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Iowa Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments In Airport Case

The Iowa Supreme Court just moments after they heard oral arguments in the case of Site A Landowners and Mahaska County vs the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa.

by Ken Allsup January 20th, 2022 Des Moines, Iowa – The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the litigation of court cases over the validity of an Iowa Code chapter 28E agreement between Mahaska County and the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa over creating a regional airport. The two cases contend that district court […]

Burnout deepens for Iowa healthcare workers with latest COVID surge


Lyle Muller/IowaWatch Rachel Fratzke led her Mercy Iowa City nursing staff in a meditation session to start the work day Monday morning. A nurse manager, she had the nurses do deep breathing exercises and think about when they first wanted to be a nurse, or how they felt about passing their certifying board exams. The […]

Secretary Pate launches statewide coalition to end human trafficking in Iowa

DES MOINES – Secretary of State Paul Pate announces the creation of a statewide alliance with Iowa’s business community to end human trafficking in the state. Several of the state’s largest trade organizations have already joined the Iowa Businesses Against Trafficking (IBAT) coalition. Membership in IBAT is open to any business or nonprofit organization that […]

Gov. Reynolds Delivers 2022 Condition of the State

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds listens to apprentices talk about their experiences in their apprenticeship program.

DES MOINES – Tuesday night, Gov. Reynolds delivered her 2022 Condition of the State Address. Below are her remarks as prepared for delivery: When We Put Our Faith in Iowans, Iowans Come Through Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Lieutenant Governor, legislative leaders and members, justices and judges, my fellow Iowans: Two years ago, Ilee and Michael […]

Iowa Supreme Court To Hear Oral Arguments

Legal documents were filed in Mahaska County District Court by Pella and Oskaloosa to force Mahaska County to once again participate in the 28E agreement for a regional airport.

Site A Landowners and Mahaska County v. South Central Regional Airport Agency, City of Pella, and City of Oskaloosa In litigation in two district court cases over the validity of an Iowa Code chapter 28E agreement between Mahaska County and the cities of Pella and Oskaloosa over the creation of a regional airport, the county […]

Speaker Grassley’s Opening Remarks for the 2022 Legislative Session

The Iowa Capitol

(DES MOINES) — Speaker of the House Pat Grassley (R-New Hartford) delivered opening remarks to the Iowa House of Representatives today. The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery: “Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen of the House. It’s great to be back with all of you today. Although this is the second session of […]

Iowa’s outdoor recreation trust fund is empty. Will lawmakers change that?

Black Hawk State Park is in Sac County. It is one of 83 Iowa state parks and recreation areas. (Photo by Olivia Allen / IowaWatch on July 12, 2021.)

Byline: Olivia Allen/IowaWatch Four Iowa legislators and two conservation advocates want funding for the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund – which has stayed empty since it was approved by voters in 2010. They shared their sentiments with IowaWatch as the state of Iowa ended the fiscal year 2021 with a surplus of $1.24 […]

Navigator Plans To Seek Pipeline Permit In May

A local crowd in Oskaloosa listens to a presentation by Heartland Greenway before the company took questions from those in attendance.

by Jared Strong, Iowa Capital Dispatch,•Jan 07, 2022 A Texas company that wants to build a pipeline to transport liquid carbon dioxide across the state has nearly concluded a series of informational, public meetings and plans to formally petition in May for permission to build it. “This is your land, and treating it with […]

Iowan visits every town and city in the state in 5 years. Here’s what he learned.

Dave Miglin, of West Des Moines, at Milton, one of the 955 Iowa towns and cities he visited over a five-year period. (photo submitted by Dave Miglin)

by Lyle Muller/IowaWatch Wanting to know their new state after moving to Iowa in 2014, Dave and Karen Miglin and their two children went to the Field of Dreams movie site outside of Dyersville in northeast Iowa. Dave Miglin had moved from Atlanta ahead of the family the previous year for his job as media […]

Self-employed Workers Hardest Hit by COVID Pandemic

Iowa State University Extension

Study shows wage workers and self-employed fared differently AMES, Iowa – Employees across the nation saw a significant impact during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a recent study by an Iowa State University sociologist shows it may have been the self-employed who were hit the hardest. Samuel Mindes, adjunct assistant professor in rural sociology and sociologist […]


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