Monthly Archive: September 2016

Sep 30

Attorney General warns Iowa flood victims and “storm chasers” about consumer protections

CEDAR RAPIDS – Attorney General Tom Miller today cautioned both consumers and contractors that certain consumer protection laws are in place to safeguard Iowa’s flood victims.

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Sep 28

Wells Fargo CEO John Strumpf shamed in to stepping aside, forfeits $41 million golden parachute

NEW YORK – Wells Fargo CEO John Strumpf has been forced out of an investigation at the bank and forfeited his $41 million golden parachute after thousands of customers were wronged.

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Sep 28

After getting caught red-handed ripping off thousands of customers, Wells Fargo says it will eliminate product sales goals for retail bankers

SAN FRANCISCO – Wells Fargo & Company announced recently that it will eliminate all product sales goals in retail banking, effective January 1, 2017. “Our objective has always been and continues to be to meet our customers’ financial needs and drive customer satisfaction,” said CEO John Stumpf (who resigned not long after this announcement). “We …

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Sep 27

Iowa State, Chevron team up to develop pilot plant, advance biofuel technology

AMES, IOWA – Iowa State University’s Lysle Whitmer walked the length of the bio-oil production line – from the 55-gallon solvent tank to the twin-screw extruder with its mixing, chopping, heating and pressurizing functions to the reactor in the middle and then to the product separators and the solvent recycling system.

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Sep 27

Iowa farmland values drop, according to survey of experts

DES MOINES – Iowa farmland values have dropped nearly 9 per cent over the past year, according to a survey of experts. The Iowa Chapter of REALTORS Land Institute announced the results of its September 2016 Land Trends and Values Survey.

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Sep 26

Iowa’s unemployment rate trends up to 4.2 percent in August

DES MOINES – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased slightly to 4.2 percent in August from 4.1 percent in July. The state’s jobless rate was 3.6 percent one year ago. The U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent in August.

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Sep 26

Expect moldy corn and other complications in Iowa’s crop harvest, ISU says

AMES – Wet weather is creating challenges for Iowa’s crop harvest, according to Integrated Crop Management News, and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. The 2016 growing season was wet with two distinct temperature patterns—hot during early pollination and cooler in August. Most of Iowa had 125% up to 200% of normal rainfall up to …

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Sep 26

Monsanto announces $1.6 million investment to help reduce greenhouse gas reductions

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. Department of Agriculture – Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) recently awarded the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and its Soil Health Partnership (SHP) a $1 million Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to help farmers better understand and adopt farming practices that help reduce climate change impacts.

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Sep 26

Consumers of Iowa soybeans are indeed ‘real pigs,’ analysis finds

DES MOINES – When it comes to providing a market for Iowa-grown soybeans, the primary customers are indeed “real pigs,” the Iowa Soybean Association says. An analysis of how Iowa’s soybean production is utilized, reported to directors of the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) today in Ankeny, finds that nearly one of every four rows is …

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Sep 25

Grants available to help small Iowa communities with abandoned commercial properties

DES MOINES – Funding is still available to Iowa communities with populations of 5,000 or smaller to inspect and properly remove asbestos from abandoned commercial buildings.

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Sep 25

Winnebago Industries names Chris West Vice President of Operations

FOREST CITY, IA – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) has announced the appointment of Chris West to the position of Vice President of Operations, effective September 26, 2016.

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Sep 24

Alliant Energy advises caution around flooded homes and businesses

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – September 23, 2016 – With severe flooding happening and predicted in Iowa and Wisconsin, Alliant Energy is giving a few reminders to keep customers safe.

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Sep 24

Iowans with Yahoo accounts urged to change identical login information used in other accounts

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller urges Iowans with Yahoo accounts to review other usernames, passwords and security questions they may use, in the wake of the company’s announcement of what may be one of the largest data breaches ever.

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Sep 23

Senators want Labor Department to investigate Wells Fargo’s potential violations of Fair Labor Standards Act

WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) today sent a letter to Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Tom Perez and Wage and Hour Division Administrator David Weil requesting that DOL investigate whether …

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Sep 22

Sixth annual Fareway Stores MDA Golf Classic raises more than $78,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Fareway Stores, Inc. recently partnered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to host the 6th Annual Fareway Stores MDA Golf Classic at the Tournament Club of Iowa in Polk City. The event raised over $78,000 for MDA of Iowa, making it the best year for the golf tournament. Funds raised at this …

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Sep 22

Iowa Attorney General reaches agreement with “sucker” list seller

DES MOINES – Attorney General Tom Miller today filed consumer fraud lawsuits against two out-of-state mailing operations that Miller alleges are predatory businesses that use deceptive mailings to profit from the elderly and other vulnerable Iowans.

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Sep 22

Flights from Mason City to Minneapolis now available

MASON CITY – A new destination for travelers in North Iowa using the Mason City Airport was announced Thursday.

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Sep 22

Up to 500 million Yahoo accounts hacked

SUNNYVALE, CA – A recent investigation by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) has confirmed that a copy of certain user account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 by what it believes is a state-sponsored actor. The account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (the vast …

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Sep 15

Income up, more health insurance coverage in the United States, census data shows

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — The U.S. Census Bureau announced today that real median household income increased by 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015 while the official poverty rate decreased 1.2 percentage points. At the same time, the percentage of people without health insurance coverage decreased.

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Sep 11

Wells Fargo fined $100 million for secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts for customers and then charging them fees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) fined Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. $100 million for the widespread illegal practice of secretly opening unauthorized deposit and credit card accounts.

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Sep 06

Tourism in Iowa Generated $8 billion in Expenditures for Second Consecutive Year

DES MOINES — Tourism-related expenditures in Iowa in 2015 totaled $8.06 billion, according to a new study from the U.S. Travel Association. This marks the second consecutive year expenditures have topped the $8 billion mark.

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Sep 01

Eighth annual Golfweek Conference Challenge heads to Iowa

ORLANDO, FL — Golfweek is gearing up for its eighth annual Conference Challenge Sept. 30-Oct. 2 where 12 top collegiate men’s teams will gather to compete at Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, Iowa.

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