Friday, October 7, 2022


Following a settlement with tribes, SD phases In voting-access reforms; older voters: formidable factor in Maine gubernatorial race; walking: a simple way to boost heart health.


Biden makes a major move on marijuana laws; the U.S. and its allies begin exercises amid North Korean threats; and Generation Z says it's paying close attention to the 2022 midterms.


Rural residents are more vulnerable to a winter wave of COVID-19, branding could be key for rural communities attracting newcomers, and the Lummi Nation's totem pole made it from Washington state to D.C.


The U.S. Postal Service has more than 650,000 employees nationwide. (Adobe Stock)
Postal Union Leaders Look Ahead to Holiday Crunch

The U.S. Postal Service is hiring 28,000 seasonal employees for the holidays. Union leaders in Iowa say they're mindful of the need for strong …

Researchers say long-term exposure to pesticides can result in a range of chronic health issues, including cancer. (Adobe Stock)
Will Pesticide Enforcement Get Caught Up in Trade Talks?

The U.S. is talking with several nations as part of an emerging framework for trade policy, and in the Midwest, there are concerns about the ripple …

Agriculture experts say improving soil health on farmland is one of several components to reducing emissions from conventional farming. (Adobe Stock)
IA Gets Big Chunk of 'Climate-Smart' Farming Pie

Agriculture researchers say if the U.S. wants more farmers to adopt climate-friendly practices, they will need to be offered some proven incentives…

Roughly 50% of small-business owners in the United States offer health insurance, but some worry about being able to keep it if costs continue to rise. (Adobe Stock)
IA Small Businesses Get a Lifeline with ACA Credit Extension

Average Affordable Care Act premiums in Iowa would have been 72% higher this year without temporary subsidies from the federal government, and small-…

In response to any claims that absentee voting is prone to fraud, Iowa election leaders say the state's Voter ID law, which is required at the polls and on absentee ballot request forms, protects election integrity. (Adobe Stock)
Bipartisan Group of IA Election Leaders Team Up to Stop Disinformation

Iowa's elections are safe and secure and haven't been subject to widespread fraud. That's the message from a bipartisan group of election …

In the past year, school districts have been pressured by conservative groups to weed out certain teachings about race. But others say there should be more concern about the lack of civics curriculum. (Adobe Stock)
Expert: Civics Education Needed Now More Than Ever

Over the weekend, communities in Iowa observed the 21st anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Since those historic events, political tension has escalated…

In bi-partisan fashion, Iowa leaders have championed wind energy development. But some say the state is behind in studying the broader impact of climate change. (Adobe Stock)
IA Leaders Face New Pressure to Study Climate Change

The effects of climate change, such as droughts and destructive storms, have been visible across Iowa in recent years. That's prompted calls for …

In 2020, more than 53% of people with disabilities voted by mail, compared to 42% of people without disabilities. (Adobe Stock)
Iowans with Disabilities: More Voting Power, Fewer Restrictions

As of Tuesday, Iowans can begin requesting absentee ballots for the upcoming midterm elections, and as the process takes shape, advocates for people …

The FTC says that in 2021, consumers reported losing a record-breaking $5.8 billion to fraud. (Adobe Stock)
Iowa Fraud Watch Tour to Address 'Scam Culture'

A statewide tour to help Iowans sharpen their fraud protection skills kicks off today. Organizers say perpetrators will never give up in trying to …

Renewables now comprise nearly 60% of all electricity produced in Iowa. (Adobe Stock)
New Numbers Show IA's Clean-Energy Sector Growing Stronger

The new Inflation Reduction Act is expected to spur more clean-energy projects around the country. It coincides with some encouraging numbers for …

Adding fruits to water is a natural way to add flavor without adding gobs of sugar to the drink. (Adobe Stock)
Health Experts: Avoid Packing Sugary Drinks in School Lunches

It's back-to-school time for kids around Iowa, and some might gravitate toward soda and other drinks with lots of sugar. As parents start lunch …

In the past two years, Iowa's Secretary of State says they've made contact with roughly 17,000 people interested in becoming poll workers for elections. (Adobe Stock)
IA SOS: State Needs Deep Bench of Poll Workers

The midterm elections are less than three months away, and in Iowa, recruiting continues for those interested in helping at polling sites, where the …


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