Briefs

3rd Congressional District candidates to debate Oct. 6

BY: - September 8, 2022

KCCI-TV will host the first general election debate between the candidates for Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District on Thursday, Oct. 6. Zach Nunn, a Republican state senator, is challenging Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowa’s only incumbent Democrat in national office, in the Nov. 8 midterm election. At the debate, the two candidates will answer questions and compare […]

U.S. Justice Department to appeal Trump special master order

BY: - September 8, 2022

The U.S. Justice Department will appeal a Florida federal judge’s ruling this week appointing an independent arbiter to review thousands of sensitive materials the FBI seized from former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence, the department notified the court Thursday. Government prosecutors are also asking U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon not to force them […]

State beach bacteria levels are low ahead of holiday weekend

BY: - September 2, 2022

There are currently nine state beaches where the environmental regulators caution against swimming ahead of the Labor Day weekend, but many of them have relatively low bacteria levels, according to a recent Iowa Department of Natural Resources report. The state monitors bacteria and toxins at its beaches with weekly tests. Those results can change significantly […]

Iowa Workforce Development receives $2.9 million in federal funding

BY: - September 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Iowa Workforce Development a $2.9 million grant to help the state improve its unemployment benefits system. The American Rescue Plan Act provided $26 million in total grant funding to Iowa, California, Michigan, Nevada and West Virginia to help the states improve their unemployment insurance programs. The goal of […]

Iowa launches merged Health and Human Services department

BY: - August 31, 2022

Iowa officially has a new government department: Health and Human Services. The new agency, which combines the state’s departments of public health and human services,  unveiled its new mission and brand this week. The department plans to merge the agencies’ social media page and a new HHS website will replace the old agencies’ websites this […]

Iowa Auditor Rob Sand announces cost-cutting competition winners

BY: - August 30, 2022

More city and county governments are participating in the state auditor’s cost-cutting competition this year, Iowa Auditor Rob Sand said in a news conference Monday. Sand announced the winners of this year’s Public Innovations and Efficiencies (PIE) program, which was created in 2019 to help public entities find new ways to save money. To participate, […]

Massage therapist accused of sex-related rule violations

BY: - August 25, 2022

A central Iowa massage therapist is facing possible licensing-board sanctions for unspecified misconduct of a sexual nature. The Iowa Board of Massage Therapy has charged therapist Hugh Parker of Nevada with improper sexual contact with, or making suggestive, lewd, lascivious or improper remarks or advances to either a client or a coworker. The specific nature […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations rise despite declining cases

BY: - August 24, 2022

The state’s COVID-19 infection rate declined for the fourth straight week, according to newly released public health data, but hospitalizations increased. Those who are infected by the coronavirus and receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals totaled 264 on Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported. Of those, 30 were under intensive care. […]

Nebraska senator pledges to introduce bill to legalize medical marijuana

BY: - August 23, 2022

Nebraska state Sen. Jen Day pledged Tuesday to introduce a bill in the 2023 legislative session to legalize medical marijuana. The pledge by Day comes one day after a petition drive to allow Nebraska voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana as medicine fell short of qualifying for the November ballot. The senator said the […]

Iowa crop conditions stabilize with widespread rains

BY: - August 22, 2022

Iowa had above-normal statewide rainfall last week for the first time in more than a month, which helped stabilize the conditions of corn and soybean plants, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. An average of 1.12 inches of rain fell across the state, about 23% more than normal, State Climatologist Justin Glisan reported. […]

Chiropractor accused of sexually abusing children sentenced to 20 years

BY: - August 18, 2022

An Iowa chiropractor has begun serving a 20-year prison sentence for sexually abusing minors who were his patients. Joshua Blake Hanisch of Ankeny, a chiropractor who practiced in Des Moines, was arrested in the spring of 2020 and was charged with multiple sex offenses. Shortly thereafter, the Iowa Board of Chiropractic issued an emergency order […]

Missouri Independent, Midwest Newsroom co-hosting community discussion on lead

BY: - August 17, 2022

By Staff Reports, Missouri Independent A study released last year found that more than 80% of Missouri children had some level of lead in their blood. Across the Midwest, in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the data painted a similar picture — children with elevated levels of lead in their blood far above the national average. […]