Latest Iowa state government News

Confirmed Iowa virus cases jump 389; total approaches 30,500

Jul. 3, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases identified in Iowa increased by 389 on Friday, bringing the state’s total known positive cases to nearly 30,500, state health officials said. Three more COVID-19 deaths also were reported Friday, bringing the state’s...

File-This June 18, 2020, file photo shows Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds updating the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse, in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds on Monday, June 29, 2020, signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, Pool, File)

Iowa governor signs abortion law amid court challenge

Jul. 2, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed the measure into law just after lawyers representing Planned...

Iowa positive coronavirus cases jump 676, approaching 30,000

Jul. 2, 2020 1:08 PM EDT

The number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases identified in Iowa continues to increase with 676 new positive cases reported by state health officials on Thursday. The new cases brought the state's total known positive cases to 29,966. The number of deaths remained at 717. Iowa Department of Public Health...

Police arrest protesters at Iowa Capitol after confrontation

Jul. 1, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa. (AP) — A protest at the Iowa Capitol to persuade Gov. Kim Reynolds to restore voting rights to felons turned violent Wednesday during a confrontation between law enforcement officers and some protesters . The confrontation escalated when police tried to take activists who had been...

Protester hit by Iowa governor's SUV sure it was intentional

Jun. 30, 2020 9:59 PM EDT

ACKLEY, Iowa (AP) — An SUV carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle Tuesday as she was leaving an event in northern Iowa, but the Iowa State Patrol blamed the protester and said there was little contact. The state patrol confirmed the SUV hit...

Iowa governor signs bill limiting use of voter database

Jun. 30, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill Tuesday that will deny county officials the ability to use a voter database to confirm missing or incorrect information on absentee ballot requests. The measure was inserted by Republicans into a massive budget bill on the final day of the legislative session. Reynolds signed...

Judge halts Iowa's new 24-hour waiting period for abortion

Jun. 30, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

An Iowa judge issued an injunction halting the state’s latest abortion restriction, a 24-hour waiting period, on Tuesday, a day before the measure was set to become law. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Monday, but the order issued by state court Judge Mitchell Turner prevents it from becoming...

Data: Blacks more likely to face force by Iowa state police

Jun. 30, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Black residents in Iowa are far more likely than whites to face the use of force from officers working for state police agencies, newly released internal statistics show. Blacks make up about 4% of Iowa’s 3.2 million residents. But they accounted for 24% of those who had force...

Sick aide worked at Iowa nursing home before deadly outbreak

Jun. 29, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A nursing assistant who worked while sick likely brought the coronavirus into an Iowa nursing home where fifteen residents later died, according to a new state inspection report. The employee was allowed to keep working because the Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa failed to...

Large motorcycle rally in N. Iowa worries local officials

Jun. 29, 2020 11:13 AM EDT

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that's expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a farm northeast...