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Judge blocks unemployment benefits for fired Iowa finance director

IOWA CITY (AP) — A judge has cut off unemployment benefits for former Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison, ruling he is disqualified because he was fired for credible allegations of sexual harassment. Jamison’s alleged behavior violated the state’s sexual harassment policy and ...

GOP race for Iowa ag secretary expected to go to convention

DES MOINES (AP) — A five-way Republican primary race for Iowa agriculture secretary remained too close to call Wednesday with the incumbent apparently just shy of the threshold needed to secure the nomination. Unofficial results indicated Mike Naig was just short of the 35 percent threshold ...

Lawsuit says Iowa’s voter ID law violates state constitution

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s new voter identification law violates the state constitution and will make it harder for some people to cast a ballot, plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit marks the first legal challenge against the ID requirement and its provisions, which ...

Iowa GOP accepts campaign fund of disgraced ex-Senate leader

IOWA CITY (AP) — The abrupt downfall of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix quickly turned into a cash windfall for the Republican Party of Iowa. The party’s central committee accepted a $522,000 contribution from Dix’s campaign on March 26, two weeks after the Shell Rock farmer quit ...

Reynolds signs bill intended to curb opioid overdose deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Doctors in Iowa will be required to screen patients’ risk of addiction before prescribing some painkillers under a law signed Monday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The law, an attempt by lawmakers to curb Iowa’s growing opioid problem, mandates the tracking of prescription drugs ...

Tax cuts for typical family could be $7 a paycheck

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa is on the verge of implementing sweeping income tax cuts that will have long-lasting effects felt in every corner of the state. Legislation was sent to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, who is campaigning for election on tax cuts and is expected to sign the bill. The cuts ...

Agency suspends credit card use amid financial reviews

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa agency that promotes affordable housing has suspended the use of credit cards that were issued to employees outside the state’s normal purchasing program, its interim leader said Wednesday. The move by the Iowa Finance Authority comes as the agency faces multiple ...

Iowa Republicans announce tax cut plan

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature have announced in a late Friday email that they’ve reached an agreement to overhaul the state’s tax system and cut taxes. Gov. Kim Reynolds says in a press release sent after 5 p.m. that she and other top Republican lawmakers made a ...

Iowa high court: IDOT can’t order removal of traffic cameras

By The Associated Press The Iowa Department of Transportation does not currently have the authority to order cities to remove automated traffic-enforcement cameras from highways and interstates, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. The state high court’s 6-0 decision reversed a state ...

Governor rejects calls for broader harassment inquiry

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds rejected calls Friday for a broader investigation into problems at a state agency where the director allegedly sexually harassed female employees for years without consequence. In a brief interview with reporters at the state Capitol, Reynolds said ...

Reynolds acknowledges complaint about fired ally

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office acknowledged Monday it does have a complaint detailing sexual harassment allegations against a longtime ally of the governor who was fired last month. The acknowledgement is a reversal of earlier denials, which the office says were an ...

Report: Medicaid complaints doubled in 2017

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of complaints related to Iowa’s privatized Medicaid program more than doubled in 2017, according to a report released Monday by an independent state agency. The Iowa Office of Ombudsman said in its annual report that it received more than 225 complaints last ...

Reynolds signs off on new health law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will allow people to buy a cheaper form of health insurance that skirts Affordable Care Act rules, under legislation signed into law Monday by the state’s Republican governor. The law will allow Iowa’s Farm Bureau to partner with a designated insurance company to ...

Iowa Senate leader resigns; video shows him kissing lobbyist

DES MOINES (AP) — The majority leader of the Iowa Senate resigned Monday after a website published video showing the married lawmaker kissing a statehouse lobbyist. Sen. Bill Dix submitted a one-sentence resignation letter several hours after the liberal website Iowa Starting Line published ...

Iowa congressman failed to disclose new company

IOWA CITY (AP) — A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose his ownership role in a new company, a mysterious outfit that featured his top federal staffer in a false testimonial promoting its services, an Associated Press review shows. Rep. Rod Blum, 62, was ...

Reynolds pitches $1.7B cut to individual income taxes

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday released a plan that would reduce individual income taxes in Iowa by $1.7 billion by 2023, though it’s unclear if members of her party are completely on board as they seek additional changes and other cuts. The proposal comes as the ...

Iowa county pays $285K to man wrongly jailed

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An Iowa county agreed Wednesday to pay $285,000 to an Arizona man who was arrested, transported across the country and jailed for 68 days for a crime that he did not commit. The payment will resolve a federal lawsuit that 23-year-old Joseph McBride filed in early January ...

Iowa customers could see $147M in utility savings

DES MOINES (AP) — The federal tax cut could save up to $147 million in utility bills for Iowa residents as the state’s investor-owned utility companies pass along some of their giant tax reductions. Investor-owned utility companies in Iowa such as MidAmerican and Allian will save millions ...

Feds propose new rules for hog slaughter

DES MOINES (AP) — Federal government regulators proposed changes Friday in the way most hogs slaughtered for meat in the United States are processed in a series of new rules that officials say improve industry practices but critics say could imperil food safety. The new rules would allow hog ...

Iowa state lawmaker arrested

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa state lawmaker was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving and possessing a firearm while under the influence, following a report his vehicle was weaving between lanes in the early morning hours. Rep. Chip Baltimore, a Republican from Boone whose legal ...