Jan 17, 2021

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Grants available for school water fountain upgrades

By Dar Danielson
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  • The Delta Dental Foundation of Iowa is again offering grants to schools to replace drinking fountains with stations that have touchless water bottle fillers.
  • They have been working with schools for several years and had restricted the grants to schools that did not have the new water bottle station.
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Iowa State-Kansas postponed

By Todd Kimm
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The Iowa State men’s basketball team has paused activities indefinitely as a result of COVID-19 protocols within the program. Due to the pause, Saturday’s game at sixth ranked Kansas has been postponed. “The priority for us is the safety and well-being of everyone in our program,” head coach Steve Prohm said. “While it is disappointing […]Read more >

Stepped up security at Iowa Capitol amid safety concerns

By Radio Iowa Contributor
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  • “Currently we are not seeing any concrete threats that would cause us any grave concerns,” said Iowa Department of Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens said.
  • Local, state and federal law enforcement officials say they are monitoring potential threats in Iowa leading up to inauguration day.
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Axne ‘absolutely’ backs Biden pandemic relief plan, Hinson not ruling out a ‘yes’

By O. Kay Henderson
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  • “I like to say we’re going to bring the vaccine to people where they, not just bring it to places where we hope that they are and so you know one of the most important things to move us through the economic downturn we have is obviously to get people back to a healthy state, free from contacting Covid-19,” Axne said.
  • Congresswoman Cindy Axne of West Des Moines, the only Democrat in Iowa’s congressional delegation, says she’ll “absolutely” vote for the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief plan President-elect Joe Biden unveiled last night.
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Drought expected to continue into spring

By Dar Danielson
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  • Much of western Iowa was in drought last year and even with a couple of heavy snowstorms already this winter, the drought is expected to continue at least into spring.
  • “I would expect it to improve some in the spring,” Todey says.
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