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  • Iowa farmland values higher, north-central Iowa’s values slightly lower March 28, 2017
    See the full report at this link.   DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new survey suggests that farmland values in Iowa have inched upward in the past six months, but the survey shows values are down slightly in north-central Iowa. A report from the Iowa Realtors Land Institute Chapter Number 2 says the farmland
  • Iowa Republicans confident new federal health care plan will emerge March 28, 2017
    WASHINGTON — Two Iowa Republican lawmakers say the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is not over despite the failed attempt to push a bill through the U-S House. Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he expects work to continue on the effort, even as the president moves to work on tax cuts. “I think what
  • Have you checked yourself for diabetes? March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — This is Diabetes Alert Day and Iowans are being urged to take a simple, online survey to determine if they might be headed down a hazardous path. Katie Jones, program manager at the Iowa Department of Public Health, says it only takes a minute to complete the test. Jones says, “This is
  • Cerro Gordo supervisors amend FY 2018 budget March 28, 2017
    MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning approved amending next year’s budget since there will be a reduction in the amount of funding for the county’s social services programs. County budget director Heather Mathre says the County Social Services Board met last week and approved a decrease in their funding,
  • House bill classifies ‘revenge porn’ as criminal harassment March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House has waded into the touchy topic of what some people do with racy digital images of their partner after a nasty break-up. The House has passed a bill that makes it a crime to post a sexually-graphic picture or video online or send it to someone else via text
  • Bill called a ‘catalyst’ for addressing scourge of domestic violence March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — The Iowa House has passed legislation that toughens prison sentences for those convicted of abusing a domestic partner. Representative Zach Nunn of Bondurant says it’s time to “elevate” the punishment and rehabilitation for “habitual” domestic abusers. “We will not be able to end violence in Iowa against women, men and partners,” Nunn
  • Branstad predicts Trump will keep wind production tax credit March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — Monday was “wind energy day” at the statehouse and industry executives say they’re hopeful the Trump Administration will keep the tax credit for production of wind energy. John Boorman of the Iowa Wind Energy Association says more than 36 percent of Iowa’s electricity is currently powered by wind turbines. “Sounds like any
  • Minimum wage hikes in four counties likely undone soon March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — The minimum wage hike that was to go into effect this Saturday in Iowa’s largest county will likely be cancelled. That’s because Governor Branstad is likely to sign a bill into law that nullifies local minimum wage hikes in Polk County as well as Johnson, Linn and Wapello Counties. The bill cleared
  • Senate Republicans send workers comp bill to governor March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa Senate have sent the governor a bill that significantly changes Iowa’s workers compensation system, but not as dramatically as Republicans originally suggested in February. The bill no longer cuts off workers comp benefits at age 67. It does not reduce benefits for shoulder injuries as significantly as the
  • Texting and driving bill ready for House consideration March 28, 2017
    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A House panel has approved a bill that would toughen Iowa’s regulations for texting and driving. A subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee unanimously agreed Monday to support the legislation. It’s now eligible for a full committee vote. The bill would allow a law enforcement officer to pull over a

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