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Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jan. 23, 2023 07:11 AM EST

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. January 18, 2023. Editorial: Iowa Senate change could have chilling effect on public access A change in the Iowa Senate last year appears even more immutable as the opening of the current legislative session revealed a more permanent home for...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Jan. 09, 2023 07:21 AM EST

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. January 8, 2023. Editorial: More must be done to address shortage of volunteer emergency responders Still haven’t settled on a New Year’s resolution? Instead of that no-carb diet that will wane in a few months, consider doing something...

Conservatives take aim at tenure for university professors

Jan. 08, 2023 09:08 AM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — When Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick asked Texas colleges to disavow critical race theory, the University of Texas faculty approved a resolution defending their freedom to decide for themselves how to teach about race. Patrick said he took it as a message to “go to...

Biden outpacing Trump, Obama with diverse judicial nominees

Dec. 29, 2022 14:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Biden White House, a quartet of four female judges in Colorado encapsulates its mission when it comes to the federal judiciary. Charlotte Sweeney is the first openly LGBT woman to serve on the federal bench west of the Mississippi River and has a...

US Supreme Court keeps asylum limits in place for now

Dec. 27, 2022 21:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is keeping pandemic-era limits on asylum in place for now, dashing hopes of migrants who have been fleeing violence and inequality in Latin America and elsewhere to reach the United States. Tuesday's ruling preserves a major Trump-era policy that...

Massive winter storm brings rolling blackouts, power outages

Dec. 23, 2022 19:37 PM EST

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Tens of millions of Americans endured bone-chilling temperatures, blizzard conditions, power outages and canceled holiday gatherings Friday from a winter storm that forecasters said was nearly unprecedented in its scope, exposing about 60% of the U.S. population to some sort...

Georgia, NH latest states to ban TikTok from state computers

Dec. 15, 2022 19:33 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Govs. Brian Kemp of Georgia and Chris Sununu of New Hampshire on Thursday immediately banned the use of TikTok and popular messaging applications from all computer devices controlled by their state governments, saying the Chinese government may be able to access users' personal...

Senators want answers in wake of AP’s prison investigations

Dec. 12, 2022 20:53 PM EST

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he plans to question the director of the federal Bureau of Prisons this week about an Associated Press investigation that found the agency has repeatedly promoted and continues to stand by a high-ranking official who beat Black inmates in the...

Iowa judge blocks effort to ban most abortions in the state

Dec. 12, 2022 19:13 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An effort to ban most abortions in Iowa was blocked Monday by a state judge who upheld a court decision made three years ago. Judge Celene Gogerty found there was no process for reversing a permanent injunction that blocked the abortion law in 2019. ...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Dec. 12, 2022 13:52 PM EST

Des Moines Register. December 11, 2022. Editorial: Democrats’ Iowa caucuses had run their course as a national litmus test; next, work to do better The Iowa Democratic caucuses had lost some of their charm as a national proving ground. The state party needs a robust...