Best- and worst-run states in America: Which one is top rated?

Samuel Stebbins and Evan Comen, 24/7 Wall Street In the United States, the federal government is the ultimate legislative authority — wielding the power to regulate commerce, declare war, as well as establish and maintain a currency. Beyond that, however, the U.S. Constitution grants states considerable leverage in the management of their own internal affairs. Social…

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Iowa again leads US in graduation rates

Deirdre Cox Baker [email protected] Four-year graduation rates in Iowa once again lead among the nation’s public school systems, with Bettendorf, North Scott…

Teachers coaching teachers paying off for local schools competition

By DANA LARSEN A Pilot-Tribune series A little TLC goes a long way. But will it last? That’s the concern of area education leaders. Iowa…

Newton company to add hundreds of jobs making bus bodies

NOVEMBER 13, 2017 BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR A company that makes wind blades in central Iowa will begin manufacturing bus bodies as well, adding…

Grassley: Bump stock ban is ‘common sense’

by James Q. Lynch, The Gazette Sen. Chuck Grassley won’t say if he would support legislation banning bumps stocks — devices that dramatically accelerate…

Iowa student loan debt: $13.08 billion, state’s public universities report some progress

by Vanessa Miller, The Gazette Tuition rates at public and private colleges and universities nationally — and in Iowa — have soared over the…

Iowa governor Reynolds seeks foreign agent law change

by Rod Boshart, The Gazette DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds says she will ask Iowa legislators next session to close what she considers…

As Trump and Xi Jinping meet in China, an Iowan is the bridge between them

by Kyle Munson, Des Moines Register BEIJING — The Iowan who has the ear of the leaders of two world superpowers stepped up to…

Ag Secretary candidate Craig Lang says Iowa needs to more diverse ag sector

by OK Henderson, Radio Iowa Former Iowa Farm Bureau president Craig Lang has filed the paperwork to launch a campaign for state ag secretary….

Waterloo-Cedar Falls jobless rate still best in a decade

by Pat Kinney, Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier WATERLOO — Unemployment rates in Waterloo-Cedar Falls remain the best in nearly a decade. The unemployment rate for the…

In Iowa, Apple CEO Tim Cook touts its new data center jobs as the ‘future’ of America

by Anita Balakrishnan, CNBC Apple will invest at least $1.3 billion in the first phase of an Iowa data center project, CEO Tim Cook…