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WASHINGTON — A $2 trillion bill to aid workers, health care providers and businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic is now law after passage in the U.S. House and President Trump’s approval on Friday. Many House members reconvened in Washington to approve the 880-page measure, which stands to be the largest economic aid package in U.S. history. […]

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Thursday she has extended her emergency COVID-19 response order an additional week, until April 7, and added to the list of businesses that must close. Her new order suspended elective and non-essential dental, orthodontic and medical procedures that can be delayed. That part of the order is effective at 5 […]

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate late Wednesday night approved a $2 trillion spending bill that aims to provide economic relief for workers and businesses and to aid hospitals and states reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. The chamber voted 96-0 to pass the bill in an unusual display of bipartisanship. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who tested […]

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WASHINGTON — U.S. senators were debating legislation after reaching a bipartisan deal on a $2 trillion spending package early Wednesday, but a timeline for enactment remained uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said he expected the chamber to pass the legislation on Wednesday. He said the bill isn’t a stimulus package, but “emergency relief” […]

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Iowa officials said Monday that an analysis of the latest data on the spread of COVID-19 indicates the state is “not quite” at the point where a stay-at-home order is needed. At a press conference Monday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and public health officials said they’re relying on hospitalization data to indicate if, and when, […]

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The state of Iowa has already been hit with a “staggering” and unprecedented number of unemployment claims as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, even though it isn’t ordering residents to stay home, state officials said Friday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a Friday afternoon press conference that while some states, such as Illinois, have […]

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WASHINGTON — Why does it take so long to get COVID-19 test results? How can we take care of elderly parents? Can Congress work around the president, if necessary, to ramp up production of medical equipment? These were some of the questions Iowans asked Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-1st District, and state public health officials in […]

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WASHINGTON — A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill passed 90-8, with overwhelming bipartisan support. Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst both voted for the bill. The multibillion-dollar measure aims to slow the spread of a new coronavirus […]

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Iowa lawmakers approved legislation late Monday and early Tuesday to give Gov. Kim Reynolds broad authority to run state government for at least 30 days while the Legislature suspends its session to try to curb the spread of COVID-19.

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As Democrat Rita Hart campaigns across the 2nd congressional district, she says the main issues facing Iowans are clear. Higher costs and limited access to healthcare, rural economic development and climate change are issues Hart will tackle in the White House, if elected.

On Feb. 25, Rep. Dustin Hite (R-New Sharon) filed his nomination petitions with the Secretary of State’s Office to seek re-election to District 79 in the Iowa House this fall. Rep. Hite is pictured filing his petitions with Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

Governor Kim Reynolds’ 1-cent sales tax and a bill that addresses violent behavior in school classrooms dominated the conversation at a local forum with Sen. Amy Sinclair and Rep. Jon Thorup.

Iowa Democratic Party Chairman Troy Price will resigned his position Saturday in the wake of the party’s failure to deliver timely results of the Feb. 3 caucuses. Price’s resignation will be effective after an emergency meeting Saturday of the party’s state central committee, which will elect a new chair. “While it is my desire to […]

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OTTUMWA – A group of 24 state legislators announced their endorsement of state Sen. Mariannette Miller-Meeks’ bid for the Republican nomination in Iowa’s open 2nd Congressional District today, adding their names to 12 Iowa lawmakers backing her candidacy.

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Democratic and Republican voters across Marion County turned out to the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses Monday night, showing support for their preferred candidates vying for a spot in the upcoming presidential election.

Des Moines — Marcia Nichols, former political director of AFSCME Council 61 and a prominent labor leader in Iowa, announced her endorsement of Joe Biden for President on Jan. 29.

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer will visit Knoxville on Jan. 29, marking his second visit to the community.

Over 300 voters packed Tamory Hall in Pella to hear from Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg before the Iowa caucuses in February.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang packed Peace Tree Brewing Company over the weekend, with over 150 voters attending his meet and greet event in Knoxville on Jan. 4.

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Over 380 voters gathered at the Knoxville Skate Pit to hear from Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, whose campaign message focused on diversity, belonging and the American people.

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Voters from Knoxville and the surrounding areas filled the Knoxville High School commons on Saturday afternoon to hear former Vice President and current presidential candidate Joe Biden speak.

The Marion County Democrats hosted the sixth annual 7-County Democratic Rally and Fundraiser on August 18 at the Cordova Pavilion.

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KNOXVILLE — Karen Brown wants Knoxville to hit the brakes on a plan to take the limits off the number of commercial garbage haulers operating in the city. She told the City Council how this change would affect her business at its meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5.

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Vickie Reed and Andrew Schmidt will run for two-year seats in the school board election next Tuesday. Both incumbents, they filed to run for shorter terms made necessary by the resignations of Leslie Miller and Mike Helle, whose terms would have expired in 2019. State law requires the seats …

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KNOXVILLE — Marion County Attorney Ed Bull recently announced that he will run for a third term in the November 2018 election.

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KNOXVILLE — The Sept. 12 school board election features seven candidates competing for four seats with two different term lengths. A game of musical chairs is much easier to explain.

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KNOXVILLE — A plan to build eight new tennis courts on the site of the city’s skate park goes before voters on Sept. 12. Proposition A also includes an outdoor basketball court on the site south of Knoxville High School on West Madison Street.

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KNOXVILLE — Julia Castillo, executive director for Heart of Iowa Regional Transit Agency Public Transit, said the agency will have two new vehicles placed in Marion county that will operate out of Knoxville.

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— Editor’s Note: In the Aug. 17 issue of the Journal-Express, the article about Dylan Morse being appointed to the Knoxville City Council contained incorrect information. Morse was not approved to join the council at that time; he had been recommended as the leading candidate. The Journal-Ex…

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KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville City Council added a new member on Aug. 14, voting unanimously to appoint Dylan Morse to fill in the vacant council member seat.

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KNOXVILLE — The Knoxville City Council voted to approve loaning the city’s Low Rent Housing Agency Board $1,000 during so the agency can participate in a second lawsuit to recoup lost funding from a 2012 probe into housing agency funding.

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U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa City, visited Marion County on July 30, touring row crops and hay fields south of Knoxville that are stressing from the lack of rain and hot conditions.

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KNOXVILLE — To keep the Marion County Care Facility open, it would take about $140,000 to install a new on-site septic system. But the move would only take care of one of the many issues for this aging structure, county officials said Tuesday.

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