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CEDAR RAPIDS — The latest surge of government aid to expand broadband access in Iowa is much needed, industry experts say, but the goal of universal coverage by 2025 remains formidable with the most challenging underserved or unserved areas of the state yet to enjoy high-speed internet connections.

DES MOINES -- The expert panel charged with forecasting Iowa’s state revenues painted a rosy picture of the state’s budget and future financial health.

(The Center Square) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, called for income tax cuts Friday in response to the Iowa Revenue Estimating Conference’s estimates that net receipts will increase 1.5% in 2022 and 2023.

Republicans said Thursday that Democrats are trying to tip local courts in their favor through the once-every-10-years redistricting process and taking actions to bypass Illinois House and Senate committees in the creation of new congressional district maps for the state.

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Redrawing Iowa’s legislative and congressional election boundaries is the No. 1 priority when legislators meet again in an Oct. 28 special session, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday at the annual Iowa Ideas conference, and more relief for Iowa taxpayers will top the agenda when lawmakers convene next year for their regular session.

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Redrawing Iowa’s legislative and congressional election boundaries is the No. 1 priority when legislators meet again in an Oct. 28 special session, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Thursday at the annual Iowa Ideas conference, and more relief for Iowa taxpayers will top the agenda when lawmakers convene next year for their regular session.

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DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Sammons Financial Group today announced it is naming Jerry Blair as the next president of Sammons Life Insurance Group. Blair will replace Steve Palmitier, current president and chief operating officer of Sammons Financial Group's life business, who announced his plans to retire last June. Blair will lead the life business lines of member companies Midland National and North American.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids have arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of slashing his parents to death after officers found the blood-covered teen sitting outside the family home early Thursday morning.

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VAN HORNE — Local farmer David Frazier recently directed a $2,500 Bayer Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation to the Van Horne Fire Department. The department will use the funds to help purchase new SCBAs (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus).

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Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she’s having “great conversations” with state legislative leaders about considering a bill during the upcoming special session that would prohibit workplace requirements for workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

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SPRINGFIELD – A report released Wednesday says staffing shortages at nursing homes in Illinois have reached crisis proportions and that people of color are most at risk of suffering the consequences.

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DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she’s having “great conversations” with state legislative leaders about the potential for considering a bill during the upcoming special session that would prohibit workplace requirements for workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

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DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she’s having “great conversations” with state legislative leaders about the potential for considering a bill during the upcoming special session that would prohibit workplace requirements for workers to get COVID-19 vaccinations.

The statewide COVID-19 infection rate continues to decline since its recent peak in mid-September, but certain counties in rural Iowa — where vaccination rates lag behind the state average — have new daily cases comparable to their pandemic peak last year.

DES MOINES — Iowa House Minority Leader, Jennifer Konfrst said this weekend that if Republicans want to use a projected $1.2 billion budget surplus to cut taxes, they need to be

DAVENPORT – A Riverside man, Jakari Eman Smith, Sr., age 29, was sentenced on Monday, June 21, 2021, by United States District Court Chief Judge John A. Jarvey to 50 months in prison for Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Smith was ordered to served three years of supervised release to follow…

ATLANTIC — The Atlantic City Council accepted a bid of $103,000 for the construction of a sidewalk along the south side of West 22nd Street.

DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill Wednesday night ending mask mandates in state schools and forbidding cities and counties from imposing a mask mandate on businesses. The bill went into effect Thursday.

DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers have come to an agreement on a plan to cut taxes moving mental health expenses from the county to the state.

The Iowa Department of Transportation is planning for six bridge repair projects in Cass County over the next five years according to a draft of the $3.6 billion Iowa Transportation Improvement Program presented to the Transportation Commission Tuesday.

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DES MOINES - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds announced Tuesday that the state will no longer participate in the federal pandemic-related unemployment benefit program that state officials say is discouraging people from returning to work.

DES MOINES — Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that she supported a plan that would shift mental health funding from the county to the state, potentially saving counties $100 million a year.

RICHMOND, Virginia (AP) — When Donald Trump rallied Republicans this week to vote for Glenn Youngkin for governor in Virginia, the former president called in to a rally of diehard supporters. That may be the closest he gets to campaigning in the most closely-watched election of 2021.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — President Joe Biden says he would prefer to cut the duration of programs in his big social services and climate change package rather than eliminate some entirely, as Democrats struggle to win support from moderates by trimming what had been a $3.5 trillion proposal.

BERLIN, El Salvador (AP) — At a geothermal power plant near El Salvador’s Tecapa volcano, 300 computers whir inside a trailer as they make complex mathematical calculations day and night verifying transactions for the cryptocurrency bitcoin.

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday launched a three-person crew for a six-month mission aboard its space station that is planned at setting a new record for the length of time spent in space by Chinese astronauts as the country moves toward complete the orbiting structure.

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The number of people in Puerto Rico who identified as “white” in the most recent census plummeted almost 80%, sparking a conversation about identity on an island breaking away from a past where race was not tracked and seldom debated in public.