Former prosecutor charged with harassment wins jobless benefits

BY: - August 4, 2021

A former Iowa prosecutor now facing criminal charges of harassment for allegedly using his position at work to threaten or extort his ex-fiancée is entitled to unemployment benefits, a judge has ruled. Ryan McCord, 41, was employed as an assistant county attorney for Des Moines County last summer when he allegedly began harassing his ex-fiancée […]

Massage therapist barred from practicing due to alleged sexual misconduct

BY: - August 4, 2021

An eastern Iowa massage therapist has been barred from practicing for three years due to allegations of improper sexual contact with a patient. In May 2019, the Iowa Board of Massage Therapists launched an investigation into a complaint made by a female patient of Darin Oberhart of Quiet River Massage Therapy in Bettendorf. The patient […]

Feds order ban on evictions in counties with high infection rates

BY: and - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials on Tuesday announced a new, narrower moratorium on evictions through Oct. 3, which would protect struggling renters in areas of the U.S. that have been hit hardest by soaring COVID-19 infection rates. The targeted eviction ban comes days after a federal moratorium in place since September expired on Saturday. The […]

Axne wants more biofuels, broadband funding in infrastructure compromise

BY: - August 3, 2021

U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Tuesday that passing an infrastructure proposal without biofuels funding would be “short-sighted.”  A bipartisan group of senators came to a compromise proposal last week on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure proposal. The deal includes $550 billion in new spending, but it’s still a far cry away from President Joe Biden’s initial […]

State legislators rallying in D.C. urge Congress to act on voting rights

BY: - August 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats joined with dozens of state legislators at a rally outside the U.S. Capitol Tuesday afternoon, demanding that the Senate skip August recess and pass critical voting rights legislation in reaction to Republican-led states that have adopted restrictive voting laws. Dozens of legislators from North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas, […]

Des Moines doctor sanctioned for sex with nurse, marijuana use

BY: - August 3, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned a central Iowa doctor accused of using marijuana and entering into a sexual relationship with a nurse. Dr. Christopher F. Stalvey, a 52-year-old physician who practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Des Moines, has entered into a settlement agreement with the board. The board had alleged Stalvey engaged […]

As COVID-19 infections rise, public reporting of data decreases

BY: - August 3, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 infections now on the rise, Iowa officials are reporting less information on the spread of the virus and federal authorities have yet to make good on their promise of increased public reporting. The Iowa Department of Public Health last updated its webpage on nursing home infections four weeks ago, on […]

LULAC asks Secretary of State to allow non-English voting materials

BY: - August 3, 2021

The League of United Latin American Citizens of Iowa (LULAC) is asking the Secretary of State to allow voting materials to be published and completed in languages other than English. “Our democracy works best when every Iowa voter can participate in the process,” LULAC Iowa State Director Nick Salazar said in a news release. “Forcing […]

Broadband grant applicants request nearly $300 million

BY: - August 3, 2021

The state has received nearly $300 million in grant applications for the $100 million the Iowa Legislature passed to expand broadband services. A total of 178 applicants requested more than $292 million from the Empower Rural Iowa Broadband Grant Program. Applications were submitted between July 1 and July 28. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that […]

Miller, 21 AGs tell congressional leaders to guard against voter suppression, possibly reform the filibuster

BY: - August 3, 2021

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, along with 21 other attorneys general, on Monday sent a letter to bipartisan congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation protecting against both voter suppression and election subversion and possibly reform the filibuster. “Following the 2020 presidential election, we witnessed something many of us considered unthinkable: an attempt by the then-sitting President […]

Iowa State Fair 2021: Health department recommends widespread masking, vaccinations to combat delta variant

BY: - August 3, 2021

The Iowa State Fair begins next week, promising fried food, carnival games and crowds of over a million. But as COVID-19 cases rise in Iowa, public health experts are urging “smart decisions” during the festivities to prevent the spread of the virus. The primary concern is the delta variant of COVID-19, a more transmissible and […]

Axne endorses Finkenauer at Des Moines campaign event

BY: - August 2, 2021

Rep. Cindy Axne officially endorsed Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer at a campaign event Monday in Des Moines. The move ends the speculation that Axne, serving her second term in Iowa’s 3rd District, might run for the Senate in 2022.  Axne told a crowded room at Peace Tree Brewing about forming a friendship with Finkenauer while […]