- Trial opens in sisters' slaying; defense calls cops 'sloppy' Updated: May-02-16 3:51 pm
PITTSBURGH - DNA and video surveillance evidence strongly suggest a Pittsburgh man killed his neighbors, who were both sisters of an Iowa state lawmaker, a prosecutor said Monday as the double-murder trial began.
- Branstad, Democrats criticize each other on water quality Updated: May-02-16 12:47 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad and Democratic lawmakers are blaming each other for failing to pass legislation on water quality initiatives.
- Branstad says he supports budget language on agency salaries Updated: May-02-16 12:04 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Gov. Terry Branstad says he supports new language in a budget bill requiring state agencies to be more transparent about using infrastructure money on employee salaries.
- Iowa lawmakers put aside philosophical differences on budget Updated: May-01-16 11:14 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - To adjourn the legislative session, Iowa lawmakers had to settle disagreements over Planned Parenthood and state employee salaries that didn't amount to much money but represented deep philosophical differences between the two parties.
- Lawmakers agree budget; Planned Parenthood funding survives Updated: Apr-29-16 8:25 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature on Friday adjourned its 2016 session with agreement over a roughly $7.35 billion budget, following days of private meetings that ultimately stopped an attempt by GOP lawmakers to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood.
- Iowa lawmakers agree on oversight bill for boarding schools Updated: Apr-28-16 4:55 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa will have clear regulatory authority over private boarding schools in the state under a legislative deal reached Thursday that also protects religious curriculum at such institutions and other educational facilities.
- Iowa Legislature approves bill to reduce prison sentencing Updated: Apr-27-16 7:38 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature has approved a bill that is expected to reduce prison sentences for inmates serving time for certain drug offenses.
- Iowa lawmakers OK bill with no money for repairing buildings Updated: Apr-27-16 6:58 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An infrastructure bill passed Wednesday in the Iowa Legislature does not include designated funding for three state buildings with serious maintenance issues, and lawmakers involved in crafting the legislation say building maintenance needs to be prioritized.
- Attempt to revive talks on medical marijuana fails in House Updated: Apr-27-16 5:03 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An attempt to revive talks on legislation that would expand medical marijuana access in Iowa has failed in the state House.
- Attempt to keep alive Iowa fireworks bill gets shot down Updated: Apr-27-16 2:45 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An attempt to keep alive a bill that would allow the sale of fireworks in Iowa has fizzled out and is considered dead this session.
- Iowa House OKs bill on changes to Des Moines water utility Updated: Apr-26-16 2:36 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House have passed a budget bill that could change decision-making within a Des Moines utility that sued three Iowa counties over polluted water.
- Iowa lawmakers form special committees amid budget talks Updated: Apr-26-16 1:01 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Members of the Iowa Legislature continue to negotiate on a series of bills that will make up the next state budget.
- Iowa House OKs bill on mental health prescriptions Updated: Apr-25-16 8:13 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa House has approved legislation that would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in the state.
- Lawmakers OK tax rebates to benefit 'Field of Dreams' site Updated: Apr-25-16 7:09 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers have passed legislation to offer tax rebates that could benefit construction of a sports complex at the "Field of Dreams" movie site.
- Mental health providers say Iowa needs more prescribers Updated: Apr-24-16 9:05 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - A bill pending in the Iowa House would allow specially trained psychologists to prescribe medication to mentally ill people in hopes of alleviating a shortage of treatment options, but the proposal has run into opposition from some of the state's psychiatrists.
- Disagreements mean Iowa lawmakers will return next week Updated: Apr-22-16 6:09 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers in the split Iowa Legislature haven't reached agreement on several issues needed for adjournment this session, and it means they'll be back next week.
- Iowa looks to Minnesota for medical marijuana Updated: Apr-22-16 3:25 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - Iowa and Minnesota lawmakers are exploring a system to allow Iowa residents to buy medical marijuana oil from their northern neighbor, lawmakers from both states have told The Associated Press.
- Iowa senators say they're hearing about Medicaid problems Updated: Apr-20-16 8:16 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - State senators said Wednesday that they have heard complaints about Iowa's Medicaid program under private management and that state officials providing information on the new system should stop telling the public the transition has been smooth.
- Lawmakers propose lengthy repairs to Iowa Capitol dome Updated: Apr-20-16 11:15 am
DES MOINES, Iowa - Lawmakers say they plan to spend about $10 million on repairs to the state Capitol dome.
- Iowa Republicans propose to defund Planned Parenthood Updated: Apr-14-16 9:23 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - Planned Parenthood in Iowa would have no state funding under a budget bill advanced Thursday by some House Republicans, but the proposal is not expected to have enough support in the Democratic-majority Senate.
- Regents: Limited state dollars mean possible tuition hike Updated: Apr-14-16 8:15 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - There may be a tuition increase at Iowa's three public universities because the Legislature proposed limited new dollars for the next budget year, the board that oversees the schools said Thursday.
- Democrats Murphy, Vernon square off over party loyalties Updated: Apr-14-16 6:16 am
DUBUQUE, Iowa - Party loyalties and women's reproductive rights were among the topics debated by two Iowa Democrats who want to replace Rod Blum as representative for the 1st Congressional District.
- Tuition could rise at Iowa universities, community colleges Updated: Apr-13-16 3:27 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Iowa Legislature's proposed higher education budget target could hike tuition at the state's three public universities and 15 community colleges this fall.
- Iowa budget group proposes additional work on battle flags Updated: Apr-12-16 5:26 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - A legislative budget group is considering a bill that would require Iowa's cultural affairs agency to keep working on the preservation of old battle flags.
- Iowa lawmakers say there is no money for reading program Updated: Apr-12-16 5:24 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - There's no money to pay for a new state-mandated summer reading program for struggling third-graders in Iowa so the requirement should be delayed by a year, lawmakers in a legislative budget group said Tuesday.