Policy

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 health agency approves cannabis oil ID card rules

DES MOINES — A state panel Wednesday approved rules effective Jan. 30 for issuing photo identification registration cards as a legal protection for Iowans authorized to possession marijuana-derived cannabis oil for medical use to treat or a [...]

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Lottery president says Iowa won’t be last to offer online ticket sales

CEDAR RAPIDS — Nothing seems farther away from the world of the smartphone, computer tablet and the future than the line at the grocery or convenience store to buy a lottery ticket.

However, Terry Rich, president and chief executive [...]

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Judge bars telemarketer from operating in Iowa

DES MOINES — An Iowa judge has barred a Las Vegas-based company from telemarketing health and nutrition-related products to Iowans, according to Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller.

The judicial action came Thursday after an undercover p [...]

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Chinese National arrested in seed-corn conspiracy

DES MOINES — Federal authorities on Wednesday announced the arrest and indictment of Mo Yun, a Chinese national accused in a conspiracy to steal trade secrets from two U.S. seed corn companies.

U.S. Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt sai [...]

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Iowa ranks low for keeping up with gas tax

A new report shows Iowa is one of 10 states where the gas tax, when considering inflation, is at a historic low.

The report was critical of falling behind on the gas tax, saying the tax supports roads and transportation infrastructure, and m [...]

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Senate passes government accountability bill

DES MOINES — Senate Democrats passed a wide-ranging accountability bill Friday to address transparency and whistle-blower deficiencies uncovered in state government over GOP objections the measure shields state workers from public disclosur [...]

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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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Iowa Senate approves reappointments to medical board

DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate voted Tuesday to reconfirm two members of the Iowa Board of Medicine, a state regulatory panel which has been embroiled in a controversy over pills used to induce abortions that are dispensed by doctors using au [...]

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Iowans getting healthier, state report shows

The Iowa Department of Public Health released its 2014 Healthy Iowans Progress Report on Friday afternoon, highlighting advances the state has made [...]

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Should Iowa’s public funds go passive?

A growing number of investment experts, including Warren Buffett, say index funds are the way to go for long-term investments because you can skip pricey fund managers who likely won’t outsmart the market.

Some local investors are pu [...]

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State keeps do-not-hire database

Public agencies in Iowa flag employees they don't want to rehire — a practice that is legal, but some say discriminatory.

The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) provided a database to The Gazette Thursday that includes 974 p [...]

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