guard status: Major General Ben Correll said the federal requirement that all members of the US military receive a COVID-19 vaccine will “undoubtedly affect” the Iowa National Guard, during his National Guard address to the Iowa legislature.
Correll, who said he experienced long-term symptoms as a result of COVID and showed up with a PSA, is encouraging Iowans to get vaccinated against the virus.
After his remarks, Correll told reporters that nearly 80% of Iowa National Guard members have been vaccinated.
He said Guard numbers were strong in 2021, with 81% of eligible Army Guard members re-enlisting and 93% in the Air Guard. Correll said that both were at more than 100% of their authorized strength.
But he said he was concerned that those numbers could drop in 2022 due to the vaccine mandate.
People also read…
“When we add the additional factor of having to take people off duty because they haven’t been vaccinated, I’m very concerned about that,” Corell said.
“We have men and women who have served for decades who choose, ‘I’m going to retire because that’s not something I believe in.’ So I have concerns about that.”
Trafficking in Human Beings: Iowa Secretary of State Paul Butt has announced the creation of an alliance with businesses to target human trafficking. But many of the state’s largest business organizations have already joined the Iowa Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Pat said.
Membership in the coalition is open to any business or non-profit organization operating in Iowa. Members will be asked to promote awareness of human trafficking and the State’s Safe at Home Program, which provides address confidentiality to survivors of human trafficking and other violent crimes.
“We will build a statewide grassroots coalition, united in one common mission: to make Iowa a state free of human trafficking,” Pat said in a press release.
He also participated in a public event at the Capitol Rotunda to announce the new program.
The press release said the Iowa Anti-Trafficking and Slavery Network collaborated in creating the new program.
dry year: Based on 149 years of statewide observations, Iowa experienced its 57th driest year on record in 2021 with an average statewide precipitation accumulation of just over 31 inches — nearly 4.5 inches less than normal.
Parts of central and western central Iowa received a foot less than normal moisture.
Precipitation was lower than normal for eight of the twelve months of the year and was much lower than normal during late spring and early summer. However, the wettest third of October ever helped end the year with near-normal conditions.
“Looking back in 2021, the wet October we had in Iowa really helped create better spring conditions,” said Tim Hall, hydrology resource coordinator for the Natural Resources Department. rains. Drought continues to be an issue as we transition from winter to spring 2022.”
Iowa started 2021 in drought conditions, particularly in the northwestern part of the state. Drought conditions remained mostly constant through winter and into spring before peaking in August. Iowa ended 2021 with nearly half of the state experiencing no drought or drought, and about 12% of the state with D1 moderate drought conditions.
Iowa averaged 50 degrees, or 1.6 degrees above normal, ranking 2021 as the 16th warmest year on record. A warmer year was reported in 2016.
For more, visit www.iowadnr.gov/watersummaryupdate.
Blue Scholarship: Applications are accepted for the 2022 Robert de Bleu Scholarship and is available to current and former graduates of any Iowa high school who are planning to attend an in-state college or university.
Awards are based on financial need, original essay, academic achievement, and recommendations.
“We are looking for students who exemplify greatness,” said state treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, a member of the Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation, which funds the scholarship.
Founded by Governor Robert de Bleu in 1949, the scholarship has helped hundreds of Iowa students achieve their dreams of higher education at one of Iowa’s 65 colleges and universities. In the past five years, 25 outstanding students have received the scholarship, totaling $16,000.
Then the deadline for online applications is May 10. Visit rdblue.org to apply and learn more.
Student loan settlement: Attorney General Tom Miller announced Thursday that Navient, known to be one of the largest providers of student loan services in the country, will provide relief totaling $1.7 billion to resolve allegations of widespread unfair and misleading student loan service practices and abuses in the creation of predatory student loans.
This settlement, joined by a coalition of 39 public defenders, has resolved litigations against Navient since 2009. And while stressing that it will help borrowers find the best repayment options, Navient has directed distressed student loan borrowers to incur an expensive long-term cost rather From advising them on the benefits of affordable income-driven repayment plans, AGs . claimed
Miller submitted the settlement as a proposed consent ruling, which would require court approval.
Under the terms of the settlement, Navient will cancel the remaining balance on more than $1.6 billion in private high-risk student loan balances owed by about 62,000 borrowers nationwide.
Iowa will receive a total of $411,851 in redemption payments to more than 1,545 federal borrowers. In addition, borrowers in Iowa will receive a total of $10.2 million to cancel private loan debt.
Ruler ILL: Governor Kim Reynolds has canceled her public events for Thursday and Friday because she “was not feeling well,” according to her office.
Her office said Thursday morning that Reynolds has tested negative for COVID-19. On Thursday, Reynolds was scheduled to attend the State of the Guard address to the Iowa legislature, an event to prevent human trafficking at the Capitol, as well as events in Dysart and Cedar Rapids. On Friday, she was scheduled to attend an event in Davenport.