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It’s School Bus Season Again

It’s School Bus Season Again

Lumbering yellow school buses are already making practice runs down area rural roads and busy city streets. Soon, they’ll be carrying thousands of kids to and from class, on field trips and to sporting events. Iowans are being reminded about the rules of the road involving school buses. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says the easiest rule

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Internet Usage Up on Iowa Farms According to the USDA

Seventy percent of U.S. farms and ranches now have access to internet, a 3 percent growth from 2013, according to the Computer Usage and Ownership report, released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), remained the most popular method for accessing internet, accounting for 30


College Aid Program Increases Health Care Access in Iowa Communities Including Forest City

Iowa College Aid today announced a combined total of 14 healthcare professionals were designated recipients of a state program established to assist high-need Iowa communities in attracting and retaining health care professionals. The Health Care Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPRP) provides loan repayment benefits to heath care professionals who practice in designated high-need communities for

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Grassley Inquires About Possible Conflicts of Interest in FOIA

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today raised concerns that the process for vetting emails for Freedom of Information Act requests at the State Department may be compromised. In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Grassley asked about a dispute between State Department Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) specialists and the Office of

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Emerald Ash Borer Strikes Montgomery County

The emerald ash borer (EAB), a destructive and invasive insect of ash trees has been discovered in central rural Montgomery County. Iowa’s growing number of counties with confirmed detections has now reached twenty-seven. Native to Asia, EAB has spread to 25 states since first being identified in Michigan back in 2002. This exotic pest is

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Britt Care Center Awarded VA Contract

The Westview Care Center has announced that they have been awarded a contract from the Department of Veterans Affairs to beginning contracting with the Veterans Administration Nursing Home Program. The program actually began on August 1st. The Department of Veterans Affairs contracts with community care and rehabilitation centers throughout the country to care for veterans

USDA Announces October 16 EQIP Signup

Iowa farmers interested in conservation planning and financial assistance to help reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and soil health, create wildlife habitat, or even cut energy costs on their land have until Oct. 16 to be considered for fiscal year 2016 funding through USDA’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Through EQIP, USDA’s Natural Resources