Latest Iowa state government News

Iowa Supreme Court says it's ready to handle redistricting

Apr. 08, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers...

Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

Apr. 08, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem." Reynolds told WHO radio that her priority is the health and...

Industry foe charged under Iowa's new food trespassing law

Apr. 08, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An animal rights activist whose investigations and pranks have made him a leading foe of the livestock industry has been charged with trespassing at a pig facility, in the first case brought under Iowa’s latest law aimed at protecting farming operations from...

Iowa City quarantines students, staff amid variant concerns

Apr. 07, 2021 21:58 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City school district said Wednesday that 127 students and five staff members tested positive for the coronavirus or are presumed positive, prompting the district to close 11 classrooms and quarantine more than 660 students and 16 staff members due to exposure....

Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings

Apr. 06, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leader of the union representing Iowa prison workers on Tuesday blamed Republican state political leaders and Iowa Department of Corrections officials for the death of two Anamosa State Prison workers two weeks ago, contending the state for years has underfunded...

Campers in Iowa state parks will pay more in fees this year

Apr. 06, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Campers looking to overnight in Iowa’s state parks this year will pay more do so. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has raised camping fees at the state’s parks this year for the first time in more than 20 years, The Gazette of...

Iowa opens vaccinations to all adults as virus spreads

Apr. 05, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa opened coronavirus vaccination to everyone age 16 and older on Monday, as the state dealt with increasing spread of the virus and a seven-day death rate that was among the highest in the nation. State public health officials reported 68 more...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Apr. 05, 2021 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. April 1, 2021. Editorial: How can Iowa become a telework destination? Make it a place people want to live Gov. Kim Reynolds said recently she hopes Iowa can attract more teleworkers. That is a good goal. ...

Reynolds signs gun bill easing background checks, permits

Apr. 02, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill Friday that will make handgun carry permits and background checks on unlicensed sales optional in Iowa. As of July 1, people can buy handguns from private non-licensed sources such as websites, gun shows and...

Iowa virus cases up as young adults see increased infections

Apr. 02, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa coronavirus-related hospitalizations increased to over 200 again Friday as the state reported another 616 confirmed cases with much of the increase due to infections of young people. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported 204 people...