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  • Friday, May 06, 2016 3:40 PM
    Exelon's Quad-Cities nuclear power plant could close on June 1, 2018, the company said in a release Friday announcing its first-quarter earnings.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 06, 2016 2:57 PM
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told an audience at the State Historical Building this morning that the fight for energy independence is far from over, and Iowa's work on biofuels is part of the solution.

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 06, 2016 6:00 AM
    Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt — one of the largest natural attractions in Polk County, yet unknown to many — is about to get a five-year facelift that will make it easier to use.

  • A Closer Look: Molly Hanson
    BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Friday, May 06, 2016 6:00 AM
    Molly Hanson has spent the past four years as a naturalist in Madison County, helping people learn about Iowa’s environment. At the same time, she was on the board of Iowa Rivers Revival, a nonprofit dedicated to protecting Iowa’s vast array of streams.

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 3:18 PM
    It's a rare event when a government entity asks permission to reduce fees, but that is what the Iowa Department of Natural Resources plans to do. 

  • Thursday, May 05, 2016 10:48 AM
    Company officials aren't saying much, but at least one other Iowa city is hoping to lure a $240 million pork processing plant that Mason City officials surprisingly rejected Wednesday. 

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:54 PM
    The Iowa Biotechnology Association has named Aaron Wills of Donnellson, a sophomore at Central Lee High School, as winner of the 2016 Iowa BioGENEius Challenge. 

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:49 PM
    Ames-based Renewable Energy Group posted a gross profit of $25.1 million, or 8.2 percent of revenues, in the first quarter. 

  • Wednesday, May 04, 2016 3:47 PM
    In a stunning turn of events, the City Council early Wednesday morning rejected Prestage Foods of Iowa's proposal to build a $240 million pork processing plant in Mason City.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:12 PM
    The "defective work" of a Louisiana-based contractor increased the costs of and delayed a $1.9 billion fertilizer plant in southeast Iowa, according to the company constructing the plant.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:00 PM
    The Des Moines-area sewage treatment plant plans to spend $19 million on a system that will pull much of the phosphorus from wastewater and turn it into fertilizer pellets to be sold to farmers, The Des Moines Register reported.

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 2:59 PM
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's rural development programs have spent $70 million during the first half of the 2016 budget for 24 infrastructure projects. 

  • BY PERRY BEEMAN
    Tuesday, May 03, 2016 11:12 AM
    Gov. Terry Branstad told reporters Monday that he might consider approving the 3/8ths of 1 percent sales tax to fund a voter-approved conservation and recreation fund if it were offset by income tax cuts.


  • Friday, April 29, 2016 10:55 AM
    Nitrate in the Raccoon River upstream of Des Moines topped the federal health limit on April 22 -- Earth Day -- and has stayed there all but one day. 

  • Friday, April 29, 2016 10:55 AM
    State regulators have rejected requests from landowners and an environmental group to reconsider approval of permits that will allow construction of a crude oil pipeline across 346 miles of Iowa countryside.

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