The United States has the most dynamic economy in the world. Where it once was symbolized by the automotive and steel industries, the American economy is now the world’s technology colossus. But the U.S. economy is more than that. It is a unique sum of the parts of 50 states whose identities are often tied […]


Wings Park third- and fourth-graders helped plant 12 or so grant-purchased trees on that elementary’s property earlier this month after high school students dug the holes.

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law a measure allowing workers under age 18 to work longer hours, in some restricted fields and in jobs serving alcohol. The governor signed Senate File 542 Friday afternoon. Reynolds said Iowa is joining 20 other states in providing “tailored, common sense labor provisions” that let minors develop skills in […]

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With a potential federal debt default less than a week away, Iowans will feel the pain if the U.S. reaches the point of failing to pay its bills, University of Iowa Economics Professor Anne Villamil said. Congress has left Washington, D.C., for a weeklong holiday break with no deal on addressing the debt limit. Treasury […]

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Whether it’s a trip to the Field of Dreams, hauling hogs to the Iowa State Fair or heading to Sioux City to kick off RAGBRAI, many Iowans will be on the roads this summer. And those roads are increasingly dangerous because of distracted drivers and a rise in highway fatalities, law enforcement officials say. According […]

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Iowa farm groups and congressional representatives said a strong safety net for farmers is vital as Congress works to reauthorize a key agriculture bill for 2023. Production and input costs have increased significantly since 2020, some steeply outpacing inflation, said Iowa Farm Bureau Federation President Brent Johnson.

President Joe Biden should prevent the construction of new carbon dioxide pipelines until changes to federal rules are adopted to increase their safety, opponents of the projects said Thursday. The call for an executive order to stall the projects comes as federal regulators consider changes to pipeline requirements and are set to hold a two-day […]

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A Sioux City man whose court-appointed attorney complained of janitor-level wages is not entitled to a mistrial, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. The case involves Jayme Powell, 41, who appealed a district court’s refusal to declare a mistrial. His court-appointed attorney claimed that he was denied the pay and resources necessary to defend […]

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The U.S. Supreme Court, in a major environmental decision on Thursday, overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of wetlands that fall under the agency’s jurisdiction, siding with an Idaho couple who had said they should not be required to obtain federal permits to build on…

Former Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Iowa voters and conservative leaders at Des Moines area events this week, though he has yet to officially enter the 2024 Republican presidential race. Pence spoke with Polk County Republicans at a county party fundraiser Tuesday, in addition to Wednesday stops at the Westside Conservative Club and a […]

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The amount of farm fertilizers going into Iowa’s waterways diminished considerably with the widespread drought of recent years, according to newly released state data. That data, which tracks the progress of the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy, received its first comprehensive update in years this week and is displayed in a series of online dashboards. It […]

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An eastern Iowa nursing home has been cited by the state for medication errors, “horrible” staffing levels, a lack of bed linens, overflowing garbage cans, unsanitary kitchens, a rodent infestation and illicit drug use within the facility. The Ivy at Davenport, located in Scott County, is a 75-bed facility that promotes itself as a “premier […]

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An Iowa woman is suing the man who was convicted of sexually assaulting her 47 years ago, seeking damages for the anxiety and depression caused by the event. The lawsuit is based on a new federal law that was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in September of last year. […]

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A significant number of bluegill and crappie recently died at two southern Iowa lakes, the likely result of natural stresses the fish suffer during spawning season, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. The panfish kills were noted at Pony Creek Lake in Mills County and Little River Watershed Lake in Decatur County, said […]

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U.S. firearm sales have surged in recent years, a trend that has coincided with a steep increase in gun violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a record number of Americans died of gun-related injuries in 2021. While law-abiding citizens with no intention of engaging in criminal activity account for the vast […]