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Branstad explains reason for trying to oust gay official

DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday in a civil trial that he didn’t try to pressure a state official to quit in 2010 because he is gay but because he wanted someone who shared his political views about the state’s needs. Branstad, a Republican who is now ...

Iowa removes OWI files that exposed governor’s personal information

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information. The records contained the governor’s Social ...

Iowa governor OK after chest pains prompt hospital trip

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was taken to a hospital after experiencing chest pains but has returned to work at the Capitol. The governor’s office released a statement saying Reynolds noticed chest pains early Thursday and was taken to a hospital emergency room “out of an ...

Authorities: Drunken man backed lawn mower over child

HAWKEYE (AP) — Authorities say a man was drunk when he backed a lawn mower over a 3-year-old girl in northeast Iowa’s Fayette County. First responders were sent to a home in Hawkeye a little after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Medics treated the little girl, and she was flown to Mayo Clinic in ...

Iowa trial begins over alleged discrimination by ex-governor

DES MOINES (AP) — Eight jurors will decide whether former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because he’s gay in a civil case that began Wednesday and is expected to call two other former governors to the witness stand. Branstad’s attorney, Frank Harty, ...

Iowa trial begins over alleged discrimination by ex-governor

DES MOINES (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a monthlong civil trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay, a case Branstad’s attorney predicts will escalate into an “unhinged attack on the ...

Iowa attorney general seeks Catholic sex abuse records

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is asking Roman Catholic officials in Iowa to provide records on clergy sexual abuse so his office can launch a third-party review. Miller says Monday he’s sent letters to bishops in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City seeking ...

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 ...