Public Officials

Renewable fuel standard decision faces indefinite delay

WASHINGTON — An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to lower the required level of ethanol in petroleum-based fuels has stalled, leading to speculation that politics are in play as the midterm election looms.

Nearly a year past [...]

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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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Cedar Rapids fall leaf collection changing to every-other week

CEDAR RAPIDS — Leaf vacuum collection in Cedar Rapids is changing from an every-week to an every-other week schedule this fall, city officials said Friday.

The change is being made because city crews were struggling to keep up with th [...]

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Branstad names McGovern acting worker’s comp commissioner

CEDAR RAPIDS — Michelle “Miki” McGovern has been named acting Workers’ Compensation Commissioner effective immediately, by Gov. Terry Branstad.

She succeeds Christopher Godfrey, who resigned to take a federal posi [...]

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Iowa to host 2016 governors’ summer meeting

DES MOINES — Iowa again will play host to the nation’s governors in 2016.

Leaders of the National Governors Association announced Wednesday that Iowa will host the nation’s governors for its 2016 summer meeting. The July [...]

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City administrator gets raise in Coralville

CORALVILLE — Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth is set to get a 3.25 percent increase in his total compensation.

After a performance review, the City Council is supporting setting Hayworth’s salary at $169,197 and def [...]

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Coralville city administrator to get pay raise

CORALVILLE — Coralville City Administrator Kelly Hayworth is set to get a 3.25 percent increase in his total compensation.

Following a performance review, the City Council is supporting setting Hayworth’s salary at $169,197 and [...]

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Specialized Iowa license plates now available online

DES MOINES, Iowa — Expect to see more personalized or specialty license plates on Iowa highways in the future.

Paul Trombino, director of the state Department of Transportation joined Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday to announce a new se [...]

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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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Harkin calls for protection, refuge for unaccompanied child immigrants

Sen. Tom Harkin sharply criticized Gov. Terry Branstad and others reluctant to extend humanitarian aid to unaccompanied minors coming to the United States from Central America.

“I’m disappointed that Gov. Terry Branstad has som [...]

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Iowa Medicaid director resigns

Iowa’s Medicaid director has resigned to take a position at the University of Iowa.

A Tuesday release from the Iowa Department of Human Services said Jennifer Vermeer’s resignation is effective August 21.

Vermeer, who h [...]

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VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has resigned amid a health-care scandal that had engulfed the agency.

Shinseki has been under fire over allegations that VA facilities mani [...]

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Cedar Rapids shuts down nuisance apartment house


City officials on Thursday shut down what they said is a“nuisance” apartment house in the city even as the owner sold the place to a new owner.

Amanda Grieder, coordinator of the city’ [...]

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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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Iowa Department of Administrative Services official resigns

DES MOINES — A top Iowa Department of Administrative Services official involved in a controversial agency reorganization that included secret settlements with paid confidentiality clauses has resigned from his state post, the department [...]

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