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In this March 27, 2020 photo, Kim Simeon and children Annabel, 9, and Brennan, 11, pose for a photo with Nala, a dog they are fostering, in Omaha, Neb. The Simeon family was headed home to Omaha from a much-needed Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Pet fostering takes off as coronavirus keeps Americans home

Apr. 4, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Simeon family was heading home to Omaha from a Smoky Mountains vacation when Kim Simeon spotted a social media post from the Nebraska Humane Society, pleading with people to consider fostering a pet amid concerns about how the coronavirus would affect operations. A day later, a 1...

In this Nov. 7, 2019, photo Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her formal office at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. For Reynolds, her drunken driving conviction nearly 20 years ago marked a turning point. Now, after becoming the state's first female governor, the Republican is using her experience as motivation for a stubborn campaign to restore the vote to felons that has divided her from many in her own party.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor got 2nd chance; she thinks felons should, too

Apr. 1, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, will never forget the summer night 20 years ago when a state trooper stopped her minivan on Interstate 35 and found a nearly empty bottle of Black Velvet whisky on the seat behind her. What followed was a sometimes humiliating series of...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

Drake Relays in Des Moines postponed amid virus concerns

Mar. 18, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Drake Relays that had been scheduled for April in Des Moines have been indefinitely postponed because of the virus outbreak. Drake University said in a statement that organizers made the decision to protect the “health, safety and well-being” of participants and...

In this Tuesday, March 17, 2020, photo Patrick Minor loads food onto a delivery truck at the Des Moines Area Religious Council food pantry in Des Moines, Iowa. With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing have complicated efforts to package and distribute food. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Food banks face virus dilemma: More demand, fewer volunteers

Mar. 18, 2020 1:10 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With the new coronavirus leaving many people at least temporarily out of work, food banks and pantries across the U.S. are scrambling to meet an expected surge in demand, even as older volunteers have been told to stay home and calls for social distancing have complicated efforts to...

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo shows the outside the Glenwood Resource Center administration building in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

Lawmakers plan hearings on arousal study at Iowa institution

Feb. 26, 2020 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers plan to hold hearings to investigate problems that have surfaced at a state-run institution for people with intellectual disabilities. State Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa confirmed Wednesday that the House Government Oversight Committee she leads will hold a hearing about...

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo shows the outside the Glenwood Resource Center administration building in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

State documents: Top DHS manager knew of arousal study plans

Feb. 24, 2020 6:41 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A recently retired official overseeing Iowa’s mental health and disability services programs knew almost two years ago of plans to perform sexual experiments at a state-run institution, document released Monday indicate. The Iowa Department of Human Services released letters,...

This undated photo provided by the West Des Moines, Iowa Police Department shows Gowun Park. Park was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of her husband, Sung Nam. Police say she bound and gagged her husband for hours, leading to his death. Park was arrested Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 at the West Des Moines Police Department.  (West Des Moines Police Department via AP)

Iowa man dies after being bound, gagged; professor charged

Feb. 19, 2020 6:13 PM EST

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A college economics professor was arrested Wednesday after police in a Des Moines, Iowa, suburb say she bound and gagged her husband for hours, leading to his death. Gowun Park, 41, was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in the death of her husband,...

Man who shot at officers pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who opened fire on officers serving a warrant pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges. Randall Comly, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. He pleaded guilty this month to possession of methamphetamine for sale and two...

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a town hall meeting at the Carson City Convention Center in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Scott Sonner, File)

The Latest: Sanders claims Bloomberg will not excite voters

Feb. 16, 2020 1:08 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders laced into billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas while Bloomberg was campaigning in Virginia. Sanders rattled off a list of...