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Feds propose new rules for trains carrying flammable liquids in outdated cars

Outdated train cars carrying flammable liquids across Iowa and the rest of the country would be phased out within two years under a new proposal from the U.S.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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Branstad: “outlandish” state wasn’t told about immigrant children

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday it is “outlandish” that undocumented children are being placed in Iowa without any notification to state officials by the federal government.

Branstad said he has a lot of [...]

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Clayton County city, Millville, disincorporates

Millville, a widening of the shoulder of Highway 52 south of Guttenberg, ranked in 2012 as one of Iowa’s 10 smallest cities, with 29 residents.

The Clayton County town, tucked between bluffs, the Turkey River and Highway 52, got off t [...]

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Gov. Branstad says conflicting court rulings adding to health care uncertainty

ALTOONA – Gov. Terry Branstad said Wednesday Iowans are caught in a wait-and-see dilemma due to court rulings that have heaped more uncertainty on a federal Obamacare health system that has been beset with challenges.

During a stop at [...]

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Cedar Rapids council buys land from casino investors

CEDAR RAPIDS — Without City Council or public comment, the council this week agreed to buy four parcels of land that the local group of casino investors hustled to buy in the summer of 2013 so they could complete plans for their Cedar Cross [...]

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Three historic buildings take next step in new life

Redevelopment of three historic buildings in Cedar Rapids is moving ahead.

Construction on two of the three is slated to begin in September. Those are the Sokol Gymnasium property at 417 Third St. SE in downtown and the Commonwealth Apartm [...]

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North Liberty City Council receives five applications for vacant seat

The North Liberty City Council has received five applications for its vacant city council seat.

Newly-appointed Mayor Gerry Kuhl gave up his council seat when he was sworn in June 24. During a July 8 meeting, council members decided to appoi [...]

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Independence coffee shop owner meets with Obama

WASHINGTON — To show her appreciation for him signing legislation calling for increased collaboration between vocational rehabilitation programs and high schools, Emilea Hillman invited President Barack Obama to coffee.

At her coffeeh [...]

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Branstad administration ‘surprised’ to hear about immigration placements

DES MOINES — Central American children who have crossed the U.S. border illegally are making their way to Iowa “behind the scenes” with the help of family members and support groups to avoid drawing attention or the ire of pro [...]

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