Latest Iowa state government News

Seeking gun rights back, Iowa farmer gets arrested instead

Jun. 26, 2019 12:34 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Retired farmer Allan Phillips had been out of legal trouble for 40 years when he asked Iowa's governor to restore the gun rights he lost in 1978. Phillips, 76, wrote in his 2017 application for clemency that it was time for him to get past the consequence of his misdemeanor...

In rural Iowa feud, sheriff won't honor small town's arrests

Jun. 13, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

DURANT, Iowa (AP) — An unusual circumstance let a speeding drunken driver avoid a trip to jail after her recent arrest in this small eastern Iowa town: the sheriff isn't honoring arrests made in Durant. Saying he cannot rely on the truthfulness of officers in the farming community of 1,800 people about 165...

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Jun. 11, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes lining the...

White House hopefuls target Trump for anti-LGBTQ policies

Jun. 8, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic White House hopefuls on Saturday attacked President Donald Trump as harmful to LGBTQ Americans and promised if elected they would not just restore gay rights but expand them. Speaking to a crowd gathered in front of the Iowa State Capitol as part of the Des Moines gay...

Iowa Supreme Court refuses to stop Branstad trial

Jun. 7, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a request by the attorney for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to stop a civil trial in which Branstad is accused of discrimination against a gay former state worker's compensation commissioner. Branstad and two former staffers were sued by...

Iowa murder conviction upheld despite Facebook juror threats

Jun. 7, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The second-degree murder conviction of a northwest Iowa man was affirmed by the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday in a ruling that concluded jurors at his trial were not overwhelmingly influenced by Facebook rumors of a town riot if he wasn't convicted. The case involved two young men...

Iowa governor OK after chest pains prompt trip to hospital

Jun. 6, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was taken to a hospital after experiencing chest pains but has returned to work at the Capitol. The governor's office released a statement saying Reynolds noticed chest pains early Thursday and was taken to a hospital emergency room "out of an abundance of...

Iowa trial begins over alleged discrimination by ex-governor

Jun. 3, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a monthlong civil trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay, a case Branstad's attorney predicts will escalate into an "unhinged attack on the Republican Party."...

Iowa sued over prohibition on Medicaid for gender surgery

May. 31, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Friday challenging a new state law that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding for gender reassignment surgery. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on May 3 that included language amending the state's Civil Rights Act so...

The Latest: Tornado touches down near Iowa City

May. 24, 2019 11:21 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on tornadoes and flooding in the Midwest (all times local): 10 p.m. A tornado has touched down just south of Iowa City, Iowa, causing some damage but no injuries. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says the tornado affected two lightly-populated unincorporated towns of Frytown...