Author: Leah Jones

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The state unemployment rate dropped again in August. The rate went from 6.8% in July down to 6% in August and the number of unemployed is now estimated is 91,500 lower than the Covid-19 peak in April. The state unemployment rate one year ago was 2.8%. A statement from Iowa Workforce Development says August saw […]

(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Deputy Secretary Stephen Censky will be departing November 8, 2020. He will be returning to become the CEO of the American Soybean Association (ASA), a position in which he previously served for 21 years.  He […]

(Washington, D.C., September 18, 2020) – President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced up to an additional $14 billion dollars for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP 2) will begin September 21st and […]

This is “National Truck Driver Appreciation Week” as those who sit behind the wheel of big rigs and small are recognized. The director of the Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Transportation Institute, Dave Pfiffner, says the industry got a lot of attention early on in the pandemic when store shelves emptied out of toilet […]

A Webster County Sheriff’s deputy is cleared of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a Fort Dodge woman last month. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Thursday released its findings in a report in which the deputy Brett Knippel was legally justified in shooting 39-year-old Melissa Halda on August 4th. Halda died of her wounds. […]

With the pandemic, the civil unrest, the drought, and then the derecho, some Iowans have been stressed for months. The Iowa State University Extension is offering a program starting next week that’s designed to help us to help each other cope. David Brown, a behavioral health specialist with the ISU Extension, explains the goals of […]

As many Iowa schools report a growing number of COVID-19 cases, students and teachers should be prepared to quarantine for a full 14 days if they come into close contact with someone carrying the virus. Nola Aigner Davis, spokeswoman for the Polk County Health Department, says even people who test negative for coronavirus after being […]

The Republican candidates in Iowa’s four congressional districts will speak Saturday at the Iowa Federation of Republican Women convention in Jefferson. Barbara Hames-Bryant of Cedar Rapids is the group’s president. “I think visiting with the politicians, the candidates in person will give people confidence that our political system isn’t broken, but we all need to […]

(Washington, D.C., September 17, 2020) – Following President Donald Trump’s approval to include up to an additional $1 billion in the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved up to $1 billion in contracts to support American producers and communities in […]

Unemployment claims dropped by more than 5,000 last week. Iowa Workforce Development says the number of ongoing claims dropped for a ninth straight week to 65,653. Jobless claims peaked at around 190,000 early in the pandemic shutdowns back in May. New claims were under five-thousand for the first time in five weeks. Construction continued to […]


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