Tuesday, February 20th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
4h ago
The Iowa Senate has approved a bill from Gov. Kim Reynolds extending postpartum Medicaid coverage, while reducing the number of women who’d qualify for it. Lawmakers are also moving ahead on the governor’s proposed tax changes, though they plan to break the proposal into separate bills. And a turkey processing plant in eastern Iowa says it will cut about one-fourth of its workforce this year ..read more
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Monday, February 19th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
2d ago
The federal government says it’s concerned Iowa isn’t processing food assistance applications fast enough. The latest agricultural census shows the average age of farmers continues to rise. And it’s the last day to request a presidential preference card from the Iowa Democratic Party. The mail-in cards are replacing the in-person presidential caucus this year ..read more
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Friday, February 16th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
5d ago
Caitlin Clark makes basketball history in Iowa City. A bill moved ahead in the Iowa House would continue to rely on the state’s Area Education Agencies for special education. And a Sioux City Symphony oboe player searched the world for the right instrument for a new composition ..read more
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Thursday, February 15th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
5d ago
Lawmakers in Iowa continue trying to advance bills ahead of a legislative deadline this week. Last night the Senate Education Committee advanced its version of the governor’s proposal to overhaul Area Education Agencies. The House will try to do the same later today. And, the governor’s bill to reduce the number of boards and commissions in the state is moving ahead at the Statehouse ..read more
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Wednesday, February 14th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
Iowa Republican lawmakers are proposing changes to the state’s voting laws – including moving up the deadline for returning absentee ballots, and mailing them out sooner. Another bill in the House calls for joint training for nursing home staff and home inspectors. And limits on tax revenue are leading one Iowa community to rethink city staffing needs ..read more
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Tuesday, February 13th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
Iowa’s House Education Committee heard from Iowans for and against the governor’s proposal to define men and women based on their sex at birth. House Republicans are proposing allowing teachers to carry guns on the job. And, 3rd District Congressman Zach Nunn is criticizing former President Donald Trump for his comments suggesting he wouldn’t protect NATO countries that don’t fulfill financial obligations ..read more
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Monday, February 12th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
Members of an immigrant rights group will meet with state lawmakers this morning to talk about some bills they say target immigrants in Iowa. Cultural organizations are making plans for what happens when some tax levies expire in a few years. And it’s not just you – it really has been cloudier than usual in the Midwest this winter ..read more
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Friday, February 9th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
Iowa lawmakers are taking feedback on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to merge systems that provide substance abuse and mental health services. City councils could take more control over public libraries under a bill in the Iowa House. And landowners are wary of plans to crisscross the Midwest with new carbon dioxide pipelines, even though they could help reduce emissions ..read more
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Thursday, February 8th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
Immigrants’ rights groups rallied at the Iowa Statehouse yesterday, accusing Republicans of targeting undocumented immigrants. Gov. Reynolds’ proposal to improve reading scores is moving ahead, though some teachers don’t like a proposed required test on reading instruction. And there’s an effort underway to create a Black historical district in Waterloo ..read more
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Wednesday, February 7th, 2024
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by Iowa Public Radio
1w ago
A bill that would direct government bodies in Iowa to identify people by their sex at birth has advanced in the Iowa House. Another bill saying schools could not punish someone for using the wrong names or pronouns for a teacher or student has passed the House Education Committee. And, lawmakers observed moments of silence Tuesday to honor former Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who died earlier this week ..read more
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