Latest Iowa News

Trump's 'great patriot' farmers follow him into a trade war

May. 19, 2019 12:02 PM EDT

MADRID, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmer Tim Bardole survived years of low crop prices and rising costs by cutting back on fertilizer and herbicides and fixing broken-down equipment rather than buying new. When President Donald Trump's trade war with China made a miserable situation worse, Bardole used up any...

Late to 2020 race, Bullock quickly turns to Trump-state Dems

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock waited until May to declare his candidacy for president, but he's wasting no time getting to the point. Bullock launched his first full day of campaigning Friday in Newton, Iowa, a town where union manufacturing jobs have vanished in the past 15 years. In...

Teen finds prehistoric mastodon jaw in southern Iowa

May. 17, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen searching for arrowheads in southern Iowa found something much bigger: the prehistoric jawbone of a mastodon. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the 30-inch bone belonged to a juvenile mastodon, an elephant-like animal believed to have roamed Iowa some 34,000 years ago....

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

May. 17, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court's new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the Iowa State...

Democrats grapple with fully embracing Medicare for All

May. 17, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A half-dozen presidential candidates back "Medicare for All," a proposal that would put the government in charge of most health benefits. But some of the Democrats they're courting aren't sure that the nation's health care system should be overhauled so dramatically. After watching...

5 states announce new suits over prescription opioids

May. 16, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five more state attorneys general announced legal filings Thursday seeking to hold the company that makes OxyContin responsible for an opioid addiction crisis that's now the leading cause of accidental deaths across the country and in many states. The company, Connecticut-based...

Tyson sues federal agency for $2.4M over hog inspections

May. 16, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas-based meat processor Tyson Foods is suing a federal agency for $2.4 million, saying it had to destroy 8,000 carcasses because a federal meat inspector lied about checking hogs at a plant in Iowa. Yolanda Thompson, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food...

Officials think mountain lion likely has left Des Moines

May. 16, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials think a mountain lion seen in Des Moines likely has left town. The animal was spotted on security video last week west of downtown and on the city's south side, not far from the airport. Des Moines police received two calls Wednesday morning from people who think they saw...

2020 hopeful Bullock gets endorsed by Iowa attorney general

May. 16, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he's been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa's attorney general. It makes him the first 2020 candidate to receive the endorsement of a statewide elected official in Iowa. Attorney General Tom Miller says, "For 10 years...

Displaced by floods, Class-A team spending 2 months on road

May. 15, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — For a minor league team that plays its home games in flood-ravaged Iowa on the swollen banks of the Mississippi River, the season so far has presented some unusual challenges. The Quad Cities River Bandits are dragging their equipment everywhere they go because there's no point in...