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January 31, 2014

Environmental group touts Iowa's solar capability

----- — DES MOINES (AP) — A new report by an environmental group says Iowa ranks 16th in the nation for the amount of solar power it could reasonably produce. The Iowa Environmental Council says just as wind energy grew rapidly in Iowa, so can solar.

The report, funded largely by the Iowa Energy Center at Iowa State University, says Iowa's solar electric potential outranks states like Georgia, Utah and South Carolina. The group says solar projects are being installed at farms, businesses, universities, and even homes.

The report cites examples of successful solar installations including a 280 kilowatt array at Luther College in Decorah, the largest. Another is the 150 kilowatt array on a distribution center near Peosta, which cuts carbon emissions and energy costs for Colony Brands Inc.

 

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  • Regents considering Branstad order on settlements

    More than three weeks later, the Iowa Board of Regents is still figuring out how to comply with Gov. Terry Branstad's order to post employee settlement agreements online.

    In an executive order on March 24, Branstad ordered his administration and the regents to post all legal agreements that resolve employment disputes on websites that are easily accessible to the public.

    April 16, 2014

  • Iowa regulators to hold forums on investment scams

    Iowa's insurance commissioner has scheduled forums in Cedar Rapids and Davenport to educate the public on how to avoid investment and insurance scams.

    Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart said a May 1 forum and panel discussion at The Hotel at Kirkwood Center would be limited to the first 210 respondents. A similar event is scheduled June 5 in Davenport.

    April 15, 2014

  • Panel asks managers to return for more questioning

    Two top managers at the Iowa Department of Administrative Services answered lawmakers' questions during a nearly two-hour hearing Monday but did not clarify the big question: Who authorized settlement agreements with former state employees in which money was paid for secrecy?

    April 14, 2014

  • Branstad: Action needed to protect Iowa students

    Gov. Terry Branstad has called on the Legislature to take action following an Iowa Supreme Court ruling that found school coaches cannot be convicted of sexual exploitation by a school employee under current law.

    The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 5-2 Friday to overturn the conviction of a former Bloomfield basketball coach who had sex with a 16-year-old girl on his team, saying coaches without teaching licenses are not considered school employees and therefore cannot be convicted. In a statement Monday, Branstad urged lawmakers to pass legislation to include school coaches in the law to protect Iowa students from sexual exploitation.

    April 14, 2014

  • Branstad: Partisan politics behind investigations

    Gov. Terry Branstad says Democrats pursuing investigations into confidential settlement agreements, do-not-hire lists, and other issues are practicing partisan politics at its worst.

    April 14, 2014

  • Iowa man arrested in school bathroom camera case

    Authorities have arrested an eastern Iowa man accused of placing hidden video recording devices in a girls' school bathroom.

    The U.S. Department of Justice for the southern district of Iowa says 29-year-old Ian Dishon Isabel was taken into custody Friday. He was captured in Adams County in western Illinois.

    April 14, 2014

  • Iowa hires nearly 400 without advertising the jobs

    At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad's administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa.

    Critics told the Des Moines Register the practice makes it easier for friends and campaign donors to land the jobs.

    April 14, 2014

  • Government Oversight calls in 2 state officials

    The Senate Government Oversight Committee has set another hearing to ask more questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other issues they believe could be problems in the executive branch.

    Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who chairs the oversight committee, has set a meeting for 2:30 p.m. Monday and two Department of Administrative Services officials who didn't come last week say they'll appear.

    April 14, 2014

  • 2 Iowans held in abduction of man found in trunk

    Two Des Moines residents have been arrested in the kidnapping and beating of a man found in the trunk of a car.

    Police say they've arrested 53-year-old Debra Oliver and 50-year-old John Deering and charged both with kidnapping. Online records say Oliver and Deering remained in Polk County Jail on Monday. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.

    April 14, 2014

  • Panel likely to continue inquiry DES MOINES -- Senate Democratic leaders have made it clear their questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other state employment issues will not stop when the Legislature adjourns for the year. While lawmakers appear to b

    April 14, 2014

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