Iowa News

Hail Storm Brings Boom for Some Iowa Businesses, Insurance Agents

A severe June 30 hail storm that struck Sioux City, Iowa has become big business for certain sectors of the local economy and drawn interest from outside contractors. The Sioux City Journal reported that auto body shops, insurance agencies, roofing …

Iowa May Be First State with No Health Insurers on Exchange

Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance company willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen …

Iowa Researchers Say Big Data May Be Answer to Improve Trucking Safety

Helping drivers avoid congestion would increase productivity and improve safety, according to a team of Iowa State University and industry researchers, who believe a solution is using big data technology. The challenge is finding the most effective way to share …

Blizzards, Ice Storms Wreak Havoc In Midwest Plains

Travel conditions remained hazardous as a winter storm swept across much of the northern Great Plains, with blowing and drifting snow creating near-zero visibility on some roads. The combination of freezing rain, snow and high winds that forced the shutdown …

Number of Flood Policies Sold in Iowa Dropping in Recent Years

The number of flood insurance policies sold in Iowa dropped 22 percent between 2011 and this year, but it’s hard to determine the reason for the decline. The Des Moines Register reported the number of policies fell to 13,872 at …

Judge Says No New Defendants in Wrongful Death Suit in Iowa

The family of a Des Moines, Iowa woman who died of a prescription-drug overdose is appealing a judge’s rejection of their motion seeking to name the doctor’s former health system as defendants. Brandy Stoutenberg’s relatives originally blamed Dr. Daniel Baldi …

Iowa Governor Declares Disaster for Northeast Counties

Gov. Terry Branstad has issued disaster proclamations for two northeast Iowa counties that endured severe storms and flooding. Branstad on this week issued the proclamations for Bremer and Chickasaw counties, allowing state resources to be used to aid in recovery …

Background Checks For Uber, Lyft Drivers Established in Iowa

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a bill into law that creates new statewide rules for ridesharing companies such as Uber and Uber to do business in Iowa. Branstad signed the bill this week following approval this session in the …

Bird Flu Has Midwest Farmers Building Fences, Hosing Down Visitors

In Iowa, one of the largest U.S. egg processors has started to buy foreign supplies for the first time. Elsewhere in the Midwest, a free-range egg producer says it may build automatic car washes to scour vehicles accessing its 60 …

High Winds, Tornadoes Damage Parts of Midwest

Several Midwest states have been hit with damaging winds, tornadoes and flooding over the past several days. Forecasters say at least four unconfirmed tornadoes may touched down in western Minnesota when strong storms moved through the state. In Indiana, residents …