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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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USDA to Make Up to $1.15 Billion Available to Help People Living in Rural Communities Access High-Speed Internet

GENESEO, Ill., Oct. 22, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a significant expansion of access to high-speed internet, health care and educational services for millions of rural Americans nationwide. Today’s announcement continues to move forward President Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda by prioritizing economic growth in rural America and investing in the backbone of our country – the middle class.

todayOctober 22, 2021 2

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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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