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Trump storms Iowa in historic win in Republican Caucuses

By Radio Iowa Staff Former President Donald Trump won the 2024 Iowa Republican Party’s Caucuses by a historic margin. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finished a distant second. I want to thank everybody. This has been…
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Survey: Iowa business leaders have ‘robust optimism’ for state economy, future

By Matt Kelley (Radio Iowa) The latest survey of the state’s top business leaders finds a majority of them remain positive about Iowa’s overall economy. Joe Murphy, president of the Iowa Business Council, says the fourth…
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Water Summary Update: Drought conditions persist despite increased December rainfall

DES MOINES -- Despite above-normal rainfall in December, overall conditions at the end of 2023 remain dry, according to the latest Water Summary Update. December saw 1.79 inches of precipitation, or 0.42 inches above normal.…
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Legislative panel reviews proposed rules for Iowa’s six week abortion ban

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) The panel of lawmakers that oversees state agency regulations has conducted its initial review of how the Iowa Board of Medicine intends to enforce Iowa’s six-week abortion ban. The…
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Iowa’s governor calls for more tax cuts, teacher pay raises in annual speech to lawmakers

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Governor Kim Reynolds is calling for another reduction in Iowa’s personal income tax and a 50% increase in the minimum salary for first-time teachers. Reynolds delivered the annual “Condition…
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Tougher penalties in Iowa for trespassing on farms upheld

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) A federal appeals court has upheld enhanced penalties in Iowa for trespassing on farms. A federal appeals court has upheld two state laws that established new penalties for trespassing…
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DCI Updates on Perry School Shooting

DES MOINES -- On January 5, 2024, the Iowa State Medical Examiner performed the autopsies on the two decedents from the Perry High School active shooter event. The deceased Perry Middle School student has been…
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Officials say six shot, one fatally, in Perry school by suspect who died by self-inflicted gunshot

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Authorities say a 6th grader was killed and five other people were wounded during a shooting this morning in Perry High School and the 17-year-old suspect, who was a…
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Iowa’s now endured 182 straight weeks of drought

By Matt Kelley (Radio Iowa) The final tallies are in, and state climatologist Justin Glisan says 2023 is going down as one of Iowa’s warmest and driest years in more than 150 years of record…
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Drought conditions continue during record streak

DES MOINES - The current drought is the longest in Iowa since the 1950s, with abnormally dry and drought conditions extending into the 188th week in a row, according to the latest data available. Following…
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