(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered all flags in Iowa at half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Thursday, November 9, 2017, to honor those killed and injured in Sunday’s mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. This order is in conjunction with President Donald Trump’s order that was issued Sunday.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg released two new reports Tuesday showing how Iowa’s Teacher Leadership and Compensation system is transforming the teaching profession statewide, with most school districts meeting their goals and most educators reporting improvements in their classroom instruction and professional environments.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced a new statewide childhood health campaign called “5210 – Healthy Choices Count” on Tuesday. The campaign is a public-private partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to combat childhood obesity.

5210 is a nationally recognized childhood obesity prevention program that focuses on the importance of four simple daily health habits:

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds continued her Opioid Awareness Week Thursday morning, outlining her priorities as Iowa continues to battle the growing threat of opioids. Iowa has taken a multifaceted approach to combat the opioid epidemic through prevention, treatment and recovery efforts.

(DES MOINES) – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta appointed Governor Kim Reynolds Monday to serve on the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion. The creation of this task force is a key step in implementing President Donald Trump’s executive order, which was signed on June 15, 2017, with the intent to expand apprenticeships and vocational education, close the skills gap and reduce regulatory burdens on workforce development programs.    

(DES MOINES) – In cooperation with Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, 24 security forces personnel from the Iowa Air National Guard will deploy on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, to support response operations for Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds will encourage high school seniors to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) in a news conference at Saydel High School on Monday (September 25), one week before the opening of a new FAFSA cycle.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Wednesday that no special session is needed for Fiscal Year 2017.

The expected shortfall for Iowa’s FY 2017 budget is $14.6 million. Gov. Reynolds will combine $13 million from the state’s economic emergency fund with the $1.6 million ending balance. This is the final action on the FY 2017 budget, which ended June 30, 2017. The state has $605 million in reserve funds after closing the FY 2017 books.

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg announced a new statewide initiative Tuesday to fight the growing number of sex trafficking cases taking place in Iowa’s hotels and motels.

Hotels and motels are primary locations for sex trafficking cases. Iowa’s Network Against Human Trafficking and Slavery (NAHT) estimates at least 50 percent of sex trafficking takes place in hospitality venues, often without the knowledge of management and staff.