Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in "major flood stage" through this weekend, as more rain and snow fell on much of the Midwest. NBC News reports.» Read More
DES MOINES, Iowa-- The Board of Regents is following up on its promise of freezing tuition at Iowa's public universities now that an education budget is in the books. The Legislature approved the $897 million higher education budget last week.
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa-- Scott Walker tried to introduce himself to Iowa Republicans Thursday as so many would-be presidential candidates often do _ one of their own. More broadly, the rising GOP figure prescribed what he characterized as a Midwestern approach to politics and the way for Republicans, back-to-back White House losers, to win again.
Jan Brewer's push to expand Medicaid received an obscene and threatening voicemail at her office, a sign that the rancorous debate over embracing a signature component of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in the state is far from over.
WASHINGTON, May 23- Lois Lerner, an Internal Revenue Service official at the center of the scandal over the agency's extra scrutiny of conservative groups, was put on administrative leave on Thursday after she refused to resign, a U.S. senator said. An IRS spokesman declined to comment on Lerner's status, citing privacy concerns.
IOWA CITY, Iowa-- A former Playboy bunny who claims Sammy Hagar fathered her now-deceased child is appealing a ruling that dismissed her lawsuit against the former Van Halen frontman. The Iowa woman, identified in court records as Jane Doe, filed the appeal Wednesday.
*Corn acreage reductions possible in some areas of Midwest. CHICAGO, May 23- Rainfall over the next week to 10 days in parts of the Midwest will delay late corn seedings and possibly cause a shift from corn to soybean acreage, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday.
LINCOLN, Neb.-- A plan aimed at attracting wind-energy farms to Nebraska is headed to a final vote in the Legislature. One firm, TradeWind Energy, has expressed interest in developing a wind farm in Dixon County, near the Iowa and South Dakota border.
CHICAGO, May 22- U.S. farmers should begin winding down corn plantings over the next week to 10 days despite occasional showers and storms that will cause temporary delays, an agricultural meteorologist said on Wednesday.
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*Corn plantings still lag five-year average pace. CHICAGO, May 21- Occasional rainfall over the next week to 10 days will slow seedings of the U.S. corn crop, which was planted at a record fast pace last week, an agricultural meteorologist said on Tuesday.
Three farms in Iowa and one Indiana operation have confirmed cases of the virus, said Dr Lisa Becton, director of swine health information and research for the National Pork Board. The cases in Iowa were located on farms "all across the state, not in one specific area," Becton said.
*Corn sags on expectations of record planting report. *Wheat prices hit lowest since April 2 before short covering. Corn futures eased due to a pick-up in planting around the U.S.
*Corn sags on expectations of record planting report. *Wheat prices the lowest since April 3. CHICAGO, May 20- U.S. grain and soybean futures traded mostly lower on Monday, pressured by a pickup in planting around the U.S.
*Corn planting to slow early in the week. CHICAGO, May 20- Wet weather is expected in most of the U.S. "The rain will favor areas generally north of Interstate 80, but it will include most of Iowa.
WASHINGTON, May 17- Cases of porcine epidemic diarrhea, a virus associated with diarrhea, vomiting and dehyrdation in hogs, has been found in Iowa and possibly beyond, U.S. government and private industry officials said on Friday.
CHICAGO-- United States Cellular Corp., the sixth-largest cellphone carrier in the country, on Friday closed on the sale of some of its Midwestern markets to No. 3 Sprint Nextel Corp. and announced that it's handing over the proceeds to shareholders through a special dividend.
WASHINGTON, May 17- USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories has detected porcine epidemic diarrhea, a virus associated with outbreaks of diarrhea and vomiting, in the Iowa hog population, a USDA spokesman said on Friday. USDA so far has only confirmed detection of PEDV in Iowa.
ST. LOUIS, May 17- U.S. authorities have seized two accounts linked to a major operator in the booming Bitcoin digital currency market, Tokyo- based exchange Mt. The price of the volatile currency ballooned in March as a result of the Cyprus bank crisis.
DES MOINES, Iowa-- A proposal to increase the state fuel tax by 10 cents has resurfaced in the Iowa House. Josh Byrnes, R- Osage, filed an amendment to a bill Thursday that would gradually increase the state fuel tax by 10 cents, though the measure awaits floor debate in the Iowa House.