Thursday, February 13, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr publicly swiped at President Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring the president’s tweets about Justice Department prosecutors and open cases “make it impossible for me to do my job.”

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
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WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Iowa Democratic Party announced his resignation Wednesday after a disastrous caucus process beset by technical glitches led to a dayslong delay in reporting the results, inconsistencies in the numbers and no clear winner.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Days before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic Party activist Lindsey Ellickson prepared to run her Cedar Rapids precinct by downloading the new smartphone app designed to calculate and report results.

Monday, February 10, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump unveiled a $4.8 trillion election year budget plan on Monday that recycles deep, previously rejected cuts to domestic programs like food stamps, Medicaid, and housing as the recipe for wrestling the federal budget back into balance.

Saturday, February 08, 2020
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party is reviewing roughly 5 percent of the precincts in Monday's Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses after issuing a deadline for campaigns to offer data demonstrating inconsistencies with the party's results.

Thursday, February 06, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won impeachment acquittal in the U.S. Senate, bringing to a close only the third presidential trial in American history with votes that split the country, tested civic norms and fed the tumultuous 2020 race for the White House.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Monday, February 03, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Closing arguments Monday in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial were directed more toward history than to sway the outcome, one final chance to influence public opinion and set the record ahead of his expected acquittal in the Republican-led Senate.

Republicans in the Iowa House have proposed increasing supplemental state aid for K-12 schools by 2.5%, while Senate Republicans are proposing a 2.1% increase.

Saturday, February 01, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate narrowly rejected Democratic demands to summon witnesses for President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial late Friday, all but ensuring Trump's acquittal in just the third trial to threaten a president's removal in U.S. history. But senators pushed off final voting…

Friday, January 31, 2020
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court concluded Friday that a central Iowa recreational lake that owners tout as the state’s largest private lake isn’t private at all because it is accessible via a public waterway.

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — John Delaney, the longest-running Democratic candidate in the 2020 presidential race, is ending his campaign after pouring millions of his own money into an effort that failed to resonate with voters.

At the time of year when farmers plan for the upcoming growing season, many are also considering another option for managing their acres.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The casino industry is calling for the number of Division of Criminal Investigation agents assigned to casinos to be cut from about 60 agents to 10 and for more enforcement duties to shift to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
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DES MOINES, Iowa — A bill proposed by a group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday that would have amended the Iowa Civil Rights Act by removing protections against discrimination for transgender people is dead, a powerful committee chairman said.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans lack the votes to block witnesses at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded late Tuesday, a potentially major hurdle for Trump's hopes to end the trial with a quick acquittal. Earlier, Trump's lawyers conclude…

Monday, January 27, 2020
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Angered by a flag observing Transgender Day that briefly flew over the Iowa Capitol, Republican lawmakers moved forward Monday with a bill that would limit the types of flags state and local governments can display.

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Vehicle issues top the list for consumer complaints filed by Iowa residents in 2019, according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office.

The Iowa Farmers Union has launched a farm by farm attack on climate change, hoping to persuade its members to plant crops that can help sweep heat-trapping carbon from the air.

Friday, January 24, 2020
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DES MOINES, Iowa — An animal welfare group gained access to an Iowa state lawmaker’s hog farm and has posted a video on the internet that shows pigs suffering and even dying in what appear to be inhumane conditions.

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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OTTUMWA — Opioids have been the focus of much of the federal effort to fight drug abuse in recent years, raising concerns for some that the effort deprived states with serious meth problems the funding to continue that fight.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced a new initiative Tuesday aimed at identifying and mitigating violence at schools, particularly as districts nationwide grapple with how to stay safe from potential shootings.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Monday, January 20, 2020
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OTTUMWA — About a dozen people braved some of the coldest weather yet this winter to hear from Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and she brought along a very familiar face.

Friday, January 17, 2020

OTTUMWA — It would be easy to make assumptions about Courtney Reyes’ story. She knows it, too. There are several that would seemingly fit. Small town to big city. Misfit to success. Tropes that have been made into scores of plots for film, television and books.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Reaction from Iowa on President Trump’s signing of the initial trade deal with China and was quick and mostly positive, with a dose of time-will-tell.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Iowa may soon join 13 other states that prohibit vaping and the use of e-cigarettes in public.

Monday, January 13, 2020
Friday, January 10, 2020

In a tight race, Bernie Sanders edged out ahead of the other top Democratic presidential candidates, narrowly leading them for the highest support among likely Iowa caucusgoers, according to the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll released Friday evening. Since the 2016 Iowa caucus cycle, Sanders has maintained steady support in Iowa. Poll results show […]

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Vermont senator leads for the first time this cycle with 20 percent, Register reports

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Thursday, January 09, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House voted Thursday on a resolution to curtail President Donald Trump’s ability to take military action against Iran without first securing congressional approval.  The chamber voted 224-194, largely along party lines, to approve the resolution from Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Mich.), which would direct Trump to halt the use of U.S. armed […]

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Iowa delegation splits along party lines

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The State Judicial Nominating Commission on Thursday narrowed the pool of Iowa Supreme Court Justice applicants down to three and now it’s up to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to make the final decision on who will take a seat on the state’s highest court. Following a day of interviewing 12 applicants, the commission selected Joel […]

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Well-known lawyer fielded questions about Little League from nominating commission

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Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Despite the deaths and allegations of human experimentation reported at Glenwood Resource Center, Iowa Republican legislators said Tuesday there are no plans yet to launch a legislative review into the state-operated center for people with severe physical and mental disabilities. While the allegations at Glenwood are “severe,” said Iowa House Speaker-select Pat Grassley, it’s premature […]

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Monday, January 06, 2020
Friday, January 03, 2020
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OTTUMWA — Emily and Steven Kozak knew their son would arrive sometime in January. They figured sometime around the middle of the month. So did their doctor.

OTTUMWA — The Iowa Supreme Court has sided with the city in a dispute over the release of records from the RedSpeed system used for ticketing speeders, saying federal law blocks their release.

Thursday, January 02, 2020

OTTUMWA — Officials with the Iowa State Extension and Outreach are encouraging farmers to spend a bit of time in the first weeks of the new year making sure their financial records are up to date.

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