Vilsack announces $10 million grant program to develop new uses for ag waste

BY: - June 28, 2022

ELY, Iowa — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, during an eastern Iowa visit Tuesday, announced a $10 million initiative to help farms and businesses find uses for waste byproducts. The grant program is one piece of President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure law, passed in November. Vilsack said the initiative will help build a […]

Jail official fired for anti-Muslim comments says he’s the victim of discrimination

BY: - June 28, 2022

A former Muscatine County jail administrator who was fired over his anti-Muslim and anti-gay writings is now suing the county, alleging he is the victim of discrimination. The federal lawsuit filed by former jail administrator Dean Naylor alleges that when Muscatine County fired him two years ago for his published comments pertaining to gays and […]

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 28, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

Iowa Planned Parenthood clinics prepare for patients from states with abortion bans

BY: - June 27, 2022

Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa are preparing to help patients who may travel from states where abortion is now illegal. Following Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling, abortions are no longer legal in several Midwestern states. North Dakota and South Dakota have trigger laws which ban abortion within the next month. Wisconsin immediately halted abortions, with […]

‘Field of Dreams’ TV series receives $6 million in state funding

BY: - June 27, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced Monday that $16.5 million in grant money will be divided among multiple tourism and recreational projects, including the “Field of Dreams” television series.  Universal Television is one of four organizations to receive the first batch of Destination Iowa funding awarded by the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Specifically, $6 million will fund […]

Three finalists named for Iowa Supreme Court vacancy

BY: - June 27, 2022

Three Iowans are now vying for an Iowa Supreme Court seat that will be vacated next month with the retirement of Brent Appel, the court’s only Democrat-appointed justice. The State Judicial Nominating Commission met Monday to interview five applicants for the expected vacancy. Following the interviews, the commission deliberated and selected a slate of three […]

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and […]

Iowans praise and condemn SCOTUS ruling on prayer by school coach

BY: - June 27, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a former Washington state football coach at a public high school had a constitutional right to lead post-game prayers at midfield. The 6-3 ruling favored former coach Joseph Kennedy, who had claimed the Bremerton School District violated his religious freedom by telling him he couldn’t lead public prayers […]

How the Trump fake elector scheme fizzled in four states

BY: - June 25, 2022

Part of Donald Trump’s plan to reverse his loss in the 2020 presidential election hinged on replacing legitimate electors in a handful of swing states with “fake electors.” In theory, these bogus Republican slates in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin would cast their electoral votes for the incumbent — canceling out the popular […]

AROUND THE U.S.: Leaders react, mobilize in states in wake of Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 24, 2022

Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased almost 50 years of abortion law. Here is a look at reports from states as reported by independent newsrooms affiliated with States Newsroom: COLORADO: Colorado abortion rights advocates face new, post-Roe reality In a landmark opinion handed down Friday, the U.S. Supreme […]

D.C. Dispatch: Iowa Republican representatives oppose gun reform bill due to constitutional concerns

BY: - June 24, 2022

Most of Iowa’s Republican federal representatives said they voted against bipartisan legislation to address gun violence because it might threaten Americans’ constitutional rights.  The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act increases background checks for people ages 18 to 21 who are buying a gun and allocates millions of dollars for mental health and school safety programs. “There […]

Congress roiled by U.S. Supreme Court decision revoking abortion rights

BY: - June 24, 2022

Republicans in Congress were jubilant at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning decades of precedent to revoke a constitutional right to an abortion, while Democrats were equally despondent about what they called an extremist decision that revoked a long-held right and represented an attack on women’s autonomy. The party-line reaction hints at how lawmakers will approach abortion […]