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Bird flu found in two more Iowa turkey flocks

BY: - December 6, 2022

A highly pathogenic avian influenza has infected two commercial turkey flocks in northwest Iowa with a total of 140,000 birds, according to an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship report on Tuesday. The affected flocks were about 100,000 turkeys in Cherokee County and about 40,000 in Sac County, IDALS said. There have been a […]

Parties finalize Iowa House leadership for 2023 session

BY: - December 6, 2022

Democrats have elected an all-woman team to lead their party in the Iowa House of Representatives for the upcoming legislative session. Iowa House Republicans have also completed leadership election. The 2023 House Democrats’ leadership team will be the first all-female group to lead a caucus in the Iowa Statehouse, according to a Tuesday news release. […]

Iowa Senate Republicans fill out leadership team

BY: - December 5, 2022

Iowa Republicans announced the remainder of the state Senate leadership team Monday as the party prepares for its first session in decades holding a supermajority. Iowa Senate Republicans reelected Sen. Brad Zaun of Urbandale as president pro tempore, according to a news release. Sen. Waylon Brown of Osage, who previously served as an assistant majority […]

New phone scam impersonates Iowa auditor of state

BY: - December 5, 2022

Iowans should beware of a new phone scam impersonating the Iowa auditor of state’s office, Auditor Rob Sand warned Monday. An Iowan told the auditor’s office Nov. 30 that they had received a call from a person identifying themselves as a representative of the Auditor of State’s office, who asked them questions about their mortgage. […]

U.S. House to intervene in rail workers strike, heeding Biden call

BY: - November 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday said the House will take up legislation to ratify an agreement between rail workers and operators in order to avert a nationwide rail strike. “This week, the House will take up a bill adopting the Tentative Agreement — with no poison pills or changes to the […]

Donald Trump launches poll on VP picks in 2024; news site lists Reynolds as potential running mate

BY: - November 28, 2022

With former President Donald Trump officially launching his 2024 presidential campaign, the GOP candidate’s campaign on Monday launched an “Official Trump 2024 Vice President Poll” to ask people who should be his running mate. The poll requires a donation to his campaign before users can enter a name of their choice for Trump’s vice president […]

Property appraiser, accused of snooping in homeowner’s bedroom, forfeits license

BY: - November 28, 2022

An eastern Iowa real estate appraiser accused of snooping through a homeowner’s bedroom has agreed to surrender his license. According to the Iowa Real Estate Appraiser Examining Board, Josh Binneboese of JB Appraisal in Davenport obtained authorized, unaccompanied access to a residential property when the owners were absent. Binneboese was there to conduct an appraisal […]

Mobile home park fined for inadequate wastewater treatment

BY: - November 25, 2022

A mobile home park on the eastern outskirts of Iowa City failed for more than two years to address the excessive contamination it discharges from its wastewater treatment system, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Sunrise Village was recently ordered by the DNR to pay an $8,000 fine. It was required by the […]

Deadlines loom for subsidized health insurance enrollment

BY: - November 22, 2022

Iowans who lack health insurance — and those who might be eligible for cheaper coverage — have until Jan. 15 to enroll in plans subsidized by the federal government. “What makes this so important is that having health insurance is simply vital in today’s America,” Joseph Palm, a regional director for the U.S. Department of […]

Georgia appeals court denies GOP state election chief’s bid to ban early voting the Saturday after Thanksgiving

BY: - November 22, 2022

Georgia’s Court of Appeals has rejected Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s attempt to keep Georgians from voting in the U.S. Senate runoff on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The appeals court on Monday evening blocked the state’s emergency motion to nullify a Fulton County judge’s order giving Georgia counties the option to open early voting […]

Landry, 21 AGs push Biden administration to drop healthcare worker COVID vaccine mandate

BY: - November 21, 2022

Louisiana’s attorney general announced Monday he is leading a coalition of 22 states that want the Biden administration to end a mandate for health care workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The 22 attorneys general have filed a petition that requests the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and […]

Iowa Sen. Sarah Trone Garriott to serve as Democratic whip

BY: - November 18, 2022

Iowa Sen. Sarah Trone Garriott will take over from retiring Sen. Amanda Ragan as Democratic whip in the Iowa Senate, Democrats announced Friday. Trone Garriott of West Des Moines won reelection against former Senate President Jake Chapman, representing Senate District 14. While Democrats lost ground and remain the minority in both chambers, Trone Garriott’s race […]