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Latest Articles by James Q. Lynch
Crime and Courts Jan. 26, 2022 12:45 pm253d ago
Iowa City police said surveillance footage shows Alajuwon S. Johnson Sr. firing a gun at a person as they're running away from him near the Town & Campus Apartments on Arthur Street.
Government & Politics Jan. 25, 2022 6:52 pm254d ago
The center has received about 205 Afghan refugees since October and is expected that to grow to at least 250 this year. That’s in addition to an expected 150 “typical” refugees the Catherine McCuley Center serves.
Government & Politics Jan. 25, 2022 6:51 pm254d ago
In Iowa, last year, there were 373 crashes directly related to distracted driving resulting in six fatalities and more than $4 million in property damage, Iowa State Patrol Maj. Mark Stine told lawmakers.
Government & Politics Jan. 24, 2022 4:16 pm255d ago
As a result of congressional approval of the bipartisan infrastructure package, Iowa DOT officials expect the five-year highway program to grow from $3.6 billion to about $4 billion.
State Government Jan. 21, 2022 7:41 am259d ago
“I want to get it right, so we we're looking at the language to make sure it does what the intent was to do (because) really what we’re trying to do is not tax retirement income,” Gov. Kim Reynolds said while at Van Meter in Cedar Rapids.
Government & Politics Jan. 19, 2022 4:03 pm260d ago
The Iowa Republican, who a year ago saw opportunities to work with his former Senate colleague on issues such as prescription drug pricing, now believes the president’s compromises to appease progressives are limiting his ability to reach bipartisan agreement on his proposals.
State Government Jan. 18, 2022 1:21 pm261d ago
Although the $13 million in tax revenue Iowa collects from sports betting is a relatively small pot of money in the state’s $9 billion-plus annual revenue stream, it has caught the attention of lawmakers.
Government & Politics Jan. 14, 2022 3:35 pm265d ago
For Iowa, the congressional bipartisan infrastructure package means $431,828,580 over five years or about $86.2 million a year. That’s about 35 percent of the $240 million a year the Iowa Department of Transportation has budgeted in its 2022-26 Five-Year Program.
State Government Jan. 14, 2022 6:12 pm265d ago
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen tells legislators “the court system is 100 percent fully operational, but we are continuing some practices adopted on an emergency basis” to keep proceedings moving “without jeopardizing health or conflicting with their work schedules.”
State Government Jan. 12, 2022 2:16 pm267d ago
The merged department should be able to help people seamlessly receive the maximum services in the most efficient way to give families the tools to be independent, she tells legislators.