Latest Iowa state government News

Federal report: Iowa violates rights of disabled people

Dec. 08, 2021 19:25 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday issued a strong condemnation of the way Iowa treats people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, telling the state it must find ways to care for people in community settings and not in institutions. In...

Iowa COVID surge sends hospitalizations to highest in a year

Dec. 08, 2021 16:33 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitalizations reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health increased Wednesday as the state continues to experience a surge in coronavirus cases leading to more people being treated in hospitals, higher numbers in intensive care and more deaths. ...

Top female officer sues Iowa for gender bias, retaliation

Dec. 08, 2021 12:39 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top-ranking female Iowa law enforcement officer is suing the state police department, saying she has faced years of retaliation after reporting misspending and gender discrimination. Charis Paulson alleges that she is the only director with the Iowa...

Iowa Auditor Sand seeking 2nd term, won't run for governor

Dec. 07, 2021 21:10 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, announced Tuesday he would run for re-election in 2022 and not for governor as some supporters had been urging. Sand said in a video posted to his Twitter account that he...

Iowa courts continue mask requirements, allow video hearings

Dec. 06, 2021 18:36 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Masks will continue to be required in Iowa courtrooms and some proceedings may continue to be held via teleconference under orders issued Monday by the Iowa Supreme Court chief justice. “All people entering court-controlled spaces must wear a face mask....

Iowa coronavirus cases increasing; 721 people hospitalized

Dec. 06, 2021 14:37 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is continuing to see a high level of coronavirus cases with the number of confirmed infections rising significantly in the past week, according to state Department of Public Health data released Monday. The agency reported 12,254 confirmed positive...

Iowa man shot and killed while deer hunting Saturday

Dec. 05, 2021 16:53 PM EST

MARION COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — A 37-year-old Iowa man was killed while deer hunting this weekend. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Nathan Allen Sharpnack of Winterset was shot Saturday afternoon while hunting with a large group of people in the Red Rock...

Iowa, Nebraska get millions in EPA water improvement funds

Dec. 02, 2021 17:43 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa is getting $110.7 million and Nebraska $63.4 million from the federal government to upgrade water systems and improve water quality, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday. EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan informed states...

Iowa stops tracking home county of COVID hospital patients

Nov. 30, 2021 17:17 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials have stopped requiring hospitals to report the home county of patients being treated for COVID-19, even as all 99 counties have a high rate of spread and hospitalizations are at their highest level since early October. ...

Digital driver's licenses are coming soon for Iowa motorists

Nov. 26, 2021 09:40 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa motorists will soon have the option of keeping their driver's license on their phones. State officials have begun a pilot project to make digital driver's licenses, or “mobile IDs,” available for download via smartphone apps sometime in...