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  • BY KENT DARR
    Friday, January 20, 2017 6:00 AM
    Chances are you’re going to hear the words “smaller and smarter” used a lot during the 87th session of the Iowa Legislature. They’ll primarily rise out of the Republican caucuses in the House and Senate.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, January 20, 2017 6:00 AM
    Many lawmakers, environmentalists and farmers expected lawmakers to pass a major water quality initiative last year as the state worked through decades of frustration over the issue and the controversy over Des Moines Water Works’ federal lawsuit looking for action against drainage districts regarding nitrate pollution. 

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Friday, January 20, 2017 6:00 AM
    On April 1, workers in Polk County who earn the minimum wage are set to get a $1.50 increase in their pay, under a measure approved last fall by the Polk County Board of Supervisors. 

  •  A New Era
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, January 20, 2017 6:00 AM
    The issues before this year’s legislative session, which began Jan. 9, are familiar: taxes, water quality, workforce development, minimum wages and local option sales taxes, for example.

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Thursday, January 19, 2017 3:22 PM
    About 230,000 Iowans, including 25,000 children, would lose health insurance coverage in 2019 if the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — were repealed by Congress without an adequate replacement, according to a policy brief released today by the Iowa Fiscal Partnership.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:29 AM
    A defense attorney for a Muscatine corn processing plant is asking the Iowa Supreme Court to block a class-action lawsuit brought by residents who claim the plant has long spewed smoke, haze and pollutants over their homes.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:27 AM
    President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday selected Sonny Perdue, the former governor of Georgia, to be his secretary of agriculture, two senior transition officials told The New York Times, making his final cabinet selection two days before he is to be sworn in as president.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017 11:26 AM
    The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission has asked state lawmakers to consider raising the $10,000 maximum fine it can assess in pollution cases, The Des Moines Register reported. 

  • BY KENT DARR
    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:45 PM
    A strong real estate market is pushing up Polk County property assessments.

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:43 PM
    The Urbandale City Council approved a five-year, $209 million capital improvement plan.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017 11:33 AM
    President-elect Donald Trump has yet to name his pick for U.S. agriculture secretary, and Sen. Chuck Grassley has suggested that Iowa's secretary of agriculture would be a good candidate. 

  • Monday, January 16, 2017 10:56 AM
    Moody's Investor Service and two affiliated companies will pay the state approximately $9 million as part of a nearly $863 million joint federal-state settlement over allegations that the credit-rating firm inflated ratings of mortgage-backed securities leading up to the nation's 2008 financial crisis, Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced Friday.

  • Thursday, January 12, 2017 3:34 PM
    Iowa's December 2016 net general fund revenue was $21.6 million, a 3.9 percent increase from the year-ago level, Jeff Robinson, a senior fiscal analyst for the Legislative Services Agency, said in his monthly video memo. 

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:45 PM
    An Iowa law that required pharmacy benefits manager companies to provide pricing transparency to their network pharmacies and to disclose their pricing methodology to the Iowa Insurance Division was overturned Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:34 PM
    An Iowa law that required pharmacy benefits manager companies to provide pricing transparency to their network pharmacies and to disclose their pricing methodology to the Iowa Insurance Division was overturned Wednesday by a federal appeals court.

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