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Representatives of Iowa Fertilizer Company joined local and state leaders on Nov. 19, 2013 to break ground on a new production facility in Lee County. Nearly 4 1/2 years later, IFC celebrated the start of fertilizer production at the plant near Wever.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad often speaks of his 30-year friendship with the President of China, Xi Jinping. It now appears that relationship is opening up a new opportunity for the longest serving governor in U.S. history.

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The sun beat down on the bright, white tent set up in front of the administrative building for the Iowa Army Ammunition Plant (IAAAP) in Middletown Tuesday afternoon. The soaring temperatures did not stop roughly 40 people from showing up to watch Iowa Governor Terry Branstad announce the 12th “Iowa Certified Site.”

Iowa's plan to privatize Medicaid has received the go-ahead from the federal government. The state announced Tuesday afternoon that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) signed off on an implementation date of April 1, 2016.

Iowa Terry Branstad announced more than six months ago that he wanted to close the mental health institutes in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. He kept his word because on July 1, they did not open, leaving dozens of employees without a job.

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Steffensmeier Welding & Manufacturing has come a long way since the company was formed in 1982. Jenny Steffensmeier, who is President/Owner, said her late husband, Ben, started the company in a small welding shop about a mile from its current location near Pilot Grove, Ia.

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad was discharged from the hospital in "good condition" after falling ill during an event in Johnston on Monday afternoon.

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Iowa Governor Terry Branstad remains hospitalized for observation, rest, and hydration after falling ill during an event in Johnston Monday afternoon.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie fired up supporters of his friend, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, during a stop in Burlington Thursday night.

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The latest debate between Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) and State Sen. Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) focused on economic development and job creation, with just enough scandal and accusations to keep it interesting.

There seems to be a disconnect between what the Iowa Legislature has been doing for military veterans and the public’s awareness of it.

Keokuk is well-known for its annual civil war re-enactment, but a different re-enactment drew a large crowd to Keokuk Area Hospital Friday afternoon.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says his 5th term in office has been all about leading the state's "comeback."

Governor Terry Branstad used his 2014 Condition of the State Address to show that "Iowa Is Working."

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A former Congressional candidate in southeast Iowa has stepped down as the head of the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Several hundred people attended a ceremony in Lee County to celebrate what is being called the "World's Largest On-Shore Wind Turbine Order."

You could say Wednesday’s “Grand Opening” of the new Iowa State Penitentiary was a once in a lifetime experience. That’s because the current maximum security prison was built nearly 175 years ago, when Iowa was still a territory.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority has agreed to increase its financial incentive package for Iowa Fertilizer Company.

One southeast Iowa county is ready to take advantage of a new designation.

A small group of Iowa legislators are still working to keep one component of the soon-to-be former Iowa State Penitentiary open.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad held nothing back as he took on critics of a proposed $1.4-billion fertilizer plant in northern Lee County.

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) says he will seek a key provision in future contracts with union employees.

Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds (R-Iowa) say they will start paying 20% of their health insurance premiums next month.

The Governor told a crowd in Fort Madison that Iowa could save $100-million if every state employee followed their lead.

“But I don’t expect a lot of rank-and-file workers will do it immediately,” says Branstad, “but down the road, most people in the private sector are paying more than that so we think in the future that makes sense.”

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is confident his state will come out on top when it comes to a proposed $1.5-billion fertilizer plant.

Orascom Construction Industries is said to be considering multiple sites in Iowa for the plant, along with locations in central Illinois and Texas.

Branstad says he has personally talked to representatives of the Egypt-based company about Iowa’s history of honest, reliable government, especially when compared to Illinois.

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad says a trip through Lee County shows his economic development policies are working.

The Governor and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds spent several hours talking to executives at employees at Pinnacle Foods and at Siemens on Friday.

They also toured both facilities and even participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a nearly 18,000 square foot expansion at Pinnacle.

The company spent roughly $20-million to build a new production line, which led to the creation of about 65 new jobs and the retention of several hundred more.