Latest Iowa state government News

Iowa panel to report Iowans at hearings support redrawn map

Sep. 23, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state commission will submit a report to the Iowa Legislature that indicates Iowans who offered an opinion support the first set of maps drawn by a nonpartisan state agency. A majority of the five-member Iowa Temporary Redistricting Advisory...

Iowa leader of virus response leaving public health agency

Sep. 22, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's medical director, who was a visible adviser to Gov. Kim Reynolds in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, will quit her job next month, the state's Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, who also...

Iowa focuses on masks as coronavirus deaths rise

Sep. 21, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months after Iowa's first coronavirus case, the state finds itself in a protracted argument over the value of wearing masks, especially in schools where children are increasingly becoming infected with the virus. As the COVID-19...

State highlights parents' mask claims in effort to end order

Sep. 20, 2021 16:31 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer representing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in a federal lawsuit over mandatory mask use in schools has asked the judge to allow a temporary order that has allowed schools to implement mask mandates to expire next week, citing testimonials from mothers of...

Authorities identify woman who died after fall at state park

Sep. 20, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials on Monday identified the person who died in a fall at an Iowa state park as an eastern Iowa woman. The state Department of Natural Resources said Iris Merfeld, 36, of Zwingle, died in the early morning hours of Saturday after falling from...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Sep. 20, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Quad-City Times. Sept. 10, 2021. Editorial: Tough choices on masks A federal judge’s decision to block the Iowa law preventing local school boards from instituting mask mandates to control the spread of COVID-19 has put hundreds of board members...

Miller wants to extend run as Iowa AG beyond 40 years

Sep. 19, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The nation's longest-serving attorney general is seeking another term in Iowa Seventy-seven-year-old Tom Miller said Saturday that is will seek in 11th term in office in 2022 because he has “unfinished business” he wants to take care of. ...

Plan proposes big changes in Iowa's congressional districts

Sep. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps released Thursday by a nonpartisan agency. ...

Iowa may receive 695 Afghan evacuees for resettlement

Sep. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

Iowa is expected to receive 695 Afghan evacuees from the first group of arrivals to be resettled in the United States. The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many of the nearly 37,000...

Bousselot wins special election to represent Ankeny in House

Sep. 14, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Voters in the fast-growing suburb of Ankeny elected Republican Mike Bousselot to the Iowa House on Tuesday, filling a seat left vacant after the incumbent died in July. Bousselot beat Democrat Andrea Phillips by 51.5% to 48.3% for the House District...