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A survey of business owners and supply managers across Iowa and eight other Midwestern states finds the economies in Iowa and in the region are healthy and expanding. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says a score of 50 on the report is “growth neutral,” and the regional economy is well above that. “The overall index […]

Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds this morning said it’s “likely” she will become Iowa’s next governor before the end of May. Governor Terry Branstad will appear before a Senate committee tomorrow for a confirmation hearing. It’s a key step toward a full senate vote on his nomination to be U.S. Ambassador to China. “We don’t have a date. […]

Starting on this May Day, AAA members in Iowa will be able to take advantage of a new type of service. The auto club’s Gail Weinholzer says if you’re out bicycling anywhere in the state and have some type of mechanical trouble, you’ll be able to call for a tow truck. So, why is the […]

May is National Foster Care Month and an Iowan who works to get kids into foster homes says it has a two-fold purpose. “We literally want to let people know that foster parents do provide care out of the goodness of their heart and because they want to provide a stable and safe environment for […]

Terry Branstad’s historic tenure as Iowa’s governor is drawing to a close. AUDIO of report, 4:00 The first hint of Branstad’s exit came on the sixth of November, during Donald Trump’s final campaign rally in Iowa. “He made some off-the-cuff remark like, ‘Well, Governor Branstad can take care of China,’” Branstad said, laughing during a Radio […]

Backers of a bill that easily passed the Iowa legislature earlier this month say it’s designed to bring the digital “5G revolution” into Iowa. “Almost 70 percent of Americans own a smart phone and about 90 percent use the internet. Despite the prevalence of 4G broadband, 5G networks will connect billions of new internet devices […]

Today is “Workers Memorial Day” and 10 ceremonies are being held around the state to remember workers who’ve died on the job. According to the Iowa Labor Commissioner, 34 people died last year while they were working in Iowa. Ken Sagar is president of the Iowa Federation of Labor. “There are 34 families from last […]

We’re more than a month into spring, yet frost, flurries and snowfall are again in the weekend forecast. It’s annoying for many Iowans who want to start enjoying the outdoors but it’s a huge financial threat for many farmers who can’t plant their crops. Dennis Todey, director of the U.S.D.A.’s Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, […]

A 26-year-old Des Moines man has admitted to  committing a string of armed robberies and to dealing drugs. Alexander Hamilton was linked to robberies at 16 convenience stores in Des Moines and one in Ames. Four co-conspirators previously pleaded guilty in connection with the crime spree that happened last year between March 17th and April […]

The results of the latest Iowa Youth Survey of kids in 6th, 8th and 11th grade shows a drop in alcohol use, but an uptick in kids who have had thoughts of suicide. The Iowa Department of Public Healths survey coordinator Pat McGovern says reported alcohol use was down among both middle school and 11th […]

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