Iowa - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Iowa Gov. Branstad leaves Iowa with new voter ID, anti-union laws DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad's upcoming departure to Beijing marks the end of a career in state politics that spans several decades. As the longest-serving governor in the U.S. at more than 22 years, Branstad oversaw Iowa throughout the farm crisis of the 1980s that brought financial ruin to many farmers and during the Great Flood of 1993 that ... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:23:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:23:00Z Senate votes to confirm Iowa governor as ambassador to China WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor's office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing. Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is in his sixth nonconsecutive term as Iowa's governor. Among his most i... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:18:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:18:00Z The Latest: Senate confirms Iowa governor as China envoy WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Senate vote on China ambassador (all times local): 6 p.m. The Senate has voted to confirm Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to serve as U.S. ambassador to China. The vote Monday night was 82-13. Branstad says he intends to use his decades-long relationship with Chinese Pre... Mon, 22 May 2017 22:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T22:11:00Z GOP Sen. Cotton raises national profile in visit to Iowa COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile in a visit to Iowa at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House. The 40-year-old freshman senator sounded national themes Friday as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican Party's annual fundraiser in Council... Sat, 20 May 2017 16:09:00 GMT 2017-05-20T16:09:00Z GOP's Cotton in Iowa: "I'm ready for that new beginning." COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton declared Americans "ready for that new beginning" in Iowa Friday, walking a delicate path by raising his national political profile at a time of turmoil for Donald Trump's White House. The 40-year-old freshman Republican senator sounded national themes as the guest at the Pottawattamie County Republican... Sat, 20 May 2017 11:49:00 GMT 2017-05-20T11:49:00Z Iowa to pay $6.5M to settle landmark sports bias lawsuits IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women's field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements their attorneys called historic Friday. Iowa will pay $2.33 million to Meyer and $1.49 million to Griesbaum to ... Fri, 19 May 2017 21:39:00 GMT 2017-05-19T21:39:00Z Iowa man pleads guilty to killing 2 cops during ambushes DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man on Friday admitted to killing two Des Moines-area police officers who were ambushed as they sat in their patrol cars. Scott Michael Greene withdrew his not guilty plea at a morning hearing and pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of Urbandale officer Justin Martin, 24, and Des Moines Sgt. Anthony Bemin... Fri, 19 May 2017 20:36:00 GMT 2017-05-19T20:36:00Z Planned Parenthood to close 4 Iowa clinics after funding cut DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Planned Parenthood on Thursday announced it will close four of its 12 clinics in Iowa, after the new Republican-led Legislature cut its state funding this year. Local affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland said the closings will hurt access to reproductive health care in Iowa, especially in rural areas. More than 14,600 people visited the impac... Thu, 18 May 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-05-18T22:17:00Z Party chairman, anti-abortion Democratic group plan to meet DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez plans to meet with an anti-abortion Democratic group amid divisions within the party over whether to back candidates opposed to abortion, according to the group. DNC officials say there's no meeting confirmed yet. Democrats for Life Executive Director Kristen Day said Tuesday that th... Wed, 17 May 2017 00:10:00 GMT 2017-05-17T00:10:00Z Reporter faces sanctions over video of 'Bachelor' court case IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A reporter is facing the threat of jail time after allegedly violating a judge's order not to take video of "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules appearing in court in his hit-and-run case. Prosecutors are pursuing contempt of court proceedings against KWWL's Elizabeth Amanieh, a reporter for the NBC affiliate in Waterloo, in what could ... Tue, 16 May 2017 19:15:00 GMT 2017-05-16T19:15:00Z Iowa looks to team up with Minnesota for medical marijuana ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top state lawmakers are trying to work out a system allowing Iowa residents to start buying medical marijuana oils and pills in Minnesota, a novel arrangement that could raise issues with the federal government. Iowa could join more than two dozen states with medical marijuana programs under a bill awaiting Gov. Terry Branstad's sig... Fri, 12 May 2017 18:47:00 GMT 2017-05-12T18:47:00Z GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak' MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — After campaigning on repealing the health care law and voting to gut it, an Iowa Republican is cautioning constituents fearful of losing coverage that the House GOP replacement is just "a tweak of Obamacare" that would have gone further had he had his way. Two-term Rep. Rod Blum, who represents a swing district that includes Dubu... Fri, 12 May 2017 16:05:00 GMT 2017-05-12T16:05:00Z APNewsBreak: Critical audit another blow for Iowa athletics IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Missing iPads. Unnecessary travel. Improper credit card purchases. A recent audit of the University of Iowa athletics department found that administrators failed to adequately monitor information technology purchases, allowing wasteful spending and creating major risks for equipment theft. The department's IT director, Patrick Delin, left his job in Fe... Fri, 12 May 2017 00:32:00 GMT 2017-05-12T00:32:00Z Abortion foes cheer series of advances, as opponents protest PHOENIX (AP) — From the U.S. Capitol and the White House to far-flung battlegrounds in Arizona, Iowa and elsewhere, it's been a dramatic fortnight in the debate over access to abortion and birth control. Foes of abortion celebrated a series of advances and claimed new momentum, as abortion rights supporters mounted protests to try to blunt it. Planned Par... Wed, 10 May 2017 00:34:00 GMT 2017-05-10T00:34:00Z Iowa Rep. Rod Blum Walks Out on TV Interview U.S. Congressman Rod Blum from Iowa stormed out of a TV interview when pressed about why he screens those who attend his public meetings. He then held... