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  • Friday was Vilsack’s last day as U.S. Ag Secretary January 16, 2017
    WASHINGTON — At 11 o’clock Iowa time Friday, former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack announced it was his FINAL day as U-S Ag Secretary. Vilsack posted a “farewell message” on the U-S-D-A website. Vilsack thanked the department’s 90-thousand employees. Vilsack said their work “allows America to have the most productive farmers, ranchers, and producers in the
  • Rallies against health care repeal held in four cities January 16, 2017
    DES MOINES — The Iowa Democratic Party organized rallies in four of the state’s cities Sunday afternoon. The events were billed as a “first stand” against G-O-P efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Matt Tapscott of Decorah runs a child care business and Tapscott says he hadn’t been able to afford insurance until the
  • Two arrested in protest in US Sen. Grassley’s Iowa office January 16, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Two people participating in a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office have been arrested. A news release by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund says the arrests followed a four-hour sit-in Friday at Grassley’s office in Des Moines to protest the nomination of fellow Republican Sen. Jeff
  • Defunding Planned Parenthood could harm Iowa social program January 16, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has appointed a former high-ranking state government lawyer, a former Polk County supervisor and a retired newspaper publisher to the Iowa Public Information Board. Branstad announced Friday that former deputy attorney general Julie Pottorff will fill a term on the board that expires in 2020. Pottorff served
  • Monday January 16th Local Sports January 16, 2017
    EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) – Scottie Lindsey scored 22, Bryant McIntosh had 20 and Northwestern rolled to a convincing 89-54 win over Iowa on Sunday. Lindsey had a career-high eight rebounds while McIntosh, who was honored before the game for scoring his 1000th career point on Jan. 5 against Minnesota, shot an efficient 9 for 11
  • Ice Storm Warning for southern part of listening area, Winter Weather Advisory for most of area January 16, 2017
    MASON CITY — An Ice Storm Warning is in effect for Wright, Franklin and Butler counties until midnight tonight, while a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the rest of our listening area until midnight. Throughout north-central Iowa, freezing rain will continue through this morning and diminish some before another round of moderate freezing rain
  • Approaching winter storm system may coat much of Iowa in ice January 13, 2017
    MASON CITY — A massive winter storm system that stretches a thousand miles from the Great Plains to the Mid-Atlantic states threatens to coat a wide section of Iowa with a layer of ice later this weekend. Meteorologist Kurt Kotenberg, at the National Weather Service bureau in metro Des Moines, says most of the state
  • Report shows record corn and soybean yields in Iowa January 13, 2017
    DES MOINES — Corn and soybean growers in Iowa and across the country set new records in 2016. That’s according to a report from the USDA Ag Statistics Service. Doug Hartwig, deputy director for the Upper Midwest region, says the corn yield in Iowa is estimated at 2.74 billion bushels. “That’s a record high production.
  • Northey hasn’t heard from president-elect about U.S. Ag Secretary post January 13, 2017
    DES MOINES — President-elect Donald Trump has filled all of his cabinet posts but one: Agriculture Secretary. Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says while many people are concerned about the delay, he’s hoping it just means Trump is being “thorough.” Filling the top job at the USDA soon is important, according to Northey, because all
  • Legislator seeks end to tenure at UI, ISU, UNI January 13, 2017
    DES MOINES — A Republican legislator is targeting tenure for professors at the state’s three public universities. Senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale is sponsoring legislation that would end the tenure systems at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa. “It’s a conversation we need to have,” Zaun says. “It’s

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