Briefs

Iowa counties can receive funds to make polling locations more accessible

BY: - August 12, 2022

Every county in Iowa will receive $1,000 to improve the accessibility of polling locations to ensure all Iowans with disabilities can vote in the November election, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Friday.   Pate said the grants are intended to foster a partnership between local governments and advocacy programs to assess how voting sites […]

Drought conditions worsen in southern Iowa

BY: - August 11, 2022

The dryness of southern Iowa continues to expand with little chance for rain in the next 10 days. The U.S. Drought Monitor’s report on Thursday shows that moderate drought now stretches entirely from the state’s western border to its eastern border and that severe drought has gripped central portions of that area. Less than a […]

Former teacher accuses Polk County principal of discrimination

BY: - August 9, 2022

A former central Iowa school teacher is suing the Saydel Community School District for alleged gender discrimination. Jacqueline Loew began working for Polk County’s Saydel Community School District in August 2019. She was employed as a high school English teacher, with Principal Kevin Schulte acting as her direct supervisor. In February 2021, according to a […]

USDA announces more funding to expand broadband to rural areas

BY: - August 4, 2022

The U.S Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the fourth round of a grant and loan program to bring high-speed internet to rural America. USDA’s Rural Development Secretary Xochitl Torres Small said for too long, rural communities have been left out of the digital economy even though they play a fundamental role in […]

Iowa will seek new federal funds for coal mine mitigation

BY: and - August 4, 2022

Iowa will apply for up to $6 million of new federal funding to stem the pollution and other safety hazards posed by leftover coal mines in the southeastern part of the state, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The Interior Department invited states this week to apply for a portion of […]

Iowa Attorney General’s Office investigates scammer calls

BY: - August 3, 2022

Iowa’s attorney general’s office, along with 50 other attorney generals, has formed a task force aimed at curtailing illegal robocalls in the United States. The task force’s focus is to investigate and shut down telecommunications providers that profit from failing to stop the illegal scam calls. Over 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans […]

Reported Iowa COVID cases, hospitalizations decline slightly

BY: - August 3, 2022

The rate of new coronavirus infections documented by the state in the past week sagged slightly and hospitalizations have waned, according to state and federal data. There were 5,768 new cases — or about 825 per day — reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health on Wednesday. That’s about a 3% decrease from the […]

U.S. House Democrats file brief in college affirmative action case

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott of Virginia has filed a brief along with 64 other House Democrats urging the Supreme Court to uphold the role that race plays in college admission policies at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina. “Narrowly tailored admissions policies that recognize race as one criterion — out […]

Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again in ‘rebound’ infection

BY: - July 31, 2022

WASHINGTON — The White House announced that President Joe Biden tested positive again for COVID-19 late Saturday morning in what his physician said represented “rebound” positivity. “The President has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well,” his physician, Dr. Kevin C. O’Connor, said in a letter to press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre released by […]

Same-sex couple sues employer for alleged harassment and discrimination

BY: - July 29, 2022

A married, same-sex couple from Marshall County is suing their employer for harassment and barring them from public displays of affection. Rebeckah and Makaela Beem are suing Lennox Industries, alleging harassment, discrimination and retaliation at the company’s Marshalltown plant. Lennox hired the Beems as assembly line workers on Feb. 4, 2017. Three months later, the […]

Tests identify brain-eating amoeba at Iowa lake

BY: - July 27, 2022

Testing has confirmed the presence of an amoeba at Lake of Three Fires that killed a Missouri resident who recently swam there, state officials said Wednesday. On Thursday, the beach at the southwest Iowa lake near Bedford will reopen for swimming with warning signs about the amoeba and its potential to infect people. It’s rare […]

Fired pharmacy worker sues Walmart over drug testing procedures

BY: - July 27, 2022

A Clarke County pharmacy worker is suing Walmart, claiming the retailer fired her after she failed an improperly administered drug test. In her lawsuit, Misty Coenen alleges that in 2014, Walmart hired her to work in one of the company’s stores as a pharmacy technician. On Oct. 22, 2021, the lawsuit claims, District Manager Nancy […]