Government

Downtown skywalk project comes back to haunt Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS — State and federal transportation officials are telling the Corridor Metropolitan Planning Organization to make major changes in its operation or face the possible suspension of about $4-million in annual federal aid.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley says it is too soon to commit ground troops to Iraq

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley wants to start military training for Syrian moderates as soon as possible, but said it’s too early to commit ground troops in Iraq.

The Iowa Republican said he supports the president’s [...]

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Branstad seeks to better link workers to jobs

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday proposed the creation of a new public-private center to address a skills gap that impedes economic growth by better utilizing resources to match education and workforce training efforts with indus [...]

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Iowa City considers $1.75M tax break for mall renovation

IOWA CITY — City officials are considering a $1.75 million tax incentive to help renovate the old Von Maur location in Iowa City Marketplace for continue »


Marion trash-sorting facility delayed

MARION — Maryland-based Fiberight LLC had expected to begin construction in June on a $15 million facility to grab organic material in garbage to convert into ethanol at a corn-ethanol plant it is renovating in Blairstown in Benton County.< [...]

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Clintons push for Iowa Democrats in 2014

INDIANOLA — Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon rallying support for Iowa Democratic candidates, testing the 2016 presidential waters in the nation's kickoff nominating state, and [...]

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Forum dives into water quality issues

CEDAR RAPIDS — With Election Day fast approaching, environmentally minded residents gathered Saturday to discuss Eastern Iowa’s water quality issues.

The League of Women Voters of Linn County hosted the Clean Streams an [...]

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In accepting tributes, Harkin asks one more election favor

INDIANOLA — It was Sen. Tom Harkin's party, but he also was the guest of honor as speaker after speaker praised and thanked him for 40 years of service in Congress.

The Iowa Democrat, who will retire from the U.S. Senate in January, [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks Loras Poll numbers, Gov. Branstad and Sen. Jack Hatch, and Harkin Steak Fry

This week's show features discussion on new Loras College Poll numbers for Iowa races, Gov. Terry Branstad's growing lead in some polls over State Sen. Jack Hatch, and the Sen. Harkin Steak Fry. On Iowa Politics is a weekly news and analysis pod [...]

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Fact Checker: Preschool funding

Introduction

“Branstad tried to abolish preschool funding.”

Source of claim

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch’s TV ad “Yawn,” which started airing Tuesday

Analysis

Sixty [...]

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Panel proposes Iowa grow, process and dispense medical marijuana

DES MOINES — A legislative study panel Thursday recommended Iowa lawmakers develop a program next session to produce, process and dispense medical marijuana to address shortcomings in a new state law regarding access and standards to cannab [...]

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With a break looming, Iowa’s legislators in Washington still have issues

WASHINGTON — The last few weeks of work for Congress before a break are shaping up to be both brief and busy — and not boring.

And Iowa's senators, Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin, have items they want to check off their to-do li [...]

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Iowa health agency approves cannabis oil ID card rules

DES MOINES — A state panel Wednesday approved rules effective Jan. 30 for issuing photo identification registration cards as a legal protection for Iowans authorized to possession marijuana-derived cannabis oil for medical use to treat or a [...]

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Supervisor revisits Jackson County courthouse shooting

MAQUOKETA — The Jackson County supervisor who tackled the shooter in the courthouse yesterday says he did so to protect his friends.

Larry “Buck” Koos was at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday when investigators say [...]

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Washington County attorney faces recommended $1,000 fine

WASHINGTON, Iowa — An administrative law judge has recommended Washington County Attorney Larry Brock pay a $1,000 fine for knowingly violating Iowa’s open records law.

“This penalty is based on respondent’s unre [...]

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