STATE NEWS

Cedar Rapids derecho damage worse than floods, National Guard activated

BY DAR DANIELSON RADIO IOWA - Cedar Rapids city leaders spoke publicly for the first time Thursday since the derecho slammed the eastern Iowa town. City Manager Jeff Pomeranz says he’s already been asked how this…
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Officials ‘pretty comfortable’ Iowa will get FEMA help

BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR RADIO IOWA - The head of Iowa’s Homeland Security Emergency Management agency says there is no guarantee, but there’s a strong chance areas of the state that were hard hit by Monday’s…
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New trail opens at Lake Red Rock

Attention bikers, walkers and nature lovers:  The newest section of the Volksweg Trail at Lake Red Rock is now complete and open to the public.  This extension adds an additional 2.5 miles of trail from…
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State Climatologist among those dealing with damage from Monday’s severe weather

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA -  State Climatologist Justin Glisan and his wife were working from home when Monday’s storm rolled through the Beaverdale neighborhood in Des Moines. “We call it a derecho. It’s literally…
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Two arrested after crashing vehicle into Muscatine Police HQ

Two men are facing several charges after authorities say they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine Police headquarters. Muscatine Police say the two men from Muscatine were arrested early Sunday (8/9) after their…
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More people now eligible for rent and mortgage help through state pandemic program

BY DAR DANIELSON RADIO IOWA - The Iowa Finance Authority says more people could now be eligible to receive assistance through their COVID-19 Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention program. Spokesperson Ashley Jared says those who were ineligible…
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Unemployment claims drop for third straight week

BY DAR DANIELSON RADIO IOWA - Unemployment claims are down for the third straight week.  Iowa Workforce Development says the number of ongoing unemployment claims dropped by 5,072 in the last week — and are down…
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Two districts resist governor’s order on resumption of classes

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA NEWS - Two central Iowa school boards are resisting the governor’s order that districts begin the school year with in-person instruction. The Waukee School Board and the district’s superintendent issued…
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Coronavirus drug trial volunteers needed

BY MATT KELLEY RADIO IOWA NEWS - Testing is now underway on a potential coronavirus vaccine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The first batch of volunteer patients was given doses of the experimental…
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Dry area in western Iowa expands

BY DAR DANIELSON The new report from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows more counties now showing dry conditions. The Iowa DNR’s Tim Hall says the negative outweighs the positive in the report. “We had a little…
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