A full two-thirds of Iowa’s 99 counties now confirm infestations of the emerald ash borer, which is blamed for killing millions of ash trees nationwide. Most of the counties with infestations are in eastern and southern Iowa, but the insects are expected to continue moving west. Sioux City’s parks maintenance field supervisor Kelly Bach says […]
The chair of the National Transportation Safety Board today disussed the fatal 2017 Riverside School District bus fire. NTSB chair Robert Sumwalt says driver impairment was an issue as 74-year-old bus driver Donald Hendricks used a walker and had back surgery scheduled the week of the fire. Hendricks and 16-year-old Megan Klindt died when the […]
Democratic Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer of Dubuque is sponsoring legislation aimed at increasing pay for rural doctors. “Iowa doctors have been shortchanged by a government formula that underestimates the cost of labor and practice expenses,” Finkenauer says. Doctors in rural areas are paid far less for the care they provide elderly Medicare patients. The formula is […]
Senator Joni Ernst says she doesn’t want a war with Iran — but Ernst says Iranian leaders are on a path of “increasing desperation” that eventually would require a military response. “Iran needs to understand they need to back off and they need to stop their nefarious actions,” Ernst said this weekend during a news […]
A spokesman for Governor Reynolds says she’s putting together “a new team” to run the Iowa Department of Human Services. About 24 hours after announcing Jerry Foxhoven’s departure as the agency’s director, the governor’s office released a statement, saying Governor Reynolds asked Foxhoven to resign because she wants to go in a new direction in […]