Iowa News

Missing Iowa student’s mother pleads with potential abductor

IOWA CITY — The mother of a missing Iowa college student pleaded Thursday with anyone who may know the whereabouts of her daughter, and begged for any potential kidnapper to let her go, noting the reward for her safe return had ballooned to $172,000 Laura Calderwood said during a news ...

Iowa woman promoted to nation’s lone all-male Supreme Court

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday promoted a female district judge to the Supreme Court in Iowa, the only state where all of its current justices are men. Susan Christensen will be the first woman on Iowa’s high court in roughly eight years. The appointment ...

Woman says Iowa patrol captain didn’t act in harassment case

IOWA CITY (AP) — A powerful Iowa State Patrol captain failed to act after learning one of his troopers harassed a female state employee, telling the woman to confront the trooper herself, she alleges in emails obtained by The Associated Press. Capt. Mark Logsdon’s response angered ...

Iowa court: Families get no immediate relief from hog stench

DES MOINES (AP) — Three southeast Iowa families who say the stench from two hog farms made it difficult for them to emerge from their homes won’t get immediate help from the Iowa Supreme Court, which Friday reversed a lower court decision that found a law protecting producers was ...

Judge blocks unemployment benefits for fired Iowa finance director

IOWA CITY (AP) — A judge has cut off unemployment benefits for former Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison, ruling he is disqualified because he was fired for credible allegations of sexual harassment. Jamison’s alleged behavior violated the state’s sexual harassment policy and ...

GOP race for Iowa ag secretary expected to go to convention

DES MOINES (AP) — A five-way Republican primary race for Iowa agriculture secretary remained too close to call Wednesday with the incumbent apparently just shy of the threshold needed to secure the nomination. Unofficial results indicated Mike Naig was just short of the 35 percent threshold ...

Lawsuit says Iowa’s voter ID law violates state constitution

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s new voter identification law violates the state constitution and will make it harder for some people to cast a ballot, plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit marks the first legal challenge against the ID requirement and its provisions, which ...

Iowa GOP accepts campaign fund of disgraced ex-Senate leader

IOWA CITY (AP) — The abrupt downfall of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix quickly turned into a cash windfall for the Republican Party of Iowa. The party’s central committee accepted a $522,000 contribution from Dix’s campaign on March 26, two weeks after the Shell Rock farmer quit ...

Reynolds signs bill intended to curb opioid overdose deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Doctors in Iowa will be required to screen patients’ risk of addiction before prescribing some painkillers under a law signed Monday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The law, an attempt by lawmakers to curb Iowa’s growing opioid problem, mandates the tracking of prescription drugs ...

Tax cuts for typical family could be $7 a paycheck

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa is on the verge of implementing sweeping income tax cuts that will have long-lasting effects felt in every corner of the state. Legislation was sent to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is campaigning for election on tax cuts and is expected to sign the bill. The cuts ...

Agency suspends credit card use amid financial reviews

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa agency that promotes affordable housing has suspended the use of credit cards that were issued to employees outside the state’s normal purchasing program, its interim leader said Wednesday. The move by the Iowa Finance Authority comes as the agency faces multiple ...

Iowa Republicans announce tax cut plan

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have announced in a late Friday email that they’ve reached an agreement to overhaul the state’s tax system and cut taxes. Gov. Kim Reynolds says in a press release sent after 5 p.m. that she and other top Republican lawmakers made a ...

Iowa high court: IDOT can’t order removal of traffic cameras

By The Associated Press The Iowa Department of Transportation does not currently have the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The state high court’s 6-0 decision reversed a state ...

Governor rejects calls for broader harassment inquiry

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds rejected calls Friday for a broader investigation into problems at a state agency where the director allegedly sexually harassed female employees for years without consequence. In a brief interview with reporters at the state Capitol, Reynolds said ...

Reynolds acknowledges complaint about fired ally

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office acknowledged Monday it does have a complaint detailing sexual harassment allegations against a longtime ally of the governor who was fired last month. The acknowledgement is a reversal of earlier denials, which the office says were an ...

Report: Medicaid complaints doubled in 2017

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of complaints related to Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program more than doubled in 2017, according to a report released Monday by an independent state agency. The Iowa Office of Ombudsman said in its annual report that it received more than 225 complaints last ...

Reynolds signs off on new health law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will allow people to buy a cheaper form of health insurance that skirts Affordable Care Act rules, under legislation signed into law Monday by the state’s Republican governor. The law will allow Iowa’s Farm Bureau to partner with a designated insurance company to ...

Iowa Senate leader resigns; video shows him kissing lobbyist

DES MOINES (AP) — The majority leader of the Iowa Senate resigned Monday after a website published video showing the married lawmaker kissing a statehouse lobbyist. Sen. Bill Dix submitted a one-sentence resignation letter several hours after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published ...

Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

IOWA CITY (AP) — A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose his ownership role in a new company, a mysterious outfit that featured his top federal staffer in a false testimonial promoting its services, an Associated Press review shows. Rep. Rod Blum, 62, was ...

Reynolds pitches $1.7B cut to individual income taxes

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday released a plan that would reduce individual income taxes in Iowa by $1.7 billion by 2023, though it’s unclear if members of her party are completely on board as they seek additional changes and other cuts. The proposal comes as the ...