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Don’t let ‘Big Oil’ bully biofuels

It's vacation season across America. That means family road trips are under way and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America's road warriors have long cherished affordable gas prices. Today's drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that ...

Creating jobs, growing Iowa’s economy with clean energy

Iowa is proof that clean energy works. We lead the nation in wind power generation and in biofuels production. We also rank among the top 12 states in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency.These successes have not come about by accident. Iowa is responding to the growing demand for ...

Iowa’s “Care Gap” meets the “Action Gap” 

Care Gap: According to the State's Direct Care Workforce Initiative, Iowa needs to fill 20,000 new direct care jobs by 2020 while retaining the 75,000 who currently work in direct care, the largest sector of Iowa's workforce. That is no easy feat with an average annual turnover rate of over ...

Improving FOIA

Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune's Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical screenings. To hide this information, the VA used the "pre-decisional" exemption, simply stating ...

Storms create emergencies across Iowa

Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Black Hawk. This proclamation allows state resources to be used to respond to and recover from the storms. Black Hawk is also among 25 counties in which the proclamation ...

Happy birthday, America

Celebrating the Fourth of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. It's also the time to reflect on the charter of freedom that immortalized our destiny for 238 years and counting.In the months leading up to America's ...

Iowa River falls, roads reopening

People continued to walk past the road closed sign on Highway 14 Thursday morning to see the Iowa River take over the lanes after it crested to 22.25 feet, however the water is rapidly decreasing.Kim Elder, Marshall County Emergency Management director, said the Iowa River lowered to 19.58 feet ...

Police need help identifying a man

Police are asking the public for help identifying a man who stole from a local store.The Marshalltown Police Department is asking the public for assistance to help identify a white male with short brown or dark colored hair, who wore a light colored shirt with dark trim and an Iowa State ...

Roundhouse roof replacement under way

There's no fear of heights here as workers on the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation work on replacing the roof at the facility this week. Workers could be seen atop the roof tearing out materials.Rick Simpson, director of buildings and grounds with the district, said workers are ...

Another Little Free Library pops up

Vicki and Gene Oxley have a love a reading and hope to get others hooked on books.The pair are the latest to add a Little Free Library to their yard at 2011 Bailey Drive in Marshalltown. The box invites people to take a book or leave a book if they choose as a way to exchange books and keep ...

California city is latest immigration flashpoint

LOS ANGELES - When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying immigration debate that could heat up even more as patriotism surges on the Fourth of July.The city's ...

Israel rushes forces to southern border with Gaza

JERUSALEM - The Israeli military rushed additional forces to its southern border with the Gaza Strip on Thursday, vowing to halt a growing wave of rocket fire from the Palestinian territory, while new clashes erupted in east Jerusalem in response to the death of an Arab boy who Palestinians say ...

Iowa judge: Case can proceed over traffic cameras

SIOUX CITY - A judge has ruled that Sioux City can proceed with a claim that state transportation officials should throw out new regulations on traffic cameras.The ruling Wednesday by District Judge James Scott means city officials can move ahead on a claim that the state Department of ...

Veteran dies waiting for ambulance in VA hospital

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A veteran who collapsed in an Albuquerque Veteran Affairs hospital cafeteria - 500 yards from the emergency room - died after waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance, officials confirmed Thursday.It took a half an hour for the ambulance to be dispatched and take the man from one ...

Iraqi Kurdish leader urges independence referendum

BAGHDAD - With large parts of Iraq in militant hands, a top Kurdish leader called on regional lawmakers Thursday to lay the groundwork for a referendum on independence, a vote that would likely spell the end of a unified Iraq.The recent blitz by Sunni militants across much of northern and ...

Fireworks safety paramount

With the Fourth of July weekend approaching the city of Marshalltown would like to remind everyone that only certain types of fireworks are authorized for use within the state of Iowa. Permitted fireworks include snakes, sparklers and caps. Many types of legal fireworks are available for ...

What is the state’s fiscal condition? And why?

Iowa, according to the ranking of state fiscal conditions by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, is in pretty good financial condition. Their analysis ranks all 50 states on four major solvency criteria: cash, budget, long-run financial condition and service-level requirements.We ...

Ending the taxpayer subsidy for exorbitant executive bonuses 

There is an outrage in our tax code and it's costing you money. Federal law currently gives publiclyheld corporations a special tax deduction when they pay their executives huge "performance-based" bonuses. The deduction can be worth millions of dollars. The more they shower their executives ...