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Iowa Auditor Rob Sand explains results of an audit his agency conducted of the Iowa Medicaid Home Health Services program during a news conference at the Iowa Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. Standing behind him are Deputy Auditor Annette Campbell, left, and Senior Auditor Melissa Finestead. Sand criticized the Iowa Department of Human Services for providing data he claimed was so flawed he couldn't test it. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Iowa auditor slams state Medicaid program for 'flawed' data

Jan. 9, 2020 2:16 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Human Services provided data for an audit of its Medicaid Home Health Program that was so flawed that it was unusable, the state auditor said Thursday. Auditor Rob Sand's report said his staff tried for months to get usable data on the number of patients...

Judge OKs $3.1M lawyer fees in Branstad discrimination case

Jan. 6, 2020 4:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers who represented a former state official found to have been discriminated against by former Gov. Terry Branstad should be paid $3.1 million for their work on the case. Judge Brad McCall said the attorneys earned significant fees for their work. They successfully represented...

State auditor, treasurer reject payments in Branstad case

Dec. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of top state officials on Monday approved payments of nearly $400,000 to a Des Moines law firm to continue a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because the official is gay. Two Democratic members of the...

Lawsuit: Iowa illegally marked up liquor prices for years

Dec. 17, 2019 6:08 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The former top accountant for the state agency that oversees Iowa alcohol sales claims in a whistleblower lawsuit that for years it illegally and excessively marked up the price of liquor products. Todd Halbur, former comptroller of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, alleges in...

Protesters wave a British flag as they gather for a rally outside of the British Consulate in Hong Kong, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. Hong Kong police ended their blockade of a university campus Friday after surrounding it for 12 days to try to arrest anti-government protesters holed up inside. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Hong Kong protesters seek British support; campus siege ends

Nov. 29, 2019 8:58 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hundreds of Hong Kong pro-democracy activists rallied Friday outside the British Consulate, urging the city’s former colonial ruler to emulate the U.S. and take concrete actions to support their cause, as police ended a blockade of a university campus after 12 days. Waving British...

A Chinese investor monitors stock prices at a brokerage house in Beijing, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. Asian shares were mostly lower on Thursday after President Donald Trump signed a bill expressing support for human rights in Hong Kong. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed

Nov. 28, 2019 10:51 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares extended losses in Asia on Friday after Japan and South Korea reported weak manufacturing data that suggest a worsening toll from trade tensions. U.S. markets were closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and will have a half-day session on Friday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index lost 0.1%...

A protester holds American flags during a demonstration in Central, the financial district of Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump's signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the people of Hong Kong and China oppose the move. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The Latest: China says US bills will undermine cooperation

Nov. 28, 2019 10:23 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — The Latest on the diplomatic fall out from U.S. bills supporting pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong (all times local): 3:55 p.m. China says the implementation of U.S. bills on Hong Kong human rights will undermine cooperation in important areas. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng...

Protester holds U.S. flags during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. China’s fury over President Donald Trump’s decision to sign legislation supporting human rights in Hong Kong is evident. What’s less clear what “countermeasures” Beijing may take in response to what it said Thursday were “extremely evil” and dangerous moves. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

China furious, Hong Kong celebrates after US move on bills

Nov. 28, 2019 3:32 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously Thursday to President Donald Trump’s signing two bills aimed at supporting human rights in Hong Kong, summoning the U.S. ambassador to protest and warning the move would undermine cooperation with Washington. Hong Kong, a former British colony that was granted...

Hard hats and pieces of cloth linked to form the words SOS,  placed by protesters, are seen on the Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened on Wednesday as a weeklong police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city's anti-government protests. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong police to enter campus to clear hazardous items

Nov. 27, 2019 6:14 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong police said Wednesday that they will enter a blockaded university to clean up hazardous material before lifting a 10-day siege, after civilian search teams found no evidence of any protesters still holding out. Police district chief Ho Yun-sing said safety teams comprising...

Traffic flows through the Cross-Harbor Tunnel which reopens in Hong Kong on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. Closed by protesters who took over the neighboring Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the tunnel reopens after authorities repaired the damages caused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end

Nov. 26, 2019 7:00 PM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — A major tunnel in Hong Kong reopened Wednesday morning and a weeklong police siege of a nearby university appeared to be winding down, closing one of the more violent chapters in the city’s long-running anti-government protests. The Cross-Harbour Tunnel, which links Hong Kong Island...