State lawmakers debate university funding model

DES MOINES — The intended and unintended consequences of a new proposal for funding Iowa’s public universities came under review by lawmakers Monday during a legislative fiscal committee meeting.

Some lawmakers praised the Boar [...]

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GOP official: videos violated campaign laws

CEDAR RAPIDS — A candidate for Iowa secretary of state is adding a disclaimer to his YouTube videos that is required on political advertising.

Democrat Brad Anderson’s campaign isn’t conceding his videos are ads, but a s [...]

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Mountain bike trail at Squaw Creek among recreational trail grant recipients

The Iowa Department of Transportation has approved $5.5 million in grants for recreational trail projects across Iowa, including a mountain bike trail at Squaw Creek Park in Linn County.

The Red Cedar Loop and Connector at Squaw Creek will c [...]

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Opponents call on Branstad to reject pipeline in Iowa

DES MOINES — A coalition of environmental groups submitted 2,300 petitions to Gov. Terry Branstad on Tuesday asking him to oppose a crude oil pipeline proposed to cut diagonally across Iowa and affect properties in 17 to 19 counties.


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‘Edgy’ messages spicing up Iowa interstates

DES MOINES — Signs along the interstates in Iowa have gotten a little spicier, but it’s all in the name of saving lives, officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say.

Iowa’s roughly 80 permanent digital messa [...]

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Iowa agents release video in lottery ticket mystery, seek public's help

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Branstad proposes expanded government accountability

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday proposed creating a Government Accountability Portal to make state government more open, transparent and accountable to Iowa citizens.

Branstad said the new entity would be a “one-st [...]

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In debate, Blum and Murphy draw contrasts on ISIS, Ebola, militarized police

CEDAR RAPIDS — Candidates for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District offered slightly different views last night for how the United States should handle foreign threats, such as Islamic State jihadists.

In a debate at Coe College in [...]

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Sexual harassment probe at Iowa Veterans Home leads to firings, discipline

MARSHALLTOWN — Lawmakers and members of the oversight board for Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown are questioning why they are just now learning about an internal sexual harassment probe that included more than 100 interviews, 13 disciplin [...]

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State Appeal Board agrees to settle claims

DES MOINES — The State Appeal Board agreed Monday to pay a $435,000 award to settle claims stemming from a traffic accident involving a state snow plow and $35,000 to settle a discrimination claim brought by a woman who claimed she was not [...]

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Branstad defends administration, length of service

CEDAR RAPIDS — Gov. Terry Branstad defended his hand-picked director of the state’s largest agency as well as the length of time he’s been in office during a visit Monday to Cedar Rapids.

Branstad, a Republican seeking a [...]

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Branstad Listens in on Anti-Bullying Panel in Linn County

TROY MILLS — Addressing students at North-Linn Community Schools on Monday, Governor Terry Branstad thanked them for “recognizing the importance of standing up to bullying.”

Joined by his wife Chris and Lieutenant Govern [...]

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‘Diamond grinding’ roadwork on Highway 151 causing concern

FAIRFAX — A five-mile stretch of Highway 151 south of Fairfax is getting noticed by drivers — and not in a good way.

Last month, the Iowa Department of Transportation did what’s called “diamond grinding” to [...]

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Advocates say Iowa unwilling to bolster nursing services

DES MOINES — The leader of an advocacy group seeking to bolster services for nursing facility residents with mental illness and intellectual disabilities said her agency filed a complaint with federal officials after other attempts to get b [...]

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Iowa audit turns up improper bank transitions

DES MOINES — A special investigation by the State Auditor’s Office has identified nearly $279,345 of improper disbursements and undeposited collections tied to a former secretary responsible for the Mahaska County Soil and Water Cons [...]

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