Fact Checker: Renewable energy

For this Fact Checker, we are evaluating two related claims.

Joni Ernst claimed, “Iowa remains a national leader in renewable energy, with 42 ethanol refineries and 12 biodiesel refineries in the state. According to the Iowa Corn Grow [...]

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Oelwein council appoints Sherrets as new mayor

OELWEIN — The Oelwein City Council voted Thursday night to appoint Mayor Pro Tem Peggy Sherrets as acting mayor.

She takes over after the council accepted the resignation of Jason Manus on Monday. Manus continue »

Kent Park lake may need drastic help to improve water quality

JOHNSON COUNTY — The lake at a popular Johnson County park may need some drastic help to improve the water quality. And the preferred solution may be to drain the lake and start over.

In seven out of 14 weeks this summer, the water a [...]

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Iowa City police to continue study that found racial disparity in traffic stops

IOWA CITY — The Iowa City Police Department will expand an ongoing study that found minority drivers were more likely to be stopped, searched and arrested by police officers than white and Asian motorists.

Police Chief Sam Hargadine [...]

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Fact Check: Ernst on Medicare


“Joni Ernst wants to cut Medicare and end its guarantee. Seniors are going to pay thousands more while insurance companies rake in bigger profits.” An accopanying graphic claims “Retirees would have to pay $ [...]

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Linn sales-tax change makes for winners and losers

CEDAR RAPIDS — Getting voters to approve the 1 percent local-option sales tax in the metro area here has been no picnic.

When in place, though, the tax has delivered a pretty predictable, stable stream of annual income to cities in Li [...]

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Podcast: On Iowa Politics talks Miller-Meeks and Loebsack debate, and polling data for Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Jack Hatch, Sen. Joni Ernst, and Rep. Bruce Braley

This week's show features discussion on Rep. Dave Loebsack and Mariannette Miller-Meeks debating, polling numbers for State Sen. Jack Hatch, Gov. Terry Branstad, State Sen. Joni Ernst, and Rep Bruce Braley, as well as recent audio of Er [...]

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Cedar Rapids will not move, take down I-380 speed cameras, officials say

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City of Cedar Rapids announced Thursday it won’t take down, move or turn off two speed cameras that the Iowa Department of Transportation says continue »

Former Cedar Rapids council memberseeks Linn County supervisor seat

CEDAR RAPIDS — Tom Podzimek, a former two-term, at-large Cedar Rapids City Council member, is running for the District 1 seat on the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

Unlike city offices in Iowa, campaigns for county office are partis [...]

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Auditor: State made $2.4 million settlement payments to 38 ex-employees

DES MOINES – State officials entered into 42 settlement agreements with former employees that included confidentiality clauses during a four-year period that ended last June, but only one included an additional payment for a secrecy provisi [...]

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Iowa’s Workforce Development director fights back against negative claims

DES MOINES — Iowa’s Workforce Development director rebutted claims this week that her agency has struggled with a hostile work environment since 2011, saying changes she made have brought challenges but also needed efficiency and acc [...]

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Iowa Attorney General’s program that helps crime victims draws scrutiny

DES MOINES — The chairman of the House Government Oversight Committee said this week his panel planned to open a probe next month looking into the administrative practices of a division of Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s office th [...]

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I-380 speed cameras don't comply with rules, DOT says

The state transportation department is questioning the location of automated traffic enforcement cameras along Interstate 380, saying at least two do not comply with a new rule governing how close the cameras can be to signs indicating a speed lim [...]

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Johnson County sales tax election finalized

IOWA CITY — The final pieces of the local-option sales tax vote slated for Johnson County this fall are now in place.

The county’s Board of Supervisor voted 4-1 Wednesday in support of a resolution setting the election for Nov [...]

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Food assistance for Iowa veterans varies by county

VINTON — Every year, thousands of Iowa veterans request food assistance from their county veterans affairs offices, but each county handles those requests differently.

Each month, a few veterans walk into Toni Parizek’s office, [...]

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