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AFSCME, Local-61 Wants More and in Small Chunks

 

The union representing roughly 40,000 state government employees is requesting an 8-percent increase in salaries over a two-year period. AFSCME Iowa Council 61 submitted the proposal to state officials Monday. It calls for 2 percent raises on July 1, 2015; January 1, 2016; July 1, 2016; and January 1, 2017. The raises would cost the state around $523 million dollars, according to the Iowa Department of Management. The current contract for workers represented by AFSCME, covering 2014 and 2015, does not contain across-the-board pay raises. Continue Reading →

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Signup in One Week for New Farm Bill Programs

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Farmers can sign up for new farm bill programs starting next MondayIowa farmers can sign up for two new programs that were included in the latest Farm Bill starting next week. Val Dolcini , administrator of the Farm Service Agency, says farmers actually have several months to determine what works best for them and to make a selection between the Agricultural Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs.   Sign-up begins next Monday, November 17th.  

Dolcini says farmers have until March 31st to make a selection. Also, farmers need to update their base acres and planting history information with their local F-S-A office. The deadline to complete that is February 27st. Continue Reading →

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Authorities Investigate Possible Electrocution of S.E. Iowa Men

WELLMAN, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what happened to two men found dead in southeastern Iowa. The Washington County Communications Center says it received a report Friday afternoon of a possible electrocution near a road in Wellman. Emergency personnel responded and found 38-year-old Chad Allen VanVoltenburg, of South English, and 47-year-old Paul Joseph Duello, of Kinross. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Additional information was not released. Continue Reading →

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