Monthly Archive: January 2016

Jan 29

Iowa Economic Development Board approves over $254 million in capital investments in Iowa

DES MOINES, IA – The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) board today awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects. These awards will assist in the creation of 241 jobs and will result in over $254 million in new capital investment for the state. The board also …

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Jan 28

Feds offer tips to keep your data safe and private

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Department of Homeland Security talked about tips to keep your online data private and safe. Andy Ozment, Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity and Communications, talked about this important subject which affects millions of Americans:

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Jan 27

Billion Automotive acquires Pritchard’s of Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE, IA – Pritchard Family Auto Stores announced today that its Clear Lake dealership will be acquired by Billion Automotive in late January. Pritchard Family Auto Stores is a national leader in commercial vehicle sales, and the company will build on that performance. As a 5th generation family-owned and operated business, Pritchard Family Auto …

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Jan 24

Governors’ Coalition to advocate for wind and solar energy

DES MOINES – The Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition announced today that it has added solar energy issues to the Coalition’s portfolio, following a unanimous vote from member governors. The Coalition also announced its new name: Governors’ Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.

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Jan 24

Iowa DOT offices consolidating into Mason City

MASON CITY – The Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) announced Sunday the consolidation of area offices into one location in Mason City.

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Jan 21

New ISU research studies Iowa farmland that loses money

AMES, Iowa – A new study from a multidisciplinary team led by Iowa State University agronomists shows significant portions of Iowa farmland consistently lose money and could influence many farmers to change how they use some of the acres they devote to corn and soybeans.

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Jan 20

El Nino years usually produce better-than-average crops, according to ISU agronomist – See more at: http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2016/01/12/2016elninoe#sthash.kOGE7btm.dpuf

AMES, IOWA – Midwestern farmers usually fare well during years that El Nino weather patterns affect the growing season, according to an Iowa State University agronomist.

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Jan 20

Register your drone for free until Thursday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Did you get a drone for Christmas? Did you know that you must register all drones with the federal government, by law?

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Jan 20

Emerald ash borer beetle discovered in Des Moines

DES MOINES, IOWA Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been positively identified in a residential tree on the western edge of the city, south of Urbandale Boulevard, making this the first siting of this invasive beetle within Des Moines city limits.

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Jan 20

Hy-Vee announces executive promotion, 2016 Board of Directors, hall of fame honorees and Chairman’s Award recipients

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — Hy-Vee, Inc. Chairman, CEO and President Randy Edeker recently announced a new executive promotion, the 2016 board of directors, the 2015 Hy-Vee Hall of Fame honorees and award recipients of two newly established Chairman’s Awards at the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting.

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Jan 20

Floyd County Community Foundation introduces new look

CHARLES CITY, IOWA – The Floyd County Community Foundation has introduced a new logo. The Floyd County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa (CFNEIA), and the new look is part of CFNEIA’s release of its new brand and redesigned website.

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Jan 19

Grant announced aimed at increasing access to ethanol blends

DES MOINES – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Sec. of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that $2.49 million has been awarded through the “Fueling Our Future 100” initiative to support the installation of 107 new blender pumps and 8 underground storage tanks that can be used to distribute higher blends of …

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Jan 16

Identity theft video series available; Designed to help taxpayers avoid pitfalls and stay safe online

WASHINGTON — In coordination with the state revenue departments and the tax industry, the Internal Revenue Service today released the first in a series of YouTube video tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.

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Jan 15

Walmart to close 269 stores, open more Supercenters

BENTONVILLE, ARKANSAS – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. today announced plans to close 269 stores in the U.S. and globally.

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Jan 14

IRS ready to start 2016 tax season

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service announced that the nation’s 2016 individual income tax filing season opens Jan. 19, with more than 150 million tax returns expected to be filed this year.

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Jan 13

More than $750,000 in CAT grants awarded to seven Projects

DES MOINES – At today’s meeting, the Vision Iowa Board approved $778,601 in Community Attraction and Tourism (CAT) grants to the Iowa Quilt Museum in Winterset, Dragoon Trace Nature Center in Ringgold County, the Garner Public Library, an aquatic center in Lake City, a splash pad in Bristow and sports complexes in Dike and Carroll.

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Jan 12

Feds say ten weather, climate disasters exceeding $1 billion impacted the nation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2015 annual average U.S. temperature was 54.4°F, 2.4°F above the 20th century average, the second warmest year on record. Only 2012 was warmer for the U.S. with an average temperature of 55.3°F. This is the 19th consecutive year the annual average temperature exceeded the 20th century average. The first part of …

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Jan 11

Feds say housing market continues to recover from Great Recession

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As 2015 came to a close, the U.S. government’s Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that the housing market reached key milestones on the path to recovery – homeowners’ equity rose again, the number of homeowners in negative equity continues to decline, and purchases of new homes increased in the wake of …

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Jan 11

Growing Iowa community of North Liberty shows surprise growth in special census

NORTH LIBERTY, IOWA – Before undertaking a special census last fall, city officials estimated North Liberty’s population somewhere around 17,000. Turns out they were wrong.

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Jan 11

Governor Branstad announces 2016 First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit program

Nice tax break for new home buyers: Mortgage Credit Certificates to provide Iowa home buyers with up to $2,000 in annual federal income tax credits

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Jan 09

Appanoose county becomes the 26th Home Base Iowa Community

DES MOINES – State officials announced Friday, January 8 that Appanoose County and the city of Centerville received designation as a Home Base Iowa (HBI) Community.

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Jan 08

U.S. files complaint against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche for alleged Clean Air Act violations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this week filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against Volkswagen AG, Audi AG, Volkswagen Group of America Inc., Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations LLC, Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America Inc. (collectively referred to …

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Jan 08

Smaller Iowa communities can seek grants to help with abandoned buildings

DES MOINES – Small rural communities looking for assistance to help renovate or deconstruct abandoned commercial and public structures can apply for funding through the Derelict Building Grant Program.

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Jan 08

U.S. unemployment rate remains steady, with “robust job creation”

WASHINGTON – Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 292,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.

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Jan 06

Labor board cites Ingredion, Inc. for multiple violations of federal law

CEDAR RAPIDS – Following a months-long investigation, Region 18 of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced that it had decided to issue a complaint charging Ingredion, Inc. with multiple violations of the National Labor Relations Act at its Cedar Rapids, Iowa facility.

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Jan 06

Police say counterfeiters passing fake money at Iowa businesses, offer tips

CEDAR RAPIDS – The Cedar Rapids Police Department reported today that they have collected thousands of dollars in fake currency from local businesses, and offered tips to merchants on identifying counterfeit money.

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Jan 05

Report: Most Americans unprepared for financial obstacle

PRINCETON, N.J. – A report based on phone interviews over the last year shows most Americans would not be financially able to face a financial obstacle should it arise.

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Jan 05

USDA: Farm sector profitability weakens considerably in 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C – Farm sector profitability is forecast to decline for the second straight year, the United States Department of Agriculture reports.

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Jan 04

Avoid the pitfalls of tax-related identity theft and refund fraud

DES MOINES – Iowa’s Attorney General today offered tips to avoid the pitfalls of tax-related identity theft and refund fraud.

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Jan 01

Feds offer tips on preventing seasonal flu outbreaks at work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – It’s winter, and people will get sick.  Bringing that illness into the workplace is not advised, but we all know people will show up under the weather and expose others to their ailment.  

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Jan 01

Iowa with 62nd straight month of employment gains

DES MOINES – A report released by the Iowa Department of Revenue Thursday shows Iowa’s economy remains strong.

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