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Iowans could take time off work to participate in presidential precinct caucus

DES MOINES — Iowans would be able to take unpaid time off from work to attend a presidential precinct caucus under a bill that cleared a Sen ... »

Human Services will create bed-tracker for mental health beds, Iowa leaders say

CEDAR RAPIDS — The Iowa Department of Human Services plans to create an electronic database of inpatient psychiatric beds, relieving the pro ... »

Program aims to bridge gap between youths, public safety

IOWA CITY — A new multiagency program aims to build relationships between youths and their local public safety officials and encourage more ... »

Suppressors, secrecy for permit holders stand to gain ground in Iowa weapons legislation

DES MOINES — Legislation to clean up the permit process for carrying concealed weapons, prohibiting so-called straw man gun purchases, and ma ... »

Bill would end straight-party voting in Iowa

DES MOINES — Iowa voters would no longer have the option of voting a straight-party ticket under a bill that cleared a House subcommittee on ... »

Iowa City ponders City Carton’s next move

IOWA CITY — With the sale of City Carton Recycling to Phoenix, Ariz.-based Republic Services earlier this year, city officials are left wond ... »

Iowa House, Senate differ on laws regulating cellphone distractions

DES MOINES — Separate proposals being considered by state lawmakers differ on whether to ban drivers from making hand-held phone calls.

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama ... »

Linn sheriff sergeants go on pay offense

CEDAR RAPIDS — Linn County’s five supervisors want to get rid of county compensation boards, the members of which are hand-picked in ... »

Iowans’ reactions to Netanyahu speech

Reactions from the Iowa congressional delegation to the speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress Tuesday. ... »

House panel approves Iowa school radon testing mandate despite funding concern

DES MOINES — Iowa school boards told lawmakers Wednesday they can’t afford a mandate that every school building be tested for radon. ... »

Speed limit increase stalls in committee

DES MOINES — A bill seeking to raise the speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways in Iowa got pulled to the side of the road in com ... »

Funeral protest restrictions move forward in Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — A bill to extend the buffer zone between funerals and protests from 500 to 1,000 feet won House Judiciary subcommittee approval ... »

Lawmakers looking to repeal unattended vehicle law

DES MOINES — A century-old law in Iowa says law officers can ticket motorists for a $20 fine if they leave a vehicle unattended with its eng ... »

City introduces developers to former Smulekoff’s store

CEDAR RAPIDS — Some 35 developers, preservationists, architects and contractors walked through the vacant former Smulekoff’s Home Sto ... »

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