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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 […]

Anti-vaxxer demands $17 million in silver from boss, then wins jobless benefits

BY: - April 20, 2022

An Iowa hospital employee fired after refusing a COVID-19 vaccine and demanding her employer pay her $17.2 million in silver dollar coins, in part for its face-mask requirement, has been awarded unemployment benefits. State records indicate Lori D. Harper worked as a systems analyst for Mercy Medical Center from July 2015 until she was fired […]

Iowa airports drop mask requirements following federal court decision

BY: - April 20, 2022

All eight of Iowa’s commercial airports are no longer requiring passengers to wear face coverings after a federal judge overturned a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandate. A federal judge in Florida ruled Monday that the CDC had acted beyond its authority by requiring masks on public transportation, including airplanes. Following the decision, major […]

U.S. lawmakers look for path ahead on billions in restaurant, small business aid

BY: - April 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — Restaurants and other businesses that have survived more than two years of COVID-19 restrictions could see an infusion of federal dollars in the coming months, as long as U.S. lawmakers reach final agreement on a multibillion-dollar package. The U.S. House has approved a bill with $42 billion for restaurants and $13 billion for a hard-hit […]

‘Sitting on a time bomb’: Mobile home residents at risk in red-hot housing market

BY: - April 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Jon Zang walks his dog several times a day in his mobile home community in West Goshen Township, Pennsylvania. It’s quiet, as most of his neighbors are at work. But he often wonders how many more walks he and his bulldog mix, Ladybug, will have down the streets of the place he’s called […]

U.S. House panel grills oil executives at hearing on soaring gas prices

BY: - April 6, 2022

Democrats blamed the oil industry, Republicans blamed President Joe Biden and oil executives blamed global market forces at a U.S. House hearing Wednesday on how to reverse a dramatic increase in gas prices. Over nearly six hours, members of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and executives from six oil companies […]

After fines and three suspensions, insurance agent’s license is revoked

BY: - April 4, 2022

After facing three previous license suspensions, a former central Iowa insurance agent has been permanently barred from selling insurance in Iowa. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen recently issued the order against Gary D. Marcum, formerly of Clive, and now a resident of Kodak, Tennessee. The order permanently revokes Marcum’s resident insurance producer license and orders […]

$100,000 discount? Federal disaster grant creates affordable homeownership in small-town Iowa

BY: - April 4, 2022

Set in the Loess Hills, less than an hour’s drive from Omaha, southwest Iowa’s Woodbine has revamped its downtown historic district. The town’s roughly 1,500 residents just opened a $15 million wellness and technology center and maintain an independent and growing rural school system. Yet there’s a waiting list for newer apartments. Homes are nabbed […]

Iowans fired for refusing vaccine now collecting jobless benefits

BY: - April 4, 2022

Iowans forced out of work for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine are now beginning to collect unemployment benefits due to a new law approved in October. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a bill that guarantees Iowans unemployment benefits if they’re fired or forced to resign for refusing a COVID-19 vaccine. Reynolds signed the bill Oct. 29, […]

Iowa worker fired over Biden-USSR comparison is denied jobless benefits

BY: - March 31, 2022

An Iowa man who says he lost his job for comparing life under the Biden administration to living in the Soviet Union is not entitled to jobless benefits, a judge has ruled. State records indicate Lee Hainey worked as a machinist for the Carver Pump Company from 2007 through September of last year when he […]

Biden OKs release of 1 million barrels of oil a day from reserve, calls for supply boost

BY: - March 31, 2022

President Joe Biden called Thursday for U.S. energy companies to do their part in lowering gasoline prices by boosting supplies of oil, saying the industry should plow record profits back into increased production. Biden also said he would release 1 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve daily for the next six months […]

Iowa salesman fired for controversial political speech wins jobless benefits

BY: - March 31, 2022

An Iowa judge has awarded unemployment benefits to an insurance salesman fired from his job after making a political speech that sparked accusations of racism. Nicholas Hansel was working as a salesman for the Arthur J. Gallagher Service Company, a multinational insurance agency with 40,000 employees, when he ran for a seat on the North […]