STATE NEWS

Treasurer hopes to expand number of tax-free accounts for Iowans with disabilities

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) State Treasurer Roby Smith sees room for expansion of the I-ABLE program his office manages for Iowans with disabilities. The money deposited in a tax-free I-ABLE account may be…
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State system moves back to Drought Watch with lack of rain

By Dar Danielson (Radio Iowa) Iowa is back in the “Drought Watch” category on the system put together last year to keep tabs on the situation. DNR Hydrology coordinator, Tim Hall, works with other state…
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Iowa Senate Democrats select Jochum as new leader

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Democrats in the Iowa Senate have removed the lawmaker who’s been their leader for two and a half years and selected a veteran legislator to be Senate Minority Leader.…
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New Resource for Iowans to Learn About Emerging Drugs

DES MOINES -- The Iowa Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) unveiled a new website to educate Iowans about emerging substances for which there may be little or no regulation, such as Xylazine and Kratom.…
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Number of calls to Iowa Concern Hotline increasing

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) The Iowa Concern Hotline has seen a nearly 25% increase in calls over the past 12 months. Anyone in Iowa may call the hotline, but the round-the-clock service is primarily meant…
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Iowa Democrats approve mail-in system for 2024 Caucuses

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Iowa Democratic Party leaders have unanimously approved a plan to hold Caucuses on the same night as Iowa Republicans, but have Iowa Democrats use a mail in card to…
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Governor approves limits on state auditor’s authority

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Republican Governor Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that limits the Iowa state auditor’s ability to access some information, like tax returns or medical records, for audits…
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Iowa’s US House delegation backs debt ceiling deal

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) The four Republicans who represent Iowa in the U.S. House have voted in favor of a bill that raises the federal government’s borrowing limit and outlines future cuts in…
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U.S.D.A. meteorologist says dry conditions ‘exploding across the Midwest’

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) U.S.D.A. meteorologist Brad Rippey says abnormally dry conditions are likely to persist in Iowa through the summer. “As we move each day with this dry weather and suddenly warm…
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Share the fun of fishing during free fishing weekend June 2-4

DES MOINES -- Iowa residents can try fishing without buying a license on June 2, 3 and 4, as part of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) free fishing weekend. All other regulations remain…
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