Latest Iowa state government News

State: 4 Iowans with respiratory illness have vaping history

Aug. 23, 2019 7:52 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Health officials say four cases of respiratory illness have been confirmed in four young Iowans with a history of vaping. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Thursday that several other states have recently reported cases of severe respiratory illness among...

Audit: Some felons got IDs to work for Iowa security firms

Aug. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa agency granted professional licenses to more than 5,800 private security workers without conducting mandatory criminal background checks, including at least two dozen who had records that should have disqualified them, auditors said Thursday. Ineligible applicants received...

Authorities investigating fish kill in central Iowa creek

Aug. 22, 2019 9:50 AM EDT

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are trying to find the source of a fish kill in a central Iowa creek. The Iowa Natural Resources Department said in a news release Wednesday that U.S. Agricultural Department employees sampling a stream noticed the dead fish in Hardin Creek, about 2 miles (3.2 kilometers)...

Governor selects new commander for Iowa National Guard

Aug. 20, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governor has selected a new commander for the Iowa National Guard. The office of Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a news release Tuesday that Maj. Gen. Benjamin Corell (kor-REHL') is the new adjutant general. He replaces Brig. Gen. Stephen Osborn, who'd held the post temporarily...

Authorities release names of 2 men killed in house fire

Aug. 19, 2019 11:44 AM EDT

FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died in an eastern Iowa house fire. The Quad-City Times reports that the Muscatine County medical examiner's office has identified the two men as 45-year-old Graham Jared and his 21-year-old nephew, Ethan Jared. They both lived in...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

Aug. 19, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. August 15, 2019 When a sitting congressman sees an upside to rape and incest, sex abusers get the message Accused rapists have long defended themselves by claiming it didn't happen, or the victim "asked for it," maybe by dressing too provocatively. But never, to my knowledge, has a defense...

Correction: Steve King-Abortion story

Aug. 15, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a story Aug. 14 about Rep. Steve King's comments on banning abortion, The Associated Press, relying on a story by The Des Moines Register, inaccurately quoted King as saying, "It's not the baby's fault for the sin of the father, or of the mother." Referring to House support for a...

Officials: 2 die in eastern Iowa house fire

Aug. 14, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

FRUITLAND, Iowa (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa say two people have died in a house fire. Television station KWQC reports the fire broke out Wednesday morning in a home in Fruitland, which is about 7 miles (11.26 kilometers) southwest of Muscatine. Arriving firefighters found flames coming from the north...

Iowa governor stops state from challenging Trump coal rule

Aug. 14, 2019 5:49 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a supporter of clean energy policies reducing greenhouse gases as a way to battle global climate change, said Wednesday he was blocked by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds from joining 21 other states in suing the Trump administration over a policy that...

Iowa Civil Rights Commission gets new executive director

Aug. 13, 2019 12:15 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines lawyer working for Iowa Workforce Development as an administrative law judge has been named the new director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she appointed Elizabeth Johnson of Altoona to head the commission responsible for enforcing...