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Iowa’s privileged class: State-government employees

August 28, 2014 Public Interest Institute first published an article highlighting the Pay Gap between Iowa’s private-sector workers and the state’s government workers in 1996. more »»

Iowa Public Information Board

August 21, 2014 PUBLIC INTEREST As Iowans we like to believe that we are open and honest for the most part, but our state government has been a little lacking concerning this area, which has caused problems down to... more »»

Give change a chance

August 20, 2014 We are creatures of comfort and love predictability — change tends to make us uncomfortable. As my wife would say, she likes a “Calm Pond” — no waves and therefore no change. more »»

No appetite for fixing school lunches

August 17, 2014 You can lead a kid to vegetables, but you can’t make her eat. Especially if the food doesn’t taste good. That’s what the government found out in the wake of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. more »»

Teacher leaders strengthen classroom instruction

August 8, 2014 Research shows a correlation between a school’s ability to keep good teachers and student achievement. more »»

Seeking suitable use for IJH facility

August 6, 2014 As the summer rolls on, the work toward finding resolution to the Iowa Juvenile Home (IJH) facility continues in earnest. An update on what is happening is in order. more »»

Sick Pig Problems

July 29, 2014 Rising prices aren't the only reason you should reconsider eating pork. A pound of bacon now costs more than $6. That’s a record increase from $3.86 a pound four years ag. more »»

The decline of civic education and the liberal arts

July 24, 2014 Higher education faces many problems today, but one of the most serious problems is the decline in traditional liberal arts curriculum. more »»

Don’t let ‘Big Oil’ bully biofuels

July 23, 2014 It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are under way and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. more »»

Creating jobs, growing Iowa’s economy with clean energy

July 18, 2014 Iowa is proof that clean energy works. We lead the nation in wind power generation and in biofuels production. We also rank among the top 12 states in the nation when it comes to energy efficiency. more »»

Iowa’s “Care Gap” meets the “Action Gap” 

July 10, 2014 Care Gap: According to the State’s Direct Care Workforce Initiative, Iowa needs to fill 20,000 new direct care jobs by 2020 while retaining the 75,000 who currently work in direct care, the largest... more »»

Improving FOIA

July 9, 2014 Earlier this year, the Veterans Affairs Administration denied the Tampa Tribune’s Freedom of Information Act request for the names of VA hospitals where veterans died because of delays in medical... more »»

Storms create emergencies across Iowa

July 7, 2014 Because of bad weather throughout June, the Governor has already proclaimed disaster emergencies in 48 counties, including Black Hawk. more »»

Iowa River falls, roads reopening

July 4, 2014 People continued to walk past the road closed sign on Highway 14 Thursday morning to see the Iowa River take over the lanes after it crested to 22.25 feet, however the water is rapidly decreasing. more »»

Police need help identifying a man

July 4, 2014 Police are asking the public for help identifying a man who stole from a local store. more »»

Happy birthday, America

July 4, 2014 Celebrating the Fourth of July brings family, friends and neighbors together for backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic parades. more »»

Roundhouse roof replacement under way

July 4, 2014 There’s no fear of heights here as workers on the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation work on replacing the roof at the facility this week. more »»

Another Little Free Library pops up

July 4, 2014 Vicki and Gene Oxley have a love a reading and hope to get others hooked on books. The pair are the latest to add a Little Free Library to their yard at 2011 Bailey Drive in Marshalltown. more »»

California city is latest immigration flashpoint

July 4, 2014 LOS ANGELES — When American flag-waving protesters forced busloads of migrants to leave Murrieta earlier this week, the Southern California city became the latest flashpoint in an intensifying... more »»



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