Iowa

2020 Hopeful Bullock Gets Endorsed by Iowa Attorney General

DES MOINES, Iowa – Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is announcing he’s been endorsed in the 2020 Democratic presidential race by Iowa’s attorney general. It makes him the first 2020 candidate to receive the endorsement of a statewide elected official in Iowa. Attorney General Tom Miller says, “For 10 years since we first met, I have watched Governor Bullock proudly carry…

Sports Betting Coming to Iowa

LARCHWOOD, I.A.- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill that enables sports betting in the state of Iowa. For casino’s like Grand Falls, they have been preparing for this for a while now. “Anxious to put our plans together and put them in front of the State,” said Sharon Haselhoff, General Manager Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. “Once we’re ready, …

Judge Orders Life Sentence for Iowa Coach Who Abused Players

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A judge has sentenced an influential Iowa youth basketball coach to an effective lifetime prison sentence for secretly collecting sexual images of 440 boys and fondling more than a dozen over a 20-year period. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams on Thursday sentenced former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in federal prison, the maximum…

Hearing to Focus on Preventing More Missouri River Flooding

OMAHA, Neb. – This spring’s massive flooding along the Missouri River unearthed bitter criticism of the federal agency that manages the river while devastating communities and causing more than $3 billion in damage. The flooding and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ actions will be the focus of a U.S. Senate hearing in western Iowa on Wednesday and critics will…

The Latest: South Dakota State Offices Closed Amid Blizzard

Blowing snow reduces visibility at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial near Keystone, S.D., Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Ryan Hermens/Rapid City Journal via AP)PIERRE, S.D. – The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest: 8:10 a.m. All state offices are now closed in South Dakota as blizzard conditions barrel into the Midwest. Gov. Kristi Noem says only essential…

Republicans Move Iowa Death Penalty Bill Out of Senate Panel

DES MOINES, Iowa – Twenty Senate Republicans have signed on to a bill that would reinstate a death penalty in Iowa, a state that hasn’t put anyone to death in more than 50 years. A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday approved the bill with only Republican support. It would make it a capital offense to kidnap, rape and murder a minor….

Iowa Rep. Steve King Says He’ll Seek Re-Election in 2020

JOHNSTON, Iowa – Iowa Rep. Steve King says he will seek re-election despite Republican House leadership’s move to strip him of his committee assignments after his racist statements about white supremacy. Asked Thursday about his future, King said “I am running in 2020.” King, a nine-term Republican from Iowa’s sprawling 4th District, was speaking during a taping of an Iowa…

Democrat Harris Gets Support From Iowa’s Deidre DeJear

DES MOINES, Iowa – California Sen. Kamala Harris is announcing the backing of Iowa Democrat Deidre DeJear as she travels to the early 2020 caucus state Monday. DeJear was Iowa’s first African American to win a primary for statewide office last year, but lost in her attempt to unseat Iowa’s Republican secretary of state. DeJear has since been courted by…

Man Accused of Killing Grandmother Will Use Insanity Defense

ONAWA, Iowa – Court records say a man accused of killing his grandmother in western Iowa will use an insanity defense. Monona County District Court records say 21-year-old Eliot Stowe has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder . He’s accused of fatally beating 66-year-old Cheryl Stowe at the home they shared in rural Castana. Her body was found June 27…

House GOP Blocks Iowa Rep. King From Committees

WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms. King, in his ninth term representing Iowa, will not be given committee assignments in the Congress that began this month, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday night. King served…

Illinois College Settles Unfair Practice Case With 48 States

DES MOINES, Iowa – A Chicago-area for-profit college has agreed to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and forego collecting about $493 million in student debt owed by 179,529 students. Career Education Corp., of Schaumberg, Illinois, agreed to a settlement with attorneys general from 48 states and the District of Columbia to close an investigation that began in 2014. New…

More Than 340 Iowa Schools Are Struggling

DES MOINES, Iowa – State education officials say more than 340 Iowa schools have been identified as struggling. The Iowa Department of Education stated in a report released Tuesday that 34 schools need comprehensive improvement for all students and 307 need targeted support for some student groups. The department says the schools’ students are not meeting state benchmarks for learning…

Man Charged With Killing Iowa State Golfer Gets New Attorney

NEVADA, Iowa – A man charged with murder in the death of an Iowa State University golfer has been granted a new attorney over the objections of his current lawyer. Story County District Court Judge Bethany Currie granted a request Monday by 22-year-old Collin Richards for a different attorney. He cited a “communication issue.” Richards’ current attorney, public defender Paul…