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Gov. Branstad sends letter supporting welfare work requirements to Sec. Sebelius PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of Governor Terry Branstad   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:00

(DES MOINES) – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expressing his concerns over the weakening of work requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

In the letter, Gov. Branstad states, “I am concerned that your Department has watered down the most powerful element of the welfare reform efforts – a clear expectation that those who get temporary help from their fellow citizens must become self-sufficient through work in a timely manner.”

Gov. Branstad, along with Govs. Thompson of Wisconsin and Englar of Michigan, helped lead a bipartisan effort to reform welfare in the mid-1990s. Together, they worked with Congress and President Clinton to pass the landmark legislation.

Gov. Branstad continued: “The work requirements in TANF have been successful in Iowa. In 1996 when work requirements were implemented, Iowa had more than 86,000 Iowans on TANF. Today, Iowa has just over 43,000 Iowans on TANF. Work requirements have been instrumental in serving Iowans in this program.”

The governor also wrote, “Simply put, we believe the work requirements have led to greater long-term success for Iowans and the management of our TANF program.”

Gov. Branstad in releasing the letter said, “I understand President Obama while an Illinois State Senator opposed the Federal welfare reform efforts. The success of the reform efforts is evident across Iowa and the nation. However, that success did not prevent President Obama’s administration and HHS from diminishing the power that clear work and training expectations can play in improving peoples’ lives.”

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Historical Pieces Gain Renewed Recognition in State Fair Heritage Competition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Megan Grandegeorge   
Monday, 13 August 2012 13:56

DES MOINES, IA (08/13/2012)(readMedia)-- Iowans take a trip through history with the Heritage Exhibits contest judged prior to the start of the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

Limited to genuine artifacts that are at least 50 years old, entries in the Heritage Exhibits division are evaluated on the authenticity and condition of the artifact.

The historical exhibits included colored or opaque glass, pottery, clear glass, china, toys, jewelry, paper, dry goods, furnishings, animal equipment, metals, small item collections, small glass item collections, primitives, large item collections and a special division.

Fairgoers can catch a glimpse of yesteryear by visiting the historical artifacts on display every day of the Fair from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Pioneer Hall.

Davenport Man Sentenced to 60 Months Imprisonment for Arson and Firearm Offenses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 10 August 2012 13:33
DAVENPORT, IA – On August 9, 2012, Cordell Lashell McDowell, age 24, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, having previously pleaded guilty to arson and possession of a firearm as a felon, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also sentenced McDowell to three years supervised release following imprisonment.

On Monday, November 7, 2011, McDowell and two confederates kicked in the door of an apartment on Heatherton Drive in Davenport, Iowa. McDowell acted as a lookout as a couch and bed were set on fire in the apartment. McDowell also attempted to light the bathroom carpet on fire. The apartment building contained six separate units, all of which were rented at the time of the fire. Three days before the fire, McDowell had been in possession of two firearms. Since McDowell had previously been convicted of a felony offense, he was prohibited from possessing firearms.

The case was investigated by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and it was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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New Book Urges Congregations to Return to Biblical Worship PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 August 2012 08:35

Al Kinrade’s The Art of Worship examines accepted worship methods of today in the light of Scripture and urges a renewed humble approach to God’s worship

NEWTON, Iowa – In his new book The Art of Worship (published by AuthorHouse), author and pastor Al Kinrade has noted the divisions being created within churches today because people want worship to be conducted in a way that pleases them instead of what is pleasing and acceptable to God. The author does not accept the notion that this is an age-related phenomenon, but is a result of a lack of understanding of the Holiness of God, along with misinterpretations of Scripture.

The author describes his impetus to write thus:

I am very concerned about the future of the Church! I have seen too many attempts, by well meaning churches, to make worship more palatable for the younger generation, as well as at every age level. Many churches have been split over the matter of contemporary or traditional worship. This has resulted into two different congregations: one for the younger generation and the other for the older. I hear people complaining they no longer see their friends because they have chosen one or the other of offered worship formats. Is there not, even a hint of direction, given in Scripture as to how congregations should worship? I believe there is, and I like to call it Biblical Worship.

The Art of Worship does not defend either traditional or contemporary worship. Kinrade hopes that a unified Biblical Worship will begin to take shape and bring churches back together in a worshipful experience that is acceptable to God, while being an inspiration and a Spirit filled joy for all ages.

About the Author

Al Kinrade served the Lord through two denominations: the American Baptist denomination for 20 years and United Methodist Church for 22 years. In 1953 he received his Master of Theology degree from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago. He was pastor of eight churches in Iowa and one in California. While serving in these churches, Kinrade has seen many changes in all denominations to make worship more meaningful, inspirational, and appealing to everyone.

When computers came into being, Kinrade saw the need to develop a computer program that would help students in his confirmation classes enjoy learning the Bible, along with Methodist heritage and polity. He called his computer program "Fun Learning the Bible," which covered the basics of Biblical truths for all ages.

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Traffic Safety Coalition Supports National Stop on Red Week with Launch of Iowa Chapter PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lauren Whalley   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 14:30

Traffic Safety Coalition’s Iowa Chapter will educate drivers on benefit of traffic safety cameras

CHICAGO – The Traffic Safety Coalition (TSC) is marking National Stop on Red Week by launching a new chapter and education campaign in Iowa.  The TSC, a national not-for-profit grassroots organization, works to improve road safety across the country by working with concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim's advocates and health care professionals who are committed to making our roads safer for drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.

“No family should ever have to endure the loss of a loved one because someone illegally ran a red light.  This week is a reminder to all drivers about the importance of obeying our most basic traffic safety law: Red means stop,” said Traffic Safety Coalition Co-Chair Paul Oberhauser, whose daughter Sarah was tragically killed in 2002 when a driver ran a red light and crashed into her car.

TSC works with its partners, including the Bicyclists of Iowa City, to release traffic safety data and share the proven benefits of safety cameras with members of the driving public and media as well as elected officials.

“Red light running puts all road users - drivers, pedestrians and cyclists - at risk.  Bicyclists of Iowa City supports technologies, such as traffic safety cameras, which help enforce positive and safe behavior at red lights,” said Nate Van der Weide, President of Bicyclists of Iowa City.

Communities across the state are using traffic safety cameras as an important law enforcement tool to save lives and to reduce red light running and avoidable crashes and injuries.  Statistics show safety cameras are working in Iowa communities, including:

  • Davenport: 33% reduction in rear-end crashes and 40% reduction in red light running crashes (Midwest Transportation Consortium, 11/11)
  • Council Bluffs: 40% reduction in overall crashes and 90% drop in red light running crashes (Center for Transportation Research & Education, 12/07)
  • Cedar Rapids: 40% drop in motor vehicle crashes at the eight intersections with red-light cameras in the first year (Editorial, The Gazette, 8/9/11)

The TSC works with more than 100 partners across the country, including National Alliance for Biking and Walking, National Safety Council, and Ride of Silence, as well as local chapters of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Safe Kids USA and other local community organizations across the country.

If you wish to learn more about the TSC or are interested in joining the Coalition’s efforts, visit


About the Traffic Safety Coalition:

The Traffic Safety Coalition is a not-for-profit grassroots organization comprised of concerned citizens, traffic safety experts, law enforcement, public officials, victim's advocates, health care professionals, and industry leaders who are committed to working together to make our roads safer for drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.  We work with our partners throughout the country to promote technology and education that save lives and keep our roads safe.

The Traffic Safety Coalition received the 2011 Peter K. O'Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association for outstanding achievements in highway safety.

For more information about traffic safety issues, visit or connect with us on Facebook: and Twitter:

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