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Utility regulators might close investigation into wind turbine disposal

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Iowa Utilities Board is set to conclude its investigation into the disposal of old wind turbines now that a prominent blade stockpile has been removed and other state officials are monitoring the situation. “In light of those circumstances that have occurred, staff will be recommending to the board that that docket be closed at […]

Iowa COVID hospitalizations drop sharply; reported cases decline again

BY: - August 17, 2022

The number of people infected by COVID-19 who are receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals declined 24% in the past week, according to federal data. That marks a significant turnaround from recent weeks, but there have been similar downturns this summer that were quickly erased as hospitalizations have overall trended upward since April. Those hospitalized […]

Who’s visiting Iowa in the 2022 campaign season?

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Iowa presidential caucuses are still a long way off, but potential presidential candidates are visiting the state ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm election. No top politicians have officially announced plans to run for president in 2024. President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to run for re-election, but has not launched a campaign. […]

Missouri Independent, Midwest Newsroom co-hosting community discussion on lead

BY: - August 17, 2022

By Staff Reports, Missouri Independent A study released last year found that more than 80% of Missouri children had some level of lead in their blood. Across the Midwest, in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska, the data painted a similar picture — children with elevated levels of lead in their blood far above the national average. […]

Political Soapbox: Here’s what candidates are saying at the Iowa State Fair

BY: - August 17, 2022

Candidates running in this year’s midterm elections are speaking directly with Iowans at the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Register Political Soapbox is a state fair mainstay. It’s known best as a stop for presidential candidates in the leadup to the Iowa caucuses, though none are on the schedule this year. Instead, fairgoers have […]

Delayed decision on caucuses could hurt Iowa Democrats, some party members say

BY: - August 16, 2022

The Democratic National Committee’s choice to delay finalizing the presidential nominating line-up until after the midterms could hurt Democratic candidates’ chances in Iowa, some party members said. Potential Republican presidential candidates are coming to Iowa for the Iowa State Fair this week, and many will come back regularly ahead of this year’s midterm elections in […]

Biden signs into law Democrats’ wide-ranging climate change, health care and tax bill

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed his party’s signature climate, health care and tax package into law Tuesday, capping off more than a year of tumultuous negotiations that saw his original proposal to Congress slimmed down considerably. Flanked by a handful of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and […]

Utilities board to proceed with pipeline permit scheduling

BY: - August 16, 2022

State regulators are poised to hold a scheduling conference that will guide the rest of the permit process for Summit Carbon Solutions, which seeks to build about 680 miles of liquid carbon pipeline in the state. An Iowa Utilities Board attorney said during a Tuesday board meeting that a proposed order is forthcoming. The meeting […]

Iowa firefighter says his Panda Express meal contained shards of glass

BY: - August 16, 2022

A Dallas County man is suing Panda Express, alleging he ingested shards of broken glass in his meal. Randy Hartley, a 51-year-old Des Moines firefighter, is suing the California-based restaurant chain in U.S. District Court, alleging negligence. Hartley alleges that on Jan. 27 of this year, he visited the Panda Express at 1580 Valley West […]

Twenty states, D.C. join in opposing Texas lawsuit on emergency abortion care

BY: - August 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Attorneys general from 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a brief in federal court on Tuesday, challenging Texas’ assertion that states shouldn’t have to comply with a federal law that protects doctors who end a pregnancy to save the patient’s life. The brief argues the judge in the case shouldn’t grant […]

Michael Franken says it’s up to Iowans to prove their battleground state status

BY: - August 15, 2022

Democratic Senate candidate Michael Franken said while some national Democrats have written Iowa off, recent polls and election predictions show his and other state races remain competitive. “Iowa has disappointed Democrats nationwide for too long, so they’re not believing that we can at least this time pull it off,” Franken told reporters Monday. “So it’s […]

USDA: Crop conditions worsened significantly last week in Iowa

BY: - August 15, 2022

The percentage of Iowa’s corn and soybeans rated good or excellent declined at least 7 points last week, the largest such drop this year amid worsening drought conditions, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture reports. The latest USDA report on Monday said 66% of the state’s corn and 63% of soybeans were good or excellent, […]