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Newscast 08.02.23: Iowa releases Mobile ID App; Rain drenches Western Iowa; Midwest Business Conditions Index indicates a recession is possible

Iowa Mobile ID
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Iowa Mobile ID

Iowa has launched its long-awaited mobile ID app, but you still need to carry the hard copy for the time being.

The "Iowa Mobile ID" is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Users may upload their driver's license to the app. As businesses and organizations adopt the mobile ID system, you'll be able to display your smartphone to verify your age or identity.

However, state officials say the Mobile ID is a companion to the physical card and does not replace it. They say Iowans should still carry their physical card.

The monthly survey of supply managers in Iowa and eight other Midwestern states shows both the state and regional economies took big falls during July.
Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says it’s a warning sign for the economy, as the overall Business Conditions Index indicates a significant slowdown is looming in the Midwestern manufacturing sector.

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Despite some recent optimism about the U.S. economy’s overall performance, the survey shows the region’s supply managers estimate there’s almost a 50-50 chance of a recession in the second half of this year.
Goss expects what he’s calling “a rolling recession” to impact certain sectors of the economy, especially commercial real estate and manufacturing.

Parts of western Iowa saw heavy rain this Wednesday morning. While the area has been in the middle of a drought, that much rain that quickly spells trouble for drivers and crops a like.
The National Weather Service of Omaha says areas south of Little Sioux were pushing 7 inches following Wednesday rains.

“We’ve definitely had our fair share of rain this morning.”

That’s Harrison County’s Emergency Manager Phillip Davis. He was out driving county roads Wednesday morning. He says there’s standing water and already signs of crop damage, though no washed roads reported yet.

“If they do find a road that does have water or anything running over it, making sure they aren’t driving over that because we don’t know how deep the water is in those areas. As the saying goes, water over the roadway, turn around; don’t drown.”

As Wednesday mornings rain system moves east, the National Weather Service says it’s an active weather system and more rain is probable tonight.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has now found in deer in 16 Iowa counties, including Woodbury County. CWD was found this week in Marshal County.

Map of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa
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Map of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Iowa

DNR biometrician Tyler Harms tells Radio Iowa the state is trying to increase surveillance efforts, especially in cases where we have the single detections like in Marshall County.”

CWD is always fatal to deer, so Harms says they want to quickly determine if the CWD is widespread in a new county.

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