Iowa ‘celebrates’ another Fourth without legal fireworks

By   /  July 3, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

NO FIRECRACKERS FOR THE FOURTH: Iowa's 76 year old ban on all consumer fireworks except sparklers and snakes remains in effect. But this might be its last year.

Jerri Andersen wasn’t impressed by the Fourth of July fireworks display at her local Hy-Vee in Urbandale.

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Board to spend $927,000 for a road to almost nowhere

By   /  June 30, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

KDOT proposes cutting 5 percent of its Topeka headquarters workforce.

The Woodbury County Board of Supervisors voted to borrow $927,000 for a road project which, the county engineer says, will be little used after 2016.

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School employees earn ‘wellness’ dollars without a breaking a sweat

By   /  June 26, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

GET YOURS TODAY: Des Moines school employees will get a free Fitbit.

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Employees of the Des Moines Public Schools can forget about “no pain, no gain” when it comes to working out.
Next school year, both the fit and flabby will be eligible to receive a Fitbit, one of the trendiest pieces of workout gear, and the only place [...]

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The Postal Service delivers the fail, audit shows

By   /  June 20, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

WE STILL DELIVER: Fredric Rolando says the U.S. Postal Service is profitable, if you take away the requirement that it pre-fund future retiree health benefits.

When it comes to incompetence, losing money and union muscle-flexing, the U.S. Postal Service always delivers.

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Small-town clerk helps herself to $80,000, auditor says

By   /  June 16, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

HE CITY CLERK HELPS HERSELF: The former city clerk of tiny Menlo, Iowa misappropriated more than $80,000 to increase her pay and benefits, according to a new report from the state auditor.

The way they tell it at Judy’s Country Curl, Brenda Simmons was nice enough, but she hadn’t done much in her 22 years as city clerk of Menlo, Iowa.

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Sioux City looks to bag paper and plastic

By   /  June 12, 2014  /  Iowa, News  /  No Comments

THE $33,000 BAN: The city of Santa Fe is spending more than $33,000 in taxpayer dollars for costs associated with banning plastic grocery bags,

By Paul Brennan | Iowa Watchdog
DES MOINES, Iowa — Paper or plastic? Shoppers in Sioux City may be hearing that question a lot less in the near future.
“We’re looking at all possible options to get people to use plastic bags less and reusable cloth bags more,” city environmental analyst Melissa Campbell told Iowa Watchdog.
In response [...]

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