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SIOUX CITY -- Sioux City School District officials had expressed hope there would not be an uptick of COVID-19 positive cases among students and employees following the long holiday break, and that's exactly what has happened, with only two cases reported over three weeks in January.

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The state’s public universities could not spend millions of dollars in federal grants, private gifts and other sources unless state lawmakers give their permission each year, according to a measure advancing in the Iowa Legislature.

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(The Center Square) – The gross domestic product of Iowa dropped 1.4 percent between the third quarter of 2019 and the third quarter of 2020, the sixth best economic performance among the 50 states, according to a new ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St.

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Activity has picked up during week two of the legislative session. As of Thursday, approximately 270 bills have been introduced in the House and assigned to committees. Once a bill is assigned to a committee, the committee chair can assign it to a three-person subcommittee that gathers input, both for and against, from the public. The subcommittee can then recommend the bill moves on to consideration by the whole committee or decline to advance it.

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DES MOINES — House Republicans have refused to adopt rules requiring face coverings at the Capitol or to allow members to participate in committee meetings and floor votes from outside the Statehouse during the coronavirus pandemic.

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The state’s public universities could not spend millions of dollars in federal grants, private gifts and other sources unless state lawmakers give their permission each year, according to a measure advancing in the Iowa Legislature.

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A roundup of Capitol and state government news items of interest for Wednesday:

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The state’s public universities could not spend millions of dollars in federal grants, private gifts and other sources unless state lawmakers give their permission each year, according to a measure advancing in the Iowa Legislature.

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A roundup of legislative and state government news items of interest from Thursday:

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SPRINGFIELD — The state announced Thursday that it had awarded $31.5 million in grants to 81 community organizations around Illinois to help fund legal services for low-income residents, youth development, violence prevention and economic development in areas hardest hit by the war on drugs.

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DES MOINES — Opponents of an amendment that would write the right to keep and bear arms into the Iowa Constitution said the language goes too far in protecting Iowans’ gun rights, but proponents pushed ahead with the proposal Thursday, saying the matter should be decided by voters.

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DES MOINES — Opponents of an amendment that would write the right to keep and bear arms into the Iowa Constitution said the language goes too far in protecting Iowans’ gun rights, but proponents pushed ahead with the proposal Thursday, saying the matter should be decided by voters.

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Iowa Lottery officials say 41,368 adults won prizes in Wednesday’s Powerball drawings — ranging from $4 to $50,000 in Independence — but a winning ticket to claim the $731.1 million jackpot was sold in Maryland.

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DES MOINES — House Republicans have refused to adopt rules requiring face coverings at the Capitol or to allow members to participate in committee meetings and floor votes from outside the Statehouse during the coronavirus pandemic.

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DES MOINES --  House Republicans have refused to adopt rules requiring face coverings at the Capitol or to allow members to participate in committee meetings and floor votes from outside the Statehouse during the coronavirus pandemic.

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There were no significant protests at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, despite warnings in a federal intelligence memo.

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A roundup of Capitol and state government news items of interest:

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Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing “Lame Duck Look Back” series in which Capitol News Illinois is following up on the major bills that passed both chambers of the General Assembly in the Jan. 8-13 lame duck session. This is the first of multiple stories examining the criminal justice reform backed by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.

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(Washington, DC)  --  Missouri Governor Parson has been chosen to lead a national task force about community renewal efforts on workforce, nutrition, education, criminal justice, agriculture, and internet broadband.

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Two major education initiatives favored by Gov. Kim Reynolds and majority GOP legislators expanding school choices for Iowa parents and students and providing in-person instruction for those who want it will start getting Statehouse consideration next week.

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Iowa and Illinois federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed willingness to extend an olive branch and "rise above the partisan fray," hoping for renewed cooperation under Democrat Joe Biden's new presidency.

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Iowa and Illinois federal lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed willingness to extend an olive branch and "rise above the partisan fray," hoping for renewed cooperation under Democrat Joe Biden's new presidency.

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"What I remember, he was just such a kind, decent man," Tricia Currans-Sheehan, who hosted Biden for a 2006 event, said. "He was so easy to talk to. He came up and said, 'Oh, I love big, old houses,'" then described the work that went into his home.