The social activist group Nuns on the Bus got a boost today for their 36 city tour to encourage voter registration. They are launching the trip from Des Moines accompanied by Vice-President Joe Biden. Speaking from the terrace of the State Capitol, Biden calls for the raising of the minimum wage. “The middle class is in real trouble. It was devastated by this recession. It was already losing ground the previous ten years.” says Biden.
Li Zhao Mandelbaum comes from a nation of more than one-point-three-billion people. So the concept of small is relative.
“I often introduce myself, I’m from Nanning, a small city in China, and people will say OK tell me the population, and I will say well, we have about six million population,” she said.
Her hometown is about an hour’s flight west of Hong Kong near China’s border with Vietnam. It’s known for its lush greenery and hilly terrain. But despite its beauty, it wasn’t enough for the adventurous, young Li Zhao.
Former Secretary of State and one-time Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton returned to Iowa Sunday for the first time since her 3rd place finish in the Iowa Caucuses in 2008. She was the featured speaker at retiring Democratic Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry. Even Harkin admitted she stole the show.
Senator Harkin took the stage before some ten thousand activists and said this is a hell of a crowd:
“And to think you all came here just to see me,” Harkin joked with the crowd. “Who am I kidding? You've had some steak now it’s time for some sizzle.”
And just like that… suddenly it’s Fall (or feels like it). On this Horticulture Day, Denny Schrock, Iowa Master Gardener Coordinator is here along with Iowa State University Extension Horticulturist Richard Jauron. We talk about bulbs, spring blooming and fall blooming bulbs. Just in time for some possible frost that might hit northern Iowa tonight.
Iowa 3rd District Congressional candidates Democrat Staci Appel and Republican David Young discussed raising the federal minimum wage, last night (Thursday) in Council Bluffs. The two debated for the first time on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press.
Since both Appel and Young aren’t terribly well known, it was important for each candidate to define themselves during the broadcast, and not let the other control the narrative.
Members of the Meskwaki Nation near Tama have established a community-based farm operation.
The Red Earth Gardens spans 40 acres and boasts a wide variety of crops. In the short two seasons they've been in operation, they've managed to grow numerous varieties of fruits and vegetables. The tribe's extensive planning process includes a transition from row crop to certified organic by sometime next year.
Tribal members grow produce for the settlement but they also sell it to the nearby casino, at a roadside stand and at area farmer's markets.
Tonight, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider the question, “Do witnesses in criminal trials need to testify in person? Or is remote, two-way video testimony just as affective?
The state of Iowa claims two-way remote video testimony is just as effective as in-person testimony. Additionally, video testimony is less expensive and less time consuming, and therefore there is large incentive to use remote video testimony more extensively.
Democrats in the Iowa Senate failed to stop a new rule at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services that they say will chip away at Iowa’s merit system of employment. The rule would let state agencies lay off some permanent employees ahead of temporary workers in the event of a reduction in force.
The new rule survived a challenge before the legislature’s administrative rules review committee. DAS Human Resource Officer Michell Minnehan said sometimes it makes sense to keep temporary workers on.
There’s little doubt that college sports are at a crossroads. As money collides with education, Drake University’s Athletic Director says it’s time to make sports “co-curricular” instead of “extra-curricular.”
Iowa’s Crime Victim Assistance Program was under scrutiny before a Republican-dominated committee at the statehouse. The committee’s chairman says he got his questions answered about whether money was being misspent.
Monsanto has agreed to settle some of the lawsuits brought by U.S. farmers who allege they lost money when an Oregon field was discovered to have been contaminated with an experimental genetically modified strain of wheat.
Jennifer Brdar’s dream job was to be a meat inspector for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, watching out for unwary consumers and making sure the meat on their dinner tables was clean and disease-free.
After earning an associate’s degree in meat science, Brdar was hired in March as a temporary federal meat inspector at a big beef packing operation just up the road in Liberal, Kan.
She lasted barely a month, walking away in frustration.
Cedar Falls High School Senior Agatha Fenech will serve as a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador. As one of 51 youth ambassadors, Fenech will receive funding and training to lead an initiative to raise awareness about the health and community benefits of locally grown produce. Fenech was selected through a competitive application process based on the quality of her project proposal and its potential to creative substantive, large scale change that benefits young people in Cedar Falls.