(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Deputy Chief Information Officer (CIO) Jeff Franklin were named winners this week of the SANS (SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security) Institute’s 2017 Difference Makers Awards.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, Dec. 7, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

Flags will be at half-staff on the State Capitol Building and on flag displays in the Capitol Complex. Flags will also be half-staff on all public buildings, grounds and facilities throughout the state.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds appointed Patrick McElyea on Friday as district court judge in the Seventh Judicial District. McElyea will fill the judicial seat formerly held by Judge Paul L. Macek.

McElyea, of Davenport, received his law degree from Drake University Law School and his undergraduate degree from Central College. He currently serves as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of Iowa.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds issued the following statement Thursday after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its final rule on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) volumes for 2018.

"This announcement shows that EPA Administrator Pruitt is listening to our concerns and taking them into consideration. But it also shows that we have more work to do.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds completed her 99 county tour for 2017 on Thursday, Nov. 30, at Carver’s Ridge in Corning in Adams County.

Gov. Reynolds restarted her 99 county tour after being sworn in as governor on May 24. She held 303 public events in 189 days.

As outlined in her swearing-in address, Gov. Reynolds stressed her four priorities for Building a Better Iowa in stops across the state, some highlights of which include:

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced a $100,000 gift from AT&T at Boone High School on Tuesday to expand the Iowa Jobs for America’s Graduates (iJAG) program.

iJAG helps raise high school graduation rates and support career paths for underserved students. Because of its success in keeping kids in school, iJAG was one of 34 state affiliates selected to share in $3.5 million from AT&T.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation Monday extending the transportation of overweight loads of corn, soybeans, haw, straw, silage and stover. The proclamation will expire Dec. 1, 2017.

This proclamation allows vehicles transporting corn, soybeans, hay, straw, silage and stover to be overweight (not exceeding 90,000 pounds gross weight) without a permit, but only for the duration of this proclamation.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced two new registered apprenticeship programs in Iowa Tuesday at the administration’s weekly press conference. Both companies—Wells Fargo and Tyson Foods—signed their registered apprenticeship standards at the press conference.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg and other state leaders are previewing Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week and encourage Iowans to explore registered apprenticeship opportunities. Registered Apprenticeship Appreciation and Awareness Week runs from November 13-17, 2017.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced appointments to Iowa’s boards and commissions Thursday.

The following appointments are unpaid and are subject to Senate confirmation:

Workforce Development Board

Kelly Barrick, Johnston

Gina Bettini, Davenport

Jeff DeVries, Des Moines

Steven Gilbert, Osceola

Quentin Hart, Waterloo

Carmen Heck, Iowa City

Jayson Henry, Pella

Jay Iverson, Ankeny