Home cited for death, sexual abuse and unlicensed caregivers

BY: - February 25, 2020

A Dallas County nursing home that cut staffing to compensate for financial losses is on a federal watch list after inspectors cited the home for contributing to a resident death, hiring an unlicensed caregiver, failing to protect residents from sexual abuse and allowing a kitchen worker to supervise its dementia ward. Financial troubles at the […]

Iowa lawmakers consider hearings on state institution’s ‘sexual arousal’ studies on residents

BY: - February 25, 2020

A key lowa lawmaker on Tuesday said legislators are considering oversight hearings after new revelations in an ongoing investigation into a “sexual arousal” study involving residents of a state-run institution for people with severe disabilities. Gov. Kim Reynolds said she would welcome the investigation. “We’re actually looking at that, but clearly there are other investigations […]

Iowa governor signs school transportation bill

BY: - February 25, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed Senate File 2164, a bill intended to equalize what school districts pay for transportation. “This bill achieves the goal of no school district paying more that the statewide average for transportation and it continues to narrow the per pupil spending gap” between urban and rural districts, Reynolds said […]

Owner of closed Atlantic recycling operation fined $150K

BY: - February 25, 2020

A former Atlantic vehicle parts recycler has been ordered to pay another $50,000 for environmental violations. District Court Judge Jeffrey Larson ruled that Jason Wright is liable for future cleanup costs and will be in contempt if he violates a court order. Larson already had fined Wright’s business, Recycling Services LLC, $100,000. Violations included petroleum […]

AG praises choice of ex-governor to review Purdue Pharma

BY: - February 24, 2020

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller praised Purdue Pharma’s choice of former Democratic Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack as a company monitor. Miller, also a Democrat, sued the company last year over its handling of OxyContin. Vilsack served as U.S. agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama and currently is president and CEO of the U.S. Dairy Export […]

Christensen named chief justice of Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - February 24, 2020

Iowa Supreme Court Justice Susan Christensen has been named chief justice of the state’s highest court, making her the second woman ever to serve in the position. Christensen succeeds former Chief Justice Mark Cady, who passed away Nov. 15, 2019, after a heart attack. Justice David Wiggins has been serving as acting chief justice and […]

NYT: World markets fall as coronavirus spreads

BY: - February 24, 2020

The New York Times reported that stock markets across the world fell early Monday as the deadly coronavirus continued to spread. By midday, markets in the United States and the United Kingdom were down about 3%, and stocks in Japan were down slightly. The Times reported that the disease outbreak had worsened in Italy and […]

Ernst, colleagues call for quick UK trade deal

BY: - February 24, 2020

U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst, R- Ia., joined 17 fellow senators in a joint letter to U.S. trade representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer calling for a quick trade deal with the United Kingdom post-Brexit. “We urge quick action, in part, because the U.K. has the greatest freedom of action now – it is in the interest of […]

Aerial view of flooded Hamburg Iowa in 2019

Iowa’s congressional delegation braces for back-to-back flooding

BY: - February 24, 2020

WASHINGTON — Iowans have scarcely had time to recover from last year’s river flooding, which inundated towns from Hamburg to Davenport and points in between, but meteorologists are already warning that flooding is likely this year, too. In response, Iowa’s congressional delegation is focused on short-term concerns, such as making sure that disaster relief efforts […]

State seeks nominations for farm conservation award

BY: - February 23, 2020

Iowa agriculture officials will accept nominations through May 18 for the Iowa Conservation Farmer of the Year awards. The statewide and regional awards co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation honor Iowa farmers for their work on soil conservation and water quality improvements. The grand prize […]

Purina’s $140M expansion in Clinton leads projects receiving state aid

BY: - February 23, 2020

A $140 million expansion of Clinton’s Nestlé Purina pet food plant headlined projects that received state aid in Iowa Friday. The Iowa Economic Development Authority Board on Friday approved two projects in Clinton that together are expected to create 157 new jobs and $142 million in capital investment in the Mississippi River town in southeast […]

Alive or dead?  An update on Iowa legislation after the first funnel

BY: - February 22, 2020

This week marked a key committee deadline in the Iowa Legislature known as the “funnel.” Most policy bills needed approval by a committee in either the House or Senate to remain eligible for debate this year. This so-called “funnel” deadline helps lawmakers prioritize their work by eliminating from consideration lower-priority proposals or those that lack […]