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4 hrs ago | KCRG

Fact Checker: Preschool funding

Sixty percent of Iowa 4-year-olds are enrolled in state-funded preschool, which is more than double the share of 4-year-olds in similar programs nationwide, according to the National Institute for Early Education Research's State of Preschool 2013 report. Iowa's voluntary universal preschool program, launched in 2007, incorporated 90 percent of Iowa's public school districts in 2013.


Related Topix: Iowa, Education Etc.

10 hrs ago | KICD-AM Spencer

Jack Hatch at the Fair

Senator Jack Hatch was in Spencer Friday. He spent time at the democratic booth at the fair.


Related Topix: Iowa

Sun Sep 14, 2014


Clinton in Iowa; Fresh start or deja vu?

"It's been seven years, and a lot has changed," Hillary Clinton said Sunday in her first visit to Iowa since the state dealt her presidential campaign a devastating body blow. Roughly 200 credentialed media were gathered in a far corner of the Indianola Balloon Field, the grassy expanse where Sen. Tom Harkin was convening his 37th and final Steak Fry, an annual fundraiser that doubles as a point of entry for ambitious Democrats curious about the Iowa caucuses.


Related Topix: Tom Harkin, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, US House of Representatives, Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa, Hillary Clinton

American Thinker

How much fraud is there really in the SNAP program?

No one knows - least of all the Department of Agriculture who is supposed to have a handle on how much taxpayer money is being flushed down the toilet by individual fraudsters who game the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program . In Iowa, a long time investigator with the state's Department of Inspections and Appeals scoffs at the idea that the Agriculture Department has any clue how much fraud is committed by individual recipients of SNAP benefits.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Life, Food, Nutrition, Iowa, US News, United States Department of Agriculture

Hawk Eye

The debate

We should pay attention to what the two candidates for governor have to say when they're in Burlington Saturday.


Related Topix: US Governors, Terry Branstad, Iowa

Sat Sep 13, 2014


52 days to midterms - Steak Fry Weekend - Hillary Ready? Yoga...

PRESS SOUNDS STARTING GUN ON HRC CAMPAIGN Ben Smith: "Let's just get this out of the way now: She's running. This isn't the first time a Clinton campaign began with this steady march from inaction to inevitability.


Related Topix: US Politics, Hillary Clinton, US News, US Senate, Democrat, 2012 Presidential Election, Iowa

WTMA-AM North Charleston

Three Democrats Who Could Challenge Hillary Clinton in 2016

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading back to Iowa for the first time since 2008 this weekend to speak at the 37th Harkin Steak Fry. And since she says she'll probably decide on a 2016 run "after the first of the year," ABC News took a closer look at three other Democrats who could challenge her for the nomination if she decides to run for the White House for the second time.


Related Topix: US News, Hillary Clinton, US Politics, Iowa, Senator Elizabeth Warren, US Senate, Barack Obama, Democrat

Fri Sep 12, 2014


Medical marijuana recommendations passed

KIMT News 3 - Cannabis oil could now be on the path of being produced and distributed in the state, following the latest recommendations. Parents however, are saying it has yet to be productive, since it's still considered illegal for them to transport the substance across state lines.


Related Topix: Drugs, Marijuana, Iowa


Company Offers Solutions To Iowa's Cannabis Law

Iowa parents wanting to take advantage of the state's medical cannabis law continue to hit road block after road block. Families that qualify under the law can't access the oil because the state is still working on implementing rules.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Iowa

The Daily Beast

O'Malley Builds 2016 Forces in IowaBy Ben Jacobs

Hillary Clinton may be arriving in the Hawkeye State on Sunday, but the Maryland governor has already placed operatives throughout Iowa-the only Democrat with staff on the ground there. Martin O'Malley's incipient presidential campaign already has 11 staffers on the ground in Iowa, working to elect Democrats and build valuable connections for 2016.


