Branstad signs job training bill in Altoona

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad visited the still-under-construction $1 billion Facebook data center in Altoona on Monday to sign a job training bill.

“Apprenticeships allow students to earn while they learn, rather than takin [...]

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Iowa Gov. Branstad to sign use of cannabis oil to treat seizure disorders

JOHNSTON — Although skeptical, Gov. Terry Branstad plans to sign legislation creating a “very careful experiment” in the use of cannabis oil in treating seizure disorders.

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Lawmakers legalize limited form of medical marijuana

The Iowa Senate on Thursday approved a narrow opening for Iowa parents with children suffering from severe epilepsy to be able to access cannabis oil as a treatment option.

After an emotion-charged debate, senators voted 36-12 to pass Sena [...]

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Broadband initiative hits roadblock

DES MOINES — The Iowa House killed a signature part of Gov. Terry Branstad’s legislative agenda when members voted 51-44 against a broadband expansion bill.

In easily the most surprising vote of the day, if not this year’ [...]

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Dog racing phaseout deal OK’d by Senate

DES MOINES — Fast-track legislation that would dramatically reduce the number of greyhound races in Iowa won near-unanimous approval Friday in the Iowa Senate.

A deal worked out among casino owners in Council Bluffs and Dubuque, Iowa [...]

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Senators OK limited access to cannabis oil

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate on Thursday approved a narrow opening for Iowa parents whose children suffer from severe epilepsy to be able to access cannabis oil as a treatment option.

After a debate charged with emotion, senators vote [...]

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Lawmakers approve calling coaches school employees

DES MOINES - The Iowa Legislature approved a last-minute law to redefine coaches as school employees after the Iowa Supreme Court cleared a high school coach who had consensual sex with a 16-year-old student.

Some fear unintended consequence [...]

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Medical marijuana bill moves forward

DES MOINES — Iowans would be protected from prosecution for possessing a specific type of medical marijuana under legislation that moved through a Senate subcommittee Wednesday.

It’s a remarkable first step for legislation cons [...]

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Iowa lawmakers approve compromise on education funding

DES MOINES — A House-Senate panel Wednesday approved a $986 million education budget compromise for fiscal 2015 that would cover a tuition freeze at state universities, fund K-12 education reforms with $49 million and boost operating money [...]

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Senate includes Toledo home money in HHS budget bill

DES MOINES — The politically divided Iowa Senate voted Monday to re-establish a 20-bed state-run facility to provide treatment and educational services for troubled teenagers previously served at the Iowa Juvenile Home before the Toledo cen [...]

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Iowa House Approves Education Funding Bill

DES MOINES – In-state public university students will get a tuition freeze this fall under legislation passed by the Iowa House late Tuesday night.

The measure also scoops roughly $4.4 million from the University of Iowa’s appr [...]

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