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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praises Trump, Pence for ‘pro-life’ stances

BY: - March 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds praised President Donald Trump Monday for taking “bold steps” in the pro-life movement. During an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol, Reynolds noted Trump is the first president in history to attend the March for Life Rally, which was in January in Washington, D.C. “Today we are so fortunate to have […]

Would Sanders hurt Dems’ bid to claim Senate majority?

BY: - March 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders could spell trouble for Democratic Senate candidates down the ticket. Democrats are hoping this fall to wrest control of the U.S. Senate from Mitch McConnell by reclaiming the chamber’s majority. It’s a tough job: Democrats need to net either three or four seats, depending on which party wins the White House. […]

Iowa Dems certify caucus results

BY: - March 1, 2020

The Iowa Democratic Party State Central Committee on Saturday voted to certify the results of the 2020 Iowa Caucuses. The results will be sent to the Democratic National Committee. The precinct delegates elected on caucus night will go to the County Convention on March 21. Delegates elected at the County Convention will go to the […]

Coronavirus threatens to upheave world economy

BY: - March 1, 2020

The novel coronavirus outbreak across the world shook stock markets last week, with the United States seeing the worst stretch on a percentage basis since the 2008 economic crisis. As the threat worsened, President Donald Trump looked for ways to counteract the economic damage while suggesting the threat, at least in the United States, isn’t […]

South Carolina gives Biden a boost, but national media see Super Tuesday as critical stage of race

BY: - March 1, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden scored an expected and critical win in racially diverse South Carolina, but the field of candidates positioned for another watershed moment on Super Tuesday. The consensus seemed to be that Biden’s strong following among black voters gave him a big win over Bernie Sanders, who had fared better in less-diverse […]

Feds slash penalty for Perry nursing home; state admits error in its fines

BY: - February 28, 2020

Federal officials have agreed to dramatically reduce the fines imposed against the Dallas County nursing home accused of hiring unlicensed caregivers and contributing to a resident’s death. State inspectors, meanwhile, have acknowledged that last fall they mistakenly fined the home too little, and are now meeting with bank officials to monitor the financial health of […]

Northeast Iowa sand mine renews once-rejected bid to export water

BY: - February 28, 2020

Pattison Sand Co. of Clayton has renewed its bid to export water from Iowa’s Jordan Aquifer to drought-stricken, western states after state officials turned the request down the first time. In a new application, company founder Kyle Pattison wrote that he had been in discussions with DNR staffers about the possibility of exporting 2.8 million […]

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez

DNC chair: We’ll be ‘talking about’ eliminating caucuses

BY: - February 28, 2020

Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said Friday that his organization will continue to discuss ways to minimize problems during the presidential nominating process. The Michigan Advance asked Perez if caucuses should be done away with after myriad problems in Iowa. “We’re going to be talking about it,” Perez said after his appearance before about […]

McCoy: ‘Something drastic’ is needed on mental-health funding

BY: - February 28, 2020

With the fate of the governor’s tax proposal still up in the air, Polk County Health Services is unsure whether, or how, it will meet the county’s mental health needs come July 1st. Depending on what the Iowa Legislature chooses to do, the county could be faced with a $14 million hole in its planned […]

Iowa Department for the Blind to host first STEM festival

BY: - February 28, 2020

The Iowa Department for the Blind’s first STEM festival will be held Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the department’s headquarters, 524 Fourth Street, Des Moines. STEM refers to studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The festival will feature exhibits on educational and career opportunities. State STEM program hub manager Sarah Derry […]

Buttigieg retains his lead after Iowa caucus recount

BY: - February 28, 2020

Pete Buttigieg maintained his narrow lead over Bernie Sanders for state delegate equivalents in Iowa’s 2020 presidential caucus,  according to recount results from the Iowa Democratic Party. Following recount requests from the campaigns of both Buttigieg and Sen. Bernie Sanders, the party recounted 23 precincts, which resulted in no changes to the national delegate counts. […]

State investigates manure spill in northwest Iowa

BY: - February 28, 2020

A manure spill near Kingsley in northwest Iowa’s Plymouth County Thursday afternoon sent 2,000 gallons of waste downstream, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources reported. Some of the manure reached a small tributary of John’s Creek, polluting about a half-mile stretch. Kingsley Sow LLC reported a pipe between a pit and earthen basin loosened, possibly […]