Crime Stoppers: Man wanted in 2 counties, 1 city and Iowa DCI
QUAD CITIES, Ill./Iowa (KWQC) - Murray Henricks is wanted by law enforcement in Rock Island and Clinton counties; Maquoketa, Iowa; and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The charges are related to thefts, drugs and forgeries. Henricks is 26 years old, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Iowa plans to reshape social studies classes & review school standards pass House
Lawmakers in the Iowa House passed a pair of bills Wednesday that would reshape curriculum in K-12 schools, outlining a list of required social studies topics and establishing regular reviews of the state's educational standards. Under House File 2544, first- through sixth-graders' social studies classes would be required to include...
Iowa House passes GOP plan to change AEA education services and school contracts
House Republicans' bill to change how school districts can contract a range of educational services was approved by the chamber Thursday, advancing a plan that diverges significantly from Gov. Kim Reynolds' initial proposal to overhaul Iowa's area education agencies. House File 2612 retains the AEAs as the sole providers of special education services for districts across the state. It will allow those districts to seek private contracts for media and general education services — currently provided by...
Tyler Dazey deemed not competent to stand for trial
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) - It was not a smooth hearing for Dazey or his counsel today. Originally, they expected him to be found competent, and when that didn’t happen, Dazey lost his temper. According to his evaluation, his doctor believes he understands the legal process, but he’s unable to...
Iowa primed for potentially ‘epic’ increase in stream pollution
A buildup of nitrate in farm fields that has likely resulted from Iowa’s longest-running drought in 70 years has set the stage for a potentially massive uptick in stream pollution, state water-quality observers say. Research has shown that nitrogen fertilizer that goes unused by crops can be quickly flushed from those fields after a drought […] The post Iowa primed for potentially ‘epic’ increase in stream pollution appeared first on Iowa Capital Dispatch.
Gov. Reynolds Issues Disaster Proclamation Activating Federal Highway Administration Funds for Bridge Repair
(Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds today (Thursday) issued a disaster proclamation for Allamakee and Clayton County in response to a sudden structural failure of a border bridge on February 25. The bridge is located in Lansing, Iowa on Iowa Highway 9 and connects to Wisconsin Highway 35. The proclamation is effective immediately and continues through March 30, 2024.
Iowa House passes bill to change funding for Area Education Agencies
(The Center Square) - The Iowa House of Representatives passed a bill that changes how the state's Area Education Agencies are funded amid accusations from some lawmakers that the legislation is a "power grab" and unnecessary. AEAs oversee special education services in the state. In her Condition of the State address, Gov. Kim Reynolds said that the nine districts "operate without meaningful oversight." House Bill 2612 would shift state funding...
Iowa Senate pass bill for Iowa employers to self-report unauthorized workers
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Senate on Wednesday passed a bill requiring employers in the state to report to E-Verify programs to ensure workers' legal statuses. If signed into law, it would prevent employers from hiring or retaining employees who are unauthorized immigrants. Sen. Julian Garrett, R-Warren County,...
Durham outlines path forward for Iowa
LEE COUNTY – A group gathered for breakfast at the Lee County Career Advantage Center Wednesday morning learned that Iowa is leaping over other states as a destination for people and industries looking to relocate around the country. Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham spoke for close to...
Local Alert: Tama and Meskwaki Police Departments Issue Advisory for Missing 7-Year-Old Girl
The Tama Police Department and the Meskwaki Nation Police Department have issued an advisory for Milla Keahna, a seven-year-old girl reported missing. Milla was last seen with either her mother, Starla Mae Marie Lincoln, or her father, Redmond Keahna.
Newscast 02.29.24: Iowa House passes AEA overhaul bill
Iowa House Republicans have passed their bill that replaces Gov. Kim Reynolds’ proposed overhaul of the state’s Area Education Agencies. Under the House plan (HF 2612), school districts must continue using the AEAs for special education services, but they could eventually go outside the system for other things like media services.
Iowa House votes to ban DEI programs at public universities, cap in-state tuition hikes at 3%
Iowa House lawmakers voted Thursday to require Iowa's three public universities to eliminate all staff positions focused on diversity, equity and inclusion that are not necessary to comply with state or federal law and to cap in-state tuition increases at 3% per year. The bill would also require the Iowa Board of Regents to include two state lawmakers as nonvoting members. ...
Iowa House Votes To Cap Pay For Traveling Nurses
Des Moines, Iowa — The Iowa House has voted to set limits for the pay of temporary nursing staff working in Iowa hospitals and nursing homes. A traveling nurse could be paid no more than 150 percent of the statewide average wage being paid to full-time healthcare staff who provide nursing services. The bill is a priority for House Republicans, who contend temp agencies are reaping too much of the extra money the legislature has provided nursing homes. Representative Timi Brown-Powers, a Democrat from Waterloo, is a therapist at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, She says the bill addresses a big budget problem for hospitals and nursing homes.
Ordered delivery from Panera? You may be owed food, cash due to a $2 million settlement
Panera Bread has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a class action lawsuit that might result in free food or money for you. The North American bakery-cafe chain has 21 locations in Iowa, according to its website, which means Iowans may be eligible to receive a settlement award. Here’s how. ...
Get Ready, Local Plant Lovers: ICPL Spring Houseplant Swap Scheduled for April
The ICPL Spring Houseplant Swap is a scheduled event for houseplant enthusiasts. It will take place on Saturday, April 13. Participants are advised to prepare their cuttings and rootings beforehand.
Bill to allow school employees to carry guns passes Iowa House
A bill allowing employees to carry guns on school grounds has passed the Iowa House. The Students First Safety Act (House Study Bill 675) allows for the creation of professional permits that allow employees to have firearms. The bill also provides $50 in matching funds to districts that hire school resource officers or private security officers.
Multiple bills await Gov. Kim Reynolds' signature
One piece of legislation would remove the requirement for appointive bodies to have a balance of men and women on them.
Iowa Only Has One City With Unlocked Home Doors
Remember the good old days. Back when you could run to the store to get some milk and not have to worry the entire time you were there if you locked the door. Americans don't trust their neighbors to stay out of their unlocked houses and/or to watch their houses while unlocked.
Which corn growing state has the worst drought conditions?
Here’s a look at drought conditions across the top 18 corn growing states as February 2024 comes to an end. Data is based in the U.S. Drought Monitor maps published Feb. 29, 2024 and USDA’s Crop Progress - State Stories published Feb. 27, 2024. D3 extreme drought. Iowa.