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Branstad Signs Laws Restricting Distracted Driving in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law enhanced penalties involving the use of cellphones while driving. Branstad signed the bills Monday surrounded by law enforcement. Both pieces of legislation take…
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Suspect in Iowa Slaying Picked Up Near Canadian Border

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say customs officials near the Canadian border have taken into custody a man suspected of fatally shooting his girlfriend in a suburb of Des Moines. The man was picked up…
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Iowa State Senator Back at Capitol After Brief Hospital Trip

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state senator is back at the Iowa Capitol after a brief illness that resulted in him being taken by ambulance to a Des Moines hospital. Sen. Rich Taylor, a…
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3 Men Arrested in Southeast Iowa Counterfeiting Case

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in southeast Iowa have arrested three men suspected of passing counterfeit $100 bills. The Hawk Eye reports (http://bit.ly/2nTK2HI ) that two of the men were arrested Saturday morning at a…
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Iowa Lawmakers Consider Making Most 911 Calls Confidential

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A fast-moving Iowa bill would eliminate the public's right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing key information about public safety. The House has approved…
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Des Moines Zoo Tiger Dies of Lymphoma

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A tiger at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines has died of cancer. The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2nkcQK2 ) that the 6-year-old Siberian tiger named Max died March…
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Iowa GOP Lawmakers Drop 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Bill

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers have dropped plans for what would have been among the nation's toughest abortion restrictions, retreating only a day after the proposal was announced. House GOP lawmakers announced…
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Man Found Dead in Iowa Park Was Homicide Victim, Official Says

WEVER, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a man whose body was found in a southeast Iowa park was a homicide victim. The Lee County medical examiner, Dr. Eugenio Torres, says 47-year-old James Nelson, of Fairfield,…
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Iowa Senate OKs Estimated $1.8M Reduction to Injured Workers

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved a bill to overhaul how workers are compensated for on-the-job injuries, sending the measure to Gov. Terry Branstad. The legislation, which passed Monday night with…
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Judge Blocks Iowa Governor's Deposition in Firing of Agent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge says Gov. Terry Branstad doesn't have to testify under oath in a lawsuit filed by a fired Division of Criminal Investigation agent who blames Branstad for destroying his…
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