Iowa Democrats pass proposed government reforms

DES MOINES — On a party-line vote, an Iowa Senate panel Tuesday approved a wide-ranging list of proposed government reforms intended to bolster accountability and transparency in the wake of allegations brought against the Branstad administ [...]

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Candidates go for jugular in first debate

INDIANOLA — The first debate in Iowa’s open-seat U.S. Senate race went quickly from candidate introductions to candidate attacks.

Get settled in, Iowans. There are two debates yet to come.

Democrat Bruce Braley and Repub [...]

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New parks project announced for northeast Iowa

DES MOINES — Three counties that are home to four state parks in northeast Iowa will serve as the first pilot area for a public-private partnership expected to pump at least $6 million into new amenities and improvements intended to better [...]

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State senator seeks apology from Iowa Secretary of State for alleged misuse of funds

CEDAR RAPIDS — A state senator is calling on Secretary of State Matt Schultz to apologize to Iowans for his “disgraceful example of favoritism and a misuse of the powers” of the office.

Sen. Liz Mathis, D-Cedar Rapids, w [...]

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Iowa development lawsuit headed to trial

DES MOINES — An advocacy group’s request for records detailing communication between the state and a developer who is being sued by investors is headed to trial.

A Polk County District Court judge on Tuesday set a Dec. 18 trial [...]

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Branstad statewide tour focuses on reducing bullying

SIOUX CITY — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Wednesday called on state legislators to move past the gridlock of the 2013-14 session and give schools more tools to fight bullying.

Branstad said state and school officials need to work toget [...]

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New lottery game expected to produce more millionaires in Iowa

DES MOINES — The Iowa Lottery is trying to improve the odds of its players becoming millionaires.

Responding to player complaints that lotto mega-jackpots only go to a small group of winners, Iowa is partnering with other states to of [...]

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Branstad to visit schools, discuss bullying with officials

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will visit three schools this fall to talk with local officials about what they are doing to prevent bullying in schools and what the state can do to help.

Branstad will be joined by his wife, Chr [...]

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State aims for second take with film tax credit

DES MOINES — Iowa has hit the “refresh” button on its efforts to nurture media productions in the state.

Iowa, which once hoped to be the darling of the film industry with its best-in-the-nation state tax credits, suffer [...]

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Clintons push for Iowa Democrats in 2014

INDIANOLA — Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, spent a pleasant Sunday afternoon rallying support for Iowa Democratic candidates, testing the 2016 presidential waters in the nation's kickoff nominating state, and [...]

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In accepting tributes, Harkin asks one more election favor

INDIANOLA — It was Sen. Tom Harkin's party, but he also was the guest of honor as speaker after speaker praised and thanked him for 40 years of service in Congress.

The Iowa Democrat, who will retire from the U.S. Senate in January, [...]

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Panel proposes Iowa grow, process and dispense medical marijuana

DES MOINES — A legislative study panel Thursday recommended Iowa lawmakers develop a program next session to produce, process and dispense medical marijuana to address shortcomings in a new state law regarding access and standards to cannab [...]

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With a break looming, Iowa’s legislators in Washington still have issues

WASHINGTON — The last few weeks of work for Congress before a break are shaping up to be both brief and busy — and not boring.

And Iowa's senators, Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin, have items they want to check off their to-do li [...]

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Iowa health agency approves cannabis oil ID card rules

DES MOINES — A state panel Wednesday approved rules effective Jan. 30 for issuing photo identification registration cards as a legal protection for Iowans authorized to possession marijuana-derived cannabis oil for medical use to treat or a [...]

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Iowa officials push for increase in human services budget

DES MOINES — State human services officials Tuesday began work on a fiscal 2016 state budget proposal that seeks to spend an extra $134 million to cover shrinking federal match money and implementing new commitments made by the Legislature [...]

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