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Polk Co Upholds ban on “webcam” abortions

Polk Co Upholds ban on “webcam” abortions

DES MOINES, IA – Polk County District Court Judge Jeffrey Farrell has upheld the Iowa Board of Medicine’s ban on “webcam” abortions as dangerous to women’s health. Thomas More Society had contributed to this victory by testifying and advocating against webcam abortions in 2010 and again in 2013 before the Iowa Board of Medicine. Additionally,

Cattle Ranch Buildings On River Shore

EPC Adopted Federal Requirements On Animal Feeding Operations

Des Moines, IA – In a unanimous vote, the Environmental Protection Commission adopted rules governing totally roofed confinement feeding operations today. The rules require these facilities to have a federal permit to discharge to waters of the U.S. Called a national pollutant discharge elimination system or NPDES permit, operations that need the permits must meet

Colorful fishing saltwater fish lures in a box, rusted hooks

DNR Launches Search For Iowa’s Ugliest Tackle Box

Des Moines, IA – If the tackle box out in the garage is rusted through, busted up or has otherwise seen better days, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources wants to see it. The DNR will accept photos of Iowa’s ugliest tackle boxes for a contest to run this August on Facebook, with the winner

Warning Do Not Dig

Call 811 before digging, so you don’t have to call 911

Cedar Rapids, IA – Alliant Energy hopes this week, which started with the date 8/11, will serve as a natural reminder for everyone to call 811 before they dig. Digging and hitting a buried utility line like natural gas, electric, cable, or internet can result in injury or death. The person digging can also face


Groundbreaking celebrates clean air in Iowa

Lansing, IA – Environmental technology to be installed at Alliant Energy’s Lansing Generating Station is designed to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by approximately 90 percent. Today’s groundbreaking in Lansing, Iowa celebrates this achievement for the environment and Iowans. The approximate $58 million project is expected to employ an average of 50 workers during construction and


Iowans Challenged To ‘Take The Next Step’

Ames, IA – Iowans have heard that a key component of healthy living is to move more, natural. Live Healthy Iowa has the perfect opportunity to make it a habit. The Next Step Challenge is a 6-week pedometer based challenge motivating Iowans to move more by tracking their daily step count in friendly team competition

Old car license plates on the wall

Branstad, DOT: Apply Online For Personalized & Specialty Plates

Des Moines, IA – At his news conference this morning, Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa Department of Transportation Director Paul Trombino announced a new service which allows vehicle owners purchasing personalized or specialty registration plates to complete the process online. This new online application allows customers to apply for plates where and when it is


Wildland Fire Suppression Grants Available To Rural Fire Departments

Ames, IA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forestry Bureau, in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service, has grant money available for Iowa’s rural fire departments to help with equipment in battling wildfires. The grants offer funding assistance for wildfire suppression equipment, slide in units, hoses, nozzles, adapters, portable tanks and pumps, personal


Iowa State Fair 2014 Nightly Coverage on Iowa Public Television

Johnston, IA – Iowa Public Television will once again broadcast extensive coverage of the Iowa State Fair nightly at 9 p.m. August 11-16. These hour-long programs are among the network’s most-watched of the year. Bill Riley will host this year’s coverage, which is full of feature contest results, unique stories, food, animals, music, and more.