KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in the Midwest (all times local):
Vice President Mike Pence will travel to Nebraska to survey damage from flooding in the...
US education secretary touts school freedom bill in Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has met with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, legislators and advocates of private schools to promote a proposal that would provide grants to...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed into law a bill designed to prosecute people who get hired at a farm in order to work undercover to report on animal living...
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Latest on a winter storm hitting the West and Midwest (all times local):
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation that...
Iowa governor signs disaster proclamation for flooding
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed an emergency disaster proclamation to allow state resources to be used to respond to flooding in portions of the state.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has passed a bill that would change how judges are chosen to give politicians greater control and minimize the influence of attorneys.
Iowa lawmakers send new ag-gag bill to governor
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a bill designed to prosecute people who get hired at a farm or puppy mill in order to record animal living...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has simplified the process by which convicted felons can seek restoration of their voting rights.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Grant Ferguson was getting ready for work when a sheriff's deputy arrived at his Iowa home with an arrest warrant to take him to jail.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa agency that has been marketing Gov. Kim Reynolds' signature economic program has abruptly taken steps to lay off its communications staff.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker accused Gov. Kim Reynolds' administration and the director of the state's human resources agency of "fostering a culture of secrecy in state government"...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on a trade mission Monday to persuade Iowa farmers struggling to survive low commodity prices and tariffs that have hurt sales to...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning to attend events in the Des Moines area next week.
The State Department announced Friday that Pompeo would be in the Des...
APNewsBreak: Pre-election lawsuit threat led to Iowa payout
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa accelerated an unprecedented $4.15 million settlement with two sexual harassment victims after a lawyer for one of them threatened a lawsuit days before...
Former Iowa Sen. Danielson to lobby for wind energy group
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa Sen. Jeff Danielson says he has taken a job as a regional state policy director for the American Wind Energy Association, a national trade group for the wind...
Reynolds names appeals court judge McDonald to Supreme Court
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Court of Appeals judge has been named by Gov. Kim Reynolds as the newest justice on the Iowa Supreme Court.
Judge Christopher McDonald said Wednesday he will...
Iowa governor dismisses criticism of special election timing
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds is dismissing criticism of her decision to schedule a special election for a state Senate district in the Cedar Falls area while University of Northern...
- Columbus TelegramVice President Pence to visit; Ricketts calls flooding 'most widespread disaster' in state's historyMarch 20, 2019
- Sioux City JournalReynolds describes flooding, efforts to establish state, federal assistanceMarch 20, 2019
- Sioux City JournalOUR OPINION: Iowa schools should welcome news from CapitolFebruary 13, 2019
- Norfolk Daily NewsIowa Gov. Kim Reynolds offers her plans for the state, advice for Rep. Steve KingJanuary 27, 2019
- Sioux City JournalKim Reynolds says she won't ask Steve King to resign or forgo re-election in Iowa 4th districtJanuary 26, 2019
Iowa Senate panel rejects anti-vaccine proposals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A bill that would have prohibited health care providers and insurance companies from discriminating against people who refuse immunizations has failed to advance to a...
Iowa governor opts not to appeal fetal heartbeat law ruling
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor said Monday she decided against appealing a judge's ruling last month that struck down Iowa's "fetal heartbeat" abortion law, which would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.
Gov. Kim Reynolds called it an extremely difficult decision but the right one for the state.
Iowa governor plans event to sign education funding bills
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds plans to sign education funding bills sent to her last week by lawmakers providing a 2 percent increase in state per-pupil funding for the budget year beginning in July.
Reynolds has scheduled a bill signing event for Tuesday morning at the Iowa Capitol.
Special election set for vacated Iowa Senate seat
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A special election to fill an Iowa Senate seat vacated last week when Sen. Jeff Danielson resigned will be held next month.
Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday issued a proclamation that sets the special election for March 19 for the eastern Iowa district which covers Cedar Falls, Hudson and parts of Waterloo in Black Hawk County.
Iowa governor candidate Fred Hubbell injured in accident
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Iowa candidate for governor Fred Hubbell has been injured in a bicycle accident in Arizona.
