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Perry Beeman

Perry Beeman

Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.

Carbon task force looks for ways to make money for farmers

By: - August 20, 2021

Agricultural interests that dominate Gov. Kim Reynolds’ new carbon-sequestration task force made it clear Friday they want to make money for farmers while addressing one of the biggest environmental threats worldwide. At an inaugural meeting held at the State Fairgrounds, task force members spoke of carbon trading, cover crops, and other ways they can help […]

Advocate: State filing in court case could weaken Iowa’s Open Records Law

By: - August 20, 2021

A freedom-of-information advocate this week urged a state board to protect the Open Records Law after a controversial state court filing he fears will weaken the statute. The Iowa Public Information Board took no action on the topic at its meeting Thursday. Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, told the […]

Iowa sees biggest one-day COVID spike since January; Iowa City sets mask mandate

By: - August 20, 2021

Iowa’s COVID-19 cases have increased steadily since late June, with the state adding 1,992 cases in a single day this week, according to New York Times data. That total, on Wednesday, was the highest the state has recorded since 2,478 cases on Jan. 6. Daily gains were much larger at other points in the pandemic. […]

State board rules IDPH violated records law, but dismisses complaint

By: - August 19, 2021

The Iowa Public Information Board on Thursday ruled that there was “probable cause” to believe the state health department violated the state’s open records law, then dismissed the complaint anyway.  Clark Kauffman, deputy editor of Iowa Capital Dispatch, had filed a formal complaint after the Iowa Department of Public Health took nearly four months to […]

Iowa’s COVID cases jump 68% as school officials, feds consider next moves

By: - August 18, 2021

Iowa’s COVID-19 cases have risen nearly 70% in two weeks as hospitalizations jumped 77%, according to New York Times data reported Wednesday. With 775 new cases a day, up 68%, Iowa still is seeing far lower numbers than earlier in the pandemic, when more than 5,000 cases a day were recorded. In July, the seven-day […]

Speakers: American Rescue Plan is a chance to match jobs with affordable housing

By: - August 17, 2021

The American Rescue Plan’s housing assistance gives the Des Moines metro area a chance to address affordable housing issues long neglected by voters and to some extent local officials, Greater Des Moines Partnership panelists said Tuesday.  “We’re in a watershed moment right here and nationally,” said Kris Saddoris, vice president for multifamily development at Hubbell […]

COVID hospitalizations rise, straining some medical centers

By: - August 16, 2021

Editor’s note:  This story has been updated from the original version to correct Sioux County’s vaccinate rate, which is 34%. Iowa’s COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to rise in the past week, testing some facilities’ capacity. The largest share of hospitalizations, 21%, now involve patients in their 50s, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. Next highest […]

Bacterial pollution causes advisories at 13 state beaches

By: - August 13, 2021

The state has posted “swimming not recommended” advisories at 13 state and federal beaches due to high levels of fecal bacteria. That was three more advisories than a week ago. None of the state park beaches had advisories for toxic algae this week. The 13 beaches with advisories based on testing earlier this week are: […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 vaccinations rise slightly, questions over state data remain

By: - August 13, 2021

Iowa has seen a small uptick in COVID-19 vaccinations in the past week as the delta variant continues to worry many and the school year approaches, according to Washington Post data. Iowa administered 4,600 doses per day over the past week, up 5%, the Post reported. Yet after months of giving a rosier picture than […]

Iowa private colleges take different paths on vaccinations

By: - August 12, 2021

As the delta variant has college and university officials across Iowa wondering how to rein in COVID-19 this fall, two private colleges have different approaches.  Grinnell College President Anne Harris said her college will require proof of vaccination for returning students. Wartburg College President Darrel Colson, on the other hand, said Wartburg is encouraging vaccinations, […]

State approves $525K grant for Cedar Lake levee

By: - August 12, 2021

A state panel on Thursday approved a $525,000 grant for a Cedar Rapids levee project to protect downtown’s Cedar Lake from flooding and siltation.  The private ConnectCR is backing a $20 million revitalization project that includes a pedestrian bridge over the Cedar River and a boardwalk and other amenities at Cedar Lake. The lake is […]

Environmental groups petition for better protection of waterways

By: - August 11, 2021

Two environmental groups have petitioned a state panel to protect waterways from threats such as a cattle operation in a geologically sensitive area near a trout stream in northeast Iowa. The Iowa Environmental Council and Environmental Law & Policy Center have filed a petition for rulemaking with Iowa’s Environmental Protection Commission. They asked the governor-appointed […]