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Iowa cows generate electricity with help from Alliant Energy

Iowa cows generate electricity with help from Alliant Energy

Cedar Rapids, IA – Iowa customers of Alliant Energy are getting some of their electricity from cows. The more than 2,400 head of cattle at Sievers Family Farms near Stockton are among the latest to start generating renewable energy in the state. In total, Alliant Energy has partnered with 520 Iowa customers to create renewable

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Water enthusiasts warned about river temperatures and debris

Waverly, IA – RadioIowa – Water safety experts are warning canoers, kayakers and boaters that Iowa’s bodies of water have been slow to warm. Certified paddling instructor Darrin Siefken (SEEF-kin) of Waverly says even though the air temperature feels spring-like, the water can be ice cold and dangerous. Kayaking is becoming increasingly popular in Iowa.

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Police investigate apparent killing in Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating the apparent killing of a 57-year-old woman on the city’s eastside. Police say officers were called to a home at 2:14 p.m. Sunday after a relative found the person unresponsive on the floor. Police and medics who responded found the person dead. Police didn’t identify

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Iowa hires nearly 400 without advertising the jobs

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — 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. Branstad spokesman


Research looks at using crops to contain nitrogen

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — A research project in northwest Iowa is looking at ways to keep fertilizer out of drinking water by planting certain crops to help contain nitrogen. The Sioux City Journal reports ( ) the project on Matt Schuiteman’s land near Sioux Center yielded lessons that may be useful in other areas.


Strong storms cross Plains; 1 tornado reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong thunderstorms are bringing rain and hail from the southwestern U.S. and Plains states to the upper Midwest, and at least one tornado has been reported. The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in southeastern Iowa says that a tornado was spotted near the town of Lone Tree about 6 p.m. Sunday but

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Branstad administration may appeal ruling on pins

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration may appeal a judge’s ruling allowing state workers to wear pins critical of the governor. The Des Moines Register reports ( that administrative law judge Jan Berry ruled March 31 that workers could display the pins on their uniforms or clothes. The pins were distributed by


‘Obamacare’ under attack as conservatives eye 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race battered President Barack Obama’s health care law and nicked each other Saturday, auditioning before a high-profile gathering of conservatives that some political veterans said marked the campaign’s unofficial start. A speaking program packed with potential presidential candidates weighed in on the House Republican’s controversial


Former Iowa woman suffers ‘face blindness’

MONTICELLO, Iowa (AP) — Tara Fall says she can see just fine following a stroke she suffered some years earlier. But she can’t recognize faces; not even those of her husband and children. The 38-year-old California woman, who grew up in eastern Iowa’s Monticello, says she gradually developed prospagnosia — the neurological disorder known as


2 sentenced for ignoring sex offender registry

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Two western Iowa men have been sentenced to federal prison for failing to register as sex offenders. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa says 37-year-old Jeramie Reazer, of Council Bluffs, was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison. Reazer had been convicted of third-degree sexual assault