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Iowa governor's aide now says Tupac email not tied to ouster

Jul. 18, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A spokesman for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds now says a mass email praising rapper Tupac Shakur wasn't the reason Reynolds ousted an agency director. Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett was asked last week whether the June 14 agency-wide email from Department of Human Services Director Jerry...

Emails show Iowa official's Tupac fixation before his ouster

Jul. 16, 2019 2:46 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The director of Iowa's social services agency was a huge fan of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and he frequently let his subordinates know it. Emails obtained by The Associated Press show that Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven routinely sent messages to...

State-employed registered nurses sue for unpaid overtime

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds claim hundreds of state-employed nurses have not been paid overtime for two years. The lawsuit filed in state court on June 28 seeks a court order to force the...

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

Jul. 15, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state's then-commissioner of workers' compensation in 2011 because he's gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said Monday. Polk County jurors found that Chris...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

Jul. 12, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they're now parsing their words over the administration's policies dealing with ethanol. While they have...

Iowa Supreme Court takes appeal in judge selection law case

Jul. 11, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a lawsuit challenging a new state law that changed the way some judges are selected in Iowa. A state court judge last month dismissed the lawsuit filed in May by a group of lawyers and Democratic lawmakers against Gov. Kim...

Iowa DHS to give $386 million raise to Medicaid insurers

Jul. 10, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Human Services said Wednesday it has agreed to pay two insurance companies providing Medicaid services for the 2020 fiscal year $386 million more than last year, an 8.6% increase. The state general fund share of the increase is $115 million over the state's...

Supporters of medical cannabis change seek study committee

Jul. 9, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers disappointed with the governor's veto of a medical cannabis bill are calling for legislative leaders to convene an interim committee to study options for revising the state's program. Sen. Joe Bolkcom and Rep. John Forbes, both Democrats, on Tuesday released a letter...

New Iowa law helps families of fallen officers, firefighters

Jul. 4, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa law will set aside part of the state's lottery revenues to help the families of firefighters and law enforcement officers keep insurance after their deaths. The Des Moines Register reports the law that took effect earlier this week will allow the Iowa Lottery to provide...

Iowa Supreme Court takes a right turn under Gov. Reynolds

Jul. 3, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds is transforming the Iowa Supreme Court from one that leaned liberal to a solidly conservative body, prompting concerns among critics that it could erode past support for civil liberties as well as abortion and gay rights. Through a combination of...