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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.

COVID cases and hospitalizations level off in Iowa

By: - May 25, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate increased slightly this past week, when it averaged about 566 new confirmed cases each day, according to Iowa Department of Public Health data that published Wednesday. That represents about a 3% increase over the previous week, the smallest gain in more than a month. All told, the state reported 3,960 […]

DNR to test water for ‘forever chemicals’ in more than 30 cities

By: - May 24, 2022

The state’s next phase of drinking water tests for toxic chemicals that persist indefinitely in the environment will include more than 30 cities and more than a dozen large businesses that have their own wells, according to a list obtained by Iowa Capital Dispatch. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to sample the water […]

Farmers planting crops are close to caught up

By: - May 23, 2022

Iowa corn farmers who were at least two weeks behind the typical planting schedule earlier this month have narrowed that gap to just three days, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report on Monday. About 86% of the state’s corn crop had been planted as of Sunday after back-to-back weeks of favorable weather for […]

Bottle bill that will exempt many grocers heads to governor

By: - May 23, 2022

The Iowa Senate gave its approval Monday to sweeping changes to the state’s can and bottle redemption law — commonly known as the bottle bill — that will triple the amount of money redemption centers receive per container and will allow many retailers to stop taking back the containers they sell. Senate File 2378 passed […]

Iowa unemployment rate drops to 3% in April

By: - May 20, 2022

The percentage of Iowa’s workforce that is unemployed continues to fall and is nearing its pre-pandemic level, according to an Iowa Workforce Development report on Friday. The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3% in April, down from a peak of 10.5% two years ago. That rate was about 2.6% in the months that preceded the […]

Former city clerk bought car, sex toys with public money, auditor finds

By: - May 20, 2022

The former city clerk of Silver City in southwest Iowa improperly spent more than $60,000 from the town over the course of three years when she used city funds to pay for dozens of personal items, including adult sex toys and a new car, according to a state audit report. Artema Gray, 44, was forced […]

Democratic Senate candidates seek to distinguish themselves in debate before primary

By: - May 19, 2022

The three Democrats vying for Iowa’s U.S. Senate nomination diverged on fiscal issues pertaining to student debt, universal health care and taxes for the super wealthy during a final televised debate before the June 7 primary. Abby Finkenauer, of Cedar Rapids, Michael Franken, of Sioux City, and Glenn Hurst, of Minden, are competing for a […]

U.S. Senate confirms Chet Culver for Farmer Mac board

By: - May 19, 2022

Former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver is returning to his leadership position at the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation, which boosts farmers’ access to loans and is better known as Farmer Mac. Culver, a Democrat, was appointed to the 15-member board of directors by President Joe Biden in 2021. That appointment was approved by the U.S. Senate […]

Early voting begins for Iowa primaries

By: - May 18, 2022

Absentee voting for Iowa’s June 7 primary elections started Wednesday, and residents who wish to vote by mail must get those requests to their county auditors by Monday. The early voting time frame has been shortened from 40 to 20 days prior to elections by successive state legislation in the past five years. Also, mailed […]

CDC warns of rising COVID risk in Iowa

By: - May 18, 2022

For the first time in two months, an Iowa county has a high level of community risk for COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Poweshiek County has that distinction, due to a combination of its infection and hospitalization rates that the CDC uses to characterize the threat of infection. It […]

Governor signs mobile home protections bill

By: - May 17, 2022

Mobile home park tenants will get an additional month’s notice before evictions or increases to their rent and utility fees under a new state law that was signed Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. House File 2562, which got final approval from state legislators in April, also creates protections for tenants of parks that do not […]

New ethanol law could spark regional trend, biofuels exec says

By: - May 17, 2022

A new state law that requires most of Iowa’s fuel stations to sell a gasoline blend with 15% ethanol will rapidly expand the fuel’s availability, but the law’s long-term effects might be more potent, according to the executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed House File 2128, aimed at boosting […]