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  • Bush-Rubio rivalry intensifies as Iowa caucuses draw closer

    October 31, 2015 7:00 PM

    DES MOINES - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is in Iowa trying to muster support. He was among 10 presidential candidates to appear today at the Iowa Republican Party's Growth and Opportunity forum, a tailgate-themed festival at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, and the last multicandidate event before... more »
  • Clinton pushes plan to address rising drug costs

    September 22, 2015 6:13 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Rodham Clinton is outlining a sweeping plan to hold down the rising cost of prescription drugs and target drug companies that flood the airwaves with ads. The Democratic presidential candidate says at a forum in Iowa that she wants to protect consumers while promoting... more »
  • Sanders gets grumpy, but voters like him that way

    September 21, 2015 1:43 PM

    WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa - Bernie Sanders doesn't kiss babies. He promises them a revolution. During a recent campaign stop in Iowa, the Democratic presidential candidate told 3-month-old Lily Landretti that he was doing this for her. By this, he meant his populist campaign. In an age of carefully... more »
  • In Iowa, Obama looks to leave his imprint on 2016 race

    September 14, 2015 12:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - Presidential candidates are a common sight in Iowa as the 2016 campaign intensifies. But on Monday, the White House hopefuls will have some competition from the man they're running to succeed. President Barack Obama will spend the afternoon in Des Moines, the capital of the kickoff caucus state... more »
  • Trying to beat minimum wage

    August 4, 2015 8:53 PM

    CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA- Taco Bell says it fired a worker who got busted for running a methamphetamine lab inside one its restaurants. Police arrested two men roaming outside a closed Taco Bell. When they went inside they found the remnants of the lab in a utility area. Taco Bell... more »
  • Trump dismisses editorial calling on him to drop out

    July 21, 2015 1:28 PM

    DES MOINES - Donald Trump is dismissing an editorial in the Des Moines Register as "sophomoric." It calls on Trump to end his presidential campaign -- or what the newspaper calls a "side show." The paper says Trump "has proven himself not only unfit to hold office, but unfit to... more »
  • Iowa Republicans ending straw poll, a tradition born in 1979

    June 12, 2015 11:37 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican leaders in Iowa have agreed to end the state's straw poll because of waning interest from presidential hopefuls and questions about its relevancy. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kauffman says state party officials voted during a Friday morning conference call to end the straw poll, which... more »
  • Stolen Yorkie found in Iowa is reunited with Louisiana owner

    April 29, 2015 12:08 PM

    KENNER - With smiles, tears of joy and lots of licking, a Yorkshire terrier picked up as a stray in Iowa has been reunited with the 14-year-old Louisiana girl from whom he was stolen three years ago. Karisa Lambert was in tears when a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, animal control worker... more »
  • Bird flu confirmed at Iowa farm with 5.3 million chickens

    April 20, 2015 5:05 PM

    DES MOINES, IA - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the bird flu virus has been found at a farm holding nearly 10 percent of Iowa's egg-laying chickens. The confirmation of the highly infectious and deadly H5N2 virus means up to 5.3 million hens must be destroyed at the farm... more »
  • In Iowa, Clinton lays out tenets of 2016 campaign

    April 14, 2015 3:04 PM

    MONTICELLO, IA - Hillary Rodham Clinton is casting herself as a "champion" for struggling Americans, as she starts laying out her presidential campaign message. She's been pressured from the liberal wing of her party to focus on economic inequality. And Clinton said today that "the deck is still stacked in... more »
  • Jindal moving staff to Iowa for likely White House campaign

    March 31, 2015 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is sending political staff to Iowa for a possible 2016 presidential campaign. Two of Jindal's top aides, deputy chief of staff Taylor Teepell and legislative affairs director Matt Parker, have resigned from the governor's office and are moving to the key presidential campaign... more »
  • Jindal slips in Iowa GOP polls

    February 2, 2015 11:05 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Governor Bobby Jindal's numbers slipped among Iowa Republicans according to a new poll of likely voters one year away from the presidential caucuses. Fewer respondents said they were favorable of Jindal today than when the previous poll was taken in October, 39 percent today to... more »
  • Weighing 2016 bid, Bobby Jindal to meet with pastors in Iowa

