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Grassley Co-sponsors Bill to Stabilize Access to Oxygen, Other Medical Equipment in Rural Areas

Senator Chuck Grassley is a co-sponsor of bipartisan legislation that would help preserve Medicare beneficiary access to necessary medical equipment such as oxygen, blood glucose monitors, and sleep apnea machines in rural areas. “Medical care ought to be both affordable and accessible,” Grassley said.  “We’re seeing the unintended consequences of a poorly implemented program by […]

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SEVERE WEATHER WEEK Pt. 1 of 5: Thunderstorms

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and the National Weather Service have designated March 21 through March 25 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Each day during Severe Weather Awareness Week, KIOW and the National Weather Service in Des Moines will cover severe weather topics. Today’s topic is severe thunderstorms. A thunderstorm is […]

Specialty Crops

MONDAY MORNING AG WATCH: Specialty Crop Applications Due Soon

 Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today reminded Iowans that the deadline to apply for grant funding through the Specialty Crop Block Grant program is May 2.  The grants are available to support projects that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops grown in Iowa. The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, which administers the program, has reported […]

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Ernst Co-Sponsors Legislation to Impose Tough Sanctions On Iran in Response to Ballistic Missile Violations

In response to recent ballistic missile tests by Iran, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) co-sponsored legislation introduced by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) to impose tough primary and secondary sanctions on every sector of the Iranian economy that directly or indirectly supports Iran’s ballistic missile program.  Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Mark Kirk (R-IL), […]

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Grassley, McCaskill, Wyden Bill Expands Whistleblower Protections to the Legislative Branch

In celebration of Sunshine Week, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Senators Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced legislation to shield congressional employees from retaliation when they call attention to fraud, waste or mismanagement. The bill extends whistleblower protections in place at many executive branch agencies to the legislative branch of […]


SUNDAY TALK: The “Big Top” is a “Big Nightmare” to Performance Animals in the Circus

Letter to the Editor   Dear Editor, A circus is coming to North Iowa in a few weeks.  The Shrine Circus is a traveling show that includes acrobats, clowns, and of course, plenty of performance animals.  The upcoming Shrine Circus in North Iowa specifically showcases the Tarzan Zerbini Performing Elephants as part of it traveling […]