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2014-02-26

Iowa House approves drone regulation bill

The use of drones would be strictly regulated under a bill approved by the Iowa House. The bill received overwhelming support Wednesday, clearing the House on an 87-12 vote, though several lawmakers expressed concern the bill lacks clarity and might…

posted 2014-02-26 12:42:24 by KXEL

Review backs Wellmark's $1.3 billion reserve fund

A review by an independent consultant says the $1.3 billion in reserves held by Iowa's dominant health insurer is "reasonable and prudent" for now. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart hired Risk and Regulatory Consulting, LLC, to review whether Wellmark Blue…

posted 2014-02-26 11:24:30 by KXEL

Mason City woman pleads guilty to theft

A 32-year-old Mason City woman has pleaded guilty to theft for using a bogus credit card to go on a spending spree. Authorities say Jacqueline Hollenbach had obtained the card by misusing the name of her boyfriend's mother.  Police say…

posted 2014-02-26 08:11:31 by KXEL

UI president apologizes for sex assault remark

The University of Iowa president has apologized for a remark she made to the student newspaper about sex assaults on campus. In an interview published Feb. 18 in The Daily Iowan, President Sally Mason said she was dismayed by the…

posted 2014-02-26 06:20:02 by KXEL

Iowa universities part of new manufacturing group

Iowa's three public universities and one of its largest private employers are among the partners in a new consortium announced by President Obama to improve the nation's manufacturing capabilities. Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of…

posted 2014-02-26 05:56:57 by KXEL

Health insurer reaches milestone ahead of schedule

A West Des Moines nonprofit insurance provider set up to sell insurance under nation's new health care overhaul plan says it has surpassed 50,000 individual and group members, a milestone that wasn't expected for at least two years. CoOportunity Health…

posted 2014-02-26 05:55:50 by KXEL

Reports: new casinos would hurt existing ones

Consultants hired by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to analyze the saturation level of gambling in Iowa say new casinos proposed for Cedar Rapids and Jefferson would get most of their money by sucking revenue from already existing casinos.…

posted 2014-02-26 05:54:49 by KXEL

Nurses claim UnityPoint Health blacklisted them

Two former Dubuque nurses have filed a lawsuit alleging they have been unfairly blacklisted by one of Iowa's largest health care chains. The lawsuit was filed in Dubuque County this week on behalf of former Finley Hospital nurses Lisa Flanagan…

posted 2014-02-26 05:53:07 by KXEL

Lawsuit against University of Iowa Hospitals settled

State officials have settled a lawsuit over a man's treatment by a doctor at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The lawsuit filed in 2009 says Dr. John Rachow didn't treat health problems and ignored warning signs before the death…

posted 2014-02-26 05:51:54 by KXEL

2014-02-25

Regulator: Banks in Iowa, Nebraska, S.D., healthy

The regulator of nationally chartered banks says community national banks and federal savings associations in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota have recovered from the effects of the financial crisis and economic downturn. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency…

posted 2014-02-25 14:07:25 by KXEL

Database not key to Iowa voting probe

For two years, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has been fighting to gain access to a federal database to help identify any noncitizens who might have voted illegally. But for all the effort, an email released this month to…

posted 2014-02-25 12:32:58 by KXEL

Branstad urges against military cuts

Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing back against proposed cuts to the federal defense budget. Branstad says Tuesday that he is seeking to deliver a letter to President Barack Obama signed by every governor expressing displeasure with the proposed budget.  Branstad…

posted 2014-02-25 12:30:45 by KXEL

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