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USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Thursday, May 23, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: SF603: an act relating to use of concurrent enrollment programs for teaching certain subjects required…

Gov. Reynolds signs HF 615, item vetoes Iowa Attorney General provisions

Gov. Reynolds signs HF 615, item vetoes Iowa Attorney General provisions

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed House File 615, the justice system appropriations bill, but item vetoed sections 24 and 28, which would have amended the Iowa Attorney General’s…

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 14, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 14, 2019

Cerro Gordo County CLAIMS for May 14, 2019: Absolute Waste Remov, sanit disp 597.10  2 Accurate Analytical, lab tests 245.00  2 Ahlers & Cooney PC, labor relations 270.00  1 Ahlers…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Tuesday, May 21, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF768: an act relating to agricultural development, by providing for the Iowa finance authority, a…

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

DES MOINES — Child care and early childhood education advocates from across Iowa are signaling their approval of a recent measure to increase funding to Early Childhood Iowa (ECI), a…

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to over three months in federal prison. Francisco Gomez-Tino, age 32, a…

Gov. Reynolds signs Empower Rural Iowa Act

Gov. Reynolds signs Empower Rural Iowa Act

WILTON – On Monday, Gov. Reynolds signed HF 772, the Empower Rural Iowa Act that will lay the foundation for vibrant rural communities. The bill passed the Iowa Legislature unanimously,…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, May 20, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF772: an act creating an empower rural Iowa act to provide incentives for broadband and…

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health receives grant to address opioid misuse

Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health receives grant to address opioid misuse

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, in partnership with MercyOne North Iowa, Prairie Ridge Integrated Behavioral Healthcare, and the Mason City Youth Task Force, has…

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the United States announced an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the Section 232 tariffs for steel and aluminum imports from those countries and…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Friday, May 17, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF634: an act relating to certain boards and councils in the department of human rights…

City of Mason City expense report for May 16, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for May 16, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/16/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— 1ST INSURANCE BUILDING INSURANCE F & EC 11,384.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL MAINTENANCE MATERIAL 176.94 AHLERS AND COONEY PC PROFESSIONAL…

Alabama lawmakers ban abortions

Alabama lawmakers ban abortions

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed HB314. Upon signing the bill,…

Mayor Pete returns to Iowa for two day campaign swing

Mayor Pete returns to Iowa for two day campaign swing

DES MOINES, IA – On Friday and Saturday this week, Mayor Pete will travel to Iowa for a two day visit where he’ll attend events in Des Moines, Dallas County,…

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 7, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for May 7, 2019

CLAIMS May 7, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Alliant Energy, utilities 95.29  2 C G Co Treasurer, tax/fee disburse 838.48  1 CDW Government, Inc., IT Hardware 304.75  1 Clear Lake Ind…

Grassley, other Senators want Chinese military scientists barred from American labs

Grassley, other Senators want Chinese military scientists barred from American labs

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) to introduce legislation requiring the U.S. government to…

Presidential candidate Cory Booker details new gun suicide prevention plan

Presidential candidate Cory Booker details new gun suicide prevention plan

NEWARK, NJ – Every year in America, nearly 22,000 Americans die by firearm suicide — an average of 59 deaths each day. Veterans are particularly impacted, with more than 6,000…

Gov. Reynolds announces significant assistance for Iowa applicants seeking federal broadband investment

Gov. Reynolds announces significant assistance for Iowa applicants seeking federal broadband investment

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that Iowa applicants applying for the USDA “ReConnect” Grant Program will have a significant advantage in the application process due to the…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, May 13, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF756: an act appropriating federal funds made available from federal block grants and other nonstate…

Joni Ernst calls on China to make a trade deal as tariff feud escalates

Joni Ernst calls on China to make a trade deal as tariff feud escalates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst called on China to make a trade deal as President Donald Trump’s trade war escalated this week. China has retaliated with tens-of-billions of…

Gov. Reynolds announces Rural Broadband Grants

DES MOINES – Governor Kim Reynolds announced the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) has recently concluded the review of 17 broadband grant applications and awarded $1.3 million in…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dan Huitink to State Judicial Nominating Commission

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dan Huitink to State Judicial Nominating Commission

