Briefs

Iowa unemployment rate falls slightly in September

BY: - October 22, 2021

Iowa’s unemployment rate fell slightly in September, dropping from 4.1% to 4%.  Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend said the economy is “continuing its steady climb out of the pandemic.”  “More and more people are finding work, while the number of initial unemployment claims continues to fall … Going forward, it’s imperative that we do […]

Feds OK ‘mix-and-match’ approach for COVID-19 booster shots

BY: - October 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given a green light to Americans who want to receive a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by a different company than the one that produced the initial shot they received. The announcement Wednesday on allowing “mix-and-match” shots from different manufacturers will give more flexibility to state […]

Public discussion of Polk’s $65 million water and land referendum is Wednesday

BY: - October 19, 2021

A Wednesday afternoon town-hall-style meeting hosted by a government spending watchdog group will focus on Polk County’s upcoming $65 million bond referendum to fund water, parks and trails projects. The Polk County Water & Land Legacy Bond needs support from at least 60% of voters in the Nov. 2 referendum to pass. A similar measure […]

Farm co-op fined $6,000 for ammonia discharge

BY: - October 19, 2021

A farmers’ cooperative in northeast Iowa has agreed to pay a fine of $6,000 for an illegal discharge of ammonia last year into a drainage ditch that flows into a creek that feeds the Turkey River. A fisherman noticed dead fish where the creek meets the river near Elkader on July 18, 2020, and a […]

National parks nominee pledges to ramp up workforce, improve staff morale

BY: - October 19, 2021

President Joe Biden’s choice to lead the National Park Service told a U.S. Senate panel Tuesday he would work to rebuild the agency’s workforce, which has shrunk even as park attendance hits new records. Charles F. Sams III, of Oregon, would be the first enrolled tribal member to lead the National Park Service. He is […]

Court will hear dog breeder’s request to transfer 189 dogs

BY: - October 16, 2021

A federal judge has agreed to hear a request by Wayne County dog breeder Daniel Gingerich to transfer all 189 dogs still in his possession to an Indiana organization. Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie Rose ordered Gingerich, who is accused of more than 100 violations of Animal Welfare Act, to surrender all dogs […]

Iowa Department of Public Health will report booster shot data

BY: - October 15, 2021

As Food and Drug Administration experts recommend more COVID-19 booster shots, the Iowa Department of Public Health says it will start publicly reporting third dose data. The FDA recommended in late September that elderly or immunocompromised people who received the Pfizer vaccine get a third booster shot. This week, FDA panels recommended booster shots for […]

Democrats push for answers on Miller-Meeks’ finances

BY: - October 14, 2021

Iowa politicians continued to trade barbs Thursday in disputes over congressional finance disclosures from Reps. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Cindy Axne. Both Miller-Meeks and Axne have been accused in recent weeks of improperly reporting income and stock trades. Members of Congress and candidates for office are required to report their income and other financial transactions regularly. […]

Which Iowa Republicans are speaking at Saturday’s Trump rally?

BY: - October 7, 2021

Several Iowa Republicans will speak at a rally for former President Donald Trump in Des Moines this weekend. Trump will speak at the Iowa State Fairgrounds on Saturday evening. Before his speech, a slate of Iowa’s Republican leaders will address the crowd, including Gov. Kim Reynolds, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Rep. Ashley Hinson and Rep. Mariannette […]

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Iowa will release second set of redistricting maps this month

BY: - October 6, 2021

Iowa’s Legislative Services Agency announced Wednesday that a second nonpartisan redistricting proposal will be ready on Oct. 21. The announcement comes one day after lawmakers rejected the first proposed maps for Iowa’s once-a-decade redistricting process. Republican senators voting against the plan asked the LSA, a nonpartisan agency, to make the legislative districts more compact and […]

Axne responds to Tucker Carlson segment on Christians

BY: - October 4, 2021

Rep. Cindy Axne told reporters Monday that her comments were “completely misconstrued” in an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight.  In a segment of the show last week, host Tucker Carlson criticized a recording of Axne speaking at a Zoom event. In the clip Carlson aired, Axne spoke about “anti-vaxxer crazies” responding to mask mandates at […]

Board sanctions social workers who kissed client, asked for a photo

BY: - October 1, 2021

An Iowa social worker who kissed a client has been issued a citation and warning from the Iowa Board of Social Work. The board alleges that Mary Limas of Roland, who is licensed to practice social work at the masters level, kissed a client on one occasion in December 2020. That was the same month […]