Month: April 2020

Meat cases in some Iowa grocery stores are emptying out as the closures of large pork processing plants take a toll on supplies of products like ham, bacon and pork chops. Iowa Pork Producers Association president Greg Hora says the COVID-19 outbreaks in meatpacking facilities are creating the supply chain issues we’re already seeing in […]

The state’s small business grant program that handed out $24 million earlier this month has been revived with an additional $70 million in federal economic stimulus money. Hundreds of small business owners shut out of the initial run are being notified by email that they are getting a grant. “We know that every day that […]

Governor Kim Reynolds today said she’s confident in the results from the COVID-19 test kits that Utah companies are providing for the “Test Iowa” program. The Salt Lake Tribune reports medical experts are questioning the accuracy of the “Test Utah” program the same companies are running. Reynolds says the state lab processing Test Iowa kits […]

UNI Director of Athletics David Harris, head coaches, senior staff and select other staff have committed to take voluntary pay cuts through the remainder of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The pay cut will help the athletics department reduce a deficit created by a decrease in expected NCAA distributions this spring after the cancellation of the […]

The director of Iowa Workforce Development says some laid-off Iowans called back to work may be able to refuse for “a few, virus-related” reasons and keep getting unemployment benefits, but Beth Townsend says citing general workplace safety concerns as a reason will be difficult to prove. “We do have a provision in our unemployment code […]

Iowa Workforce Development reports 28,827 first-time claims for unemployment in the last week. Some businesses forced to closed by the coronavirus outbreak will be allow to reopen in 77 counties beginning Friday. IWD deputy director Ryan West says it is hard to say how many employees will go back to work once the restrictions lift […]

If online orders for seeds and plants are any indication, there will likely be many more backyard gardens around the state this year. Since mid-March, interest in garden seeds and plants has quadrupled at the Midwest headquarters of Earl May in Shenandoah. Spokeswoman Deanna Anderson says online orders came in at an astonishing pace. “It […]

Committee comes together to form the KHS Seniors 2020 Main Street Banners project. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Senior Banner Project 2020 The class of 2020 across the nation and around the world is dealing with disappointment while adapting to a new norm…and so are the parents that have eagerly anticipated these senior moments since the first […]

Iowa Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer is co-sponsoring a bill that would establish $500 million worth of federal grants to boost use of ethanol and biodiesel. The grants could be used to upgrade fueling stations, pipelines or fuel terminals — so a higher percentage of ethanol and biodiesel could be blended into gasoline and diesel. The proposal […]

Iowa’s Secretary of State, Paul Pate, is looking for poll workers to help voters during the June 2nd primary. Pate says the coronavirus has them changing their approach. “Normally Iowa’s poll workers tend to come from age groups that are more vulnerable — our senior population. Because they are more susceptible to this COVID-19, we […]

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