Iowa early News Headlines: Tuesday, April 16 2019


April 16th, 2019 by Ric Hanson

Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has sent a bill legalizing the growing of industrial hemp to the House for consideration. The Iowa Hemp Act passed the Senate Monday 49-1. Sen. Kevin Kinney, a farmer from Oxford says his goal is to make hemp Iowa’s third commodity behind corn and soybeans. The bill allows licensed growers to cultivate the crop on up to 40 acres.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking lawmakers for $15 million from the ending balance of the current year’s budget for immediate work on levees and repairs in flooded communities. She’s also seeking $10 million from next year’s budget to accelerate housing improvements. Reynolds announced her request Monday, saying federal money often takes months or years to arrive. Reynolds also announced the creation of a Flood Recovery Advisory Board, which will coordinate state recovery efforts. .

OTHO, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the 11,000-square-foot Webster County Museum are weighing whether to try and quickly repair a leaky roof, move the artifacts to another building or disband the collection altogether. Phyllis Stewart, the museum’s volunteer curator, said the former Otho Elementary School building holds all of Webster County’s history. Stewart added the museum can’t open this spring because of the water and mold issues.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker’s presidential campaign has proposed a significant expansion of the earned income tax credit that he said would lower the annual tax bill for almost half of American taxpayers. The senator from New Jersey, who recently launched a national tour aimed at boosting his 2020 presidential bid, discussed his new tax credit proposal during a visit to Iowa on Monday _ the date that most Americans’ taxes are due to the IRS.