Briefs

Bill would let EMTs carry firearms in high-risk situations

BY: - January 21, 2020

A new bill going through the Iowa Legislature would allow Emergency Medical Technicians to carry a firearm if they are a part of a police tactical team. Senate File 2006, introduced by Sen. Dan Dawson, R-Council Bluffs, would allow emergency medical professionals to obtain a professional permit to carry weapons if they train with a […]

Senate panel advances bill to ban public vaping

BY: - January 21, 2020

Legislation to outlaw vaping in Iowa’s public places passed a three-member Senate subcommittee Tuesday, over objections from vape shop owners who said it would damage their businesses. Vaping industry representatives and business owners argued there isn’t enough scientific evidence on the effects of second-hand vapor to justify the harm to businesses and to people who […]

Langston named to lead FuelIowa

BY: - January 17, 2020

Ronald Langston has been named president and CEO of FuelIowa, effective Jan. 20. He succeeds 25-year organization veteran Dawn Carlson, who will leave in February to focus on her family and her equestrian business, River Heights Ranch. FuelIowa is an industry group aiding and promoting business in gasoline, diesel, propane, ethanol, biodiesel and other liquid […]

Partnership plans push for DM airport terminal expansion

BY: - January 16, 2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Central Iowa’s main economic development group, has announced it will push for state government and other assistance for a proposed $200 million overhaul of the Des Moines International Airport. That project would include a new terminal airport managers say is needed because the current facility, built in 1948, is too […]

Pelosi picks impeachment squad; House votes to send articles to Senate

BY: - January 15, 2020

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran, a former cop and a congressional aide during the Nixon impeachment proceedings are among the U.S. House Democrats who will soon make the case for ousting President Donald Trump from office.  The U.S. House on Wednesday approved a resolution that named seven impeachment managers to serve as prosecutors in the […]

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst touts raising $1.7 million in fourth quarter

BY: - January 15, 2020

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst tweeted out on Wednesday that she raised nearly $1.7 million this last fundraising quarter as she prepares to campaign for re-election in 2020. This will be her first run for re-election since she was elected into office in 2015. Some analysts predict her race will be competitive, citing negative voter sentiments […]

Bill would create special driver’s license for teen farm workers

BY: - January 13, 2020

For Iowa teenagers helping their families out on the farm, there’s a new bill that would create a new special license that could let them drive a vehicle up to 50 miles in Iowa. The bill, introduced by Iowa Sen. Tim Kapucian, R-Keystone, authorizes the Iowa Department of Transportation to issue a “special minor farm […]

Jennifer Easler named consumer advocate

BY: - January 13, 2020

Jennifer Easler has been appointed consumer advocate for regulated utility issues, replacing Mark Schuling, who retired Jan. 10, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced. Easler, an attorney in the office since 1996, must be confirmed by the Iowa Senate. She will oversee a staff of 14 people who investigate services regulated by the Iowa Utilities […]

DOT: Traffic fatalities running 40% above average

BY: - January 13, 2020

The year is young, but the seven traffic-related deaths in Iowa through Jan. 10 is two more than than five-year average — up 40%, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported. The DOT’s Monday newsletter noted that this can be a particularly dangerous time of year to drive, and not just because of the snow and […]

NRCS seeks comment on conservation easement rule

BY: - January 13, 2020

The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service will accept public comments through March 6 on its interim rule on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program, part of changes in the 2018 farm bill. “Through easements, agricultural landowners are protecting agricultural lands from development, restoring grazing lands and returning wetlands to their natural conditions,” NRCS Chief Matthew Lohr […]

Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins to retire from Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - January 10, 2020

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Acting Justice David Wiggins announced on Friday that he is retiring from the state’s highest court, effective in March. The news comes about 24 hours after Gov. Kim Reynolds received the names of three finalists to fill another vacancy on the court. Wiggins, 68, was appointed to the Supreme Court in […]

Longtime DOT staffer named interim department chief

BY: - January 10, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has appointed longtime Iowa Department of Transportation staffer Stuart Anderson as interim director effective Friday. He replaces Mark Lowe. He resigned effective Friday at the request of Reynolds, who indicated she wanted a change in leadership. Lowe served at-will, meaning he could be dismissed for any reason. He told DOT staff […]