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Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level

WASHINGTON — The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate says decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level is a change that’s “long overdue,” and that he’s prioritizing that effort amid a growing number of states legalizing cannabis. To that end, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday unveiled a draft proposal for removing cannabis from the federal Controlled Substances […] The post Chuck Schumer: Congress should legalize weed on the federal level appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Economists tell farmers to go slow on carbon trading

Iowa farmers may want to wait to sell carbon credits until after the nation’s volatile political landscape settles down, an economist told an Iowa Farm Bureau Federation online gathering Wednesday. Farmers have been optimistic about the prospects of getting paid for plantings on their land that help sweep carbon from...
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Grassley: Infrastructure bills need to fix locks and dams

U.S. Sen Chuck Grassley said Wednesday he expects Congress will include money in an infrastructure bill for renovation and expansion of locks and dams on the nation’s major rivers. “There’s not an infrastructure bill that’s come up that locks and dams have not been a part of,” Grassley, R-Iowa, said. His optimism came a day […] The post Grassley: Infrastructure bills need to fix locks and dams appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Ernst asks for more details about Iowa State Patrol mission to the border

The state should share more details about the state trooper mission to the border, U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst said Wednesday. “It would be nice to know what they’re engaged in, what agencies they’re working with and how our taxpayer dollars are being spent,” Ernst said on a call with Iowa reporters. Brendan Conley, communications director […] The post Ernst asks for more details about Iowa State Patrol mission to the border appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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‘Help me’: Iowa nursing home that’s among the nation’s worst faces no state fines

A Sioux City nursing home where workers have allegedly ignored residents’ cries for help and waited 40 minutes to perform CPR on a resident with no pulse has been added to the list of the nation’s worst nursing homes. Although the owners of Countryside Healthcare Center of Sioux City are being cited for numerous, serious […] The post ‘Help me’: Iowa nursing home that’s among the nation’s worst faces no state fines appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Iowa senators say withdrawal from Afghanistan is a mistake

Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst say the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan is dangerous and could lead to Taliban control. President Joe Biden announced in April that he would withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20-year anniversary of the 9/11 attack. In an address last week, Biden said […] The post Iowa senators say withdrawal from Afghanistan is a mistake appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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USPS inspector general investigation targets mail delays in Baltimore and nationally

WASHINGTON — Baltimore has seen some of the worst delays of the U.S. Postal Service’s national delivery woes, and the Office of Inspector General is taking a deeper look at why the city’s mail service has been particularly sluggish. During a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday on the Postal Service’s annual budget and the agency’s delivery issues, […] The post USPS inspector general investigation targets mail delays in Baltimore and nationally appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Center for School Mental Health leaders pledge teamwork after surprise announcement

Leaders of the new Center for School Mental Health met Tuesday with a state group responsible for the children’s mental health system and pledged collaboration on the $20 million project. It was the first such public meeting since the project’s announcement in late June, which stakeholders said took them by surprise and was planned specifically […] The post Center for School Mental Health leaders pledge teamwork after surprise announcement appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Iowa Workforce Development director subject of new open-records complaint

The Iowa Capital Dispatch has filed a formal complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board over Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend’s handling of public records requests. The news organization’s complaint centers on two separate requests for public records made with the agency in late April. The first, made on April 29, was for all […] The post Iowa Workforce Development director subject of new open-records complaint appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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DSM airport’s passenger traffic rebounds significantly

Des Moines International Airport has seen its passenger traffic recover from 5% of pre-pandemic levels early last year to 85% now.  The surge is primarily due to vacation travel, airport Executive Director Kevin Foley told the airport board Tuesday. Business travel is expected to take as much as five years to recover.  Recreational traffic has […] The post DSM airport’s passenger traffic rebounds significantly appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Harkin discusses bipartisanship, future of Iowa Democrats

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin said Tuesday he does not believe the Americans with Disabilities Act could pass in today’s political climate and he held little hope for a compromise approach to the filibuster.  Harkin, during an interview on Iowa Public Radio’s “River to River” program, said he doesn’t think there’s enough bipartisanship in Congress […] The post Harkin discusses bipartisanship, future of Iowa Democrats appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Miller-Meeks and Arizona Democrat lead push to give vets free park access

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa testified Tuesday before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing in support of bipartisan legislation that would give veterans and Gold Star families free lifetime access to national parks and public federal lands. “No one is more worthy of experiencing open access to the incredible places that these […] The post Miller-Meeks and Arizona Democrat lead push to give vets free park access appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Tri-state GOP governors give rosy outlook on economic recovery

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds joined the governors of South Dakota and Nebraska to discuss their states’ economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The three governors, all Republicans, touted their handling of the pandemic as a primary reason their economies have rebounded quickly. “We entered into the pandemic in a really strong position because of conservative […] The post Tri-state GOP governors give rosy outlook on economic recovery appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Reynolds: State trooper mission to Texas was funded by Iowa

Nearly 30 Iowa State Patrol officers are currently assisting at the U.S.-Mexico border in a trip financed by Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. The state announced in June that it would send some Iowa state troopers to the border for two weeks, responding to a request for assistance from Texas and Arizona. The State Patrol did not say how many individuals would go, where they would be stationed or what they would be tasked to do while there.
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Elderly residents of unlicensed home pay up to $9,500 per month, state says

An unlicensed home for the elderly on Des Moines’ southwest side has been admitting tenants since 2017, with the residents paying up to $9,500 per month, newly disclosed state records show. The house, now home to five tenants, appears to have been generating up to $46,800 per month for its owner, the records show. The […] The post Elderly residents of unlicensed home pay up to $9,500 per month, state says appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Restaurant inspection update: Gnats in whiskey, ham in a bucket and suspicious ‘poultry activity’

In the past month, state and county food inspectors have cited Iowa restaurants and grocery stores for hundreds of food-safety violations, including week-old scrambled eggs, gnats floating in a whiskey bottle, a carton of ice cream submerged in a pan of raw chicken, and four-month-old sliced ham found stored in a bucket. Last week, the […] The post Restaurant inspection update: Gnats in whiskey, ham in a bucket and suspicious ‘poultry activity’ appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Green water is costing Iowans millions of greenbacks

When I think of Iowa, I think green. Driving across the state a few weeks ago, I was struck all over again by how, even as drought threatened, the landscape rushing by the car windows was a sea of verdant crops, grassy hills, prairie plants and leafy pockets of forest. What’s not as apparent from […] The post Green water is costing Iowans millions of greenbacks appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight

Republican senators during the past few weeks led sustained attacks on President Joe Biden’s choice to head up the Bureau of Land Management, zeroing in on the Montanan’s Twitter feed, her graduate thesis that included a mock-up for an advertisement for population control and her ties to a 1989 tree-spiking incident. But Tracy Stone-Manning’s confirmation […] The post Biden’s public lands pick nears crucial vote in growing Senate confirmation fight appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
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Should the Supreme Court have term limits?

Pressure on Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down will likely grow now that the court’s session has ended. Breyer, 82, joined the court in 1994. His retirement would allow President Joe Biden to nominate his successor and give Democrats another liberal justice, if confirmed. Supreme Court justices in the U.S. enjoy life tenure. […] The post Should the Supreme Court have term limits? appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.