Judge, two attorneys are finalists for Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - January 9, 2020

The State Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday 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. Following a day of interviewing 12 applicants, the commission selected Joel […]

‘How do you hide five grizzly bears?’

BY: - January 9, 2020

Many animals from the now-closed Cricket Hollow zoo were unaccounted for when animal-welfare groups arrived to relocate them. “It was apparent that the lion’s share of the animals – no pun intended – were missing when we first arrived there,” said Amanda Howell, an attorney for the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

Last year brought 6 inches extra rain to Iowa

BY: - January 9, 2020

A new state report shows Iowa got six inches more rain than usual in 2019. It was the 12th-wettest year on record, with 41.5 inches of rain, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and partners reported. “2019 was a very wet year, but so was 2018. The last two years combined were the wettest two […]

Auditor says Iowa can’t measure Medicaid success due to bad data

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand issued a stinging indictment of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system Thursday, saying his office has been unable to collect reliable data to measure the quality of services provided to vulnerable Iowans. “If we can’t assess the quality of care because the data are not reliable, that certainly calls into question […]

Reynolds’ campaign raises record-breaking $1.3 million

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ campaign said she raised over $1.3 million in 2019, breaking the fundraising record for total contributions an Iowa governor has collected the year after an election, according to a news release from the Kim Reynolds for Iowa Committee. Reynolds was elected as the first female governor in 2018 and will not […]

The Raccoon River in the Des Moines area is among the most-polluted in the state.

Environmentalists: DNR failing to protect public

BY: - January 9, 2020

Iowa environmentalists charge that the state government is directly threatening the health of swimmers and other recreationalists by failing to adequately inform the public of risks and by falling behind on a federally required warning system.  The Iowa Department of Natural Resources “is not meeting its legal obligation to submit the (impaired waters) list by […]

Interviews for Supreme Court justice applicants to begin

BY: - January 8, 2020

The State Judicial Nominating Commission is preparing to interview applicants and help select who will be the next justice on the Iowa Supreme Court — a process that is being closely watched for its potential to influence the court’s future rulings on controversial issues like abortion and collective bargaining.  Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark […]

DNR investigates red stream in Davenport

BY: - January 8, 2020

State environmental investigators are still looking into what caused a red sheen on Crow Creek in northern Davenport on Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the city of Davenport reported that the pollution appears to be a nontoxic dye from a nearby property. No harm to the environment is expected, but state officials […]

Policy group: Lawmakers should boost family aid, child care, education support

BY: - January 8, 2020

In a new report, Iowa Policy Project calls on lawmakers to strengthen several key programs to help low-income families make ends meet and train for jobs. IPP said its previous studies have shown showed about one in five working families in Iowa don’t make enough to pay for basic needs. The new report, “Strengthening Pathways […]

Business Council bullish on ’20 but seeks lawmakers’ help

BY: - January 8, 2020

As Iowa lawmakers prepare to gavel in Jan. 13 for a legislative session that leaders say is likely to include talk of tax cuts and other actions requested by businesses, an organization representing the state’s biggest employers says it’s bullish on the first six months of 2020. The Iowa Business Council, which represents the largest […]

Veterinary board won’t initiate probe of zoo vet

BY: - January 8, 2020

The Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine will not initiate its own investigation into the veterinarian who worked for the recently shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester. The board chairman, Dr. Keith Leonard of Atlantic, said Tuesday that no one has complained to the board about the veterinary care at the privately run zoo, and the […]

Lawmakers will reconsider medical marijuana expansion

BY: - January 7, 2020

Iowa leaders have committed to re-examining the state’s medical marijuana program after a measure to expand it was vetoed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds last year. The issue is passing a measure that is comfortable for the House, Senate and governor’s office amid looming competition from Illinois’ recreational marijuana program that launched Jan. 1. Iowa’s […]