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Unemployment drops in September

The state unemployment rate dropped slightly in September. The rate in September fell to four percent, down from 4.1% in August. Iowa Workforce Development says the unemployment claims in September dropped more than 68% compared to one year ago. And it was the second-lowest monthly unemployment claims Iowa has seen over the past 20 years. […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Legal wrangling continues over picketing outside Deere & Co. facilities

An educator from the University of Iowa Law Center says Deere & Company has made a strategic move to seek rulings in state rather than federal court to limit where and how striking workers may picket. A Scott County district court judge has granted a preliminary injunction that bars striking workers outside John Deere’s Davenport […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Halloween costume business picking up after pandemic slowdown

Halloween is next weekend and many Iowans are celebrating early this weekend at costume parties. Juanita Cameron, with the Theatrical Shop in West Des Moines, says these next eight days will be their busiest of the year as shoppers seek out an alter ego. Cameron says, “Since COVID kind of stifled some of the newer […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Economist believes TPI closing won’t impact Newton like Maytag did

The closure of a wind turbine blade factory in Newton will be a blow to the area, but an Iowa State University economist says it won’t have the same impact as when Maytag left the community. TPI Composites started making blades in Newton about a year after Maytag quit making washing machines in 2007. TPI […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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DNR on lookout for fatal disease impacting rabbits

A disease that quickly kills domestic and wild rabbits is confirmed in two states that border Iowa and state DNR officials are asking Iowans to be vigilant for signs it’s arrived here. State wildlife veterinarian Dr. Rachel Ruden says rabbit hemorrhagic disease is killing the animals in several states, including Minnesota and South Dakota. “What […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Axne bill calls for more staff to answer Social Security phones

Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne says after fielding complaints from constituents waiting for answers from the Social Security Administration, she’s introduced a bill requiring more staff be assigned to answer phone calls. In-person appointments at local Social Security offices have been canceled during the pandemic and Axne says many Iowans cannot connect online for a virtual […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Federal fine levied against former Fairfield bank CEO, senior VP

A federal agency that regulates banks has issued civil fines against the former CEO of a Fairfield bank and a senior vice president who was responsible for about half of the bank’s portfolio of loans. According to a news release from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Jared Schultz made unauthorized loans to […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Greyhound racing set to end in Iowa

Greyhound racing is heading into its final lap in Iowa after 35 years of racing. Racing and Gaming Administrator, Brian Ohorilko, says operator of the Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque set things in motion at Thursday’s Racing and Gaming Commission meeting. “The Iowa Greyhound Association as part of their request for license renewal — request […]

todayOctober 22, 2021

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Democrats call on GOP lawmakers to vote ‘yes’ on redistricting Plan 2

Iowa Democrats are calling on Republicans in the legislature to approve the second plan to establish new boundaries for congressional districts as well as districts for Iowa House and Senate seats. The redistricting plan was produced by the non-partisan Legislative Services Agency and state law does not allow lawmakers to amend this second plan. “It’s […]

todayOctober 21, 2021