from sending and viewing electronic messages while their vehicles are in motion but are allowed to use phones for navigation. The new […]

Proposed legislation could kill or restrict carbon dioxide pipelines in Iowa

By: - January 20, 2023

A spate of bills introduced in the Iowa Senate this week would severely restrict ongoing plans by three companies to build pipelines to transport captured carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in the state. Five bills introduced by Sen. Jeff Taylor, a Sioux Center Republican, would curtail eminent domain opportunities for hazardous liquid pipeline companies, limit […]

Judge set to decide whether pipeline trespassing case will proceed

By: - January 19, 2023

There is no evidence a carbon dioxide pipeline surveyor accused of trespassing knew that he was not welcome to do the work on a Dickinson County farm, and the criminal charge against him should be dismissed, his attorney said this week. A district court judge is poised to decide whether the trespassing charge against Stephen […]

To-go cocktails would have to travel in the trunk under new bills

By: - January 19, 2023

Margaritas and other mixed, alcohol-containing drinks that were first allowed as to-go orders from restaurants and bars in the early throes of the coronavirus pandemic in Iowa might be relegated to vehicle trunks. Currently, those drinks are not considered open containers of alcohol and can be transported in vehicles within reach of drivers. Two bills […]

State lawmaker accuses some educators of promoting socialism

By: - January 18, 2023

An Iowa House subcommittee advanced a bill Wednesday that would require high school teachers to hold class discussion comparing political ideologies “that conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy that were essential to the founding of the United States.” House File 12 specifically mentions communism and totalitarianism. Iowa Rep. Steven Holt, R-Denison, who co-sponsored […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations decline significantly along with infections

By: - January 18, 2023

The number of people who have COVID-19 and are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals declined 20% in the past week, with a similar decrease in the state’s documented infection rate. There were 1,690 new infections confirmed in the past week among people who were not previously infected, according to a Wednesday report by the […]

Town’s drinking water contamination returns after testing ends

By: - January 17, 2023

NICHOLS, Iowa — Four years ago, John O’Connell was told the water at his house was finally safe to drink. For more than a decade, an agricultural company had supplied him and some of his neighbors with bottled water while it attempted to clean the nitrate, herbicides and pesticides from the soil of its former […]

Metro growth promises opportunity, conflicts for rural water utility

By: - January 13, 2023

The expansion of Des Moines’ suburbs and nearby communities has provided a rich opportunity for the Xenia Rural Water District to add new, densely clustered customers. The water utility serves about 10,700 customers in parts of 11 counties west and north of Des Moines. That includes those in sparsely populated areas and, more recently, suburban […]