Trump reluctantly invoked an obscure wartime power. Here’s what it means.  

BY: - April 3, 2020

WASHINGTON — As his administration came under fire for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump last week invoked an obscure Korean War-era law to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators that could save patients’ lives. But Trump waited weeks to do so, raising questions about how effective his actions would be. “Our […]

Governor extends school and business closings through April 30

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday extended through April 30 the closing of schools and selected businesses, as well as the statewide ban on gatherings of more than 10 people. The governor’s order, made in response to the growing COVID-19 pandemic, also extends through April 30 the ban on all non-essential and elective medical and […]

Iowa economic development director: Invest in Iowa Act likely dead for this session

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa’s economic development director on Thursday said the governor’s signature plan to boost spending on mental health, outdoor recreation and water quality appears to be dead for this session. The Invest in Iowa Act, which calls for a one-cent increase in the state sales taxes and offsetting cuts in property taxes, was at the top […]

Iowa looks to add to $4M in grants for small businesses hurt by COVID

BY: - April 2, 2020

The Iowa Economic Development Authority will offer “significantly more” than the $4 million originally eyed for grants to small businesses for losses related to the COVID-19 outbreak, director Debi Durham told business leaders Thursday.  Durham said she is looking to shift unused money from various IEDA accounts and other state sources to help trim a […]

Iowa reports two more deaths; 66 new positive COVID-19 tests

BY: - April 2, 2020

Two more Iowans with COVID-19 have died and the state reported 66 new positive cases of the infectious disease on Thursday. Iowa has had a total 614 people test positive as of Thursday. There have been a total of 8,054 negative tests to date at the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The two people […]

USDA approves Iowa’s hemp program allowing farmers to grow crop this year

BY: - April 2, 2020

In a major milestone for Iowa’s hemp program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the state’s production plan, which will allow farmers to plant and produce the crop. Starting this year, Iowa farmers will be allowed to grow up to 40 acres of hemp with THC levels of 0.3% or less, according to the Iowa […]

Democratic leaders urge governor to order ‘shelter in place’

BY: - April 2, 2020

Democratic leaders in the Iowa House and Senate sent a letter Thursday to Gov. Kim Reynolds, asking her to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, and House Minority Leader Todd Prichard, D-Charles City, wrote that current health recommendations from Reynolds “have so far […]

Hotels, restaurants lead Iowa’s 58K COVID-related unemployment claims

BY: - April 2, 2020

Iowa received 58,963 unemployment claims from March 22-28, with the biggest share coming from hotels, motels, restaurants and other food services. These claims came in as the COVID-19 outbreak led to widespread layoffs. There were 55,963 initial claims by individuals who work and live in Iowa, and 2,490 claims by out-of-state residents who work in […]

Iowa’s largest businesses see weaker economic outlook due to pandemic

BY: - April 2, 2020

A new survey of Iowa business executives found that Iowa’s economic outlook for the next quarter was the weakest it has been since 2009. The Iowa Business Council’s Economic Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2020 came in at 37.5. Anything below 50 is considered a negative statement on the economy. The COVID-19 outbreak […]

Congress preps for next round of coronavirus relief 

BY: - April 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress is gearing up for additional coronavirus response legislation that aims to build on the first three massive relief packages. The next bill could include huge infrastructure projects, and U.S. House Democrats are pushing to include some of their top priorities that were sliced off the sweeping $2 trillion bill during negotiations with Senate […]

Judge allows governor’s order delaying ‘nonessential’ abortions

BY: - April 1, 2020

A district court judge on Wednesday let stand the governor’s emergency proclamation halting surgical abortions after the state clarified its intention is to delay only “nonessential” abortions. Gov. Kim Reynolds issued an order March 26 that temporarily suspended “nonessential” surgeries and procedures “that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health […]

Reynolds declines to say whether she’ll share COVID-19 data

BY: - April 1, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds declined to say Wednesday whether she will disclose the data and metrics she’s relying to make decisions on how to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa. At her daily press conference, Reynolds was twice asked whether she’d be willing to share the numbers she says she is looking at each day […]