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Branstad priorities not OK'd as adjournment nears


As the end of the legislative session draws near, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is pushing lawmakers to keep some of his priorities in mind.

Before the session began in January, Branstad focused on four priorities: reducing bullying in schools; expanding programs for veterans; extending broadband and Internet access to rural Iowans; and increasing funding for apprenticeships.

All those efforts

Hearing to consider voting policies in 4 states


Civil rights groups are planning a hearing to consider how to improve elections administration and expand access to voting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

A coalition calling itself the National Commission on Voting Rights will hear hours of testimony Monday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

The group is holding similar events around the country to learn about

Hearing to consider voting policies in 4 states


Civil rights groups are planning a hearing to consider how to improve elections administration and expand access to voting in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.

A coalition calling itself the National Commission on Voting Rights will hear hours of testimony Monday at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.

The group is holding similar events around the country to learn about

Prosecutor says 6 felon voting cases will proceed


A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them.   Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda Fangman said Thursday the prosecutions will "procee

Police look for escaped inmate in central Iowa


Police say they're looking for an escaped inmate in central Iowa.   Sgt. Gary Lang with the Clive Police Department says the male inmate escaped Thursday afternoon during a transport from Polk County to Dallas County for a court appearance

New outdoor field at UI to open this year


A new outdoor field for the University of Iowa's marching band and other programs is scheduled to open this year.   The $16 million project includes an indoor turf field and support areas. It will be part of the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreati

Iowa sex offender gets 18 years for child porn


An Iowa man twice convicted of child sex offenses have been given 18 years in prison for possessing child pornography.   Prosecutors say 49-year-old Kevin Ammerman, of Clarion, was sentenced on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. H

Iowa Democrats consider expanding caucus access


Democrats are looking to expand access to Iowa's presidential caucuses to people who are typically unable to attend them. It's a tricky task with these local political meetings that thrive on in-person discussion.   Party leaders said

Iowa teen suspected of leaving threatening note


A 17-year-old boy is accused of writing a threatening note on a bathroom wall at a high school in east-central Iowa.   The Benton Community School District on Tuesday sent an email to parents, telling them about the note at Benton Community Hi

Iowa insurance agency probed for overbilling


The Iowa Insurance Division is investigating an insurance agency that's accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage.   The Des Moines Register says the division is focused on Two Rivers Insurance Co. T

Authorities: Iowa suspect is longtime fugitive


Authorities say a man being held in Waterloo is a fugitive of more than 40 years from North Carolina.   The Charlotte Observer reports the man was arrested after the Iowa Transportation Department's facial recognition system flagged his dr

Iowa West Foundation delivers $4.2M in grants


Twenty-two nonprofit groups in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska are benefiting from $4.2 million in grants.   The Iowa West Foundation says it made those grants in the first three months of 2014.   The biggest grants incl

Des Moines botanical garden unveils new exhibi


The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden has unveiled a new exhibit featuring small hanging trees and flowers.    The High Flight exhibit offers a presentation showcasing hanging arrangements inspired by Japanese st

Iowa officials promote preservation grants


The State Historical Society of Iowa is reminding Iowa residents to apply for grant money that can be used for preservation purposes.   The division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs says the deadline to apply for the His

Branstad administration may appeal ruling on pins


DES MOINES, Iowa  - Gov. Terry Branstad's administration may appeal a judge's ruling allowing state workers to wear pins critical of the governor.   The Des Moines Register reports that administrative law judge Jan Berry ruled March 31 t

Iowa officials promote preservation grants


The State Historical Society of Iowa is reminding Iowa residents to apply for grant money that can be used for preservation purposes.        The division of the state Department of Cultural Affairs says the deadline to apply for the Hi

Iowa State halts celebration after student hurt


Iowa State University's president has halted a popular annual celebration after a rowdy crowd caused damage near the school that hurt one student and led to the arrest of two people.   University President Steven Leath said at a news

Expert team to investigate Des Moines fire


A team of federal experts will investigate the fire that decimated a century-old building in downtown Des Moines this weekend.

Structural experts were evaluating the former Younkers store on Sunday to ensure it will be safe for the team from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Des Moines Fire Department spokesman Brian O'Keefe says the ATF team will spend at

Iowa sheriff refuses requests in stun-gun case


The Muscatine County sheriff has refused to publicly disclose how he determined that no rules or policies were broken when a mentally ill jail inmate was repeatedly shocked with a stun gun last fall. Now, members of the sheriff's own political party are calling for an independent investigation. The Des Moines Register reports that Sheriff Dave White has denied the newspaper's
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Eugene Phelps of Bayard


Funeral services for 76 year old Eugene Phelps of Bayard will be held at a later date. The Ohde Funeral Home in Bayard is in charge of the arrangements.  

Tyler Riesberg of Omaha, Nebraska and formerly of Roselle


Mass of the Christian Burial for 27 year old Tyler Riesberg of Omaha, Nebraska and formerly of Roselle will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Roselle with burial in the parish cemetery. 

Jack Rogers of Manning


Funeral Services for 80 year old Jack Rogers of Manning will be Thursday morning at 10:30 at the United Methodist Church in Manning with burial at the Nishnabotna Cemetery in Manning. Friends may call the Ohde Funeral Home in Manning Wednesday f
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