Briefs

Reynolds urges prayer for Supreme Court justices amid Roe v. Wade deliberations

BY: - May 5, 2022

Children from the Mount Olive Lutheran Church & School stood side-by-side in the rotunda of the Iowa Capitol Thursday and recited a poem: “Just a speck, some would say, but God brought me to life that day.” The Mount Olive kids were the opening act for the National Day of Prayer, an hours-long series of […]

Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion. “I believe that a woman’s right […]

Jan. 6 panel asks three GOP members of the U.S. House to cooperate in probe

BY: - May 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House committee looking into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol sent letters Monday to Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Ronny Jackson of Texas, asking them to share information about meetings and conversations they had in the days and weeks leading up to the insurrection. “The […]

Democratic leaders in Congress want more power for regulators over high gasoline prices

BY: - April 28, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Democratic leaders in Congress critical of soaring gasoline prices say they will push legislation to allow the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to go after oil companies that engage in price gouging in times of crisis. “Big oil has profited in this (and) has exploited the market,” House Speaker Nancy […]

Report finds 15% of Iowa households cannot afford basic needs

BY: - April 27, 2022

About 1 in 7 Iowa families did not earn enough in 2020, before today’s rising inflation, to meet a basic standard of living, according to a new report from progressive organization Common Good Iowa. The report examines the cost of living for a variety of Iowa households, from single individuals to two-parent families with multiple […]

Congress expands Brown v. Board of Education historic site beyond Kansas

BY: - April 27, 2022

A bill is headed to President Biden’s desk that would expand the Kansas site honoring the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning school segregation, adding National Park Service sites in other states to commemorate their roles in the decision as well. The bill would designate sites related to school desegregation cases in Virginia, Delaware, South Carolina and the […]

Federal judge temporarily blocks Biden administration from ending Title 42

BY: - April 25, 2022

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. U.S. District Judge Robert R. Summerhays told Republican state attorneys general and the federal government that he planned to grant the Republicans’ request for a temporary […]

Teaching associate ousted for mask violations and peddling candy is denied jobless benefits

BY: - April 25, 2022

A teaching associate who was forced out of work for failing to wear a mask during the pandemic and selling candy to students has been denied unemployment benefits. Stacy Weston, who worked for the Waukee Community School District as a teaching associate, was forced to resign in February 2021 in lieu of being fired, according […]

Department of Interior announces funding opportunity for tribal communities to address climate change

BY: - April 24, 2022

Tribal nations across the country have the opportunity to receive federal money to address the unique effects of climate change within their communities. “As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives, and livelihoods,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said […]

Iowa joins ‘Border Strike Force,’ to share intelligence with other GOP-led states

BY: - April 21, 2022

Iowa is one of 26 states to join “The American Governors’ Border Strike Force,” an agreement among Republican-led states to share information about criminal investigations related to immigration at the southern border. “President Biden’s disastrous border policies and lack of leadership are destroying our country,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a Thursday news release. “Fentanyl […]

Buttigieg promotes federal infrastructure funding for rural Iowa

BY: - April 21, 2022

More than $5 billion headed to Iowa through the federal infrastructure bill will particularly help rural areas, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Thursday. Axne and Buttigieg told Iowa reporters the bipartisan infrastructure law would include funding to repair bridges, invest in airports, expand broadband and more. “We know how […]

Patient sues Iowa hospital over alleged burns caused by scalding coffee

BY: - April 20, 2022

A Dallas County man is suing a central Iowa hospital over serious burns he allegedly sustained from scalding coffee that was spilled into his lap. Jay Becker of Adel is suing Central Iowa Health System and three of its affiliates — Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Unity Point Health of Des Moines and the DMM Cardiac […]