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In this Nov. 7, 2019, photo Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her formal office at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. For Reynolds, her drunken driving conviction nearly 20 years ago marked a turning point. Now, after becoming the state's first female governor, the Republican is using her experience as motivation for a stubborn campaign to restore the vote to felons that has divided her from many in her own party.(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa governor got 2nd chance; she thinks felons should, too

Apr. 1, 2020 2:01 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, will never forget the summer night 20 years ago when a state trooper stopped her minivan on Interstate 35 and found a nearly empty bottle of Black Velvet whisky on the seat behind her. What followed was a sometimes humiliating series of...

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds speaks to the press during a news conference on Sunday, March 29, 2020, about the coronavirus COVID-19 and the state's response from the State Emergency Operation Center in Johnston, Iowa. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, Pool)

Judges slow abortion bans in Texas, Ohio, Alabama amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers a victory as clinics across the U.S. filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during...

The Latest: Pakistan suspending domestic flights

Mar. 25, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 422,000 people and killed over 18,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More than 108,000 people have recovered so...

FILE - in this April 26, 2019 file photo, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, speaks to reporters following a meeting in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Felons would be required to repay restitution to victims before they could get their voting right restored under a bill passed by the Iowa Senate. Earlier Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Reynolds for the first time indicated support for the measure.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik File)

Iowa bill ties restitution payment to felon voting right

Mar. 3, 2020 7:56 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Felons would be required to repay restitution to victims before they could get their voting right restored under a bill passed Tuesday by the Iowa Senate. Earlier in the day, Gov. Kim Reynolds for the first time indicated support for the measure after having previously stood firm...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, center, takes park in a roundtable discussing health equity with Stephania Priester, left, and Jalen Elrod, right, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at the Nicholtown Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

AP Explains: Why there isn't a winner of Iowa's Dem caucuses

Feb. 27, 2020 9:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The New Hampshire primary and Nevada caucuses have passed, and South Carolina’s vote is just days away — but there’s still no winner of the Iowa caucuses. Final results of the first contest to decide the Democratic Party's nominee to challenge President Donald Trump...

FILE - This Dec. 19, 2019, file photo shows the outside the Glenwood Resource Center administration building in Glenwood, Iowa. Two doctors and other former employees of an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, against a state agency and several officials alleging a conspiracy to silence complaints about sexual arousal research they claim exploited fragile and dependent residents. (Kelsey Kremer/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP  )

Lawmakers plan hearings on arousal study at Iowa institution

Feb. 26, 2020 5:51 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa lawmakers plan to hold hearings to investigate problems that have surfaced at a state-run institution for people with intellectual disabilities. State Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa confirmed Wednesday that the House Government Oversight Committee she leads will hold a hearing about...

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., waves as she finishes speaking during a campaign event Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The Latest: Warren thanks Nevada for keeping her in fight

Feb. 23, 2020 12:57 AM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 7:55 p.m. Elizabeth Warren is thanking Nevada voters for keeping her campaign in the fight. She was addressing over 2,000 people at a campaign event in Seattle. She told the crowd at the Seattle Center Armory she believes...

FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2020 file photo, former United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaks at a campaign stop for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at the LOFT on Jefferson, in Burlington, Iowa. Vilsack will oversee Purdue Pharma’s marketing efforts to ensure the OxyContin maker is not overstating the benefits of its opioid painkillers and downplays the danger of addiction, a strategy that critics say contributed to  the nation’s overdose crisis Purdue Pharma announced Vilsack as its monitor on Friday, Feb. 21.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Former Iowa governor, US ag secretary to monitor drugmaker

Feb. 21, 2020 7:53 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and U.S agriculture secretary, will monitor Purdue Pharma to ensure the OxyContin maker does not revive an aggressive marketing effort that critics say overstated the benefits of its opioid painkillers and downplayed the danger of addiction....

Operations manager at Iowa DOT named agency's new director

Feb. 17, 2020 5:20 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The operations manager at the Iowa Department of Transportation has been named the agency's permanent director. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday she appointed Scott Marler, a 22-year veteran of the department who has worked in traffic operations, highway project development, regulatory...

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Iowa Democrats hire lawyers to investigate caucus chaos

Feb. 14, 2020 11:25 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Democratic Party officials have agreed to hire two high-profile lawyers to investigate the factors leading to a meltdown in the state's lead-off presidential caucuses and how the party responded. The party's State Central Committee voted during a teleconference call Thursday...