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  • Unemployment rate drops in December, nearing ‘full employment’ level
    The state unemployment rate dropped down in December, and a spokesperson for Iowa Workforce Development says the state is getting close to full employment. IWD spokesperson, Kerry Koonce, says the December unemployment rate hit 4.1 percent, compared to 4.3 percent in November. “Four-point-one percent is actually the lowest rate we’ve had since June of 2008. […]

  • Branstad has the flu; all public events for rest of week cancelled
    Governor Branstad was released from the hospital this morning after treatment for the flu. Branstad’s staff now confirms the governor has the flu. The governor fell ill during a speech on Monday morning and was taken by ambulance to a Des Moines hospital. He was released from the hospital at nine o’clock this morning.  Jimmy Centers, […]

  • Senator Grassley ready to hold hearings on Attorney General nominee
    In one of his first moves as the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has carved out a big chunk of his schedule this week for hearings on President Obama’s nominee for Attorney General. Loretta Lynch is a 55-year-old North Carolina native who’s currently the U.S. Attorney for New York’s Eastern […]

  • Former Mason City police officer shot in Minnesota
    A former police officer from northern Iowa was shot last night, moments after being sworn in as a police officer in a Twin Cities suburb. It was a routine city council meeting in New Hope that included the swearing in of former Mason City officer Joshua Eernisse and another officer, Adam Johnson. Chaos erupted after […]

  • Senator cites governor’s ‘little episode’, asks colleagues to pray for Branstad
    No word — yet — on when Governor Terry Branstad might be released from the Des Moines hospital where he’s being treated for “flu-like symptoms.” Branstad fell ill yesterday, during a speech at Du Pont Pioneer in Johnston, and was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was admitted “out of an abundance of […]

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