The mayor of Norway, in Benton County said most homes and structures in town were damaged in the August 10th derecho. He said most homes are repaired or patched to make it through the winter months. Schulze Enterprises LLC, a Norway roofing company is booked into 2021.
A split Iowa Supreme Court is upholding a new Republican-backed law that will bar county elections commissioners from mailing absentee ballots this week to thousands of people who omitted information on their applications.
Century old trees down, and headstones toppled. That’s a familiar scene at both Oak Shade Cemetery in Marion and Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids. More than two months after the derecho, cemeteries are still assessing the damage.
With colder weather arriving, the owners of two neighboring small businesses in Cedar Rapids said their future is uncertain. That’s because damage from the derecho is exposing their shops to the elements, hurting their already struggling business base because of the pandemic.
Iowa’s economic development arm and a shuttered ethanol plant at Emmetsburg that had promised to produce millions of gallons of ethanol from crop waste have reached a settlement that lets the company off the hook for millions of dollars in tax incentives.
A lawyer for a national conservative group says it may challenge the outcome of the Nov. 3 elections by arguing that municipalities are improperly using hundreds of millions of dollars in private money.
The attorney representing eight Black former Iowa football players who allege racial discrimination during their time with the Hawkeyes said the university’s rejection of their demands, which included a payment of $20 million, is not the end of the matter.
With less than two weeks until the general election, some voters of color in eastern Iowa feel forgotten. On Saturday, candidates for both the Senate and Iowa’s first district were all invited to a forum focusing on black issues in Waterloo. Only one candidate showed up. Advocates in Cedar Rapids say that’s not just problem in Waterloo, and isn’t a new issue just this year.
Before August's Executive Order felons had to petition the governor to vote, and very few had their rights restored. Even with the change, one woman is frustrated with the process and says this can potentially deter thousands of people from using their voices.