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Gov. Reynolds Asks DOT Director to Resign, State Offers Free Opioid Reversal Kits


Mark Lowe, Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation

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The director of the Iowa Department of Transportation is resigning at the request of the governor.

A statement from Governor Kim Reynolds’ office says she, quote, “has decided to seek a change in leadership as she continues to build her administration.”

The Iowa Finance Authority has helped 3,337 Iowans purchase a home in 2019, and that is the most in the agencies’ history. 

Homebuyers can apply for IFA’s mortgage and down payment assistance programs by contacting one of more than 400 participating lenders throughout the state.  

A new state program will mail free opioid reversal drug kits to anyone in the state. The drug involved is naloxone -- also known as Narcan. The state Department of Public Health has partnered with the University of Iowa to offer the program.  Usually, a two-dose kit can cost as much as 150 dollars. One hundred and thirty-seven Iowans died of an opioid overdose last year. Anyone interested in getting a free kit can go to naloxone Iowa dot org to schedule a video consultation with a pharmacist. 

An atheist leader says his organization will fight to add displays of its own if a Nativity scene is returned to a courthouse lawn in southern Iowa. The Daily Iowegian reports that the Nativity scene was moved Monday from the Appanoose County Courthouse lawn in Centerville. Some residents had complained that a religious display should not be placed on government property.  The Centerville City Council is scheduled to discuss the issue on Monday.

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