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Iowans ranked among most conservative of Dems in U.S. House

BY: - March 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Iowa Republicans are known for their conservative bona fides, but the three Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation are also among the most conservative in their party. All three ranked among the top 20 most conservative Democrats in the U.S. House, according to annual rankings compiled by GovTrack.us, a nonpartisan organization that tracks […]

Iowa confirms first three coronavirus cases

BY: - March 8, 2020

Three adults from Johnson County have been confirmed to have coronavirus after going on a cruise in Egypt, Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a news conference Sunday  evening. These are Iowa’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus since the current global outbreak. Eight more Iowans are currently being tested. The results of those tests are expected […]

Hy-Vee will repurpose its fulfillment centers, leaving current jobs in limbo

BY: - March 7, 2020

Hy-Vee will permanently end filling online grocery orders at its four fulfillment centers this month — raising questions about the future for those employees. The West Des Moines-based grocery company has fulfillment centers in Urbandale, Kansas City, Omaha and Eagan, Minnesota. It will move those operations back to its retail stores, said Tina Potthoff, spokesperson […]

Three finalists named for Iowa Supreme Court vacancy

BY: - March 6, 2020

The State Judicial Nominating Commission on Friday narrowed the pool of Iowa Supreme Court justice applicants down to three and now it’s up to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to make the final decision on who will take a seat on the state’s highest court. The commission, which is made up of lawyers and Reynolds’ appointees, […]

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Iowa renewable fuel lobby blasts Trump’s plan to appeal court case

BY: - March 6, 2020

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association on Friday blasted President Trump over reports that he plans to appeal the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decision earlier this year ruling against the government’s handling of refinery exemptions that lower demand for ethanol. It’s Ted Cruz vs. Monte Shaw all over again. Cruz, a Republican U.S. senator from […]

Streams settle down in Iowa, floods still possible

BY: - March 6, 2020

Iowa state environmental officials report that with drier weather in February, stream levels dropped across much of the state. But Tim Hall, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ coordinator of hydrology resources, said even after a winter that was drier and warmer than normal “the chance of flooding remains elevated on both the Missouri and […]

Illuminating pact shines ray of hope on Iowa’s solar industry

BY: - March 6, 2020

Iowa’s solar energy industry would get a big boost if the governor signs a bill that resulted from eight months of negotiations, backers said this week.  Senate File 583 allows private owners of solar arrays to continue to get the retail rate for the extra power they generate and sell to their utility. But it […]

Does Iowa Senate’s animal abuse bill go far enough?

BY: - March 6, 2020

Activists fought for even tougher legislation against animal cruelty than the Iowa Senate passed this week, but they’re still celebrating the chamber’s approval of stricter penalties. The Animal Rescue League of Iowa, a Des Moines-based non-profit organization, has worked for years to pass more severe charges against people who abuse “companion animals” like dogs and […]

Iowa Democratic and GOP party chairs spar over health care

BY: - March 5, 2020

The chairmen of the state Democratic and Republican parties held dueling news conferences Thursday to highlight what they both say will be a central issue in the race for U.S. Senate: health care. Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Mark Smith scheduled a tour around the state to discuss Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s voting record on […]

Governor’s workforce diploma proposal meets resistance

BY: - March 5, 2020

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposal to pay private companies to help adult Iowans earn high-school diplomas may flunk in the Iowa House. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Gary Mohr, R-Bettendorf, said Thursday during a subcommittee meeting that he wants to strike language creating the “workforce diploma pilot program” out of the governor’s Future Ready Iowa workforce development […]

Trump signs bipartisan bill to boost number of ag inspectors

BY: - March 5, 2020

President Donald Trump signed a bipartisan bill cosponsored by Iowa GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst that will provide money to hire more agricultural inspectors to check the food supply at the border. The Protecting America’s Food & Agriculture Act of 2019 also would pay for support staff and specially trained dogs needed at […]

Iowa colleges cancel all international travel for students amid coronavirus fears

BY: - March 5, 2020

Travel plans for students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa have been halted in light of rising concerns over the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and the Iowa Department of Public Health recommended schools postpone or cancel foreign exchange programs for the next […]