Latest Iowa state government News

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...

2 Iowa teens charged with teacher's murder seek lower bond

Nov. 23, 2021 17:07 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two southeast Iowa teenagers charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the death of their high school Spanish teacher asked a state court judge Tuesday to lower their bond so they could be released from jail, while prosecutors asked it be...

Judge: Iowa Medicaid denial of sex change surgery unlawful

Nov. 22, 2021 18:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa law that prohibits Medicaid coverage for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents violates state law and the state constitution, a judge ruled in a decision made public Monday. Judge William Kelly ordered the Iowa Department...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 22, 2021 10:11 AM EST

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Nov. 21, 2021. Editorial: Dubuque community thankful for John Deere, its workers This week, as people from all walks of life take a moment to reflect on all they have to be grateful for, many in our community will give thanks...

Iowa won't meet goal of less than 300 traffic deaths in 2021

Nov. 22, 2021 08:04 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials say they will continue to strive for fewer than 300 annual traffic deaths, but it won't happen in 2021. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that as of Friday, Iowa traffic death count stood at 312. Iowa...

I-74 bridge to open next month, year late and $74M over bid

Nov. 18, 2021 11:06 AM EST

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — The new Interstate 74 bridge at Bettendorf is set to open next month, a year late and nearly $75 million over the original bid. A public ceremony is set for Dec. 1 to give residents walk-on access to the new bridge that spans the Mississippi...

Iowa virus cases lead to rise in hospitalizations, ICU cases

Nov. 17, 2021 17:19 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitalizations, people in intensive care and deaths from COVID-19 are all up, according to the data posted Wednesday by Iowa public health officials. The Iowa Department of Public Health data said 544 people are hospitalized with the...

Audit: Governor improperly used COVID funds for salaries

Nov. 15, 2021 20:09 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state audit report on government spending released Monday accused Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds of using nearly $450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay salaries for 21 staff members for three months last year and concealing the spending by passing it through...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 15, 2021 10:02 AM EST

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. Nov. 14, 2021. Editorial: Iowa public health officials again pull back on data reporting despite COVID-19 surge One year ago, most area residents probably would have guessed that when the tri-state region neared the 70% mark...

Train derails and spills coal into Mississippi River

Nov. 14, 2021 18:50 PM EST

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) — A train struck a barge in southeast Iowa late Saturday night, knocking several cars off the tracks and spilling coal into the Mississippi River. BNSF railroad officials told the Burlington Hawk Eye that two coal cars landed in the river and three...