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FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2019, file photo, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference in Des Moines, Iowa. King is on the outs with a significant bloc of his long-reliable conservative base, but not for almost two decades of incendiary utterances about abortion, immigrants and Islam. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa voters oust Rep. King, shunned for insensitive remarks

Jun. 3, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in northwest Iowa ousted Rep. Steve King in Tuesday’s primary, deciding they’ve had enough of the conservative lightning rod known for making incendiary comments about immigrants and white supremacy throughout his nearly two decades in Congress. The...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa

Jun. 1, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst's slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national...

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds discusses the state's COVID-19 response during her daily news conference on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at the State Emergency Operations Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

In 'modified quarantine,' Iowa governor pushing to reopen

May. 13, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor continued her push to reopen the state's economy Wednesday, undeterred by a two-day surge in coronavirus deaths, increasing cases in its largest city and her own status in “modified quarantine." Gov. Kim Reynolds announced that she would allow restaurants,...

Vice President Mike Pence speaks during a discussion with local faith leaders to encourage them to resume in-person church services in a responsible fashion in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Friday, May 8, 2020, in Urbandale, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Pence says lack of religious services has been 'burden'

May. 8, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence spoke Friday to a group of faith leaders in Iowa about the importance of resuming religious services, saying the cancellations in the name of slowing the spread of the coronavirus have “been a burden” for congregants. Pence spoke with the...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Gov. Kim Reynolds, R-Iowa, left, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Washington. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, right seated, and Vice President Mike Pence listen.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Pence to visit Des Moines amid increase in COVID-19 cases

May. 7, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has called Iowa’s response to the coronavirus pandemic “a success story” but he may find a less rosy reality when he arrives Friday. Pence is expected to visit the Des Moines metropolitan area, where a recent rise in confirmed infections...

Court upholds dismissal of suit over Iowa governor's flight

May. 1, 2020 11:59 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a Des Moines attorney who challenged a 2017 flight that Gov. Kim Reynolds and her family took on a private jet to a football game in Memphis, Tennessee. Gary Dickey filed a complaint with the Iowa Ethics and...

This photo taken March 12, 2020, near Rock Port, Missouri, shows once-productive farmland that was ruined after a Missouri River flood blew open part of an earthen levee and inundated the area in 2019. The landowner is among several in the area who have offered to sell about 500 acres so the levee can be moved farther back, giving the river more room to roam. Levee setbacks are among measures being taken in the U.S. heartland to control floods in ways that work with nature instead of trying to dominate it with concrete infrastructure. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Battered by floods, U.S. river communities try new remedies

Apr. 28, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

ARNOLD, Mo. (AP) — Hollywood Beach Road was once such prime real estate that the neighborhood had its own airstrip, enabling well-heeled residents to zip back and forth between homes in nearby St. Louis and weekend cottages on the Meramec River in suburban Arnold, Missouri. Floods eventually took their...

FILE - In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer delivers her State of the State address to a joint session of the House and Senate at the state Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Across an arc of vital swing states, the coronavirus has put politics on an uneasy pause. The tension is most pronounced in Michigan, where the outbreak is far worse than in any of the other northern political battlegrounds. (AP Photo/Al Goldis, File)

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Battleground Politics story

Apr. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story April 19, 2020, about battleground politics, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s disaster declaration was made in response to majority Republicans’ trimming the terms of her emergency order. The declaration was...

In this April 6, 2020 photo, skateboarders are seen in a park in Omaha, Neb. As most governors have imposed stay-at-home orders that public health officials say are essential to slowing the spread of the new coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take the action, arguing it's unneeded and potentially harmful. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Holdout governors: Some states don't need stay-at-home order

Apr. 7, 2020 1:59 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Even as most Americans are under orders from their governor to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, leaders in a handful of states have steadfastly refused to take that action, arguing it's unneeded and could be harmful. Nine governors have refused to issue statewide...