Sunday Talk: Governor Reynolds on WOTUS and Immigration into Iowa

The President has moved toward reinstating an Obama era restrictive rule on control of waterways and bodies of water. The rule will be a detriment to farming and land ownership in Iowa. Governor Kim Reynolds fought the rule as did many of our Representatives and Senators in Washington. The Trump Administration relaxed the rule which placed a lesser burden on farmers and landowners.
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Iowa Governor signs “Back the Blue” into law

DES MOINES, IA (AP) — Last week Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed SF 342, known as the “Back the Blue Act,” into law. The legislation makes rioting a felony offense, increases penalties on a range of other destructive behaviors, establishes qualified immunity, and increases due process protections for law enforcement.
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Strong to severe storms possible Father's Day in eastern Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Iowa's News Now) — A cold front will move through eastern Iowa Sunday and lead to the chance for strong to severe thunderstorms. The situation is complicated due to rain lingering this morning. However, there will likely be some breaks in the rain that will allow for...
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2 more COVID-19 deaths reported in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health show two more Iowans have died from COVID-19 and there are 56 new cases of the virus in the state. The new numbers reflect testing reported on the IDPH’s COVID-19 website between 2:00 p.m. Saturday and...

A swing and a miss for Iowa Auditor Rob Sand

I remember the days when nobody viewed the position of state auditor in Iowa as a launchpad for future political stars. Until the last election, the keys to the state auditor’s office had changed hands only four times in 52 years. Even the office of the governor, to which Robert Ray and Terry Branstad were elected for a combined eleven terms, saw more turnover in the same period of time.
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Iowa consumers toss away millions by forsaking nickel deposit on empties

DES MOINES — Maybe unbeknownst to many Iowans, they have been discarding tens of millions of dollars one nickel at a time. For decades, Iowans have been paying a 5-cent deposit on alcoholic and carbonated beverages sold in cans and bottles under a system designed to hold down litter and encourage recycling. But growing hurdles — some brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic — have slowed the recovery rate of containers from 93 percent in 2005 to about 71 percent in 2018, according to state calculations.

Handguns, fireworks freedoms bring July joy to Iowa patriots

Fireworks sales out of tents began June 13 in Iowa, and Perry has attracted its usual share of vendors in the marketplace. Patriots may only detonate fireworks inside the Perry city limits on the Fourth of July between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m. The Perry City Council approved several revisions...

Come feel free again in red state Iowa

This month Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she would spend some federal pandemic relief funds on a marketing campaign aimed at persuading people to move here. The campaign will tout all the “beautiful things” happening in the state. And it’s not at all questionable that the federally funded campaign will come just as Reynolds seeks reelection. Nope.
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Iowa Freedom Riders, community celebrates Juneteenth

For more than a year, the Iowa Freedom Riders have been organizing and protesting against systemic racism and police violence. On Saturday, they were able to focus on celebration by hosting a Juneteenth event alongside volunteer partners in Morrison Park. “Even in our protests, you would see us dancing, chanting,”...

First full week in Iowa with no days above 100 new COVID-19 cases since early April 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (KCRG) - The rate of new cases of the novel coronavirus in Iowa is at a multi-month low, according to new state data. As of 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, the Iowa Department of Public Health said that 57 additional people who tested positive for COVID-19 were added to the state’s total since the start of the pandemic, which now stands at 373,100 people. No days this past week had more than 100 cases added at once, with 75.6 cases per day based on a seven-day rolling average.