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The Trump administration reached agreements with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on metals imported from those countries.  The deal resolves a yearlong standoff that inflamed North Atlantic tensions and complicated efforts to ratify a revised trade deal.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst praised the deal.  Ernst issued a statement saying the deal was huge news for Iowa, especially the state’s farmers and manufacturers.   

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Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator visited business owners and residents impacted by flooding in eastern Iowa Friday. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley heard from community leaders in the cities of Davenport and Buffalo, which were hit by record high crests of the Mississippi River. 

Grassley says he’s pushing for federal disaster aid in Congress. Senate leaders have set a deadline of Memorial Day.

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Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

State of Iowa

Current and past attorneys general from both major political parties from several states are asking Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to veto a measure that would force Iowa's attorney general to seek permission to file out-of-state lawsuits.

They think the move designed by Republicans to keep Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller from joining lawsuits against the Donald Trump administration violates basic checks and balances.

Iowa would be the only state with such limits on an attorney general.

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May 13, 2019

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Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has joined forty-three other attorneys general in a lawsuit that alleges twenty of the country’s largest generic drug makers have conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate drug prices.

Miller says the suit argues that company executives worked together informally to increase prices up to one thousand percent for more than 100 different types of drugs.

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Just a huge range of drugs affecting people who have diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, HIV, ADHD, and others.

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The U.S. House passed a bill today that would provide billions of dollars for rebuilding and recovery for Americans impacted by natural disasters.

Iowa Congresswoman, Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, spoke on the House floor during the debate.
She says Iowans are doing what they can to recover.

Iowa has reopened a flooded stretch of the Iowa Highway 2 approach to a Missouri River bridge that links southwest Iowa to southeast Nebraska.

The Iowa Transportation Department says concrete barriers have been placed along the edges 

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FEMA has approved 12 million dollars in payments to people recovering from Iowa floods, and more than 1,800 people have registered with the agency for help. Those are the latest numbers reported today (Thursday) to the governor’s flood recovery board.

The FEMA money includes home rebuilding grants and rental assistance. Governor Kim Reynolds says those numbers will climb once the Davenport area is added to the federal disaster declaration.

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May 9, 2019
State of Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has signed into law judicial selection changes that will give her more power in the nominating process for judges appointed to the Iowa Supreme and appeals court.

The new law immediately removes the senior justice from the 17-member panel that selects names to send to the governor and allows the governor to choose the majority of nominating commision members.

In a statement, Reynolds said this gives “all Iowans a greater voice in the process.”

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Federal disaster officials are asking Iowa homeowners whose homes were damaged by flooding and only recently became accessible to contact FEMA for a home inspection.

City of Sioux City

The Dakota County officials approved paying $1.5 million to cover damage done during flooding back in March.

The Sioux City Journal reports the plan passed yesterday by Board of Commissioners would allow the county to borrow the money to pay for roads and bridges.  

The move was done to help pave the way for federal money to eventually cover the costs.

The Sioux City City council approved paying for a new scoreboard for the Tyson Events Center. The cost $877,000.  It’s expected to be installed by the first of September.

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