Iowa News

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 ...

Iowa method for selecting judges may change

By DAVID PITT and SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa was in the forefront of a national effort to reduce partisanship in the courts nearly 50 years ago when it decided to stop electing judges and instead rely on nominations by a panel of citizens and lawyers. In all, about ...

Police investigating after 13-year-old Iowa boy found dead

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Police say the body of a missing 13-year-old Iowa boy has been found. Marshalltown police said in a news release that Corey Brown’s body was located about 10:45 a.m. Sunday in a secluded area on the west side of Marshalltown. They said there’s no evidence the ...

Judge declares fetal heartbeat law unconstitutional

DES MOINES (AP) — A state judge on Tuesday struck down Iowa’s restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation. Judge Michael Huppert found the law unconstitutional, concluding that the Iowa Supreme Court’s earlier ...

In divorce filings, Sen. Ernst says she experienced domestic violence

IOWA CITY (AP) — Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down President Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an “extremely painful journey” that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, ...

House rebukes Iowa’s King over racist remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic measure rebuking Republican Rep. Steve King for his comments about white supremacy won easy approval Tuesday in the House. In a twist, the nine-term Iowa congressman was among those supporting the measure of disapproval, which was adopted, 424-1. King said he ...

Reynolds seeks felon voting rights constitutional amendment

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa would no longer bar former felons from voting after they complete their sentences and would ensure that crime victims be told of major status changes involving prisoners who wronged them under constitutional amendments proposed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Kim ...