$1 Million Ticket Sold in Iowa Lottery, No Winner Yet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Someone purchased a Powerball ticket worth $1 million at a Des Moines supermarket before Saturday’s drawing. Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket purchased at Cash Saver matched five of the six numbers in the game. No one won Saturday’s jackpot of $110 million, so the prize will grow to $121 million for this Wednesday’s drawing. The ticket holder will have to contact Iowa Lottery officials to claim their prize. Continue Reading

Iowa Lawmakers Look to Slapback South Dakota Licensing Measure

One legislator says it’s time to send South Dakota a “louder message.” The state of South Dakota requires business and trade vehicles coming from Iowa to do work in South Dakota to buy a South Dakota license plate as well as its Iowa license plate. Senator Rick Bertrand of Sioux City explained the situation to his fellow Senators Thursday afternoon. “If any of our guys are spilling over into South Dakota, they are required to carry a South Dakota license plate on their van, so you’ve got the Iowa license plate and then they get the drill out and right on the back of the door,” Bertrand said, stopping at this point to try to replicate the sound of a power tool, “all four screws go in and they have to put a South Dakota license plate on the back of the van.” According to Bertrand, it’s a big issue for heating and air conditioning businesses, plumbers, electricians and locksmiths who are located in Iowa, but work on both sides of the border. Continue Reading

Two More Farms Test Positive for Bird Flu

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two more Iowa farms have tested positive for bird flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says two northwest Iowa farms raising young chickens to eventually lay eggs likely have the virus. No estimate of numbers was immediately released for a farm in Sioux County, the 12th case in that county and one in Plymouth County, the first case there. Iowa has 52 bird flu cases in 14 counties. Nearly 25 million chickens and 970,000 turkeys will die. Continue Reading

Equine Herpesvirus Confirmed in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A virus known for attacking a horse’s nervous system has been confirmed at a stable in Iowa’s Warren County. The Iowa Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the stable has several confirmed cases of a neurological disease associated with Equine Herpesvirus infections. Officials say the disease poses no threat to humans. The disease was detected at the Warren County stable when horses began to show symptoms including fever, decreased coordination, lethargy and inability to rise. A news release says the horses are being monitored and aren’t permitted to leave the stable. Continue Reading

Mice Could Be Spreading Bird Flu

A team of wildlife biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be trapping and testing small mammals and birds in Iowa for avian influenza over the next couple of weeks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are no confirmed cases of avian flu in mammals. But, USDA epidemiologist Dr. Brian McCluskey says small rodents could still play a role in the spread of the virus. “There’s actually evidence in the scientific literature that mice and other small rodents can actually carry the virus. Maybe not as a biological vector, but as a mechanical one, so the virus may be drug in on the animal itself,” McCluskey says. Continue Reading

Corn and Soybean Crop Expected to Be Smaller This Year

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The government says farmers are expected to grow 13.6 billion bushels of corn this year, about 4 percent less than last year’s record crop. The estimate released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture assumes an average per-acre yield of nearly 167 bushels an acre, down from last year’s record 171 bushels. Soybean farmers are expected to grow nearly 3.85 billion bushels, down 3 percent from last year’s record crop. The soybean per-acre yield is projected at 46 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last year’s record. The USDA says farmers have started well this growing season with 75 percent of the corn crop planted, ahead of the five-year average of 57 percent. Continue Reading

Bird Flu Feared on Four More Farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four more Iowa farms are testing positive for bird flu. The Iowa Department of Agriculture says an egg-laying farm and a turkey farm in Buena Vista County bring to 15 the number of cases in that county in northwest Iowa. A broiler farm in Osceola County is the state’s first indication of the disease on a farm raising chickens for meat. Officials said Tuesday the farm has 700 birds. Most of Iowa’s affected chickens are egg layers. Continue Reading

Speed Camera Requests Rejected by Iowa DOT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s transportation department has rejected requests by officials in four cities to keep operating some speed cameras in their areas. The state Department of Transportation issued the denials in letters dated Monday to officials in Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and Muscatine. A letter to Council Bluffs was dated May 6. DOT Director Paul Trombino says in the letters the cameras are not making interstate highways or nearby intersections safer. The DOT decided in late 2013 that speed cameras on or adjacent to state highways should not be used as long-term enforcement tools and required more justification for their use. Continue Reading

Governor Branstad Assesses Tornado Damage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is heading to Calhoun County to assess tornado damage. Branstad said Monday that he was going to the region to see how cleanup was going. On Sunday night a tornado tore the roof from a high school in Lake City as about 150 students, family and faculty attended an awards ceremony. Branstad said no one was hurt, but the state has been working to clear debris from roads and clean up other damage. Branstad said the state was ready to help the community in any way necessary. Continue Reading