Government policy

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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Iowa workers who died on the job last year honored

By Alison Sullivan, Gazette Des Moines Bureau

DES MOINES — Attendees of the annual Iowa Workers Memorial Day ceremony reflected Friday on the 61 state workers who died while working last year.

The ceremony included speeches from [...]

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Iowa Attorney General to use consumer fraud law to combat synthetic drugs sales

DES MOINES — In what he called a “first of its kind” consumer fraud lawsuit in Iowa, Attorney General Tom Miller has filed suit against two Des Moines convenience store owners over the sales of synthetic drugs.

Iowa [...]

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PETA asks to build memorial to turkeys killed in Sioux City truck crash

DES MOINES — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has asked the Iowa Department of Transportation for permission to erect a 10-foot-tall memorial to the turkeys that perished in a Sioux City truck crash on April 12.

“The [...]

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Lamberti on Cedar Rapids casino: 'It was clearly the right decision'

DES MOINES — During a TV taping today, Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission Chairman Jeff Lamberti forcefully backed the commission's 4-1 vote that denied a casino for Cedar Rapids.

“I can't solve all the world's problems, I can d [...]

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Microsoft brings $1.1 billion data center to Iowa

DES MOINES – Plans were unveiled Friday indicating computer giant Microsoft has selected West Des Moines as the site for a $1.1 billion regional data center to be built in four phases.

Details of Project Alluvion were made public duri [...]

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Iowa law enforcement academy administrator retires amid pressure

The assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy announced this week he will retire amid pressure from a lawmaker concerning complaints the administrator made inappropriate comments to female students and co-workers.

Mike Quinn, 71 [...]

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EPA likely to reconsider ethanol volume in Renewable Fuel Standard, Branstad says

DES MOINES — Based on feedback from a variety of sources and meetings with officials of the Environmental Protection Agency, Gov. Terry Branstad is optimistic the federal agency’s plan to scale back renewable fuel volume in the Renew [...]

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County officials renew efforts to protect roadside vegetation

Illegal mowing and cultivation are impairing the ability of Iowa's roadside ditches from fulfilling their capabilities as green infrastructure, according to state and county officials.

Encroachment of crops into public rights of way and mo [...]

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