Keep your ear on the ball: Beep Ball engages sight-impaired athletes

BY: - June 26, 2021

AMES, Iowa — James Cheek stands in the batter’s box and awaits the pitch. As the beep-emitting ball approaches, he swings the bat and makes contact. From then on, it’s a race between the runner sprinting toward a base and fielders scrambling to grab the ball and lift it up in the air before he […]

U.S. Senate panel grapples with rights of student athletes

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — There was little disagreement among senators Wednesday over whether a national law is needed to standardize what soon will be a patchwork of conflicting state statutes allowing some student athletes to earn money from their personal brands. Wednesday’s Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing shed little light on what a potential federal law would […]

U.S. House infrastructure bill tops $5.7B in earmarks, with $35.8M for Iowa projects

BY: - June 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats’ highway funding bill is poised to include roughly three out of five transportation projects submitted by members, as legislators vie for their share of federal dollars through the resurrected congressional earmarks process. The 1,473 projects that made the cut were out of 2,383 that Democratic and Republican legislators requested for inclusion in […]

Judge’s actions in Cricket Hollow Zoo case are the focus of appeal

BY: - May 25, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear arguments next month as to the fairness of a judge who shut down eastern Iowa’s Cricket Hollow Zoo after citing “deplorable” conditions at the roadside attraction. The two owners of the now-shuttered zoo, Pamela and Thomas Sellner of Manchester, are appealing a 2019 court ruling declaring the zoo […]

Senators deadlock in committee vote on major U.S. elections bill

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday tackled a massive voting reforms bill in committee in a heated daylong debate. But the final vote on the bill by the Senate Rules Committee was a 9-9 tie, which means Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer likely would have to use a Senate procedure to bring the legislation to […]

States offer gift cards, clinics at baseball games, worksite shots in push to increase vaccinations

BY: - May 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Maine officials are enticing residents to get a COVID-19 vaccine by offering free fishing or hunting licenses and L.L. Bean gift cards. Ohio has the National Guard taking shots to the lobbies of senior housing facilities, so those residents need only to come downstairs. And in Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz says that if […]

Governor auctions off dinner at Terrace Hill to benefit Christian school

BY: - April 8, 2021

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is helping a faith-based school raise money by allowing it to auction off a dinner with her at the governor’s mansion. Reynolds is assisting with the Des Moines Christian School’s current fundraiser, the 2021 True Blue Gala, on April 10. As part of the fundraising effort, the school is soliciting online […]

Ernst: Impeaching former President Trump would be ‘unconstitutional’

BY: - January 26, 2021

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Tuesday she believes it would be unconstitutional to convict former President Trump of impeachment charges in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. “Yes, I do right now believe that it is unconstitutional,” Ernst told a reporter who asked about Sen. Rand Paul’s procedural move asserting that […]

Iowa’s COVID-19 death rate outpaced that of 47 other states this past week

BY: - January 22, 2021

Iowa recorded 51 additional coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday, along with 1,653 new infections, the New York Times reported. Over the past week, 221 deaths were reported in Iowa, according to the Washington Post’s COVID-19 database. That translates to a 68.4% increase in the number of newly reported deaths over the past seven days. Among the […]

‘Get some therapy,’ angry wildlife exhibitor tells lawyer in Cricket Hollow case

BY: - January 8, 2021

An angry and combative wildlife exhibitor testified Friday that he took custody of five bears from eastern Iowa’s troubled Cricket Hollow Zoo in 2019, and almost immediately killed two of them by accident. The testimony came in the third day of a contempt-of-court trial of the zoo’s owners, Thomas and Pamela Sellner of Manchester. The […]

Reynolds: Despite fewer doses coming to Iowa, vaccinations remain on track

BY: - December 22, 2020

Despite an unexpected 20% reduction in the amount of COVID-19 vaccine that Iowa expected to receive this week, Iowa is on track to begin vaccinating residents and workers in nursing homes next week as originally planned, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference, Reynolds acknowledged that while Iowa is among two dozen […]

‘It was terrifying:’ Parents plead for expanded children’s mental health services

BY: - December 18, 2020

Six days being held behind locked doors in the hospital. A 12-year-old in handcuffs. A child held in seclusion for not complying with hospital staff. Wait times stretching into years to access appropriate services. Driving hours to access services in western Iowa. A parent driven to the brink of suicide by the lack of support […]