Iowa News Headlines Wednesday November 23, 2022 | Regional

(Washington) – The Republican, who will be the new member of Iowa’s congressional delegation next year, is hoping to be named to the House Ag Committee — the body that will write the 2023 Farm Bill. Congressman-elect Zach Nunn, a native of Bondurant, is also seeking a seat on the House Committee on Financial Services. The body oversees the country’s housing, banking, real estate and insurance sectors. Nunn says Congress needs to tame the economy this year more than ever. Nunn expects the Republican-led House of Representatives to seek spending concessions from Democrats before approving an increase in the federal government’s borrowing limit. Nunn finished the race in Iowa’s Third Circuit by about 2,100 votes over Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

(Washington) — As hundreds of employees left Twitter or were fired from Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk became CEO, the social media platform is also seeing a spate of users quitting, but Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says that he will stay. Grassley says he’s “grateful that Musk is trying to make it the free speech platform it should be.” Grassley says he believes the more political speech you have, the stronger our democracy will be. Grassley, a Republican, is a frequent tweeter and has more than 788,000 Twitter followers.

(Altoona) – A woman from Central Iowa is the new Ms. Wheelchair Iowa. Altoona native Kelly Richmond was crowned at last weekend’s competition. The 42-year-old mother of four was born with spina bifida, a condition affecting the spine, and has been using a wheelchair for mobility for about five years. Richmond says she enjoys being approached and people asking about the wheelchair and why she’s in it, and she hopes to lead by example in her new role. As Iowa’s new title holder, Richmond will criss-cross the state speaking to civic groups, schools and government leaders about the capabilities of people with disabilities. Richmond works full-time as a maintenance coordinator at Casey’s General Stores corporate offices in Ankeny. She will represent Iowa at the Ms. Wheelchair America event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, beginning in late August 2023.

(Ames) – Retailers are faced with rising costs for processing returns and are faced with some decisions about how best to shape their policies. ISU Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management Robert Overstreet says overly restrictive return policies can put customers off. And overly lenient policies can backfire if customers take advantage of them. Overstreet says some companies include return shipping costs in their sales — but many can’t. He says some retailers have decided to deal with this by not even taking the stuff back, just giving the person a refund.

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