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Joe Schulz to lead Food Bank of Iowa service in Southeastern Iowa

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:40:43 GMT

Joe Schulz has joined the Food Bank of Iowa team to lead operations in southeastern Iowa. Schulz, who lives in Ottumwa, will help manage the merger of Food Bank of Iowa and Food Bank of Southern Iowa as Branch Manager.

Iowa Medicaid enrollees won't be able to switch to Amerigroup

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:06:48 GMT

Hundreds of thousands of enrollees in Iowa's privately managed Medicaid program will not be able to choose between the two remaining providers after AmeriHealth Caritas of Iowa's withdrawal from the program.

Iowa Senate Republicans to release document on harassment

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:29:08 GMT

Top Iowa Senate Republicans announced Tuesday they will release a document related to an internal investigation into alleged sexual harassment in their caucus, following pressure from within the party to make the findings public. Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix said in a press release he will provide, by the end of the week, an "internal review document" related to the investigation.

DHS: Some Medicaid patients unable to switch coverage

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:29:07 GMT

Some patients in Iowa's privatized Medicaid program will be unable to switch into one of two remaining insurance companies as originally announced because the company doesn't have the capacity to add more people. The Iowa Department of Human Services says in a press release Tuesday that Amerigroup will continue to serve people currently enrolled in its coverage but not additional patients.

Iowa Democratic Party says Sen. Dix can't be trusted

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:29:06 GMT

The Iowa Democratic Party has released a statement about Senator Bill Dix's latest actions on sexual harassment in the state capitol. In the wake of yet another announcement from Senator Dix in regards to his largely secret and partisan plan to deal with sexual harassment in the State Capitol, Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released the following statement: "Today's announcement is yet another example of why Senator Bill Dix cannot be trusted as the leader of the State Senate and should resign.

5 more people plead guilty in Iowa to relative-in-jail phone scam

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:06:32 GMT

Authorities say five more people from the Dubuque area have pleaded guilty to participation in a phone call scam. The five entered the pleas over the past week in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to one count of wire fraud.

Iowa farmers progressing to harvest's end

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:42:26 GMT

Minimal precipitation allowed Iowa farmers to make progress toward completing harvest with 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. "Harvest progress continued across much of the state with some Iowa farmers finishing combining and completing other fall field work, including construction of conservation practices," said Mike Naig, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture.

Self-driving cars could come to Iowa

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:24:41 GMT

You could soon be seeing driver-less cars on Iowa roads. They'd be tracking potential driving hazards for Iowans.

Steve Lukan named Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs director

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 12:58:07 GMT

Steve Lukan has been announced as Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs executive director. He is replacing Jodi Tymeson who is retired last month.

Novelist-as-theologian Marilynne Robinson is changing the way we think about Calvinism

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 08:30:49 GMT

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Police say Iowa driver hits 2 buildings in less than week

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:14:50 GMT

Police say a Dubuque woman has crashed into her second building in less than a week. The Telegraph Herald reports 65-year-old Margie F. Williams, of Dubuque, backed her vehicle into the Eagle Country Market on Monday morning, crashing through the store's north entrance.

Parolee charged with killing second Iowa man after release

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:40:10 GMT

Investigators say an Iowa parolee charged with killing a cab driver in June is also responsible for the April shooting death of a bail bondsman. Police said Monday that Curtis Jones is charged in the death of 34-year-old Jonathan Wieseler, who was shot during a robbery at his Iowa City office.

Iowa Football's Josh Jackson Named Finalist for Jim Thorpe Award

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:40:09 GMT

The world of Iowa sports did get some good news Monday. It was announced earlier this afternoon that junior cornerback Josh Jackson is one of three finalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's most outstanding defensive back at the end of the season.

Iowa man pleads guilty to beating estranged wife's boyfriend

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:18:16 GMT

A Monona man who authorities say forced his way into his estranged wife's home and beat her boyfriend has pleaded guilty. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 33-year-old Christopher Junk entered the pleas last week to two burglary counts and one of willful injury.

De Blasio on Upcoming Jaunt to Iowa: 'This is Who I Am'

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:18:15 GMT

Mayor Bill de Blasio said that his upcoming trip to Iowa to help revive the Democratic Party and play a role in national party efforts is "who I am" and pledged to do his part to fight for New York City interests. De Blasio will be speaking at Progress Iowa's fifth annual holiday party on Dec. 19 in Des Moines, according to Politico .

Iowa Legislature anti-harassment policies may be lacking

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:53:25 GMT

As the fallout from sexual harassment allegations and a $1.7 million settlement continues at the Iowa Capitol, state lawmakers are trying to determine the best path forward. In the Iowa Senate, where the alleged harassment transpired, leaders are weighing whether to create a human resources director position to help oversee future complaints.

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:31:32 GMT

Under Grassley's chairmanship, the Senate Judiciary Committee has been on a tear. Since April, the committee has cleared 22 candidates for district judge and nine for appellate courts.