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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 ...

Lawmakers convene amid calls for ‘pro-growth agenda’

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans who control the Iowa Legislature vowed Monday to continue building the state’s workforce while reducing taxes and government dependence, the kind of reforms they say voters had in mind when returning them to power. Both parties pledged bipartisanship as the ...

Steve King loses committee posts over racial remarks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in ...

GOP lawmakers eager to push ahead on conservative goals

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Republicans have succeeded in enacting a wish list of conservative goals since winning a legislative majority in 2016, and as lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a new session Monday, the question is whether they will take a ...

Iowa firefighter dies while battling fire

CLINTON (AP) — One firefighter died and another was critically hurt while fighting a fire at a grain storage facility in eastern Iowa. The Quad-City Times reports Clinton City Administrator Matt Brooke says 33-year-old Lt. Eric Hosette died in Saturday’s fire at the ADM grain facility in ...

Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

DES MOINES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous time for agricultural markets. The USDA had ...

Instead of ticket, Iowa woman gets Christmas shopping spree

DES MOINES (AP) — Instead of giving her a ticket, two Iowa sheriff’s deputies treated a woman to a Christmas shopping spree after pulling her over. Jasper County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputies Rod Eilander and Nathan Popenhagen pulled the woman over for not having license plates on her ...

School bus driver shortage creates headaches

By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — School districts throughout the U.S. are struggling to find school bus drivers, a challenge that has worsened with low unemployment and a strong economy. The problem has become so severe that some districts are offering sign-up bonuses ...

Iowa Democrats re-elect Troy Price as state party chairman

DES MOINES (AP) — Democrats in Iowa have re-elected Troy Price as chairman of the state party. It’s Price’s second term as state party chairman. Before first being elected last year, Price was part of several Democratic campaigns in Iowa, including those of former President Barack Obama ...

Judge considers motion on fetal heartbeat law

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge said Friday it will take up to 60 days to consider whether to declare Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law unconstitutional or allow a legal challenge filed by abortion providers to proceed to trial. A decision to strike down the law before trial would likely be appealed to ...

Turmoil at Iowa agency rose from complaint about toy

IOWA CITY (AP) — A complaint alleging that employees at Iowa’s workplace safety agency used a toy banana to make sexual jokes triggered an investigation that led to the removal of two top officials, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. The complaint, sent anonymously in ...

Snow continues falling Sunday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Snow continues to fall across much of Nebraska and western Iowa. The National Weather Service says several more inches of snow are expected to fall Sunday on parts of the two states. By the time the storm is finished Monday morning, 5-to-8 inches of snow total are expected ...

Iowa probing abuse allegations at home for troubled youths

CLARINDA (AP) — Two Iowa departments are investigating complaints of restraints, assault and abuse at a foster home and treatment facility for troubled youths from Iowa and other states, officials said. Iowa’s Human Services and Inspections and Appeals departments are looking into the ...

Boy dies after he, another child, man break through ice

MONTEZUMA (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after he, another child and a man fell through pond ice in central Iowa. The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at a privately owned pond in Montezuma. First responders were able to get all three out of the frigid water and ...

King unflinching, determined after narrow House win

DES MOINES (AP) — After eking out a narrow election victory after allegations he had met white supremacists, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King promised Wednesday to even more forcefully state his views in the future, saying his “head is bloodied but unbowed.” The victory over Democrat J.D. ...