STATE NEWS

Grassley announces he’ll seek 8th term in U.S. Senate

BY O. KAY HENDERSON RADIO IOWA - U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley announced at 4 o’clock this morning that he is running for re-election. Grassley’s campaign account on Twitter features a GIF of the Senator running, plus…
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Watchdog group says Axne, 6 other House members didn’t disclose stock trades

BY O. KAY HENDERSON A non-profit called the Campaign Legal Center has filed an ethics complaint against Iowa Congresswoman Cindy Axne and six other House members, accusing the group of “failing to report stock trades in…
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Independent autopsy ordered in Ottumwa woman's death

Judge Myron Gookin has granted Gregory Allen Showalter Sr. an independent autopsy.  Showalter has been charged in the murder of his wife, Helen Showalter.  Defendant Showalter's attorney, Bob Breckenridge, petitioned the court in August to…
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Iowa Farm Co-op Hit by Ransomware Attack

A ransomware attack by the BlackMatter gang forced New Cooperative, an association of Iowa corn and soy farmers, to take their systems offline but it said it created workarounds to receive grain and distribute feed,…
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Corrections director comments on sentencing for Anamosa Penitentiary killings

BY DAR DANIELSON The Director of the Iowa Department of Corrections says the guilty pleas of two men in the killings of an Anamosa corrections officer and nurse are one step in the process of recovery.…
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Iowa's Congressional districts would change under redistricting

Iowa’s four congressional districts would include two that lean heavily toward Republicans, one that favors Democrats and one that both parties would have a chance at winning under proposed redistricting maps from a nonpartisan agency.…
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Second inmate gets life for killing Iowa prison workers

A second inmate received a life sentence Wednesday for the beating deaths of two Iowa prison workers during a failed escape attempt in March. Michael Dutcher, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the…
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Iowans given chance to weigh in on proposed carbon pipeline

BY RADIO IOWA CONTRIBUTOR Public meetings are underway this week in several Iowa cities, the first steps an Iowa-based company must follow as it seeks a state permit to build an underground pipeline for carbon through…
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Judge's temporary order allows Iowa schools to mandate masks

A federal judge on Monday (9/13) ordered the state of Iowa to immediately halt enforcement of a law that prevents school boards from ordering masks to be worn to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.…
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Trucking company leader, philanthropist John Ruan III has died

BY O. KAY HENDERSON A Des Moines businessman and philanthropist who has been chairman of the Des Moines-based World Food Prize Foundation has died at the age of 78 after a long illness. For more than…
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