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Gardeners may be wondering just how, and if, trees, shrubs and perennials survive below-zero temperatures. They know that the below-ground parts of a tree are kept insulated by a layer of snow, and that is important to winter survival, but the exposed parts of a tree are not so protected. Horticulturists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach explain the cold hardiness of trees, shrubs and perennials. more
One big topic of conversations at the capitol last week was Senate File 348. This bill is from Gov. Kim Reynolds and allows for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives by a pharmacist without a previous consultation and prescription of a doctor. more
The Better Business Bureau has encountered several moving companies that are causing headaches for consumers and the BBB. Last August, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati announced indictments against several moving companies and individuals based in locations throughout the country.  more
The Iowa Senate unanimously advanced a bill this week aimed at shining the light on costs that help determine drug pricing. Senate File 563 deals with pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). PBMs are third-party companies who act as prescription drug middlemen to develop plans for state government employees, commercial health entities, and for employers who self-insure. more
I don’t get out to Utica Ridge Road as much as I used to. more
One of the biggest issues that the Legislature is considering this session is whether the state should legalize sports betting. This conversation became a possibility last year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law that prohibited gambling on professional and college sports. more
This summer has been one of many firsts for me: getting a big-girl internship, writing a published newspaper article, becoming a top-notch photographer (OK, maybe not), editing pictures and stories, and working with programs to lay out stories for print. more
Statement from Iowa Corn Growers Association chairman Mark Recker, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa: more
During this third week of session, the Senate’s focus continues to be our subcommittee work, as more and more bills are being filed. Colleagues on both sides of the aisle have been filing legislation to advance policy they would like to see move forward. So far, more than 200 bills have already been filed. In the first few weeks of session, over 70 subcommittee meetings, on a variety of topics, have been held to discuss the bills which have been filed. more
This has been a trying couple weeks for our families, schools, and community. The frigid weather has gripped much of the country, produced record-breaking lows across the Midwest. more
Congressman Dave Loebsack released the following statement Jan. 3 as the House convened to begin the 116th Congress. Having been first elected in 2006, Dave was sworn in to begin his seventh term serving the people of Iowa. more
These goals always top the list of the most popular New Year’s resolutions: Lose weight. Reduce stress. Get in shape. more
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