Family friend David Adelman says Hubbell was struck by a car on Friday at an intersection in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Hubbell has a home.
Adelman says Hubbell, who is 67, has undergone surgeries for a fractured pelvis but the injuries are not life-threatening.
Accused harasser will no longer work at Iowa State games
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University said Thursday that a former state government official who was fired for sexually harassing women will no longer work as a security contractor at its athletic events.
The announcement came hours after The Associated Press reported that Dave Jamison had been working at recent Cyclones games, despite the state's decision to pay millions of dollars to women who say they were harassed by him for years.
Reynolds named to worker training advisory board
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has been appointed to a national advisory board on worker training led by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump.
The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board is a 25-member panel designed to develop strategies for worker training and education "that will equip them to compete and win in the global economy."
Governor favors Iowa gun permit law, watching no-permit bill
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she favors current state law that requires gun holders to obtain a permit but is monitoring a legislative proposal to eliminate the requirement to obtain a permit to buy or carry a handgun.
State’s costs in gay discrimination lawsuit reaches $1.2M
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state's bill for defending a lawsuit against a former official who claims he was discriminated against because he's gay has surpassed $1.27 million.
Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson updated the Iowa Executive Council on Monday in response to a request by Auditor Rob Sand. The council, which includes the governor and other state elected officials, approves state litigation expenses.
- Globe NewswireConnected Nation Applauds Creation of American Workforce Policy Advisory BoardFebruary 13, 2019
- BusinessWireGovernor Reynolds Celebrates Deployment of Iowa Statewide Radio SystemAugust 14, 2018
- BusinessWireGovernor Reynolds Celebrates Deployment of Iowa Statewide Radio SystemAugust 14, 2018
Iowa housing agency to cover $4.1M cost of harassment deals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The agency that runs Iowa's affordable housing programs will reimburse the state $4.15 million for payouts to victims of sexual harassment by its former director.
The Iowa Finance Authority board voted Wednesday to grant Gov. Kim Reynolds' request to reimburse the general fund for the cost of the settlements.
Iowa corrections lawyer alleges racial bias in pay dispute
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The longtime top lawyer for the Iowa Department of Corrections alleges in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that he has suffered workplace discrimination and unequal pay because of his age and Hispanic ethnicity.
Iowa to pay $4M to victims of sex harassment by ex-director
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa agreed Monday to pay $4.15 million in settlements to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who was a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The Latest: Iowa to pay $4.15M to end agency harassment case
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the state of Iowa paying $4.15 million to settle two sexual harassment claims:
The state of Iowa will pay $4.15 million to two executive branch employees who were sexually harassed for years by an agency director who had been a longtime friend of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
The money will go to former Iowa Finance Authority business development director Beth Mahaffey and its current communications director, Ashley Jared.
Panel OKs governor’s bill to restore felon voting rights
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds' proposal to restore voting rights to felons after they've served their sentences has passed its first legislative hurdle with unusual bipartisan support and rare endorsement from a broad spectrum of victim rights, civil rights and religious groups.
The two Republicans and one Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance the governor's bill to a full committee.
Ex-worker says Iowa job summits were timed to help governor
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state employee who helped organize conferences for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' signature jobs program resigned days before the November election, saying she felt pressured to shape the taxpayer-funded events to benefit the governor's campaign.
Some Iowa officials to have higher salary than governor
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three aides to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and six newly appointed agency directors earn more than the governor, in a decision a spokesman said reflects the need to attract top talent.
Reynolds releases bill to restore felon voting rights
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is releasing her proposed bill that would restore voting rights for felons through an amendment to the Iowa Constitution.
The language released Tuesday would change Article 2 of the constitution to say a felon gets voting rights back after the sentence is discharged. That means they could vote after serving their prison time and any probation or parole.
Iowa lawmakers look to fix tax law hurting blood centers
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — When Iowa Republicans approved major tax cuts last spring, they celebrated the legislation as historic and beneficial for Iowans and businesses.