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:12:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:12:00Z Iowa Rep. Rod Blum quits interview over town hall questions DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Rep. Rod Blum stormed out of a TV interview when pressed about why he screens those who attend his public meetings. He then held a town hall, where he was booed and jeered by constituents angry over his vote to repeal the 2010 federal health care law. The second-term Iowa Republican and member of the conservative House Freedom... Tue, 09 May 2017 17:11:00 GMT 2017-05-09T17:11:00Z Senate panel approves Trump's pick for US envoy to China WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Tuesday easily approved Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's nomination to be the U.S. ambassador to China, a move that all but assures full Senate confirmation of President Donald Trump's pick for the key diplomatic post. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee approved Branstad by voice vote. Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the... Tue, 09 May 2017 15:01:00 GMT 2017-05-09T15:01:00Z Senate GOP struggles to find challengers for some Democrats DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Senate Republicans landed a top-tier candidate in West Virginia but have struggled to recruit well-known GOP challengers in several states where President Donald Trump romped and Democratic incumbents warily face re-election. Two-term Rep. Evan Jenkins on Monday announced his bid against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia's... Tue, 09 May 2017 07:31:00 GMT 2017-05-09T07:31:00Z Iowa Supreme Court blocks new waiting period for abortions DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court blocked an abortion restriction Friday less than two hours after Gov. Terry Branstad signed it, allowing dozens of women who had scheduled the procedure to move forward without waiting 72 hours as the new law requires. The court's move frustrated some activists who advocated for the legislation. Besides the w... Fri, 05 May 2017 23:41:00 GMT 2017-05-05T23:41:00Z U. of Iowa to review job practices after $1.4M bias verdict IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa announced plans Friday to hire an outside firm to review its employment practices after a jury ruled that it discriminated against a high-ranking gay female athletic administrator. President Bruce Harreld said the review would begin in the athletic department and focus on compliance with the Iowa Civil Rights ... Fri, 05 May 2017 22:46:00 GMT 2017-05-05T22:46:00Z Jury: Univ. of Iowa discriminated against athletic official DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury on Thursday awarded more than $1.4 million to a former University of Iowa athletic administrator, ruling that the university had discriminated against her because of her gender and sexual orientation. Jane Meyer alleged she suffered workplace discrimination as a gay woman in a relationship with the school's longtime and high... Fri, 05 May 2017 13:14:00 GMT 2017-05-05T13:14:00Z Prosecutor: Escape suspect won't fight extradition to Iowa OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An inmate accused of shooting two Iowa deputies and escaping from jail before being recaptured a short time later in Nebraska will likely be returned quickly to Iowa to face charges, the Omaha area's top prosecutor said Wednesday. Wesley Correa-Carmenty, 24, appeared in court for the first time since Monday's deadly escape from a Counci... Wed, 03 May 2017 18:40:00 GMT 2017-05-03T18:40:00Z China envoy pick pledges to confront Beijing on tough issues WASHINGTON (AP) — The Midwestern governor President Donald Trump picked to be his ambassador to China pledged on Tuesday to confront Beijing on a range of contentious issues, including human rights and trade, and assured lawmakers he'll push the Chinese to act more aggressively to defuse North Korea's nuclear weapons program. During his confirmation heari... Tue, 02 May 2017 17:39:00 GMT 2017-05-02T17:39:00Z Iowa inmate captured after killing deputy during escape COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — An inmate shot two sheriff's deputies, killing one of them, and escaped from an Iowa jail on Monday before he was recaptured a short time later following a high-speed chase across the state border in Nebraska. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Wesley Williams Correa-Carmenaty, 23, managed to steal a sheriff's deputy... Mon, 01 May 2017 22:45:00 GMT 2017-05-01T22:45:00Z The Latest: 49ers select Iowa QB Beathard late in 3rd round PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 12:05 a.m. The second night of the draft concludes as the San Francisco 49ers take quarterback C.J. Beathard and the Pittsburgh Steelers pick running back James Conner late in the third round. No. 97 Miami: Cordrea Tankersley, CB, 6-1, 199, Clemson N... Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:08:00 GMT 2017-04-29T04:08:00Z Judges seal warrants related to arrest of 'Bachelor' star IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Applications for warrants that allowed police to arrest "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules after a fatal crash and to obtain his blood and urine samples will be sealed indefinitely under rulings issued Friday. The release of warrant documents could jeopardize the investigation into Monday's accident and undermine Soules' right to a fa... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:19:00 GMT 2017-04-28T19:19:00Z Legal team says 'Bachelor' star acted reasonably after crash IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former "The Bachelor" star Chris Soules "acted reasonably" after he rear-ended a fellow Iowa farmer by calling 911 and trying to resuscitate the man, his new legal team said Thursday. Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, a felony that carries up to five years in prison, in Monday night's crash near his farm... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 21:58:00 GMT 2017-04-27T21:58:00Z Sheriff: 'Bachelor' star refused to answer door after crash IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Former "Bachelor" Chris Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before authorities say he left the scene and holed up in his home for hours until his arrest. Soules told the dispatcher that he "rear-ended a guy on a tractor" with his pickup truck Monday night on a road... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:59:00 GMT 2017-04-26T21:59:00Z 'Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in deadly Iowa crash IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on "The Bachelor" two years ago, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he caused a traffic accident that killed a fellow farmer and fled the scene. Soules, who was portrayed as a wholesome country boy looking for love on season 19 of the ABC reality show, was behind the wheel of a pickup... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:10:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:10:00Z AP Exclusive: Amid cuts, new Iowa building gets pricey redo DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A plan to spend nearly a half-million dollars remodeling the interior of the newest state office building in Des Moines is moving ahead despite budget cuts that are slicing an array of state programs and services, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. The Iowa Utilities Board is planning to demolish and redo much of the ... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:25:00 GMT 2017-04-24T21:25:00Z