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More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - IA: Livable Wages/Working Families

A bill in the Iowa Legislature would require landlords to disclose monthly utility costs before renting out a unit, but unlike similar laws, would not require that they make energy-saving upgrades. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Landlords of larger apartment complexes in Iowa would have to disclose monthly utility costs to potential renters, in a bill now in the state Legislature. The proposal has already cleared the Iowa Senate with bipartisan support and is now up for consideration in the House. It wo

Iowa Sen. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, left, visted Jessica Williams' place of employment and met in Urbandale and met her manager, David Watts as part of October's National Disability Employment Month. (DDCouncil)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The contribution people with disabilities make to the economy is hard to quantify, but last month three Iowa lawmakers got a first-hand look at how hard they work. As part of October's National Disability Employment Month, state Sens. Brad Zaun, R-Urbandale, and Jackie Smith, D-S

Americans with disabilities often flourish in the workplace if employers invest in training and use assistive technology. (kaepetrin/stlpublicradioradio)

DES MOINES, Iowa – America's unemployment rate remains very low, but that doesn't always apply to people with disabilities. It's an issue Iowa is working on. As part of October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month, employers across the state are reminded that many people with disa

According to the National Farmers Union, farmers earn less than 15 cents of every food dollar. (gipsa.usda.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The U.S. Department of Agriculture soon will release new regulations that livestock and poultry producers hope will better protect them from what they see as unfair competition in the highly consolidated meatpacking industry. The Packers and Stockyards Act was enacted by Congress

There are almost 50,000 Transportation Security Administration workers at more than 450 locations nationwide. (Transportation Security Administration)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A former kindergarten teacher decided to change careers and pursue airport security work. Now, she's the first graduate of an online credit program offered by Des Moines Area Community College and the Transportation Security Administration. A 35-year-old non-traditional

People with developmental disabilities contribute to a more diverse community when employers hire them for administrative or support roles and other appropriate jobs. (Tatiana Dyuvbanova/ Twenty20)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Every day, 7 million people with developmental disabilities work harder than many other Americans to lead self-determined lives, and this is the month when those hard-won efforts are recognized. March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, highlighting the contribu

As the first-in-the-nation caucus state, Iowa voters will hear from roughly two dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls in the run-up to the November 2020 election. (personaldemocracy/Flickr)

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be in Iowa this weekend, the latest Democratic 2020 presidential candidate testing the waters where the nation's first caucuses are held. Gillibrand will start her tour in the western corner of the state, much like Sen. Elizabeth Warren,

After a rebound last year, farm income is forecast to drop 13 percent this year, in part because of the trade war hitting soybeans. (sdsoybean.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Globalization has been both good and bad for American farmers, and that fact is hitting home especially hard for Iowa soybean growers this fall. Increased free trade opened up new soybean markets in Mexico, the European Union and especially China. So far, Iowa farmers rema

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