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Republicans Vote To Keep Iowa First In The Nation For Presidential Primaries

April 19th, 2022
Republicans Vote To Keep Iowa First In The Nation For Presidential Primaries

Iowa will keep its first-in-the-nation spot for nominating the presidential candidate in 2024 — for Republicans, at least. The Republican National Committee voted unanimously to keep Iowa as the first spot in the presidential nominating calendar last week. Both the Republicans and Democrats are voting this year whether or not to keep Iowa in the top spot. There’s been some question as to whether the Democratic National Committee is going to keep the Midwest state at the top of the contests, and there’s been speculation that a new state could emerge on the Democratic side to kick... Read More

Iowa Grant Opportunities Now Open for Summer Youth Internship Projects

February 12th, 2022
Iowa Grant Opportunities Now Open for Summer Youth Internship Projects

Governor Kim Reynolds today announced the opening of another round of funding opportunities for employers, nonprofits, educational and community groups seeking to provide high school youth with internship opportunities. Now available for the fourth consecutive year, Future Ready Iowa’s Summer Youth Internship Project grants are designed to help youth explore and prepare for high-demand careers while gaining work experience and developing the personal attributes necessary to succeed in the workplace. A total of $250,000 will be available for programs this summer. Applications must be submitted... Read More

Davenport Community Schools Receives $10,000 Early Childhood Education Grant

February 8th, 2022
Davenport Community Schools Receives $10,000 Early Childhood Education Grant

The Davenport Community School District has received a grant from Governor Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education for $10,000 to help build the future of early childhood education and childcare in the Davenport Community. The Blended Early Learning in Educational Foundations (BELIEF) grants were awarded to 16 Iowa school districts to facilitate a year of planning and research for local committees. DCSD has formed a committee of community stakeholders such as the YMCA, The Mississippi Bend AEA, University of Iowa, Davenport preschool teachers and private daycares. This committee will... Read More

Iowa COVID Numbers Remain Dangerously High; Should Reynolds End All COVID Precautions?

February 4th, 2022
Iowa COVID Numbers Remain Dangerously High; Should Reynolds End All COVID Precautions?

Iowa covid numbers remain high overall, with a positivity rate over 20 percent, leaving some to wonder if Gov. Kim Reynolds should be so quick to end all covid precautions. Over the last seven days, there were 19,161 positive tests reported. That’s down from 23,461 at last report on Monday, but still a high number. In addition, while the state’s 14-day positivity rate fell from 22.9 percent, it only slipped a bit to 21.5 percent. Other covid numbers continue to fall, but not a huge amount. For example, there are currently 794 patients hospitalized with the virus, down from 849 on Monday. Just... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Hammered By Covid, Hospitals Overflowing; Reynolds Remains Quiet On Restrictions

December 15th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Hammered By Covid, Hospitals Overflowing; Reynolds Remains Quiet On Restrictions

BREAKING NEWS: For the third week in a row, covid-19 hospitalizations in Iowa have hit their highest numbers for the year, as the state’s positivity rate roars upward and deaths continue to rise. According to the latest numbers from the Iowa Department of Public Health, there are 823 patients in hospitals with covid, including 173 in intensive care and 103 on ventilators. There were 10,476 new reported COVID-19 cases over the past week, an average of 1,497 per day, and the state’s 14-day positivity rate is 11.3 percent. As in neighboring Illinois, the numbers are largely driven by the... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Skyrocket To Highest In A Year; Could Mask Mandates Return?

December 4th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Skyrocket To Highest In A Year; Could Mask Mandates Return?

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa covid-19 cases are skyrocketing, hitting their highest numbers in over a year, prompting some to call for a return to restrictions including a statewide mask mandate. According to the website coronavirus.iowa.gov, there were 9,362 new COVID-19 cases over the past week, an average of 1,337 new cases per day, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 528,221. Over the last 24 hours, there were 125 patients hospitalized in Iowa, for a statewide total of 721 (up from 623 last week), and 172 are in the ICU (up from 146 last week), and 67 are on ventilators (up from 57 last... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring Again, Will There Be A New School Mask Mandate?

November 21st, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring Again, Will There Be A New School Mask Mandate?

BREAKING NEWS: Iowa covid-19 numbers continue to soar, with the Iowa Department of Public Health reporting 9,132 new COVID-19 cases in the past week, an average of 1,304 per day, prompting some to call for new mask mandates in schools and statewide. There were 102 deaths reported last week as well, bringing the state’s total to 7,268 COVID-19 deaths since the start of the pandemic. In addition, hospitalizations due to covid also continued to increase, rising to 544, including 123 patients in intensive care and 57 on ventilators. Children under 18 make up over 20 percent of the positive case... Read More

BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring, Will There Be A Statewide Shutdown?

November 16th, 2021
BREAKING: Iowa Covid Numbers Soaring, Will There Be A Statewide Shutdown?

BREAKING: Iowa covid-19 numbers are heating up as the weather cools down, pushing Iowa into the red zone of “high” contagion and causing some to call for a statewide shutdown and new mask mandates. The 14-day positivity rate of COVID-19 for the state climbed from 8.9% to 9.2% in the last week, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. Iowa has had 8,047 new positive cases in just the last week. Of those hospitalized with COVID-19, 75.8% are unvaccinated, while 87.1% of those listed in intensive care with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. Numbers from the Iowa Department of Public... Read More

No Vaccine? No Problem: Iowa Law Protects Workers From Covid Mandates

November 1st, 2021
No Vaccine? No Problem: Iowa Law Protects Workers From Covid Mandates

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a law protecting workers from having to comply with covid mandates at the office if they have religious or other exemptions to them. On Friday night, Reynolds signed the bill that would allow employees to escape employer covid mandates, including vaccination mandates, and allow greater use of medical and religious exemptions for people to refuse covid restrictions. The Iowa House and Senate had passed the bill Thursday. It makes it tougher for businesses to Kim Reynolds require employees to be vaccinated or submit to other covid protocols such as regular testing.... Read More

LATEST: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Signs Bill Allowing Employees To Escape Work Covid Mandates

October 30th, 2021
LATEST: Iowa Gov. Reynolds Signs Bill Allowing Employees To Escape Work Covid Mandates

LATEST: Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill that would allow employees to escape employer covid mandates, including vaccination mandates, and allow greater use of medical and religious exemptions for people to refuse covid restrictions. On Friday night, Reynolds signed the bill, which the Iowa House and Senate had passed Thursday. It makes it tougher for businesses to require employees to be vaccinated or submit to other covid protocols such as regular testing. The bill gives greater leeway for employees to claim medical and religious exemptions against covid employer mandates and guarantees... Read More