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The Latest: Pence to address influential GOP Jewish group

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:10:03 GMT

Vice President Mike Pence's speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition will be the visual evidence of the fruits of years of labor by the politically active group. The annual conference at billionaire donor Sheldon Adelson's casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip has become a de facto campaign stop for Republican presidential candidates over the past few years.


Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:50:00 GMT

The service retirement of Col. Michael Van Berkum was approved Monday and will be effective March 3. He had been the patrol's chief since 2015.

Patients will begin transition into new University of Iowa Childrena s Hospital Feb. 25

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:29:33 GMT

A 14-year-old Ohio girl who called 911 to say she had shot her father is expected to be in juvenile court for an initi Stead Family Children's Hospital, as it's now officially known, is over 500,000 square feet and stands 14 floors tall. After almost five years of work, on Saturday, Feb. 25 patients will begin moving in to the new $360 million facility.

Licensed Iowans Speak Out Against Bill That Would Make Huge Changes To Numerous Professions

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:19:44 GMT

A bill proposed by the Governor's Office calls for drastic changes to the state's licensure laws. Everyone from therapists to social workers to barbers and massage therapists would be affected.

Referee Shortage Nears Crisis In Iowa

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:23:51 GMT

A shortage of officials available for youth and high school sports has reached a near crisis level in the state of Iowa. There are several reasons, including not feeling it's worth it to take all the criticism and anger that comes with officiating.

Another ride-sharing service comes to Iowa

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 03:11:25 GMT

Another national ride-sharing service launched in eight Iowa cities Thursday. Until late 2014, Iowans who wanted to try services like Uber or Lyft had to go elsewhere, mainly larger urban areas.

Officials: Up to 500 gallons of diesel leak into Eastern Iowa creek

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:01:26 GMT

A news release from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a sheen on Mud Creek about 10 miles northwest of Walcott led a leaking pipe from an above-ground diesel tank Thursday morning. A person who spotted the sheen traced the fuel back through an unnamed tributary of Mud Creek on a nearby farm.

Northwest and Northern Iowa to See Winter Wallop

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:41:24 GMT

Snow has already started across the Dakotas and Nebraska. Rain will develop across southern Iowa this afternoon as the Low pushes farther to the northeast.

Companies estimate losses of $450M on Medicaid in Iowa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:13:38 GMT

Three private insurance companies overseeing Medicaid in Iowa said they expect to lose about $450 million in the first year of administering the health care program for the poor and disabled. Representatives for UnitedHealthcare, AmeriHealth Caritas and Amerigroup disclosed the estimate to lawmakers during a budget committee meeting Wednesday.

Dakota Access pipeline protesters crowd Branstad's office

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:48:55 GMT

About 20 people came to the Iowa Capitol at 1 p.m. Wednesday, saying they wanted to speak with Branstad about their opposition to the pipeline. Branstad is in Washington for National Governors Association meetings until Monday.

Iowa Legislators Contemplating Restricting Local Governments Setting Minimum Wage

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:38:14 GMT

Iowa House Republicans are advocating for a new measure that would hinder local governments' ability to regulate minimum hourly wages, leaving workers skeptical over the possible repercussions, according to an AP Report . There has been a statewide $7.25 hourly minimum wage in place since 2008, but recently, counties have passed ordinances to increase wages in their areas, compelling state politicians to approve measures to revoke these wage increases.

Iowa fire department takes more steps to save pets from house fires

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 03:28:40 GMT

The West Branch Fire Department is better equipped for saving pets from house fires after a donation of animal oxygen masks and buying a dog CPR unit. Like some other departments, they had little to no training on how to save animals that had been exposed to smoke ventilation.

Lawsuit filed in plane crash that killed 4 Iowans 23 MIN

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 23:11:33 GMT

A lawsuit has been filed two months after a New Year's Eve plane crash killed four Iowans flying out of Pella. The families of a brother and sister who were on board are suing the estate of the pilot.

"The Chosen Few": A new book on a deadly battle and one Iowan's survival

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 21:02:39 GMT

An interview with author Gregg Zoroya from his recent offering, "The Chosen Few", a detailed chronicle of U.S. paratroopers in the midst of a firefight with the Taliban. Author Gregg Zoroya's new book, "The Chosen Few", chronicles survival amid a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan, including the actions of Specialist Kain Schilling of Swisher.

Ernst runs into the anti-Trump resistance in rural Iowa

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:16:28 GMT

Sen. Joni Ernst had planned a "veterans roundtable" in this tiny eastern Iowa town -- far away from the anti-Trump and pro-Obamacare protests that have filled cities in recent weeks. It mirrored the playbook other Republican lawmakers have used during this week's congressional break: A narrow topic covered in a rural portion of her state, in a public building with limited space.

An Iowa Republican wants universities to ask prospective professors: How would you vote?

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:41:43 GMT

An Iowa lawmaker wants public universities in the state to take into account the political party affiliations of prospective professors and instructors when hiring, in an attempt to establish a "partisan balance" among higher education faculty members. The Des Moines Register reports that Senate File 288 was authored by state Sen. Mark Chelgren, a Republican.

Iowa Organic Association hosting transition ...

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 07:16:25 GMT

Workshops will be held March 3 in Fairfield, March 10 in Storm Lake and March 11 in Cedar Falls. Each workshop is from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. a Margaret Smith.