Chronicle Staff

06/30/2015 - 10:26am
A boost for broadband       A bill signed into law last week by Gov. Terry Branstad has the potential to spark economic growth in rural Iowa by expanding broadband Internet service through new incentives.     Branstad signed the Connect Every Acre initiative following Legislative approval in June. The law establishes a series of property tax incentives for...
06/23/2015 - 12:16pm
Finding hope after tragedy        Last week’s unthinkable tragedy in Charleston was undoubtedly one of the most heartbreaking events in recent memory. Though endless media coverage has detailed the killer’s life and hateful ideologies, the most dominating message out of South Carolina has been one of hope,...
06/16/2015 - 4:01pm
Celebrating our dads        Dads across the country will be honored this Sunday on Father’s Day. The annual holiday gives us a chance to celebrate dad the right way and thank him for his years of dedicated parenting.      Our dads are all special in their own unique ways. They’ve watched us...
06/09/2015 - 4:25pm
Budget battle reaches exhausting end        Months of bickering, fruitless grandstanding and pointless partisanship finally ended last Friday when the Iowa Legislature agreed on a $7.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The 2015 session had its ups and downs, but it will no doubt be remembered for lawmakers...
06/02/2015 - 1:21pm
Evaluating ethanol's uncertain future        The Environmental Protection Agency ruffled feathers last week after it unveiled a controversial proposal that would scale back the required amount of renewable fuel blended into the nation’s gasoline supply next year. Though alternative energy sources like ethanol...
05/26/2015 - 2:16pm
Poultry show cancellations a tough call, but the right one        The dreaded bird flu virus claimed more victims last week, but this time it was poultry shows at county fairs across the state.      The Iowa Department of Agriculture’s decision to cancel all live bird exhibitions, poultry sales...
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