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Harvest Halts, Processors Close As Rains Swamp Upper Midwest

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By Karl Plume CHICAGO (Reuters) – Heavy rains and flooding swamped a broad swathe of the northern Midwest this week, halting the harvest of corn and soybeans and forcing the closure of at least two Iowa crop processing plants, traders and farmers said on Friday. Farmers’ concerns grew that standing water in fields could damage […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunrise until sunset on Thursday, Sept. 15, to honor the life of Maj. Gen. Warren G. “Bud” Lawson. Gen. Lawson passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the age of 83. Gen. Lawson’s visitation will be held on […]

Gov. Branstad joins letter from 7 Midwestern Governors in sending letter to EPA Administrator McCarthy

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R) at a campaign stop in Pella, Iowa on Thursday.

Governors of ethanol-producing states collectively join together urging elimination of regulatory hurdle to expand opportunities for E15 and mid-level ethanol blends (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad, along with Gov. Mark Dayton (D-MN), Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R-ND), Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R-SD), Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-NE), Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Gov. Jay Nixon (D-MO) today […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff for the weekend to honor those who perished in the 9/11 terrorist attacks

The flag that flew over Ground Zero by Musco is flying once again for the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad today ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff from sunset today, September 9, 2016 until sunrise, September 12, 2016, to honor those who perished in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The governor’s directive applies to all U.S. and state flags under the control of the state. […]

Vander Linden Named House Ways and Means Chairman

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (cover photo submitted)

(DES MOINES) – Today, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer (R-Clear Lake) named Rep. Guy Vander Linden (R-Oskaloosa) as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Vander Linden will replace Rep. Tom Sands, who announced in June that he would not seek re-election this fall. “Over the last six years, House Republicans have championed efforts to […]

ACT Shakes Up Security Unit, Plans Audit After Cheating Reports

Thousands of tables are seen inside a hall at Asia-World Expo near Hong Kong Airport in Hong Kong, China October 2, 2015, one day before SAT examinations to be taken place. REUTERS/Bobby Yip

By Steve Stecklow and Alexandra Harney LONDON/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – ACT Inc, maker of America’s most popular university entrance exam, is laying off its head of test security and plans to audit nearly 200 education centers after Reuters detailed widespread cheating in an ACT-owned college-prep program for international students. Rachel Schoenig, who oversees a 14-person team […]

Gov. Branstad orders flags at half-staff to honor the victims of the attack in Dallas, Texas

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(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in Iowa be flown at half-staff beginning immediately until sunset, Tuesday, July 12, to honor police officers in Dallas, Texas, who were killed in the line of duty on Thursday, July 7. This directive follows a presidential proclamation that was released by the White House […]

Secretary Pate Applauds Iowa Senate on Passage of Voting Age Bill, Encourages House Members to Support

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate supports the Iowa Senate bill that would allow 17-year-olds to participate in primary elections, if they will be 18 by the date of that year’s general election. Pate, Iowa’s Commissioner of Elections, proposed an amendment to Senate File 2142 that altered the present age of voter […]

State and Federal Candidate Filing Period Underway

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How to find which candidates have successfully filed DES MOINES – The filing period for Iowa’s state and federal office seekers began Monday morning, February 29, at 8 am and runs through 5 pm on March 18. Candidates must file their paperwork with the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. The petition requirements for each office […]

State Parties Receive Large Boost from Caucus Night Registrations

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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announces that both the Republican Party of Iowa and the Iowa Democratic Party saw substantial gains in their voter registration numbers as a result of the February 1 Iowa Caucuses. Additionally, Iowa gained almost 12,000 new registrations between February 1-February 22, most of which are directly […]


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