STATE NEWS

Iowa won’t meet goal of less than 300 traffic deaths in 2021

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they will continue to strive for fewer than 300 annual traffic deaths, but it won’t happen in 2021. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that as of Friday, Iowa…
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Biden appoints Iowa Farm Service Agency chief, Iowa director for U.S.D.A. Rural Development

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA - President Biden has appointed the leader of a climate action group and the Democrat who unsuccessfully challenged U.S. Senator Joni Ernst a year ago to the top two U.S.D.A.…
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The cost of this year's Thanksgiving dinner will be higher

Thanksgiving dinner will cost more this year.  A study by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows the average price tag for a Thanksgiving meal for ten people is $53.31—up 14 percent from last year.  Turkey…
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UAW, Deere & Co. Agree on Contract

Deere & Co. workers approved a new contract Wednesday (11/17) that will deliver 10% raises immediately and end a month-long strike for more than 10,000 employees. The United Auto Workers union said 61% of its…
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Central Iowa policeman charged with sexually abusing a minor

BY O. KAY HENDERSON A 30-year-old central Iowa man has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 15-year-old. On Friday, the Pleasantville Police Department asked state agents to investigate allegations that a Pleasantville policeman had…
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Audit: Governor improperly used COVID funds for salaries

By DAVID PITT DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit report on government spending released Monday accused Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds of using nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for…
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Axne is seeking reelection in Iowa’s new third congressional district

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA - Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, will seek re-election for a third term in the U.S House in Iowa;s new third congressional district. Axne, who had…
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Judge orders Sioux City man to pay $4 million fine for ‘environmental crimes’

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA - A former member of the city council in Sioux City has been ordered to pay a $4 million fine for committing what a federal prosecutor calls “environmental crimes.” Forty-seven-year-old…
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Former State Trooper faces federal charge over 2017 traffic stop

A former Iowa State Patrol officer with a history of excessive force allegations has been indicted on a federal charge over a 2017 traffic stop in which dash-camera video captured him roughing up a motorcyclist.…
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Red Cross spokesperson says Iowa blood supply at six year low

BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR There’s a major blood shortage in the United States. A quarter of the blood centers in the Midwest have just a day’s supply or even less on hand. “Our blood supply is…
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