Biden picks Michigan’s Granholm for Energy, North Carolina’s Regan for EPA and New Mexico’s Haaland for Interior

BY: - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, his presidential transition team has announced. The selections were announced as part of the incoming Biden administration’s […]

Physician accused of sexual misconduct has Iowa license restored

BY: - November 25, 2020

The Iowa Board of Medicine has restored the medical license of an Iowa physician accused of sexual misconduct with his co-workers and a patient. The medical license of Dr. Jeffrey T. Zoelle, a 59-year-old physician who formerly practiced family medicine in Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff, has been restored by the board to full privileges, […]

Dallas County sheriff is accused of firing a COVID-19 whistleblower

BY: - November 23, 2020

Dallas County Sheriff Chad Leonard fired an employee, allegedly in retaliation for the worker’s whistleblower complaint about the potential spread of COVID-19 in the jail, and then falsely claimed the man had voluntarily resigned, according to an Iowa judge’s ruling. Sheriff Leonard declined to comment on the case Monday, saying, “We still have some stuff […]

Grassley ‘symptom free’ as top Senate leaders wish him a speedy recovery from COVID-19

BY: - November 18, 2020

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — On Monday, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was at the Capitol, speaking on the Senate floor about how important it is for Americans to take precautions to protect themselves and others from the surging coronavirus cases across the country.  A day later, Grassley announced first that he would be quarantining […]

Grassley staying quiet on his 2022 reelection plans

BY: - November 12, 2020

By Laura Olson WASHINGTON — With the 2020 election over and political speculation shifting to 2022, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley is staying mum on whether he plans to seek an eighth term in the U.S. Senate.  “I have no news on that,” Grassley responded during a conference call Thursday with Iowa reporters, declining to give […]

Report: DHS discouraged complaints, then failed to investigate Sabrina Ray’s death

BY: - September 8, 2020

The Iowa Office of Ombudsman says the state agency tasked with protecting Iowa’s children wrongly rejected child-abuse reports in the months leading up to the starvation death of 16-year-old Sabrina Ray, and then failed to conduct an internal review of its own actions. The newly published 146-page report also takes DHS to task for having […]

Democratic convention: Michelle Obama says Trump ‘cannot meet this moment’

BY: - August 18, 2020

Former first lady Michelle Obama capped opening night of the Democratic National Convention by imploring Americans to vote for the Biden-Harris ticket she expects to correct the nation’s course.  Tonight, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton are expected to speak. The Biden-Harris campaign said in a briefing that the roll call of delegates will […]

Report: State official admits Iowa is under-reporting daily COVID-19 infections

BY: - August 17, 2020

After months of declining to answer reporters’ questions about the accuracy of its COVID-19 data, the Iowa Department of Public Health has reportedly confirmed that it is improperly backdating thousands of positive COVID-19 test results. The backdating has resulted in a lower number of new infections reported by the state each day. Bleeding Heartland reported […]

COVID-19 infections grow in Iowa, with 47 percent increase in nursing homes

BY: - July 27, 2020

Iowa is continuing to average more than 500 new coronavirus cases per day, with the state adding 1,561 additional cases to its total between Friday and Sunday. Nursing homes continue to be hit particularly hard in Iowa, with the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in those facilities up 47% from last week. On Sunday, three […]

Gov. Reynolds drops curtain on 2020 session

BY: - June 30, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds acted on all remaining legislation from the past session Tuesday, approving spending bills and other actions while also exercising her line-item veto. The governor vetoed House File 2556, arguing that it would be too restrictive on the decisions of local governments and the state on selling property. “House File 2556 contains […]

Grand View student tests positive for COVID-19 after working at orientation meeting

BY: - June 24, 2020

A Grand View University student leader who worked Tuesday during an orientation for first-year students has been confirmed to have COVID-19, a university vice president said.  Kendall Dillon, Grand View’s vice president of marketing and communications, said the student wore a mask during the orientation, which was the first event held on campus since in-person […]

Will the feds pay for uninsured Americans’ COVID-19 treatment and testing?

BY: - June 22, 2020

With the Trump administration accused of sitting on money intended to pay for COVID-19 testing and treatment of uninsured Americans, more than half the $175 billion Congress set aside to defray pandemic-related expenses is already spent. The federal government’s COVID-19 program for testing and treatment of uninsured patients provides reimbursements on a rolling basis directly […]