State News with Radio Iowa


The Iowa Democratic Party’s governing board will meet tomorrow to elect a new leader. The Iowa Democratic Party’s state central committee elected Derek Eadon as chairman in January, but Eadon resigned in late June. The 33-year-old announced he has a chronic pain condition that will require radiation treatments. Andrea Phillips of Ankeny, an unsuccessful candidate for […]
Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is expressing frustration with federal officials who are warning voter registration systems maintained by the states are in “imminent danger” of being “hacked.” The U.S. Homeland Security secretary said this week that states that fail to ask for help to prevent cyber intruders are “nuts.” “I’m disappointed in the […]
One of the staples of summertime in Iowa is the taste of sweet corn. Cindy Westrum and her husband grow the popular vegetable near Stratford in Hamilton County. Westrum says it’s shaping up to be a great season for the sweet corn crop. “The corn is doing really well but we’re desperately needing rain though,” […]
A state board has finally approved long-standing plans for a new outpatient facility in Cedar Rapids and a psychiatric hospital in Bettendorf. For the past two years, a Tennessee-based firm called Strategic Behavioral Health has been trying to get approval from state regulators to open a 72-bed psych hospital in Bettendorf. On Thursday, the Iowa […]
The mayor of the northeast Iowa town of McGregor, struck by a tornado Wednesday night, says damage to the city’s downtown is likely even worse than what many people initially thought. Harold Brooks says it’s still unclear how many buildings on Main Street were destroyed. “They’re finding out that there are hardly any businesses that […]