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Veterinary board won’t initiate probe of zoo vet

BY: - January 8, 2020

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine will not initiate its own investigation into the veterinarian who worked for the recently shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester. The board chairman, Dr. Keith Leonard of Atlantic, said Tuesday that no one has complained to the board about the veterinary care at the privately run zoo, and the […]

Lawmakers will reconsider medical marijuana expansion

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa leaders have committed to re-examining the state’s medical marijuana program after a measure to expand it was vetoed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds last year. The issue is passing a measure that is comfortable for the House, Senate and governor’s office amid looming competition from Illinois’ recreational marijuana program that launched Jan. 1. Iowa’s […]

Lawmakers assess business groups’ agendas

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa’s business groups are largely in agreement on what they think lawmakers should do for commerce in the session that starts Jan. 13. They are hungry for another round of tax cuts. They need workers, badly, and that means finding a way to coax potential employees of all ages to move to, and stay, in […]

GOP leaders: Legislative hearings into Glenwood allegations should wait

BY: - January 7, 2020

Despite the deaths and allegations of human experimentation reported at Glenwood Resource Center, Iowa Republican legislators said Tuesday there are no plans yet to launch a legislative review into the state-operated center for people with severe physical and mental disabilities. While the allegations at Glenwood are “severe,” said Iowa House Speaker-select Pat Grassley, it’s premature […]

Charles City development park certified

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Avenue of the Saints Development Park in Charles City Tuesday became the 29th certified development site under an Iowa Economic Development Authority program that began in 2012. The idea is to offer developers sites that are shovel-ready, and the state attributes $850 million in investment to the program. A third party, firm Quest Site […]

Airport association seeks sales tax break

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Public Airports Association has called for the Iowa Legislature to support House File 607, which would exempt aircraft parts and labor from state sales and use taxes. The association notes that Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Wisconsin already exempt aircraft parts and labor from sales tax. Iowa could miss economic developments related to […]

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Will Iowa outsource its protection of the elderly?  

BY: - January 7, 2020

State law requires Iowa’s regional ombudsmen to “visit” care facilities — even when there’s no specific complaint to investigate — and, while there, to “observe daily routines, meals and activities.”

Cory Booker said he’s poised to surge in Iowa. But DNC rules may keep him down.

BY: - January 7, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker says his campaign in Iowa has built the momentum it needs to have a surge in support before the Iowa Caucuses. That needed moment could be stifled though, he said, if he doesn’t make the debate stage next week and an impeachment trial keeps him off the campaign trail. Support […]

Uncovering Polk County’s secret list of property owners

BY: - January 7, 2020

A corporation owned by Bonnie Netteland and her family owns 27 Polk County properties – child-care centers, apartment buildings and rental homes – worth $8.2 million. But if anyone was to search the county assessor’s website for all properties owned by Netteland Family Holdings, they’d be informed there are just seven such properties with a […]

Expand, streamline programs for rural development, task forces say

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Empower Rural Iowa Initiative has approved recommendations for legislation intended to help build the economy in Iowa’s smaller communities.    No overall cost estimate for the recommendations was reported. Gov. Kim Reynolds established three task forces by executive order in July 2018. Iowa has struggled to keep its rural communities healthy as many Iowans moved […]

Iowa AG joins petition seeking Supreme Court review of ACA ruling

BY: - January 7, 2020

Miller is joining the nationwide request from 20 other governors and attorneys general to review the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on Dec. 18 that upheld the ACA’s individual mandate as unconstitutional.

Now’s the time to have your say about hemp

BY: - January 7, 2020

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is accepting comments on hemp production in Iowa. You have until 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to make your point. Iowa has asked federal agriculture officials for permission to allow hemp production in a state known more for corn, soybeans and hay. The U.S. Department of Agriculture must […]