Briefs

Hog confinement owners fined for improper manure applications

BY: - December 27, 2022

Two northern Iowa hog confinement owners applied manure from their facilities to fields without proper certifications and potentially applied an incorrect amount of manure, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Dan and Mike Staudt own and operate a total of four of the animal confinements, but the allegations against them are based on […]

Large cattle feedlot fined $2,000 for stream contamination

BY: - December 27, 2022

An employee of the third-largest open feedlot in Iowa improperly pumped manure water onto a field this year that was too saturated with rainwater to absorb the liquid, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. As a result, feedlot owner Brian Wendl, of rural Willey in western Iowa, has agreed to pay a $2,000 […]

COVID hospitalizations increase despite fewer infections reported by Iowa

BY: - December 21, 2022

The number of people who are infected by the coronavirus and are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals is up about 6% this week and has almost doubled since a month ago, according to federal hospitalization data. The COVID-19 hospitalization increase in Iowa runs counter to state data that show an overall decrease in the […]

U.S. Supreme Court temporarily keeps Title 42 immigration program in effect

BY: - December 19, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court is keeping Title 42 in place until the justices can review whether the pandemic-era program should be lifted or continue. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts in an order on Monday stayed a lower court’s ruling that would have allowed the program, which was put in place by the Centers for […]

Citing Medicaid costs, Reynolds calls for an end to Public Health Emergency

BY: - December 19, 2022

Declaring that “we have returned to life as normal,” Iowa’s Kim Reynolds joined 24 other Republican governors Monday in calling on President Biden to end the federally declared Public Health Emergency. The Public Health Emergency, or PHE, is tied to the COVID-19 pandemic and is scheduled to expire on Jan. 11, 2023, although President Biden […]

Attorneys general want Apple, Google to raise age ratings for TikTok

BY: - December 19, 2022

By Louisiana Illuminator Attorneys general from 15 states want Apple and Google to increase their age ratings for  the social media application TikTok. They have sent letters to the companies’ CEOs that say states have the right to pursue legal action if age ratings for the app aren’t changed. The Apple App Store rates TikTok […]

Another northwest Iowa turkey flock has bird flu

BY: - December 13, 2022

A commercial flock of about 90,000 turkeys in Ida County is the seventh to be infected by highly pathogenic avian influenza this month in northwest Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The state’s detection rate of the virus at commercial facilities has dramatically increased in December, with six of those […]

Board agrees to reinstate nurse’s license after convictions, drug use

BY: - December 12, 2022

The Iowa Board of Nursing has agreed to reinstate the license of a registered nurse convicted of theft and drug charges. State records show that in March 2019, Alexis Reynolds, then of Indianola, surrendered her registered nurse’s license. At the time, she was charged by the Board of Nursing with conviction of a crime related […]

Iowa gets $70 million in opioid crisis agreement with CVS, Walgreens

BY: - December 12, 2022

Iowa will receive more than $70 million as part of a multistate agreement with CVS and Walgreens over the companies’ role in the opioid epidemic, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Monday. The agreements come following accusations from state attorneys general that the pharmacy chains contributed to the opioid epidemic by “ignoring red flags” about […]

Bird flu hits two more Iowa commercial turkey flocks

BY: - December 12, 2022

Two flocks of a total of 100,000 turkeys in Buena Vista and Cherokee counties were recently infected by a highly transmissible avian influenza, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The virus has been detected in five Iowa flocks in the past week. Wild, migrating birds are believed to be the primary […]

Avian flu confirmed in another Sac County turkey flock

BY: - December 9, 2022

A flu that is highly transmissible and often deadly for domestic birds has infected a commercial flock of about 50,000 turkeys in Sac County, according to the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. The virus confirmation on Friday was the fourth in a week in Iowa and the eighth since October. Highly pathogenic avian […]

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 […]