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Iowa Supreme Court to hear woman's $75 speeding ticket case

9/20/2017

Her attorney, James Larew, will argue Wednesday that the city of Cedar Rapids, where Leaf lives and was ticketed, is violating equal protection and due process clauses of the Iowa Constitution in part because it delegates police power to Gatso USA — the private, for-profit company hired to run the equipment.

Gov. Reynolds signs overweight loads proclamation

9/19/2017

Governor Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the transportation of overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire November 17.

More than $2.6 million made available through Iowa’s Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant Program

9/19/2017

The Iowa Transportation Commission (Commission) approved more than $2.6 million in funding for three rail infrastructure and related rail development projects under the Railroad Revolving Loan and Grant (RRLG) Program.

Zippy Duvall: Time to get all of Rural America up to Speed with Broadband

9/19/2017

We depend on safe and reliable infrastructure to get our products to market. But in today’s fast-paced global economy, high-speed internet has become just as critical a pathway to customers near and far. That’s why Farm Bureau is urging the administration to address rural America’s broadband needs as it develops its infrastructure improvement plan.

Highway expansion links farmers to regional markets

9/18/2017

A four-lane expansion of U.S. Highway 30 will begin next spring, growing the capacity of a major agricultural artery for grain and livestock transport in the state.

River traffic is increasing, but infrastructure lags

9/18/2017

“Folks cross railroads, they travel roads and see rusty bridges, they’re asking ‘Where’s our DOT funding for this?’ But they’re not calling and asking ‘Where’s our energy and water funding to maintain our rivers?’” said Thomas Heinhold, the Army Corps of Engineer’s Rock Island District deputy chief of operations.

Farm Bureau requests waiver for trucking mandate

9/18/2017

The American Farm Bureau Federation and seven livestock organizations are asking the U.S. Department of Transportation for a waiver and limited exemption from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for drivers who haul livestock as well as live fish and insects.

Governor Reynolds Signs Harvest Proclamation for Transportation of Overweight Loads

9/18/2017

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday allowing the transportation of overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire Nov. 17, 2017.

Des Moines airport's $500 million overhaul may be delayed years

9/15/2017

The funding shortfall for a new Des Moines International Airport terminal has grown by some $25 million and the project may be delayed for years.

Week of September 11 fuel and energy price update

9/14/2017

As of Monday, Sept. 11th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.54 across Iowa according to AAA. This is down 1 cent from last week and $.32 higher than one year ago. The national average on Monday was $2.68, up $.02 from last week’s price.

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