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Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court’s new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the ...

Reynolds dropped from suit filed over alleged discrimination

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging that her predecessor and others in his administration singled out a former state official for a pay cut because of his political party or sexual orientation. The long-running lawsuit filed by former Workers’ ...

Attorneys general ask for veto of Iowa AG power-limits bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Current and former attorneys general from both major parties and several states are imploring Iowa’s Republican governor to veto a measure meant to prevent the state’s attorney general, currently a Democrat, from being able to file or join lawsuits challenging Trump ...

Reynolds appoints donor to judicial commission

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday named a corporate attorney who has donated money to her campaign to a state commission that nominates candidates for positions on the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals. Reynolds named Dan Huitink to the state judicial ...

Reynolds mulling decisions on many controversial bills

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is mulling key decisions on several divisive bills that have been approved by the Legislature. Among the issues to be decided are sports betting, limiting duties of the attorney general, prohibiting the use of Medicaid funding to pay for ...

Sen. Joni Ernst, citing views on women, is wary of Moore for Fed

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator expressed doubts Monday about supporting Stephen Moore to join the Federal Reserve board and other GOP lawmakers were decidedly noncommittal, suggesting that President Donald Trump’s selection for the post might be in trouble. Lawmakers’ comments ...

Lawmakers adjourn with some accomplishments, also unfinished business

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa lawmakers on Saturday ended a legislative session that was highlighted by the passage of bills that authorize farmers to grow hemp, gamblers to bet on sports and a requirement that local governments publicize and get a supermajority vote on property tax increases. To ...

Dog breeder pleads not guilty to 17 counts of animal neglect

NORTHWOOD (AP) — The owner of a northern Iowa dog breeding operation has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of animal neglect. Worth County court records say the written pleas were submitted Tuesday for 66-year-old Barbara Kavars, of Manly. A nonjury trial start is scheduled for July 23. Court ...

GOP lawmakers approve limit to Iowa attorney general powers

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have passed a bill limiting the powers of the state’s attorney general, citing frustration that the Democrat joined lawsuits opposing the actions of President Donald Trump. Attorney General Tom Miller says the bill approved Wednesday ...

King compares criticism of him to persecution of Christ

CHEROKEE (AP) — Iowa Republican Steve King says the criticism he has faced from fellow members of Congress over his offensive remarks gives him “better insight” into what Jesus Christ experienced when he was persecuted for his beliefs. King was attending a town hall meeting Tuesday in ...

Reynolds declines to commit on sports betting signature

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds declined Tuesday to tip her hand on whether she’ll sign a sports betting bill that’s passed its final legislative hurdle. Reynolds, a Republican, has declined throughout the legislative session to suggest whether she supports the expansion of ...

Army Corps takes heat in wake of river flooding

GLENWOOD (AP) — The federal agency that manages dams along the Missouri River received stern criticism from several U.S. senators Wednesday during a hearing held in Iowa to examine the massive spring flooding this year that caused more than $3 billion in damage in the Midwest. The flooding ...

UnitedHealthcare to leave Iowa Medicaid program

DES MOINES (AP) — One of the three insurance companies providing services for the Iowa Medicaid program is quitting. The Iowa Department of Human Services says UnitedHealthcare informed the state Friday it would leave the in the next several months. DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven says the ...

Iowa governor signs law providing military family benefits

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a bill into law that expands the availability of grant funding for seriously injured veterans to provide money so that family members may be with the veteran during a lengthy recovery. The bill, which lawmakers passed unanimously, also allows ...

Iowa trooper wrote just eight tickets as candidate

BROOKLYN (AP) — An Iowa highway patrolman who was recently elected to the Legislature wrote almost no tickets to his future constituents during his successful campaign for a state House seat. The annual number of citations issued by Trooper Jon Thorup plummeted in 2018 as he mounted his ...

Midwest sees more evacuations

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Residents in parts of southwestern Iowa were forced out of their homes Sunday as a torrent of Missouri River water flowed over and through levees, putting them in a situation similar to hundreds of people in neighboring Nebraska who have been displaced by the late-winter ...

Iowa court: Medicaid can cover sex reassignment surgery

By MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court’s ruling that the state cannot deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgery. The state’s high court agreed with Judge Arthur Gamble’s ruling in June that a 1995 Iowa ...

Bill declaring no right to abortion moves to full Senate

DES MOINES (AP) — A committee has approved a bill that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in Iowa, making it eligible for debate in the full Senate. All but three of the 32 Senate Republicans have signed onto the bill, which the committee approved ...

Iowa Senate advances Medicaid work requirement bill

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa Senate subcommittee has advanced a bill that would require tens of thousands of Medicaid recipients to work to keep their benefits. Medicaid is a health insurance program for poor or disabled people paid for with federal and state money. Among those covered in Iowa ...

Iowa Senate panel OKs bill requiring businesses use E-Verify

DES MOINES (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a bill that requires all Iowa businesses to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm employees are legally authorized to work in the United States or face losing their business license. The bill is now eligible for Senate debate. The bill ...