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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for Des Moines.

Thursday
Apr172014

Burn Ban Lifted in Iowa City, Johnson County

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- A burn ban that was put in place in Iowa City earlier this month has been lifted.

"The Office of the State Fire Marshal has lifted the ban on open burning for Iowa City and all parts of Johnson County, effective immediately," the city said in a statement on Thursday.

The burn ban went into effect on April 10.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Branstad Heads to West Des Moines Friday to Announce Project

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad is scheduled to be in West Des Moines on Friday as part of a major announcement, his office said in a statement.

The governor is expected to join city officials at the West Des Moines City Hall on Friday morning to announce a major economic development project, according to the statement.

No further details about the announcement were released.

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Thursday
Apr172014

Branstad Announces Plan to Prevent Iowans from Losing Insurance

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad announced on Wednesday that administrative action, allowing Iowa health care insurers to extend existing plans and protecting Iowa residents from being forced off of plans, will move forward.

Last year, Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Iowa Insurance Division Commissioner Nick Gerhart wrote to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting a three-year extension for association health plans. Then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius granted a one-year extension, protecting 65,000 Iowa Farm Bureau members while allowing them to review plans on the exchanges.

"Iowans deserve predictability and stability in their health care coverage," Branstad said.

The action taken by the governor and his administration is similar to that taken by 18 other states and aids 330,000 Iowans.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Gov. Branstad Reports Earnings, Releases Tax Return

(DES MOINES, Iowa) -- Gov. Terry Branstad released his tax return on Wednesday making public the details of his income and the amount he paid in taxes.

According to the Des Moines Register, Branstad earned just under $235,000 in state salary, pension from earlier service, an inheritance and capital gains. The Republican governor paid $32,085 in federal taxes and $10,285 in state taxes while giving an additional $40,336 to charity.

Branstad's effective federal tax rate, says the Register, was 12 percent.

In 2013, Branstad made slightly more than he did in 2012, when he reported $226,728 in income.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Roof Collapses as Fire Damages Iowa City Building

(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- Fire damaged a building in Iowa City on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire officials said crews arrived at a building, located on the 2300 block of Heinz Road, shortly after 3 p.m. and found smoke and flames shooting from overhead doors and a roof ridge.

The roof collapsed while crews battled the flames, however, firefighters managed to get the blaze under control within about 90 minutes, officials said.

There were no reports of injury.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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