Latest Iowa state government News

Inquiry clears Webster County deputy in shooting death

Sep. 17, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Attorney General's Office has determined a Webster County deputy was legally justified in the Aug. 4 fatal shooting of a woman near Fort Dodge, state officials announced Thursday. After reviewing an investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, the attorney...

Iowa Supreme Court lets rulings on absentee requests stand

Sep. 17, 2020 10:33 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is refusing to review lower court decisions that invalidated tens of thousands of voters' absentee ballot requests at the urging of President Trump's reelection campaign. The court issued orders Wednesday denying requests to put rulings in Linn and Woodbury...

Reynolds defends using coronavirus funds for staff pay

Sep. 16, 2020 5:21 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday there is nothing inappropriate about her decision to spend nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief money on salaries for aides in her office, including her chief of staff and spokesman. Reynolds addressed the matter at a press conference...

In this Aug. 7, 2020 photo provided by the Iowa Falls Times Citizen, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds greets people at the Hardin County GOP Sweet Corn Feed in Eldora, Iowa. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them

Iowa governor won't budge on masks even as virus deaths rise

Sep. 15, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Plenty of Republican governors initially rejected mask mandates, but few have held to their skepticism amid soaring coronavirus cases with the tenacity of Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds scoffs at calls for a statewide mask order, calling them “feel-good” actions, and...

Reynolds: Bars in 4 counties can open, not in college towns

Sep. 15, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she'll let bars, breweries and taverns in four counties reopen, less than three weeks after she order them closed after a surge in coronavirus cases. In a proclamation that is effective Wednesday, Reynolds said bars may reopen in Black Hawk, Dallas,...

Editorial Roundup:

Sep. 14, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. September 10, 2020 Want one fewer contagious disease to worry about? Get a flu shot. Wash your hands. Wear a mask. Maintain physical distance from others. Stay home if you’re sick. By now everyone is familiar with measures to prevent spreading and contracting the novel coronavirus,...

Iowa Supreme Court suspends law license of former prosecutor

Sep. 11, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court disciplined again on Friday a former Iowa prosecutor for professional conduct violations. The high court suspended Jesse Marten's law license for 30 days, The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. Marten was the top prosecutor for Floyd County before his...

Bettendorf police ID officer who killed man holding weapon

Sep. 10, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — Bettendorf police on Thursday identified the officer who shot a man to death as a seven-year veteran of the eastern Iowa department. Police identified the officer who fired the shots on Sept. 3 as Patrick Mesick. Timothy Alan Clevenger, 53, of Silvis, died after being shot by...

Reynolds: Des Moines students must return to classroom

Sep. 10, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday urged Des Moines school officials to give up their effort to educate all students remotely because of the coronavirus, after two judges decided that the state can impose its rules on school districts. Reynolds said the state’s largest district...

Cedar Falls joins with other Iowa cities in requiring masks

Sep. 9, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Falls approved a mask mandate Tuesday, joining with other Iowa cities that have taken similar moves as the state continues to see high numbers of confirmed coronavirus cases. Cedar Falls joins Ames, Cedar Rapids, Decorah, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Mount Vernon, Muscatine...