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Plan proposes big changes in Iowa's congressional districts

Sep. 16, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps released Thursday by a nonpartisan agency. ...

Iowa may receive 695 Afghan evacuees for resettlement

Sep. 15, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

Iowa is expected to receive 695 Afghan evacuees from the first group of arrivals to be resettled in the United States. The Biden administration on Wednesday began notifying governors and state refugee coordinators across the country about how many of the nearly 37,000...

Cedar Rapids schools will require students, staff wear masks

Sep. 14, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Masks will be required for all students, staff and visitors in Cedar Rapids schools, the district's superintendent said Tuesday. Superintendent Noreen Bush announced the requirement beginning Wednesday in an email to families, a day after a...

Judge temporary order allows Iowa schools to mandate masks

Sep. 13, 2021 21:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Judge Robert Pratt said in an order signed Monday that...

Polk County to buy Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Iowa

Sep. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The owners of a popular central Iowa park known for winter sledding and tubing have announced that Polk County plans to buy the park. Polk County will buy Sleepy Hollow Sports Park in Des Moines and take over winter sports operations at the park...

Police investigating death of woman in Des Moines home

Sep. 13, 2021 12:28 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating after a woman was killed at a Des Moines home. Someone called police around 8:30 p.m. Sunday to report a disturbance at the home and expressed concerns about a woman at the residence, police said in a news release....

Buffalo carved out of butter featured at Kansas State Fair

Sep. 12, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas's state animal — the buffalo — is being celebrated at the State Fair this year with a 700-pound butter sculpture. The Hutchinson News reports that a sculptor from Iowa, Sarah Pratt, had to do some research on buffaloes before she...

Vulnerable Democrats push for local priorities in budget

Sep. 12, 2021 10:55 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne of Iowa was slow to get behind a $1 trillion infrastructure bill after the Senate passed it last month. It wasn't the price tag that tripped up the Democrat from a swing House district. It was that none of the money was targeted for a home state...

Friday's Scores

Sep. 11, 2021 02:00 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= AC/GC 42, Des Moines Christian 12 ADM, Adel 38, North Polk, Alleman 35 AGWSR, Ackley 42, BCLUW, Conrad 14 Akron-Westfield 33, Marcus-Meridian-Cleghorn/Remsen Union (MMCRU) 14 ...

Iowa judge denies woman's request to halt state mask ban law

Sep. 10, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state court judge declined Friday to halt enforcement of an Iowa law that prohibits school boards from enacting mask requirements, saying there is no evidence that any school board would immediately impose a mask mandate if the law wasn't in effect. ...