The state's only two nonprofit blood centers, where at least 210,000 units of blood are donated annually, look at the massive law another way: a financial headache of more than $1 million in new taxes.
Kim Reynolds takes oath as governor, hosts inaugural events
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has taken the oath of office as the state's 43rd governor and the first woman to be elected to the job.
After the formal swearing in ceremony Friday morning, Reynolds hosted an open house at Terrace Hill, the governor's official residence, and a similar event at the Iowa State Capitol.
Friday evening, two inaugural balls are planned in Des Moines.
Chief justice seeks budget increase for court technology
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of the Iowa court system says technology and the need to ensure justice for everyone demands increased spending.
Speaking Wednesday in his annual speech to the Legislature, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady told lawmakers "we simply can no longer proceed into the future thinking it will be a modest linear extension from where we are today."
Reynolds seeks felon voting rights constitutional amendment
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa would no longer bar former felons from voting after they complete their sentences and would ensure that crime victims be told of major status changes involving prisoners who wronged them under constitutional amendments proposed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
Reynolds used her first Condition of the State speech since being elected to a full term to outline some major policy goals, including several that would affect current and former prisoners.
GOP lawmakers eager to push ahead on conservative goals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republicans have succeeded in enacting a wish list of conservative goals since winning a legislative majority in 2016, and as lawmakers return to the state Capitol for a new session Monday, the question is whether they will take a similar approach or back measures with a broader appeal.
Des Moines spends $10.5M to buy 78 flood-damaged homes
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines has spent about $10.5 million to buy 78 homes damaged by June's flash flooding, and officials hope the move will prevent future flooding issues.
Reynolds appoints Debi Durham to head 2 state agencies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds has asked the head of the Iowa Economic Development Authority to also take on top administrative duties of the troubled Iowa Finance Authority as she appoints new cabinet members.
Reynolds names former DOT Director Paul Trombino to staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has hired former Iowa Department of Transportation director Paul Trombino III as her chief operations officer to provide leadership of state government agencies.
Trombino was Iowa DOT director for Reynolds' predecessor Terry Branstad from 2011 to 2016 and briefly considered serving as President Donald Trump's nominee to run the Federal Highway Administration in 2017 before withdrawing his name two months after he was nominated citing family reasons.
Iowa, Washington governors make tasty bet over football game
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The governors of Iowa and Washington are making a tasty wager over which football team will win the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
The governors' bet came ahead of Friday night's game between the 24th ranked Iowa State Cyclones and 13th ranked Washington State Cougars.
Iowa ties with Hawaii for nation’s lowest unemployment rate
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest unemployment figures for November show Iowa and Hawaii have the lowest jobless rates in the country at 2.4 percent.
The latest Iowa Workforce Development figures released Friday indicate 1,900 more Iowans entered the workforce during the month bringing the total number of employed Iowans to 1.64 million, the most in state history.
The number of unemployed Iowans decreased by 600 to 40,600 in November.
Iowa judge selection panel to choose Supreme Court nominee
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa court officials say current members of a state commission that recommends appointees for the Iowa Supreme Court to the governor can remain until July.
That means three members of the commission will not have to leave on Jan. 1 as a Republican attorney had claimed and can participate in choosing nominees for a current court vacancy.
Iowa governor names consultant Sara Gongol chief of staff
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has named a new chief of staff as she assembles an administrative team to run the office after winning election in November.
A statement released from the governor's office on Tuesday says Sara Craig Gongol will begin work on Saturday.
Craig Gongol, a political consultant and fundraiser, has worked with Reynolds since 2014 and was a general consultant to Reynolds' successful campaign to win the governor's office in November.
Iowa prisons chief says he’ll retire after 36-year career
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Corrections is retiring after a 36-year career with the agency.
Jerry Bartruff said Monday that his last day with the department will be Dec. 27. He served more than three years as director following his appointment by then-Gov. Terry Branstad.
Gov. Kim Reynolds thanked Bartruff for his leadership, saying he has helped "redefine the agency" as one that focuses on incarceration but also evidence-based rehabilitation.