Newscast 03.07.22: Bird Flu Appears in Buena Vista, County, Gov. Reynolds Adds Disaster Aid; Seaboard Triumph Foods Must Give Workers Overtime Pay
A second case of bird flu has been confirmed in Iowa.
The Iowa Department of Agriculture and the USDA have found the highly-pathogenic strain of bird flu in a Buena Vista County commercial turkey flock. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for the county.
The department also says people should keep their flocks away from wild birds, which can carry the virus.
The U.S. Department of Labor says it has recovered unpaid wages for workers at a Sioux City meat processing plant.
The Labor Department says their investigation found the Seaboard Triumph Foods pork processing failed to pay 413 employees for work completed before and after their shifts, such as set up, clean up, and knife sharpening.
The Department says this violated the Fair Labor Standards Act by not paying the employees for all hours worked — and not paying overtime at time-and-a-half when workers exceeded 40 hours in a work week. It says $331,807 in back wages were recovered for the workers.
Fewer Iowa high school students graduated on time last year, a likely byproduct of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic shuttered schools across the country in March of 2020.
State data shows during the 2021 school year, 90.2% of students graduated from high school, a 1.6 percentage point drop from the state's recent high watermark set in 2020.