Iowa

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…

Iowa Voters Decide Tight Races

DES MOINES, Iowa – The general election Tuesday pits a sitting Republican governor who takes credit for a healthy economy with low unemployment against a wealthy Democratic challenger who insists Iowans need better health care and a government that works for everyone. Given Iowa’s tendency to support incumbents, Gov. Kim Reynolds believed she’d have an advantage when she rose to…

Sioux City Adopts Ordinance Banning Toy Firearms

SIOUX CITY, Iowa – City officials in northwest Iowa have voted to bar people from carrying “toy” firearms, which police say are becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish from actual guns. The Sioux City Council on Monday adopted an ordinance banning pellet and BB guns. The city code revision doesn’t ban carrying Nerf, suction-cup dart or squirt guns. Sioux City Police…

Iowa Diocese Kept Priest’s Sex Abuse Quiet for Decades

FORT DODGE, Iowa – A Roman Catholic diocese in Iowa is acknowledging that it kept quiet for 32 years about a priest’s admission to having sexually abused dozens of boys. The Diocese of Sioux City told The Associated Press in a statement Wednesday that it never contacted police or informed the public about the Rev. Jerome Coyle, despite his 1986…

AFM Cases Reported in U.S., Signs to Look Out For

S.D.-Kids across the United States are coming down with an illness that has Polio like symptoms. While there have been no cases in South Dakota, there’s at least one case reported in North Dakota and several in Iowa and Minnesota. This year there have been 62 cases of AFM or Acute Flaccid Myelitis. It’s a serious condition that affects the…

President Expected to Lift Ban on Year-Round Sales of E-15

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration is moving to allow year-round sales of gasoline with higher blends of ethanol, a boon for Iowa and other farm states that have pushed for greater sales of the corn-based fuel. President Donald Trump is expected to announce he is lifting a federal ban on summer sales of high-ethanol blends during a trip to Iowa…

Worrisome Weed

Aggressive weed found in North Dakota for the first time

An aggressive pigweed species weed that’s strong enough to stop combines and resist many herbicides has been found in North Dakota for the first time. The Agriculture Department says Palmer amaranth has been positively identified in a soybean field in McIntosh County, in the southeast. The aggressive pigweed species has been found in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa in recent years,…