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Steak, beer and politics: 2020 Democrats descend on Iowa

Sep. 21, 2019 3:16 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Barack Obama marched into the 2007 Iowa steak fry flanked by 1,000 supporters, skeptical Iowans were put on notice that he could win the caucus. A dozen years later, a new generation of Democratic White House hopefuls are looking to pull off a repeat performance to turbocharge...

Is America ready for gay president? Iowa casts first votes

Sep. 20, 2019 10:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The question posed to Pete Buttigieg — gay, married and running for president — came from a supporter at an Iowa campaign stop: What should he tell friends who say America isn't ready to elect a gay man as president? That prompted a woman in the crowd to object with an...

Iowa high court launches courthouse break-ins investigation

Sep. 20, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says it has hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the arrests of two cybersecurity workers who were found inside a closed central Iowa courthouse and say they were just doing their jobs testing courthouse security. The state's high...

Iowa officials: Anamosa prison staffer assaulted by inmate

Sep. 20, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — Iowa state prison officials say an Anamosa State Penitentiary corrections officer has been assaulted by an inmate. Officials say in a news release that the officer was working at his post Friday morning when an inmate jumped across the officer's desk and kicked him in the face. The...

Warren's momentum spurs new attacks from 2020 rivals

Sep. 20, 2019 5:18 PM EDT

Elizabeth Warren has enjoyed a heady summer of massive crowds and endless selfie lines as she steadily climbs in Democratic presidential primary polls. With the apparent success comes a new reality: She's now a prime target for rivals and their supporters. Some of the offensives are direct, with Pete Buttigieg...

Correction: Election 2020-Democrats story

Sep. 20, 2019 3:03 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Sept. 20 about Democratic political strategies, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Amy Klobuchar was touring Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She was also touring Michigan. A corrected version of the story is below: Democrats shift 2020 strategies as Iowa draws...

Iowa forward arrested for suspected drunken driving

Sep. 20, 2019 1:12 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa forward Cordell Pemsl has been arrested for suspected drunken driving and suspended from the team. The Hawkeyes say in news release that the team suspended Pemsl indefinitely following his arrest early Friday on a driving under the influence charge. Iowa City authorities say in...

Iowa insurance pool leader defends Michigan resort meetings

Sep. 20, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The chairman of an Iowa government insurance program is defending its long practice of holding public meetings at resorts in Michigan and Florida and private clubs in Iowa. Jody Smith, board chairman of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool since 1992, addressed the board's meeting...

Davenport man gets 10 years in murder-for-hire case

Sep. 20, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been imprisoned for trying to hire someone to kill his ex-wife's boyfriend. Scott County District Court records say 43-year-old John Cooper was sentenced Thursday to 10 years. He'd changed his plea to guilty to solicitation to commit murder. Authorities say Cooper...

New trial date set for man accused of killing grandmother

Sep. 20, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — Another trial starting date has been scheduled for a man accused of killing his grandmother in western Iowa. Monona County District Court records say a judge ordered an April 14 trial start for 21-year-old Eliot Stowe. Stowe has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. He's accused of...