Latest Iowa state government News

Iowa Democrat Finkenauer seeking GOP Sen. Grassley's seat

Jul. 22, 2021 12:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Abby Finkenauer, a former congresswoman, is running for Republican Chuck Grassley's U.S. Senate seat, hoping her blue-collar credentials will propel her forward in a state that has grown more conservative over the years. The 32-year-old...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jul. 19, 2021 10:04 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. July 17, 2021. Editorial: If Reynolds wants to get Iowans ‘back to work,’ she should support Biden order to limit noncompete agreements Gov. Kim Reynolds announced in May that Iowa would no longer administer pandemic-related...

Biden nominates former Iowa Gov. Culver to Farmer Mac board

Jul. 16, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated former Iowa Gov. Chet Culver to the board of a federal organization that works to ensure rural areas have access to credit. If confirmed by the Senate, it would be Culver’s second turn serving on the board of...

Iowa abortions continue to increase, reversing long decline

Jul. 15, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of abortions performed in Iowa rose significantly in 2020, continuing a big jump that began in 2019 after a long downward trend, according to data released Monday. Data released to legislative staff by the Iowa Department of Public...

Prosecutor rejects new defense info in Mollie Tibbetts case

Jul. 15, 2021 17:45 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor rejected defense claims Thursday that the 2018 killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts could be connected to sex trafficking and other abductions that happened in the rural area where she disappeared while out for a run. ...

Man sentenced for second time in death of girlfriend in Iowa

Jul. 15, 2021 16:37 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — For the second time, an Iowa man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the stabbing death of his girlfriend. Fontae C. Buelow, 29, was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder after a jury found him guilty last month of stabbing Samantha...

2 Iowa counties pass 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions

Jul. 14, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have voted to declare two Iowa counties as Second Amendment sanctuaries where any laws hindering gun rights cannot be enforced, joining similar efforts across the country and coming even as Iowa has significantly loosened firearms regulations. ...

New information jolts case in Iowa college student's slaying

Jul. 13, 2021 15:31 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors in May dismissed a defendant’s testimony that he was framed by two masked men for the kidnapping and killing of an Iowa college student, calling it a figment of his imagination. Jurors agreed, convicting Cristhian Bahena Rivera of...

Reynolds says Iowa will pay for troopers sent to border

Jul. 12, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday that Iowa will cover the cost of troopers sent to Texas to fight crime along the U.S. border with Mexico, confirming the state would fund the mission after the release of agreements showing the effort would come at “no cost to Texas." ...

Iowa voting rights activist considers run for Iowa governor

Jul. 12, 2021 13:12 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa voting rights activist Deidre DeJear said Monday that she is considering a run for Iowa governor. DeJear announced the formation of an exploratory committee and a tour of seven Iowa cities this week to discuss the idea with Iowans. The tour...