Erin Jordan

Cedar Rapids Gazette reporter who occasionally gets to do TV stuff.

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Iowa Department of Transportation wants more corn snow fences

Sometimes all that stands between motorists and blowing snow is eight rows of corn.

But that corn can help, said Craig Bargfrede, winter operations administrator for the Iowa Department of Transportation.

#x201c;If we can reduce the amount ... »

Cedar Rapids school seclusion complaint under investigation

The Iowa Department of Education is investigating a complaint against the Cedar Rapids Community School District for inappropriately secluding a Pierce Elementary third-grader last spring.

The complaint filed Tuesday by Coralville attorney Mary R ... »

Iowa Department of Education given more time to reach seclusion room consensus

The Iowa Department of Education has been granted a three-month extension to respond to a request to revise state rules for secluding and restraining students.

In an order signed Monday, Iowa Education Department Director Ryan Wise said the parti ... »

Panel urges tighter control of feedlots in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS - Iowans concerned with the proliferation of large-scale animal feeding operations are beating the drum for changes that include local control for counties and changes to Iowa's master matrix, a scoring system for siting the operations.

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New Iowa crop insurance discount for cover crops

Iowa farmers who plant cover crops this fall may be eligible for a $5-per-acre break on crop insurance for acres planted in cover crops through a program aimed at improving Iowa's water quality.

The ... »

Water quality deal lacks allure in swath of Iowa

Relatively few farmers in the Des Moines River watershed are seeking state money to plant cover crops intended to improve water quality, according to a Gazette analysis of grants made in 2017 by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. ... »

Subpoena not enough — public information board won’t provide records related to police shooting of Burlington woman

The Iowa Public Information Board voted Thursday to refuse to provide minutes and recordings from two closed-session meetings to the state ombudsman, despite an ombudsman subpoena.

Ombudsman Kristie Hirschman issued a subpoena to the board Nov. 2, ... »

Popular YouTuber visits University of Iowa driving simulator

The University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator is getting some international exposure from a popular YouTuber who filmed a segment there about whether vlogging while driving is dangerous.

Tom Scott, a blond Brit known for wearing a r ... »

Ombudsman subpoenas Public Information Board records

The state ombudsman's office has issued a subpoena requiring the Iowa Public Information Board to turn over audio recordings and minutes from two closed-session meetings, asserting ombudsman investigators need those records to determine if the board vio ... »

Iowa City schools to maintain student seclusion, but not designated rooms

IOWA CITY - The Iowa City school district is getting rid of closet-like student seclusion rooms that have been lightning rods for criticism from parents and school board members.

However, the district of 14,200 students will maintain its practice ... »