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Des Moines airport's new terminal may depend on Trump

1/24/2017

Throughout the campaign, now-President Donald Trump called for spending money to improve the nation’s infrastructure. He said roads and bridges were crumbling and compared U.S. airports with Third World countries.

Bicycle safety bill stalls in Iowa Senate

1/24/2017

A proposal to require Iowa bicycle riders to have a rear-facing bicycle light between sunset and sunrise has stalled in the Iowa Senate after a bicycle advocacy group declined to endorse the measure and legislators had their own questions.

Coalition pushing for ‘hands free’ traffic law in Iowa

1/24/2017

A bill that would let police pull over vehicles if they suspect the driver is texting has cleared a senate subcommittee today. Iowa’s law enforcement community, cell phone providers and insurance companies are urging legislators to go farther, however, and make it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving.

Tougher texting while driving law advanced in Iowa Senate

1/24/2017

Law enforcement and safety advocates — with Gov. Terry Branstad’s backing — are pushing for a tougher anti-texting while driving law as a way to reduce distractions that are helping drive up Iowa’s traffic death toll.

Proposed improvements to U.S. 69 in Polk County to be discussed Jan. 31 in Des Moines

1/24/2017

The Iowa Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting Tuesday, Jan. 31, to discuss the proposed improvements of U.S. 69 in Ankeny from Interstate 80 north to just south of Southwest Springfield Drive/Southeast 33rd Street in Polk County.

Week of January 16 fuel and energy price update

1/24/2017

As of Tuesday, January 17th, the price of regular unleaded gasoline averaged $2.36 across Iowa according to AAA. This is the same price as one week ago and $.52 higher than one year ago. The national average on Tuesday was $2.34, down $.02 from last week’s price.

Residents, businesses hindered by muddy county roads

1/24/2017

Warmer January weather is causing soft county roads.

Iowa man who hit cyclists now pushing for bike law

1/24/2017

A northwest Iowa man who struck five cyclists with his motorcycle several years ago is now pushing for a stricter law requiring bike lights.

Eastern Iowa Airport surpasses one million passengers in 2016

1/24/2017

A total of 1,084,310 passengers flew into and out of the Cedar Rapids airport in 2016, according to a Monday news release from the airport.

Iowa bill: 5 years in prison for highway protesters

1/24/2017

People who intentionally block traffic on Iowa highways could be charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison under an Iowa Senate bill co-sponsored by nine Republican lawmakers.

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