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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 […]

Trump EPA chief to Congress: Cut my funding

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s U.S. EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, wants Congress to make dramatic cuts in his agency’s funding for the next fiscal year. The Trump administration this month asked Congress to slash the EPA’s annual budget by about $2.4 billion for fiscal 2021.  That would represent a 26% reduction in the funding the […]

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Democrats tear into DeVos over plan to slash education spending

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Democrats tore into the Trump administration’s annual budget request for the Department of Education at a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. The administration’s proposal to slash the department’s budget in the next fiscal year is dead on arrival and amounts to an effort to privatize public education, they said. The target of […]

U.S. House approves landmark bill making lynching a federal hate crime

BY: - February 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — Lynching is not considered a hate crime under federal law, but that’s expected to change soon. The U.S. House voted 410-4 on Wednesday to approve a bill called the Emmett Till Antilynching Act. The bill would specifically list lynching as a hate crime, which is identified as a crime that targets people based on their race […]

State auditor proposes bill to jail public employees who embezzle

BY: - February 27, 2020

A bill pushed by Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand, a former prosecutor, would require jail terms for most public employees convicted of taking large amounts of money from taxpayers. Sand said he wants to stop public employees — including, for example, state lawmakers and people working for schools, cities and counties — from treating their […]

Newly approved drug offers hope, but my fight continues

BY: - February 27, 2020

I am battling a rare and painful neurological disorder, but thanks to a new FDA-approved drug, I now have hope. My fight, however, is far from over. My name is Claire Richmond. I’m 36, I’m from Des Moines and I live with acute hepatic porphyria. Now that an FDA-approved treatment is available, my life as I know it could […]

Garcia confirmed unanimously as DHS director

BY: - February 27, 2020

Kelly Garcia, appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds as director of the embattled Iowa Department of Human Services, was unanimously confirmed by the Iowa Senate Wednesday. “Ms. Garcia has been in the news recently. DHS has been in the news recently,” said Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Robins. “She arrived at a very critical time. She was open, […]

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School funding still unclear after legislators miss self-imposed deadline

BY: - February 26, 2020

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Iowa Legislature missed a deadline requiring it to pass a budget for school funding, and lawmakers say they still don’t know when they’ll debate the issue again. A self-imposed law requires legislators to approve a school-funding formula within 30 days of the session’s beginning. The intent is to […]

‘May the Space Force be with you’

BY: - February 26, 2020

Iowa Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, uttered those fateful words while encouraging the Iowa House of Representatives to add the Coast Guard to the state’s official list of U.S. military branches late Tuesday. For some reason, the Coast Guard has never been added, and Wills was on the case. But after talking to the Veterans […]

House oversight panel confirms Glenwood hearing

BY: - February 26, 2020

The Iowa House Government Oversight Committee on Wednesday officially confirmed a hearing will be held on the treatment of residents at a state institution for people with severe disabilities. The Iowa Capital Dispatch reported Tuesday that Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa, R-Council Bluffs, was considering a hearing but didn’t want to interfere with various investigations of […]

Troubled nursing home says it will ‘take time’ to correct problems

BY: - February 26, 2020

The managers of a Dallas County nursing home accused of contributing to resident injuries, sexual abuse and a death, say they are trying to fix longstanding issues at the facility but “such matters take time to remedy.” In a written statement, the home’s new administrator, Greg Greenwood, said Wednesday, “We are aware of the long-term, […]