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House bill sets up licensing for armed staff in Iowa schools

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) The Iowa House has approved a bill designed to give liability protection to schools that choose to let teachers or other staff volunteer to undergo training and carry a…
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Iowans Encouraged to Nominate Conservation Leaders for the Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award

DES MOINES -- Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig and Department of Natural Resources Director Kayla Lyon invite Iowans to nominate individuals or families for the 2024 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award. Iowa farmers…
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Lawmaker launches conversation about cutting Iowa casino taxes

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) A bill under consideration in the Iowa House would lower the state tax rate for Iowa’s state-licensed casinos to be at or near the tax rate for casinos in…
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Dry February keeps most of state in drought conditions

By Dar Danielson (Radio Iowa) Hopes raised in January for a turnaround in the state drought situation went away as February turned dry. Iowa DNR Hydrologist, Tim Hall says the latest Drought Monitor Report shows…
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House votes for 3% hike in per pupil spending for Iowa schools

By O. Kay Henderson (Radio Iowa) Republicans in the Iowa House have voted to provide a 3% boost in per pupil state funding for public schools in the next academic year, as well as a…
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Eager paddlers encouraged to wait for warmer water

DES MOINES -- The weather is starting to feel like spring, but water temperatures are still dangerously cold. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recommends that paddlers wait for consistent warm weather to allow…
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Report: Cancer cases are rising in Iowa while cancer deaths fall

By Matt Kelley (Radio Iowa) A new report estimates 21,000 Iowans will be diagnosed with cancer this year, an increase from last year, while the projected number of Iowans who will die from cancer this…
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U.S.D.A. says Iowa needs to speed up processing of SNAP benefits

By Natalie Krebs (Radio Iowa) The federal government says Iowa isn’t processing food assistance applications fast enough. U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack sent Governor Kim Reynolds and 43 other states letters urging them to improve…
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February on pace to be the warmest ever on record

By Pat Powers (Radio Iowa) State Climatologist, Justin Glisan, says Iowa is on pace to have the warmest February on record. “It’s the warmest February to the 16th on record with 152 years of records…
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Iowa betting on Super Bowl breaks last year’s record

By Dar Danielson (Radio Iowa) Iowa Gaming Association CEO Wes Ehrecke says there was a record amount of money bet on the Super Bowl at state sports books this year. ‘Last year was $19.257 million…
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