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Governor Kim Reynolds says the state is working to fix issues that cause the state to be hit with a nearly two million dollar fine.  That federal fine was for errors in distributing food assistance.

The USDA cited the state for having a higher error rate than the national average, which was first reported by WOI-TV in Des Moines. The state was found to be overpaying benefits much more often than it was underpaying them.

Reynolds says she still doesn’t know why the state had a high error rate.

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Sioux City Council members asked the city attorney yesterday to rework a proposed noise ordinance after local bar owners said it would hurt their businesses.  There was confusion about whether the ordinance would also apply to bars that play music on their own patios and even indoor events that would generate noise.

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The state of Iowa has agreed to pay two private insurance companies an additional 386 million state and federal dollars to operate the state’s Medicaid program. 

Under the newly-signed contracts, Iowa Total Care and Amerigroup will receive an eight-point six percent increase for the current fiscal year, which began on July 1.

State Medicaid Director Mike Randol told the Council on Human Services on Wednesday that reasons for the increase include changes in program and legislative requirements.