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Judge considers motion on fetal heartbeat law

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge said Friday it will take up to 60 days to consider whether to declare Iowa’s fetal heartbeat law unconstitutional or allow a legal challenge filed by abortion providers to proceed to trial. A decision to strike down the law before trial would likely be appealed to ...

Turmoil at Iowa agency rose from complaint about toy

IOWA CITY (AP) — A complaint alleging that employees at Iowa’s workplace safety agency used a toy banana to make sexual jokes triggered an investigation that led to the removal of two top officials, according to a copy obtained by The Associated Press. The complaint, sent anonymously in ...

Snow continues falling Sunday

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Snow continues to fall across much of Nebraska and western Iowa. The National Weather Service says several more inches of snow are expected to fall Sunday on parts of the two states. By the time the storm is finished Monday morning, 5-to-8 inches of snow total are expected ...

Iowa probing abuse allegations at home for troubled youths

CLARINDA (AP) — Two Iowa departments are investigating complaints of restraints, assault and abuse at a foster home and treatment facility for troubled youths from Iowa and other states, officials said. Iowa’s Human Services and Inspections and Appeals departments are looking into the ...

Boy dies after he, another child, man break through ice

MONTEZUMA (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old boy died after he, another child and a man fell through pond ice in central Iowa. The accident occurred around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at a privately owned pond in Montezuma. First responders were able to get all three out of the frigid water and ...

King unflinching, determined after narrow House win

DES MOINES (AP) — After eking out a narrow election victory after allegations he had met white supremacists, Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King promised Wednesday to even more forcefully state his views in the future, saying his “head is bloodied but unbowed.” The victory over Democrat J.D. ...

Reynolds points to economy but Hubbell notes continued needs

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Kim Reynolds won her first full term as governor Tuesday, beating Democratic businessman Fred Hubbell to become the first woman elected governor in Iowa. Reynolds became governor in 2017 after Terry Branstad was named ambassador to China. She had previously won ...

Reynolds wins nail biter

IOWA CITY (AP) — Democrats in Iowa captured a majority of the state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives in Tuesday’s midterms for the first time in years, but Republicans were trying to keep their grip on state government. Republicans were hoping to prevail in close races to ...

Path to power: House races to watch on election night

By LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The path to power in the House runs through a few dozen districts in Tuesday’s election , with Republicans defending their majority and Democrats looking to gain 23 seats they would need to win control. After the first polls close in ...

Iowa, New York home to winning Powerball tickets

By JULIE WALKER Associated Press NEW YORK — The co-owner of a Manhattan deli where someone purchased one of two Powerball tickets that hit the $688 million jackpot said he likely sold the winning ticket, but he has no idea who won. Jose Espinosa and his father own the West Harlem Deli, ...

Mega Millions players ponder how to spend the record $1.6B prize

CHICAGO (AP) — With the Mega Millions lottery jackpot at a record $1.6 billion, people are snapping up tickets across the U.S. The Powerball jackpot also has climbed. It’s up to an estimated $620 million for Wednesday’s drawing. That would make it the fifth-largest jackpot in U.S. ...

Court: IDOT officers limited to commercial vehicle offenses

By MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press Iowa Department of Transportation officers overstepped their authority in arresting or issuing speeding tickets to drivers outside of the regulation of commercial vehicles, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The ruling could have implications in a ...

Landowners’ lawsuit over Dakota Access heads to appeals court

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota landowners who unsuccessfully sued the developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline for allegedly underpaying for land easements are maintaining that not all of their claims should have been thrown out by a federal ...

In Iowa debut, Booker tells Dems to turn despair into action

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker urged Democrats disappointed by Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to turn their despair into action as he made his national debut in Iowa as a Democratic presidential prospect. Racing from Saturday ...

Farm bureau unveils limited health plan that cuts costs

DES MOINES (AP) — Health coverage offered by the Iowa Farm Bureau through a new option approved by the Iowa Legislature will allow people to be turned away if they have pre-existing conditions. The farm bureau unveiled details of its health coverage Wednesday, about seven months after Gov. ...

Longtime fire chief in Buffalo has died

BUFFALO (AP) — The longtime fire chief in the Iowa town of Buffalo died over the weekend. The Quad-City Times reports that Terry Adams died Saturday morning at age 67. Longtime friend Buffalo Police Cpl. Rich Aleksiejczyk says Adams died of natural causes. Adams had been with the Buffalo ...

Murder of star golfer from Spain shocks Iowa

AMES (AP) — A star collegiate golfer from Spain was attacked and killed by a homeless stranger while she was playing a round alone near her campus in Iowa, police said Tuesday. Celia Barquin Arozamena, who was working toward joining the pro tour while finishing her degree at Iowa State ...

Nonprofit to offer children’s grief support groups

BY BENNET GOLDSTEIN AP Exchange DUBUQUE — A nonprofit organization seeks to establish the first children’s support groups in the Dubuque area, serving youths who have lost a family member or loved one. Nearly 20 children have signed up to attend monthly meetings, which are being ...

McAuliffe headed to Iowa

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is going to Iowa this week to try to get fellow Democrats fired up ahead of November’s elections. The Washington Post reports that McAuliffe plans to visit Des Moines on Tuesday. In a written statement, McAuliffe said Democrats ...

Police fatally shoot robbery suspect in Des Moines suburb

ANKENY (AP) — Iowa authorities are investigating a fatal police shooting in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny. The Des Moines Register reports Ankeny Police Lt. Brian Kroska says an officer fatally shot a man suspected of robbing a Hy-Vee gas station Saturday after he pointed a handgun at the ...