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  • Iowan among 58 who have sentences shortened by Obama
    President Obama has granted early release to a woman from Des Moines who’s doing time in federal prison on a drug charge. Tomma Jean Kent was convicted of distributing methamphetamine. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison. She’s served about nine years and President Obama has commuted her sentence. It means May 5, 2016, is […]

  • Luther set to host IIAC softball tourney
    Regular season champion Luther is host for the Iowa Conference softball tournament beginning Friday in Decorah. The top six teams in the regular season race make the field. It is the second straight year the league has used a single elimination format and Luther coach Renae Hartl says it helps the conference get more teams […]

  • Jury finds Ron Paul staffers guilty in payment to former state senator
    A federal jury has found that the three senior staffers from Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign are guilty of conspiracy for paying a former state senator from Iowa to endorse Paul. Prosecutors argued that the three paid former Senator Kent Sorenson through a third-party video production company in an effort to hide the payment. Defense […]

  • Water quality funding continues to be discussed statewide
    Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says he appreciates the $9.6 million state legislators approved this past session for the state’s water quality initiative, but Northey is disappointed there wasn’t any long-term funding. “We continue to see more businesses and farmers jump in to help,” Northey says. “We have foundations and the federal government, some programs […]

  • Tax Foundation offers menu of changes for Iowa’s tax system
    A new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation is outlining “significant, structural reforms” to simplify Iowa’s tax system.  Iowa tax report PDF First, Iowa’s income taxes look higher than they actually are because of a rare tax deduction. Iowans get to deduct how much they’ve paid in federal taxes before calculating their state income taxes. “On paper, Iowa […]

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