Iowa News

Veterans Home leader to run veterans affairs

DES MOINES (AP) — A top leader of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown is returning to her old job of running veterans affairs. Jodi Tymeson will serve as executive director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs beginning May 1. Gov. Terry Branstad made the announcement ...

Prosecutor denies charge is vindictive

DES MOINES (AP) — A prosecutor is denying allegations that a fraud charge filed against a former Iowa judge is retribution for her efforts to challenge Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration. Assistant Polk County Attorney Jaki Livingston says her office was unaware of former Administrative ...

Documents: Uncle chained up teenage runaway

PEOSTA (AP) — The parents and uncle of a 13-year-old Iowa boy and frequent runaway are accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his waist to him to keep him home, according to court documents. Michael and Cynthia Kobusch, both 49, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, 50, who all live in ...

Iowa Legislature OKs most budget bills

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has approved most bills needed to finalize the roughly $7.2 billion state budget, an indication that adjournment is near for the session. The Republican-controlled chambers have voted in support of several budget bills over the span of days that address ...

Bill eliminating research center heads to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — A budget bill that would eliminate a longtime research center at Iowa State University is headed to Gov. Terry Branstad. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved an agriculture-related budget bill this week that eliminates the Leopold Center for Sustainable ...

ISU ROTC accuses cadet of making up sex assault claim

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa State University’s military training program has expelled a promising cadet, accusing him of falsely claiming that he was sexually assaulted during an altercation that left him hospitalized. The cadet testified that during a July 4 bonfire near his family’s lake ...

Legislature OKs firework sales, sends bill to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — Expect a few more pops and flashes this July Fourth thanks to a final vote Tuesday on legislation allowing fireworks sales in Iowa. The bill approved 56-41 by the Iowa House would legalize consumer-grade fireworks, including bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles. ...

Iowa lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa legislators sent Gov. Terry Branstad a measure Tuesday that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure, a move highlighting the state’s conservative shift since the November election. The ...

Iowa OKs bill capping payouts in medical malpractice suits

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that would cap payouts to patients in some medical malpractice lawsuits. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-12 Monday with bipartisan support to approve the legislation. The House passed it earlier this month and it now heads to ...

Branstad signs laws restricting distracted driving in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law enhanced penalties involving the use of cellphones while driving. Branstad signed the bills Monday surrounded by law enforcement. Both pieces of legislation take effect July 1. One law determines that a driver who uses a cellphone and ...

Lawmakers push water quality bill as session winds down

DES MOINES (AP) — Some Iowa Republicans are supporting a late-session push to pass a water quality bill but acknowledge they could run out of time. Two GOP-led Senate committees voted Monday to approve the legislation, which would gradually increase spending on water quality initiatives by ...

Man gets prison time in scrap metal scheme

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — An Iowa man has been given 27 months in federal prison for his role in a scrap metal scheme. Patrick Williams was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Rock Island for money laundering. He’d pleaded guilty. Williams must pay more than $259,000 in restitution ...

Reversal of Charles City man’s conviction sought

CHARLES CITY (AP) — State prosecutors have taken the rare step of asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse the conviction of a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy. The Iowa attorney general’s office says in a new filing that Doug Lindaman, of ...

Madison County bridge destroyed by fire

WINTERSET (AP) — An iconic Madison County covered bridge — pictured on the cover of the best-selling novel “The Bridges of Madison County” — has been destroyed by fire, and authorities say they suspect it was intentionally set. The fire at the Cedar Bridge was reported around 6 a.m. ...

Over 51K WWI pledge cards found in Waterloo

WATERLOO (AP) — Volunteers have been sorting through file card drawers that contain tens of thousands of donation pledge cards from Waterloo families who donated multiple times to war bond drives to support the nation during World War I. The pledge cards were discovered in an attic of ...

Teacher charged with failure to report abuse

MARION (AP) — The teacher of an eastern Iowa classroom where a 15-year-old volunteer sexually abused kindergartners now faces charges. Diane Graham has been charged with failure to report child abuse. Her initial court appearance has been set for April 24. Court records say Graham was a ...

Day care closing after director’s drug arrest

WAVERLY (AP) — A day-care center where the director was arrested on drug charges is closing. The owner of the Little Learners Preschool and Daycare on Technology Place in Waverly said the business was closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday due to recent events. Police arrested 44-year-old Kelly Raney ...

Court: State not required to monitor sex offender

DES MOINES (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state had no legal responsibility to safeguard a 95-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted by a violent sex offender sent to her nursing home after he was released from state custody. The court concluded that because a ...

Branstad gets bill requiring ID at Iowa polls

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will require voters to show identification at the polls and will reduce its early voting period under a bill finalized Thursday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, a move that advocacy groups say will suppress voter turnout in a state known for its high ...

Tax that funds Iowa energy research may be cut

IOWA CITY (AP) — A tax on utilities that has funded renewable energy and environmental research for decades at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa would be eliminated in 2022 under a Republican plan unveiled Thursday. The plan would end the tax that raises $5 million per year ...