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Iowa

November 14, 2013

Insurance enrollment numbers low in Iowa

DES MOINES — New data from the Obama administration shows that just 136 Iowa residents have successfully enrolled in health insurance plans using the troubled federal website.

Information released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that in Iowa, about 5,500 insurance applications have been completed on the website, for insurance to cover nearly 11,000 people. But only 136 were able to fully complete the process and sign up for private insurance.

The applications were made on the website between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2.

From those applications, about 2,100 individuals have been deemed eligible for financial assistance to pay for insurance and 4,500 will be eligible for low-income health programs like Medicaid.

An estimated 300,000 Iowa residents lack health insurance.

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  • Iowa State says data breach could affect thousands

    The Social Security numbers of nearly 30,000 people who enrolled at Iowa State University over a 17-year period were exposed in a data breach, school officials announced Tuesday.

    Five information technology servers on the Ames campus were hacked, and those servers contained the Social Security numbers of people who took certain classes at the school between 1995 and 2012, ISU officials said in a news release. There is no evidence that any of the personal files were accessed, the school said, and the records didn't contain student financial information.

    April 22, 2014

  • Iowa woman arrested after child falls from window

    A Manchester woman has been arrested after her toddler fell from a second-story apartment window.

    The Manchester Police Department says 27-year-old Stacy Neuhaus was arrested Monday in Iowa City. She faces charges of child endangerment. Court records do not list an attorney.

    April 22, 2014

  • House rejects Senate plan to reopen juvenile home

    The Iowa House has rejected a Senate amendment to the health and human services budget that would have reopened the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. The House action Tuesday morning sends the bill to a conference committee where members of both parties will work out the differences in the bill.

    The Senate Monday evening passed it along party lines with only Democratic support. The Republican-led House rejected it on a voice vote only.

    April 22, 2014

  • Bill proposes new state hiring, firing practices

    The Senate Government Oversight Committee is proposing a bill that would make sweeping changes in some state government practices.

    The bill would make all personnel settlement agreements subject to review by the attorney general, prohibits confidentiality provisions, and posts all agreements on a state website.

    April 22, 2014

  • Session continues but expense payments stop

    Iowa lawmakers have work to complete before adjournment, but they'll be finishing up without daily payments for their expenses.

    The session has no specific end date, but Tuesday, the 100th day of the session, marks the last day lawmakers will receive their per diem payments. Pages will be sent home and Capitol staff will be reduced, but lawmakers must stick around to wrap up budget bills and finish work on other measures.

    April 22, 2014

  • Fort Madison plans big increase in sewer rates FORT MADISON (AP) -- Sewer rates are going to soar in Fort Madison as the southeast Iowa city makes required changes to its sewer system. The Daily Democrat reports the City Council last week approved a 27 percent rate increase, effective June 1. Cou

    April 22, 2014

  • Des Moines police identify teen killed by train

    Des Moines police have identified a teenager who died while trying to climb aboard a slow-moving freight train.

    Police announced Monday that 18-year-old Phillip Tyshawn Simmons died in the early morning accident.

    Officers were called to a crossing on the city's east side at 1:18 a.m. and determined that a teen had been waiting with friends at a rail crossing. The teen tried to climb onto the train, possibly to cross to the other side.

    April 21, 2014

  • State auditor investigating secret settlements

    Iowa Auditor Mary Mosiman said Monday she is conducting an audit of confidential, secret employee settlements that have troubled Gov. Terry Branstad's administration for more than a month.

    State Sen. Jack Hatch, a Democrat who's running for governor, asked Mosiman on April 8 for an audit.

    Mosiman responded in a letter, saying she began to review the settlement agreements the day after her office learned of them in March. She also said her office is working to identify anything improper or inappropriate, and she'll issue a public report when the investigation ends.

    April 21, 2014

  • USDA establishes rural business investment program

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a new $150 million program designed to provide investment capital to help small agriculture-related business in rural areas with cash needed to expand.

    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in Cedar Rapids the formation of the first Rural Business Investment Company, a for-profit firm licensed by the USDA to invest in businesses that otherwise might not have the capital to increase business opportunities.

    April 21, 2014

  • Field of Dreams Debate still simmers over site of 'Field of Dreams'

    DYERSVILLE (AP) -- A quarter-century after "Field of Dreams" debuted in movie theaters, the northeastern Iowa farm where it was filmed remains at the center of simmering debates. The film, which premiered in Iowa 25 years ago Sunday, turned the land

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