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A Scott County judge has ordered a Quad Cities-based telemarketing operation to pay thousands of dollars in fraud penalties. District Judge Mark Fowler ruled that Misty Barnes, Paul Michael Barnes, and their businesses PM Specialties and Milestone Consulting had committed 19 violations of the Iowa Consumer Fraud Act. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller sued — […]

Governor Kim Reynolds says Iowa hospitals have the resources to manage this month’s surge in Covid patient admissions. On Wednesday evening, the state’s coronavirus tracker indicated 530 Covid patients were being treated in an Iowa hospital. That’s 44 percent more than a month ago and higher than in any previous month of the pandemic. Reynolds […]

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced the release today of a new software program, called Track-Kit, that allows the tracking of rape kits following an assault. “You can track it from the hospital to law enforcement to the testing lab and back to law enforcement,” Miller says. “We think this is really important to add […]

An Iowa State University researcher has helped show that a new skin test can identify Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Anumantha Kanthasamy has been conducting research into Parkinson’s Disease for more than 20 years and he says one of the challenges has been the lack of a test that can detect the disease in early stages. “Even […]

Open burning bans remain in effect for 19 Iowa counties. State Fire Marshal Dan Wood says that’s not common for this time of year. “Usually it’s less than that, but usually we’ve had more moisture where this year has just been very much a drought statewide,” he says. Burn bans are not issued by the […]

More than two months after the derecho hit eastern Iowa, cemeteries are still assessing the damage. Century-old trees are down and headstones toppled at both Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion and Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. Marion interim parks and recreation director Seth Staashelm tells KCRG TV the damage is widespread. “About 40 to […]

Shortly after eight o’clock this morning, Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst voted with other Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee for a vote in the full Senate. Grassley gave a short speech after the vote, saying Amy Coney Barrett’s would practice “judicial restraint.” “She has the […]

Four of the seven justices on the Iowa Supreme Court have ruled county election officials cannot use voter registration data to correct mistakes on absentee ballot request forms. In the past, county auditors have used voter records to fill in missing numbers or make corrections on the forms for requesting an absentee ballot. A new […]

The two leading candidates competing to represent Iowa’s 4th congressional district next year agreed there should be term limits for members of the House and clashed over their fundraising during their only televised debate of the campaign. Republican Randy Feenstra read tweets Democrat J.D. Scholten posted in 2019 saying the Green New Deal would “benefit […]

Winnebago Industries CEO Michael Happe says his company and the outdoor lifestyle industry as a whole continue to see record interest in outdoor participation as the calendar year 2020 progresses. The Forest City-based company this morning reported fiscal fourth-quarter profits of $42.5 million dollars and fiscal year profits of $61.4.  “While the acute impact of […]

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