• The USDA issued a rule standardizing animal welfare practices. (WHO-HD)

    USDA Standard to Focus on Well-Being of Animals

    United States  —  The Department of Agriculture is releasing new standards on organic meat and eggs. Federal officials say the new rules focus on the well-being of the animals and may help customers make choices at the supermarket. The USDA released a final rule standardizing what many organic farmers do already. The rule ensures animals used to produce meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs are raised on farms with standards for animal welfare. This includes the amount of space on which they are raised. […]

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    Legislators Begin Fight Over Education Funding … Again

    DES MOINES, Iowa  —  A budget battle is brewing in the statehouse and lawmakers are ready for a fight. “If we don’t invest in our kids now we’ll pay for it later” said Democratic Representative Sharon Steckman at a democratic press conference on Thursday. At the press conference, Iowa democrats revealed the results of a survey of school superintendents.  Almost 70% say they need to see a 4% increase in school funding over last year. “They’re the ones educating our […]

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    Lawmakers Begin Work on Distracted Driving Bill

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s both dangerous and illegal, but police can’t pull you over for texting and driving — yet. Lawmakers are working on a bill that would make it a primary offense to text-while-driving is up for debate at the statehouse. If passed officers could write a ticket if they see you texting. However, a large group of lobbyists who were in Wednesday’s subcommittee hearing say it’s a good first step, but not a big enough one. “At […]

  • Former US President George H.W. Bush (C) and George W. Bush (2nd-R) sit with former First Ladies Barbara Bush (L) and Laura Bush (R) during the George W. Bush Presidential Center dedication ceremony in Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2013.        (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

    George H.W. Bush, Barbara Bush Both Hospitalized, Spokesman Says

    Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, former First Lady Barbara Bush, have both been hospitalized, his spokesman said Wednesday. Jim McGrath told CNN that the 41st president has been hospitalized at Houston Methodist Hospital since Saturday, and later said in a statement the cause was “an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia. Doctors performed a procedure to protect and clear his airway that required sedation.” He said Bush is responding well to treatments. Barbara Bush also was admitted […]

  • Former Pres. H.W. Bush and son former Pres.George W. Bush Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Dallas at the ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center.

    Reports: George H.W. Bush Hospitalized

    Former president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized, according to the Houston Chronicle and Houston TV station KHOU. Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, says he was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital after falling ill. Becker tells the Houston Chronicle and KHOU that Bush is “doing fine.” Bush, who served a single term as President from 1988 to 1992, was not expected to attend the inauguration of the 45th President, Donald J. Trump, in Washington on Friday due to health […]

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    DOT Crews Working to Clean Up ‘Ice Storm’ Aftermath

    GRIMES, Iowa — It’s been a busy couple of days for Iowa Department of Transportation and maintenance crews aren’t out-of-the-woods yet. During the latest round of storms, the Grimes DOT maintenance crew put in almost 360 man hours. While working around the clock, they laid almost 54,000 gallons of brine solution and 340 tons of salt. And now it’s time to clean all that up. Crews started as early as Tuesday morning washing the brine and salt off the trucks. […]

  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI - DECEMBER 9: (L to R) Betsy DeVos, his nominee for Secretary of Education, speaks as President-elect Donald Trump looks on at the DeltaPlex Arena, December 9, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. President-elect Donald Trump is continuing his victory tour across the country. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Senate Dems Expected to Grill Trump Education Pick DeVos

    WASHINGTON  — Betsy DeVos has been a political heavyweight for decades, spending millions to advance conservative causes. But Tuesday evening, Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary will be asked to fill in her own personal beliefs on a host of controversial education issues. Democrats on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions are preparing to question DeVos on a broad scope of topics, honing in on the fact that, to date, DeVos has been largely a blank slate […]

  • After a weekend clash with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, President-elect Donald Trump on Monday called on Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and "celebrate all of the many wonderful things that he stood for."

    Trump Tweets MLK Salute, Will Meet with Son

    After a weekend clash with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis, President-elect Donald Trump on Monday called on Americans to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day and “celebrate all of the many wonderful things that he stood for.” “Honor him for being the great man that he was!,” Trump tweeted shortly after incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer announced that the President-elect would meet with Martin Luther King III in New York. “Today we observe the birthday of #MartinLutherKing […]

  • Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says he doesn't see President-elect Donald Trump as a "legitimate" commander in chief following Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

File-Georgia Democratic Representative John Lewis speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, July 26, 2016.

    Donald Trump and Rep. John Lewis Engage in War of Words

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — Civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis says he doesn’t see President-elect Donald Trump as a “legitimate” commander in chief following Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “I don’t see this President-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis, a Georgia Democrat, told NBC News’ Chuck Todd in a clip released Friday. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.” Lewis — an ally of Martin Luther King […]

  • Thousands of people marched through Washington on Saturday. (WHO-HD)

    Thousands Participate in Civil Rights March and Rally in Washington

    WASHINGTON D.C.  —  Thousands of people braved a rain storm on Saturday to march and rally near Washington’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial. NBC’s Chris Pollone reported on the event, saying the marchers were members of Al Sharpton’s National Action Network and other groups promoting civil rights. “Are you ready to fight? Are you ready to win? Then make some noise,” chanted marchers. They say they’re sending a message to incoming president Donald Trump, his cabinet, and members of Congress that […]

  • Jacob Dau. (WQAD)

    Police Chase Leads to Evacuation of Clinton County Walmart

    CLINTON, Iowa  —  A police chase through Clinton prompted a lock-down at the local Walmart on Thursday. Police 35-year-old Jacob Dau tried fleeing from agents with the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Wild Rose Casino before going through a cemetery and eventually running into a Walmart on South 25th Street. Customers and employees were evacuated from the building. Dau was later found in a sales bin and taken to the Clinton County Jail, where charges are pending. “We had very good […]

  • [FILE] A Delta Airlines jet sits on the tarmac at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

    Delta CEO: Trump’s Win Helped Our Bottom Line

    NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump’s election victory helped boost profits for Delta Air Lines. “There’s no question that post the election we saw an improvement in the consumer confidence,” Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC Thursday morning after the company reported earnings. “We saw it in our results.” Bastian chalked it up to “optimism” about “getting some things done in Washington.” The Delta CEO is just the latest business leader to applaud Trump and the windfall of optimism triggered […]