Iowa

Pledges to Pay 20% of Premium
9:51 pm
Sun July 22, 2012

Branstad Wants Employees to Pay More

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) in Fort Madison

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) says he will seek a key provision in future contracts with union employees.

Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) say they will start paying 20% of their health insurance premiums next month.

The Governor told a crowd in Fort Madison that Iowa could save $100-million if every state employee followed their lead.

“But I don’t expect a lot of rank-and-file workers will do it immediately,” says Branstad, “but down the road, most people in the private sector are paying more than that so we think in the future that makes sense.”

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Pushing Honesty, Reliability
11:24 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

IA Governor Pushing For Plant

IA Gov. Terry Branstad addressing Fort Madison's Rotary Club.
  • Raw Interview with IA Gov. Terry Branstad

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.

Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.

Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.

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Son Accused of Killing Mother
12:28 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Pitman Murder Trial : Day 2

Adam Pitman

The murder trial of Keokuk resident Adam Pitman has concluded its second day.

Judge Cynthia Danielson is presiding over the case at the South Lee County Courthouse in Keokuk.

Pitman is accused of killing his mother, Rosa Pitman, in her home in the early morning hours of August 30, 2011.  He allegedly confessed to the crime after being pulled over for a traffic violation several hours later.

1st Degree murder carries a maximum sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

ADAM PITMAN

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Agency Running Deficit
10:54 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Task Force Procedures Reviewed

The state of Iowa is recommending the Lee County Narcotics Task Force change some of its operating practices.

The recommendations are based on a report, released this week, by State Auditor David Vaudt.

The report was requested by the board that oversees the task force.

The most significant finding is the task force is carrying a $90,000 deficit from the time period of July 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012.

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Contested Races Throughout Ballot
11:06 pm
Mon June 4, 2012

Election Day in Iowa

The polls will open at 7:00 A.M. for voters in southeast Iowa as they decide who should move on from the primary to the November General Election.

There are contested races up and down the ballot in Lee and Des Moines Counties.  They start in Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District.

Congressman Dave Loebsack faces a challenge from State Senator Joe Seng on the Democratic side while John Archer and Dan Dolan are squaring off for the Republican nod.

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