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds Friday announced her appointment of Dan Huitink to serve as an appointed member of the State Judicial Nominating Commission. Huitink fills the new position…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Friday, May 10, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF224: an act relating to the criminal offense of lascivious conduct with a minor, and…

City of Mason City expense report for May 9, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for May 9, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/9/2019 Payee DescriptionAmount —————————————— A1-PORTABLES MISCELLANEOUS EXPENSE 140.00 ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL CAMPGROUND SUPPLIES 399.11 ADJUTANT GENERAL OF IOWA EDUCATION AND TRAINING 52.00 ADVANCED SYSTEMS…

Sanders promises moratorium on pension cuts

Sanders promises moratorium on pension cuts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today announced that if elected president, he will institute an immediate moratorium on cuts to pension benefits that are overseen by the federal government.…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Thursday, May 9, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF421: an act relating to institutions under the control of the Department of Human Services,…

Iowa receives $3 Million dislocated worker grant

Iowa receives $3 Million dislocated worker grant

DES MOINES – Today, Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced a $3 million Dislocated Worker Grant (DWG) for Iowa, which will provide funding to create…

Prescription drug prices must be disclosed in TV ads; Trump proclaims “historic transparency” for patients

Prescription drug prices must be disclosed in TV ads; Trump proclaims “historic transparency” for patients

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will require direct-to-consumer television advertisements for…

Presidential candidate Cory Booker slams Georgia’s ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ law

Presidential candidate Cory Booker slams Georgia’s ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ law

NEWARK, NJ – Cory Booker released the following statement after Gov. Brian Kemp signed Georgia’s “Fetal Heartbeat” law this week: “The ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill signed into law today is an…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Wednesday, May 8, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF731: an act relating to mandatory child abuse and dependent adult abuse reporter training requirements.…

Ragan reflects on end of 2019 legislative session

Ragan reflects on end of 2019 legislative session

The following is a legislative update from State Senator Amanda Ragan, representing Franklin, Butler and Cerro Gordo counties: The 2019 legislative session ended Saturday, April 27. This year saw accomplishments…

Rep. Upmeyer: “A Successful 2019 Session”

Rep. Upmeyer: “A Successful 2019 Session”

The following is a legislative update from GOP Rep. Linda Upmeyer of Clear Lake, Speaker of the Iowa House: The 2019 legislative session officially adjourned for the year on Saturday,…

Ragan and Steckman to hold legislative wrap-up in Mason City

Ragan and Steckman to hold legislative wrap-up in Mason City

MASON CITY – State Sen. Amanda Ragan and State Rep. Sharon Steckman will hold a legislative wrap-up this Saturday, May 11. The meeting will take place from 10 AM to…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Monday, May 6, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF637: an act relating to reports relating to misconduct of certain school employees required to…

Cerro Gordo county expense report for April 30, 2019

Cerro Gordo county expense report for April 30, 2019

CLAIMS April 30, 2019 Cerro Gordo County Accurate Analytical, lab tests 96.00 1 Ahlers & Cooney PC, labor relations 540.00 2 Ahlers & Cooney PC, legal 270.00 1 Airgas USA…

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction if he were not President

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction if he were not President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of former federal prosecutors and lawyers say President Donald Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction of justice if he were not President. The law experts…

Governor Reynolds signs Logan’s Law, making organ donation easier

Governor Reynolds signs Logan’s Law, making organ donation easier

CHARLES CITY – The death of a Charles City boy will lead to help for those in need of an organ transplant in Iowa after a new bill was signed…

Cory Booker announces most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a Presidential candidate

Cory Booker announces most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a Presidential candidate

Newark, NJ – Today, Cory Booker, a Democratic Senator from New Jersey, is unveiling the most sweeping gun violence prevention proposal ever put forth by a presidential candidate. According to his…

City of Mason City expense report for May 2, 2019

City of Mason City expense report for May 2, 2019

CITY OF MASON CITY Publication Report 5/2/2019 Payee Description Amount —————————————— ABSOLUTE WASTE REMOVAL REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE 309.99 ACCENT-CIGNA SERVICE EXPENSES 181.25 ADVANCED SYSTEMS COPY CHARGE 116.37 AHLERS AND COONEY…

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