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Ernst Questions USDA Secretary Vilsack on Harmful Impact of Ag Regulations on Iowans

At the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry hearing on “The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Current State of the Farm Economy,” Senator Ernst pressed Secretary Tom Vilsack on the harmful effects farmers, ranchers, land owners, and consumers face in Iowa from costly and burdensomefederal regulations on the agriculture industry. In particular Ernst […]


Severe Weather to Impact the Area Overnight

Tonight has seen a number of severe weather scenarios develop, many of which have been the thunderstorm variety. However, Cerro Gordo County has seen two short lived tornadoes, several funnel clouds, and at least five Severe Thunderstorm Warnings. As the night progresses, another Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued, this time in Minnesota. Freeborn County has […]


Hancock County to be Seen in a New Perspective

Next spring, you’ll see an updated bird’s-eye view of Hancock County, as county officials are planning to take new aerial images. The Hancock County Board of Supervisors met in adjourned session Monday with a lengthy agenda, which included a presentation on pictometry. Pictometry is the name of a patented aerial image capture process that produces imagery […]


Finance Committee Members Call for Review of Rebate Practices for Mylan’s EpiPen

Senate Finance Committee Republicans requested a review of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) administration and oversight of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP) regarding Mylan’s EpiPen.  A letter, led by Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), was sent to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) Daniel R. Levinson. “Manufacturer rebates play […]