Iowa

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 ... »

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 ... »

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. ... »

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 ... »

Branstad does not plan salary bill

DES MOINES — Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he does not plan to propose a state salary bill again this year to fund increased compensation ... »

Farmer-legislator calls for stiffer farm theft penalties

DES MOINES — Iowa is widely known for its corn and hogs. Less well known is that livestock and farm commodities, most often at remote rural ... »

University of Iowa grad and peeping victim lobbies for change to Iowa’s peeping law

IOWA CITY — A University of Iowa graduate who testified against an Iowa City landlord convicted in 2013 of spying on female tenants is now l ... »

Lawmakers’ frustration over new prison problems growing

DES MOINES — Iowa lawmakers are expressing frustration at the lack of cooperation from state agencies in determining why new problems contin ... »

Senate panel approves speed limit increase

DES MOINES — Raising the speed limit to 75 mph on rural interstate highways in Iowa got the green light from a Senate subcommittee Wednesday ... »

Iowa DHS looks to move Medicaid to managed care to save money, improve outcomes

DES MOINES — With Medicaid expenses rising at double the rate of state revenue, Department of Human Services Director Chuck Palmer is lookin ... »

Branstad signs gas tax increase

DES MOINES — With little fanfare Wednesday, Gov. Terry Branstad signed a fuel tax increase that would hike prices at Iowa pumps for gasoline ... »

Iowa Senate votes to raise Iowa’s minimum wage

DES MOINES — Without debate, the Iowa Senate voted 27-22 Tuesday to boost the state’s minimum wage to $8.75 an hour by July 1, 2016 & ... »

Iowans approve of performance of governor, U.S. senators

DES MOINES — Iowans generally are upbeat about the state’s prospects for the next four years and give favorable marks to their Republ ... »

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