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Fauci declines to predict COVID vaccine timetable for kids under 5

BY: - January 26, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents hoping to vaccinate their young children against COVID-19 will need to be patient, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned Wednesday. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said while he expects the vaccine regimen for children under 5 will be three doses, he couldn’t provide a timeline on when the […]

Bill would allow 16-year-olds to provide child care without supervision

BY: - January 26, 2022

Teenagers as young as 16 would be able to provide child care without adult supervision under a bill moving through the Iowa House.  House Study Bill 539 would change Department of Human Services rules to set 16 as the minimum age of an unsupervised child care provider. That would allow 16-year-olds to provide care at […]

Biden administration drops vaccine-or-test workplace rule

BY: - January 25, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration announced Tuesday it will withdraw an emergency mandate that would have required employees at large businesses to get the COVID-19 vaccine or test regularly for the virus. The decision from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which will take effect Wednesday, follows a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this […]

Marsy’s Law supporters rally for constitutional amendment

BY: - January 24, 2022

Liz Ford drove from Sioux City to Des Moines to tell the story of her late husband, Troy, and advocate for a constitutional amendment to protect the rights of crime victims. In 2015, Ford and her husband stopped to check on a man in a truck who appeared to be in medical distress. When the […]

Grassley: Iowa COVID-19 vaccine mandate exemptions are working

BY: - January 20, 2022

Iowa’s broad exemptions to employer vaccine mandates are working, House Speaker Pat Grassley said Thursday. “I’ve been hearing since we’ve gotten back here, from members … that they’re getting good feedback, now that there’s that clarity, that the exemption process is working,” Grassley, R-New Hartford, told reporters Thursday. Lawmakers in October passed a law that […]

Free press advocates call on Senate GOP to restore media access

BY: - January 19, 2022

Free press advocates called Wednesday for Iowa Senate Republicans to reverse their decision to bar journalists from the floor of the chamber. “When news of these restrictions became known, it was an immediate red flag, a threat to the freedom of the press and thus, a threat to our democracy,” Terese Grant, president of the […]

Iowa’s Tim Gannon returns to federal ag department

BY: - January 19, 2022

A former Democratic candidate for Iowa secretary of agriculture has been appointed chief of staff of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Production and Conservation division, which oversees federal crop insurance and loans for farmers, among other programs. Tim Gannon, 45, of Des Moines, held two positions in the federal agriculture department during President Barack […]

Five days into legislative session, five people test positive for COVID

BY: - January 18, 2022

Tuesday was day five of the 2022 legislative session, and at least five people at the Capitol have tested positive for COVID-19. Dean Fiihr, communication director for the House Democrats, notified reporters Tuesday morning that five people in the Iowa Legislature tested positive since Friday. Fiihr did not say whether the cases were among lawmakers, […]

Former ISU professor alleges gender discrimination in pay

BY: - January 16, 2022

A retired Iowa State University professor is suing the school for gender discrimination related to pay. Silvia R. Cianzio, a former professor in the Agronomy Department at ISU, claims in a newly filed lawsuit that for years she was paid less than her male colleagues at the school. The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District […]

Online orders for free at-home COVID tests to begin Jan. 19

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Friday launched a new website for Americans to request up to four free COVID-19 tests per household. The administration is buying 1 billion at-home rapid COVID-19 tests, and Americans will be able to begin ordering the tests online on Jan. 19 at COVIDtests.gov. This is part of the administration’s effort to […]

Rep. Ashley Hinson tests positive for COVID-19

BY: - January 14, 2022

U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson tested positive for COVID-19, she announced Friday morning. “Yesterday afternoon, I began experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms,” Hinson said in a statement. “I took a COVID-19 test and the results were positive.” Hinson, a Republican, said she is fully vaccinated and boosted, and she intends to follow Centers for Disease Control and […]

Iowa businesses unite against human trafficking in new statewide initiative

BY: - January 13, 2022

Iowa launched a new statewide alliance Thursday to combat human trafficking. The Iowa Business Against Trafficking (IBAT) initiative asks Iowa employers to promote awareness of human trafficking prevention resources. Businesses have to do two things each year to participate in the coalition: educate their employees and customers on the signs of human trafficking, and take […]