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Court: Iowa college can't count value of Grant Wood panels

Nov. 8, 2019 2:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A small Eastern Iowa liberal arts college must continue to carry seven donated paintings by artist Grant Wood on its books as restricted assets unavailable for sale, the Iowa Supreme Court said Friday, dealing a financial blow to the college's endowment fund which can't count the...

How top 2020 Democrats are trying to win over union members

Nov. 5, 2019 2:04 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Bernie Sanders lives 1,100 miles away in Vermont but, sharing a stage with three union leaders and four bales of hay at a racetrack amid Iowa cornfields, he couldn't have been more at home. "Let me thank you all for being here, my union brothers and sisters," the Vermont senator...

Warren, Buttigieg circle each other in Iowa as caucuses near

Nov. 4, 2019 12:26 AM EST

DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Gaining momentum in the final three months before the Iowa caucuses, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg offered sharply different messages this weekend as they inched closer to a confrontation over the direction of the Democratic Party. Warren, a Massachusetts senator, positioned...

Sheriff's deputy charged with assaulting patron at Iowa bar

Oct. 30, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa sheriff says one of his deputies has been charged with assault after an off-duty confrontation with a fellow patron at a bar. Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner said Wednesday that he finds the allegations against deputy 48-year-old Robert Amos "extremely concerning" and...

Freed inmate tells students to listen to claims of injustice

Oct. 8, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man who spent 25 years in prison for an Iowa murder that he did not commit urged college students Tuesday to listen to and help inmates who say they are not guilty. Terry Harrington recounted how he was wrongly arrested in the 1977 shooting death of a car dealership security...

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...

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...