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Iowa Ag Sec'y Issues Statement On State's Legislature Providing Funding For Water Quality

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 09:55:56 GMT

IOWA AG SEC'Y ISSUES STATEMENT ON STATE'S LEGISLATURE PROVIDING FUNDING FOR WATER QUALITY Apr. 24, 2017 Statement by Iowa Ag Sec'y Bill Northey "Iowa is recognized as a national leader for its collaborative, research-based efforts to improve water quality and we are proud of all the work that is being done on our farms and in communities across the state. I want to thank the Iowa legislature for approving increased annual appropriations for both the water quality initiative and soil conservation efforts in fiscal year 2018.

Former Wonder Bread bakery turns into Iowa brewery

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:42:23 GMT

A once crumbling bakery in Waterloo that for decades produced Hostess Wonder Bread is now opening as a brewery, restaurant and distribution center. The facility can hold 500 with seating for 300, and will include a full menu to complement 10 beers on tap.

Iowa soldier creates his own career path

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 19:51:43 GMT

ADVANCE FOR THE WEEKEND OF APRIL 22-23 AND THEREAFTER - In a Thursday, March 30, 2017 photo, owner Randy Lee poses for a photo, at American Coating & Welding in Onawa, Iowa. Lee, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, started the company about a year ago.

After conservative session, GOP lawmakers say more to come

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:35:26 GMT

Fresh off their success in pushing through a conservative agenda in the session that ended Saturday, Iowa Republicans say they're already looking ahead to next year. Lawmakers adjourned the 2017 session Saturday morning after passing GOP-led legislation that reduced public unions' power, added abortion restrictions and expanded gun rights.

Pollock's 'Mural' film on Capitol screen

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 12:45:49 GMT

Jackson Pollock ; Mural, 1943; Oil and casein on canvas; 95 5/8 x 237 3/4 in.; Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, 1956.6; Reproduced with permission from the University of Iowa. In this photo estimated to be from the 1980s, then-University of Iowa Museum of Art staff member Emily Vermillion gives a tour of the museum.

Annual Gem, Mineral Show April 29-30

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:02:35 GMT

The River Valley Rockhounds Inc, will have its annual Gem, Mineral and Fossil show from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Webster County Fairgrounds, 22770 Old Highway 169. Admission is $1, children younger than 12 enter free.

A glance at issues approved in new GOP-led Iowa Legislature

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 03:20:07 GMT

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature adjourned its 2017 legislative session on Saturday after approving measures dealing with issues ranging from collective bargaining to fireworks. Here's a glance at some key bills: The law eliminated most collective bargaining rights for public workers such as teachers, nurses and correctional officers, greatly reducing their ability to negotiate over benefits and working conditions.

Iowa Highway 21 to temporarily close April 24 on Tama-Benton county line

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:36:40 GMT

A Portland cement concrete pavement overlay project will temporarily close Iowa 21 between U.S. 30 near Elberon, and Tama-Benton County Road E-66, near Belle Plaine, on Monday, April 24, and reopen mid-June 2017, weather permitting, according to the Iowa Department of Transportation's Marshalltown construction office. Motorists will be detoured around the work zone using U.S. 30, Benton County Road V-40, Benton County Road E-66, and Iowa 21. The Iowa DOT reminds motorists to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area, and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones.

Iowa lawmakers adjourn after burning late-night 'oil'

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:01:37 GMT

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has adjourned its legislative session, marking a remarkable conservative shift for the state in the span of a few months. GOP lawmakers finalized votes on the roughly $7.2 billion state budget, following a marathon of private meetings that began nearly 24 hours earlier.

Iowa lawmakers burning late-night 'oil' in effort to adjourn

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:21:13 GMT

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has debated into the early morning in an effort to adjourn the 2017 session, and it remains unclear when they'll wrap up their work. Lawmakers from both chambers met privately on-and-off between Friday morning and early Saturday to attempt to finalize the roughly $7.2 billion state budget.

Iowa lawmakers fail to approve water quality funding

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:21:12 GMT

The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has failed to approve legislation that would have designated more funding for water quality initiatives. The chambers bounced measures back and forth this week that proposed using existing state money for the effort.

Iowa Distillery Brings Back Templeton Rye Whiskey

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:35:07 GMT

Something has happened in Templeton that should raise the spirits of long dead bootleggers across the village in Sacred Heart Cemetery. The distillation of the community's notorious rye whiskey will soon return to Templeton, where it was produced in the shadows during and after Prohibition.

Iowa man gets life for hacking 3 to death with machete

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:55:50 GMT

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking to death his girlfriend, her teenage daughter and their landlord with a machete in central Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Carlos Hernandez-Ventura was sentenced Friday, a month after being found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder.

Iowa man gets life for hacking 3 to death with machete

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:55:49 GMT

A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking to death his girlfriend, her teenage daughter and their landlord with a machete in central Iowa. Prosecutors say Hernandez-Ventura used a machete on Oct. 29 to kill 34-year-old Lourdes Flor De Leake , 14-year-old Melany Barraza and 78-year-old Juan Jimenez Tejada at a home in Perry, about 30 miles northwest of Des Moines.

Man convicted of selling deadly heroin in eastern Iowa

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 03:55:48 GMT

A Chicago man has been convicted of selling a heroin mixture in eastern Iowa that killed one person and sent two others to the hospital. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that 23-year-old Antrell Desharron Lewis was convicted of one count of conspiracy to distribute heroin and furanylfentanyl resulting in death and serious bodily injury, and one count of distributing heroin and furanylfentanyl resulting in death and serious bodily injury.

Jane Meyer takes the stand; Gary Barta expected Friday

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:14:45 GMT

If you wanted some late-week news, we have some late-week news for you. The Jane Meyer trial rages on, and things haven't gotten prettier since earlier this week .

County to consider ban on tobacco

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:29:52 GMT

Washington County Auditor Dan Widmer said he would like to see tobacco use banned from all county property at the supervisor meeting Tuesday morning. He said this was an issue the board spoke about last fall but didn't take any action on it.