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Bill would extend time for public information and open meetings complaints

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowans would have more time to file a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board under a bill approved by a Senate committee Thursday.  House File 2416 would give people 90 days after the violation of the state’s open records or open meetings laws to file a complaint. The current deadline is 60 days.  The […]

Report: Trails provide a $1 billion boost to Iowa

BY: - March 12, 2020

Dozens of trail supporters rallied on the steps of the Iowa Capitol Thursday, noting that recreation and transportation related to the paths is a $1 billion economic boost for Iowa, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy reported. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation helped organize the rally with the conservancy, and attendees were there largely to support Gov. Kim Reynolds’ […]

Gov. Kim Reynolds names new Department of Education director

BY: - March 12, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Ann Lebo, the executive director of the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners, will serve as the new head of the Department of Education, according to a news release. “Ann will be an important partner in preparing our students for the challenges of the 21st century,” Reynolds said in a statement. […]

A sweet buzz in the Senate

BY: - March 11, 2020

On the birthday of Sen. Nate Boulton’s beekeeping wife, the Iowa Senate voted 46-0 to declare the honey bee the official state insect. So, dear Iowans, the humble honey bee has reached a level of fame that the simple butterfly couldn’t reach in another session. And a similar effort to declare the catfish the state […]

Iowa governor continues push for water quality, mental health action this year

BY: - March 11, 2020

Iowans are demanding action now on a 10-year-old proposal to use a new sales tax to pay for conservation, water quality, trails and public land, an aide to Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday.  The governor will extend her string of nearly a dozen town halls about that proposal and other parts of the Invest in […]

DHS accelerates Iowa’s move from institutional care for people with disabilities

BY: - March 11, 2020

The Iowa Department of Human Services is embarking on a new effort to institutionalize fewer intellectually disabled people and provide them with services that better integrate them into their communities. Like many states, Iowa has long aspired to provide more community-based services to people with intellectual disabilities so they don’t have to live in congregate, […]

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee discussing proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2020 for the Education Department on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Ernst joins Democrats in vote to ax DeVos student loan policy

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted on Wednesday to overturn a controversial regulation from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos that her critics say hurts defrauded student loan borrowers. Senate Democrats forced the vote under the Congressional Review Act, a law that allows Congress to overturn federal rules within 60 days after they’re finalized. The U.S. House […]

Coronavirus in Iowa: News roundup

BY: - March 11, 2020

Governor’s office reports 14th Iowa coronavirus case Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office on Wedneday reported a 14th case of coronavirus in the state, just one more than was reported on Tuesday. An additional 21 tests were negative. The newest case is an adult between 61 and 80 years old from Johnson County, who was part of […]

Top health officials warn of coronavirus: ‘It’s going to get worse’ 

BY: - March 11, 2020

WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over. “Is the worst yet to come?” House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., asked Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious […]

Iowa officials again question firm’s plan to export water

BY: - March 11, 2020

A northeast Iowa sand mining company’s amended proposal to export water to drought-stricken western states has again drawn criticism from environmental officials. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources already blocked Pattison Sand Co.’s plan earlier. Now, state water officials have notified Pattison that its amended application is incomplete and strays from state rules. Pattison had […]

Hand sanitizer and mah-jongg: How the Branstads are coping with coronavirus in China

BY: - March 11, 2020

Ambassador Terry Branstad hasn’t had so much as the sniffles in the time he’s served as the United States’ top diplomat in China. “You know, amazing thing, I’ve been here in China over two and a half years, and I’ve not even had a cold,” Branstad said in a phone interview from Beijing. He said […]

Iowa, Nebraska add new flood sensors to aid coordinated response

BY: - March 11, 2020

Five new water level sensors have been installed along the Iowa-Nebraska border to help the two states respond to expected spring flooding along the Missouri River, the Iowa Department of Transportation reported. The added information will make it easier for Iowa and Nebraska state agencies to coordinate their work to get emergency materials and equipment […]