Government policy

State aims for second take with film tax credit

DES MOINES — Iowa has hit the “refresh” button on its efforts to nurture media productions in the state.

Iowa, which once hoped to be the darling of the film industry with its best-in-the-nation state tax credits, suffer [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids council supports facade improvement, startup programs

CEDAR RAPIDS — The City Council has agreed to spend $100,000 on two new projects, $50,000 on a downtown facade-improvement program and the same amount to back an entrepreneurial start-up support venture.

In the facade fix-up initiativ [...]

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Iowa employers to see decrease in jobless insurance tax rates

DES MOINES — Iowa employers who pay into the state unemployment trust fund will see their contributions drop by $108 million when the average jobless insurance tax rate drops from 1.6 percent to 1.2 percent for the 2015 calendar year, Gov. [...]

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Iowa pipeline informational meetings planned for September

DES MOINES – A Texas company looking to build a crude oil pipeline across Iowa expects to hold “open houses” in 17 to 19 affected counties in September to brief landowners and other interested parties about the planned project [...]

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Iowa Gaming Commission places 3-year pause on new casino applications

JOHNSTON — Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett has been looking to the Iowa Legislature for help since the moment the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission in April turned down the proposal to bring a casino to Cedar Rapids's downtown riverfront.

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Agreement halts lending company targeting Iowa military

DES MOINES — A coalition of prosecutors has halted a predatory loan operation that targeted U.S. service members.

Nearly $92 million in relief is expected to come to Iowa and 12 other states due to a court agreement with 13 states and [...]

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Branstad seeks federal disaster help for more Iowa counties

DES MOINES, Iowa — Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday asked President Barack Obama to designate 22 counties in Iowa eligible for federal disaster relief services.

Branstad signed a letter to be delivered to Obama requesting a presidential [...]

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Branstad hasn’t taken position on oil pipeline through Iowa

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he does not plan to take a position on a proposed crude oil pipeline that would stretch diagonally across Iowa until he has more information about the project that a Texas company has slated to b [...]

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Marion officials consider incentives for two expanding local manufacturers

MARION — The city of Marion is considering economic development incentives to help two local manufacturing companies — Legacy Manufacturing Co. and Acterra Group Inc. — with expansion plans.

In the first, Legacy Manufact [...]

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Cedar Rapids council to consider ‘aggressive solicitation’ ordinance

CEDAR RAPIDS — Men with weathered faces and signs asking for money are hard to ignore when they camp next to Interstate 380 ramps in the city.

They provoke a thought of one kind or another for most who drive by.

The City Council [...]

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Coalition calls for tougher Iowa clean water rules

DES MOINES — A coalition of groups on Tuesday called upon the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to strengthen proposed clean water rules for large-scale commercial livestock operations.

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improv [...]

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Obama transportation proposal would OK tollways, but unlikely in Iowa

A federal transportation proposal would remove restrictions on toll booths on federal roads, which could provide states like Iowa a new revenue stream to pay for road and bridge work.

However, Iowa officials say even if President Barack Oba [...]

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Local government leaders react to Supreme Court’s public prayer ruling

Fire Department Chaplain Phil Saunders said when he delivers the prayer before a Cedar Rapids City Council meeting, he prays for wisdom.

“I ask the Lord to give wisdom to the council people,” the 73-year-old retired firefighter [...]

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Senators ready to try again on U.S. cybersecurity legislation

U.S. administration officials, private sector executives and privacy advocates are reviewing a draft of a bill that would encourage sharing of cybersecurity data between the government and companies, two key Senators said on Wednesday.

Senat [...]

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