Related Topix: Hillary Clinton, US Politics, US News, Iowa, US Governors, Martin O'Malley, US Senate, Evan Bayh, Democrat


Iowa committee backs legalizing medical marijuana

A legislative committee narrowly recommended allowing medical marijuana to be grown and sold in Iowa to help people with epilepsy. The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy patients to get marijuana extract.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Iowa, Seizures, Health

Ag Professional

Hagie honors 88 Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award recipients

Pictured at Hagie Manufacturing's Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Recognition Luncheon on August 13 at the Iowa State Fair is Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Alan Hagie, President & CEO of Hagie Mfg.; Tim Recker, Iowa Farmer and Past President of the Iowa Land Improvement Contractors Association and Iowa Corn Growers Association More than 88 Iowa farm families, named Iowa Farm Environmental Leader award recipients, were honored at a special Recognition Luncheon hosted by Hagie Manufacturing in August.


Related Topix: Iowa, Agriculture, Science, US Governors, Terry Branstad


Legislative Committee Recommends Allowing Medical Marijuana In Iowa

The 10-member committee was formed to look at problems with a new law that was supposed to allow some epilepsy patients to get marijuana extract. On Thursday, the committee also backed changing state law to reclassify marijuana so it would be easier to get as medication.


Related Topix: Marijuana, Iowa, Seizures, Medicine, Health

ABC News

Everything You Need to Know About the Iowa Steak Fry

When Hillary Clinton touches down in Iowa this weekend, it will be the first time she has stepped foot on the state's soil since she lost the Iowa caucuses during her presidential primary campaign Jan. 3, 2008. Clinton has notably stayed clear of Iowa since her defeat to then-Sen. Barack Obama that night, a moment she describes as "excruciating" in her new memoir, "Hard Choices."


Related Topix: Tom Harkin, US Politics, US News, US Senate, Democrat, US House of Representatives, Representative Bruce Braley, Iowa, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama

Thu Sep 11, 2014

The Messenger

Education savings account plan unveiled

Parents throughout Iowa could receive state money to help pay for the education of their children at private schools under a proposal outlined Thursday evening in Fort Dodge. "What we're talking about here tonight are ideas that can transform the educational landscape in Iowa," said Trish Wilger, the executive director of the Iowa Alliance for Choice in Education.


Related Topix: Iowa, Fort Dodge, IA, Education, School Vouchers


Gov. Branstad will work with regents on funding request

Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday promised to work with the Board of Regents on its request for $12.9 million to keep the University of Iowa whole as it rolls out new performance - and enrollment-based funding metrics in the 2016 budget year. When asked if Branstad plans to include the supplemental funding request in his 2016 budget, Branstad said he first must win the November election and then wait for December revenue estimates.


Related Topix: Terry Branstad, US Governors, Iowa, University of Iowa, Iowa State University


Work Program Trains Inmates for Life Beyond Bars

More of Iowa's former inmates are staying out of trouble after being released from prison. According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, the number of people who reoffend is now below 30 percent, the lowest in recorded history.


Related Topix: Iowa, State Prisons, Anamosa State Penitentiary, Prison

Wed Sep 10, 2014


Iowa Dental Wellness Plan

Getting insurance to cover dental care can be spendy, but a new program in Iowa is hoping to change that. The Iowa Dental Wellness Plan started in May. Coverage is offered by the Iowa Department of Human Services through Delta Dental.


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WHO-TV Des Moines

Jack Hatch Talks Iowa Education and Terrorist Threats Against U.S.

State senator Jack Hatch has been in the Iowa Senate for the last 12 years, no he's hoping to move upstairs to the governor's office at the Statehouse.


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KWQC-TV Davenport

Regents approve $523M university funding request

The Iowa Board of Regents voted Wednesday to ask the Iowa Legislature for nearly $523 million in funding next year for the state's three public universities. The amount includes $12.9 million to prevent cuts to the University of Iowa's budget as the state's three public universities transition to a new funding model based on in-state enrollment.


Related Topix: Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Iowa State University, Ames, IA