Government

On ADA anniversary, retiring Harkin promises to stay in the fight

IOWA CITY — Although he’s seen steady progress since the signing of the Americans With Disabilities Act, Sen. Tom Harkin’s advice to the disability rights community has remained constant.

“Press onward, everybody [...]

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Iowa City rethinks City Park

The floodwater is receding, leaving muddy brown earth where City Park’s baseball diamonds and grassy fields normally welcome visitors at the main entrance to Iowa City.

A road-closed sign has blocked access for about a month to Iowa [...]

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Small Business Administration reps in Cedar Rapids Monday with disaster loans

CEDAR RAPIDS — Beginning Monday, U.S. Small Business Administration representatives will be available at the Linn County Emergency Management Agency on the Kirkwood Community College campus to discuss low-interest federal disaster loans for [...]

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Bigger sewer pipes may be among changes in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — Public Works Director Dave Elgin said last week that the damage to homes and cars on some streets as a result of the late June flash flooding means that the city has work to do to identify how its public sanitary and storm se [...]

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Part of Cedar Rapids’ sanitary sewer issues may be you

It hasn’t yet been 30 days since heavy rains and flash flooding in Cedar Rapids caused a long list of property owners, who experienced sufficient water damage or sewage backups, to register for a special city pickup of ruined household item [...]

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Iowa Boy Scout conflict with border protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection staff will fly to Iowa to visit with Boy Scout leaders about an incident on the Alaskan border that’s gaining national attention.

Boy Scout Troop 111, based in Grimes, Iowa, had an altercation with U [...]

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PODCAST: On Iowa Politics talks Rep. Bruce Braley, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and immigration

This week's show features discussion on Rep. Bruce Braley's attendance record, the chance that Rep. Michele Bachmann runs for President in 2016, and how the flow of immigrant children to the United States may effect Iowa and Gov. Terry [...]

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Funding to help implement new water quality practices in Iowa

Iowa farmers quickly snapped up the $1.4 million in cost share funds the state made available last week to help farmers install new nutrient reduction practices.

The funds were obligated in fewer than five business days after they were made [...]

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Yearlong Edgewood detour to begin Monday

If traffic delays the past few months on Edgewood Road NE where it meets Highway 100 in Cedar Rapids have caused headaches, what’s ahead may well bring a migraine.

The area where Edgewood meets Highway 100 is scheduled for a yearlong [...]

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Branstad to seek information on immigrant kids

By Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times

DAVENPORT — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Thursday he won’t seek removal of immigrant children who have been relocated to Iowa, but he reiterated his complaint that the Obama administration has n [...]

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Obama declares disaster for 26 Iowa counties

DES MOINES — President Barack Obama on Thursday approved Iowa’s request for a presidential disaster declaration for 26 counties that were adversely impacted by severe weather in June, according to Gov. Terry Branstad’s office. [...]

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New gaming reports point to Iowa slump

DES MOINES — Iowa doubled down on negative gaming news Thursday in separate reports that said jobs, wages and revenues dipped at the state’s 18 commercial casinos last year while Iowa was part of the only U.S. region that posted decl [...]

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Harkin: States’ investment in college affordability eroding

WASHINGTON — Sen. Tom Harkin called for public colleges and universities to “get back in the game” of making higher education affordable, especially for low-income and first-generation students.

At a Senate Health Educat [...]

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Agriculture leaders, EPA spar over regulations

WASHINGTON — The war of words between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Iowa’s agricultural interests is heating up — and not even face-to-face meetings seem to be easing tensions.

This week, Sen. Chuck Grassl [...]

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Feds propose new rules for trains carrying flammable liquids in outdated cars

Outdated train cars carrying flammable liquids across Iowa and the rest of the country would be phased out within two years under a new proposal from the U.S. Transportation Department.

During the phaseout, trains carrying highly-flammable l [...]

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