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Politics Aug 19Lawsuits contend Iowa governor’s office violating open records law
A pair of new lawsuits contend the office of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract.
Nation Nov 19Tyson suspends managers at Iowa plant who allegedly bet on COVID-19 outbreaks
Tyson Foods has suspended top officials at its largest pork plant and launched an investigation into allegations that they bet on how many workers would get infected during a widespread coronavirus outbreak.
Politics Nov 12Democrat to seek full recount in tight U.S. House race in Iowa
A Democrat trailing by 47 votes in the nation’s tightest congressional race announced Thursday that her campaign would request a full recount in the southeastern Iowa district.
Health Sep 24Iowa fines beef plant $957 after huge coronavirus outbreak
Inspection records show the outbreak at the Iowa Premium Beef Plant in Tama in April resulted in 338 of the plant's 850 workers testing positive for the virus.
Nation Aug 14WATCH: Iowa governor defends storm response as residents struggle
Reynolds says that 100 members of the Iowa National Guard arrived in hard-hit Cedar Rapids on Friday to help clear tree debris that's blocking downed power lines.
Nation Aug 11Powerful derecho leaves path of devastation across Midwest
A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest.
Economy Apr 03Government’s relief program for small businesses off to a slow start
The federal government’s relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start, with few businesses able to apply and some big banks saying they’re not ready to process applications.
Economy Apr 02Stimulus aid for small businesses will go to some big chains
The program was billed as a way to help local businesses retain workers and pay bills. But an expansive definition of "small business" in the law means that it will be open to much more than just Main Street shops.
Nation Aug 24‘Red flag laws’ offer tool for preventing some gun violence
With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington D.C. have now passed “red flag laws” that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous.
Politics Jul 05Beto O’Rourke’s rich father-in-law has both helped and complicated his career
The 2020 presidential candidate might never have made it on the national stage without the help of William Sanders, the intensely private tycoon who is also O'Rourke's father-in-law.