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Feds propose new rules for hog slaughter

DES MOINES (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog ...

Iowa state lawmaker arrested

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa state lawmaker was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence, following a report his vehicle was weaving between lanes in the early morning hours. Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone whose legal ...

Lawsuit over agent’s firing exposes Iowa police agency mess

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa investigator fired after complaining about frequent speeding by the governor’s state vehicle claims in a lawsuit that he faced harsher discipline than other employees because he embarrassed then-Gov. Terry Branstad. Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry ...

State may need to cut up to $90M by mid-year

DES MOINES (AP) — Mid-year spending cuts to state agencies are possible next session because Iowa’s revenue growth remains below initial projections, a key state official said Monday. Department of Management Director David Roederer told reporters the state’s roughly $7.2 billion budget ...

In Iowa, UnitedHealthcare begins Medicaid coverage for extra patients

DES MOINES (AP) — More than 200,000 people enrolled in Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program have been formally switched to new coverage following the abrupt exit of an insurance company. UnitedHealthcare took over coverage Friday for affected patients, after AmeriHealth Caritas effectively ...

Review: Iowa Senate GOP staff unlikely to report misconduct

By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press DES MOINES — Several Republican staff members in the Iowa Senate said they’re unlikely to report sexual harassment or workplace misconduct because of fear of retaliation, according to an internal investigation conducted after jurors sided with a ...

Lawsuit narrows against Branstad

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A former state official who alleges he was pressured by then-Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to resign because of his sexual orientation plans to take his discrimination lawsuit to trial next year in a case closely watched by government agencies that ...

Man found guilty in death of gender-fluid Iowa teenager

KEOKUK (AP) — A man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a gender-fluid Iowa teenager that drew the attention of the U.S. Justice Department. A jury convicted Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, in the death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson of Burlington, the Des ...

Iowa Democrats propose health plan

DES MOINES (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers have proposed legislation creating a Medicaid-style health insurance plan for Iowans, but the proposal has virtually no chance in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines and Rep. John Forbes of Urbandale released details ...

Grassley threatens Trump nominees over biofuels mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday he may seek to block President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. Sen. Chuck ...

Iowa reports 1st confirmed West Nile virus death for 2017

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials have announced the year’s first confirmed death from West Nile virus in Iowa. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that an adult woman from southwest Iowa died earlier this month. The state medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, ...

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in Iowa to child enticement

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to a federal count of enticement of a minor after investigators say he tried to meet a teen in central Iowa for sex. The Courier reports that 26-year-old Carson Tyler Sibley, of LaCrosse, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in ...

Police: Woman crossing street in Des Moines hit, killed

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old woman has died after being hit by a sport utility vehicle as she walked across a Des Moines street. Police tell The Des Moines Register that the woman was hit Friday afternoon as she crossed University Avenue on Des Moines’ west side. ...

Fitzgerald: Budget transfer move not legally compliant

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s treasurer says Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to tap an emergency fund to address a budget shortfall is not compliant with state law. Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald sent a letter to Reynolds on Friday that says revenue tied to the state budget that ended in June did not ...

Political opponent targets Pate meeting attendance

IOWA CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Paul Pate has shown up in person to less than half of the meetings of a key panel that helps run Iowa’s executive branch, an attendance record that one of his political opponents criticized Wednesday. Minutes reviewed by The Associated Press show that ...

Regents detail secret Harreld meetings during U of I president search

IOWA CITY (AP) — A majority of University of Iowa governing board members have described under oath how they secretly recruited Bruce Harreld weeks before hiring the businessman as president, circumventing the Iowa Open Meetings Law, court records show. Five of nine members of the Board of ...

Man to use Iowa’s new ‘stand your ground’ defense

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man accused in a deadly shooting on Iowa City’s pedestrian mall plans to use Iowa’s new “stand your ground” law in his defense. Lamar Wilson, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection to an Aug. ...

Man charged in wife’s shooting death to stand trial

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and killing his wife outside a northeast Nebraska police station is now slated to stand trial in the first-degree murder case. Bei Sheng Chen, 41, of South Sioux City, appeared in a Dakota County Court on Tuesday, where he waived his right ...

Man killed when mower overturns, pinning him in river

SHELDON (AP) — A man has died after a riding lawnmower he was operating at a northwest Iowa country club rolled onto him. The O’Brien County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old Dean Seivert of Sheldon died Monday after being pinned under the mower, which rolled into the Floyd ...

1 killed in garbage truck, semi crash in dense fog in Iowa

VINTON (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa are blaming dense fog for the crash of a semitrailer and a garbage truck that killed one person. The Benton County sheriff’s office says the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near Vinton, where heavy fog covered the area. Officials say ...