    January 6, 2015 3:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is headed back to Iowa to meet with local pastors and again look for support among Christian evangelicals for a possible White House campaign. The stated reason for Jindal's trip on Tuesday is to talk about his appearance later this month at a... more »
  • Police: Man used McChicken sandwich as weapon

    December 3, 2014 12:23 PM

    DES MOINES, IA - An Iowa man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly used a McDonald's McChicken sandwich as a weapon against his pregnant wife, according to law enforcement. Police said Marivin Tramaine Hill II, 21, told them that he threw the poultry-based sandwich at his wife "because he... more »
  • Iowa man held after arrest near White House

    November 20, 2014 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - An Iowa man arrested in Washington after the Secret Service found a hunting rifle, ammunition and a knife in his car parked near the White House will stay in jail for now. A judge on Thursday ordered R.J. Kapheim, of Davenport, held until a Friday hearing. He has... more »
  • Man arrested near White House had gun in car

    November 19, 2014 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Secret Service arrested a 41-year-old Iowa man one block from the White House today after a search of his car uncovered a rifle and ammunition, law enforcement officials confirmed to ABC News. The man, R.J. Kapheim, from Davenport, Iowa, approached a uniform division officer on the... more »
  • Perry, Jindal, Cruz plan Iowa visits in September

    August 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Republican presidential prospects are making plans to visit Iowa in September. Texas Gov. Rick Perry will campaign with 1st Congressional District Republican candidate Rod Blum on Tuesday. They plan stops in Cedar Rapids, Hiawatha and Dubuque. On Sept. 27, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov.... more »
  • Jindal to attend Family Leadership Summit in Iowa

    August 8, 2014 2:03 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - Iowa's Republican Gov. Terry Branstad has spent the past year leading an effort to seize control of his state party, hoping to send a message that the kickoff presidential caucuses will be welcoming to all 2016 GOP hopefuls. But as conservative prospects flood the state for... more »
  • No pro baseball at Field of Dreams

    May 16, 2014 7:41 PM

    DYERSVILLE, IOWA- No professional baseball on the diamond this year where the Field of Dreams movie was filmed in Iowa. The president of the group that owns the field says the Northern League won't have teams ready to play this season. The group Go the Distance Baseball plans to build... more »
  • Blacklisted workers

    March 31, 2014 7:11 PM

    IOWA CITY, IOWA- The Governor of Iowa's staff maintains a "do not rehire" list that's grown by more than 250 names since Terry Branstad returned to office in 2011. The list now has more than 1,400 names of people who were previously fired. The list is more than... more »
  • Iowa governor donates food over Outback Bowl wager

    January 8, 2014 7:38 PM

    DES MOINES, Ia. - Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad is following up on a friendly wager with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal over the outcome of the Outback Bowl. LSU beat Iowa 21-14 on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl. Branstad says he is donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to a... more »
  • Hill runs wild, Tigers win 21-14

    January 1, 2014 12:24 PM

    TAMPA - The Tigers drove down the field on their first possession of the game, behind eight straight runs(most of them to sophomore running back Jeremy Hill) to eventually score on a two-yard quarterback keeper with freshman Anthony Jennings. Jennings is in his first start as a Tiger QB.... more »
  • LSU DT Ferguson will not play in Outback check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 31, 2013 4:02 PM

    TAMPA - Junior defensive lineman Ego Ferguson did not make the trip with his LSU teammates to the Outback Bowl, according to multiple media reports. Ferguson was an All-SEC Honorable Mention after starting all 12 games at defensive tackle for the Tigers. The six-foot-three, 309-pound tackle registered five tackles... more »
  • Freshman QB leads LSU into Outback against Iowa

    December 31, 2013 3:01 PM

    TAMPA, Fla.- No. 14 LSU has no qualms about Anthony Jennings making his first college start against Iowa in the Outback Bowl. The true freshman quarterback came off the bench to lead a 99-yard drive in the closing minutes of the Tigers' regular season finale to beat Arkansas, so LSU... more »
  • Tigers new leader to get first start at Outback check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 30, 2013 7:12 PM

    TAMPA - It's always tough breaking in a new quarterback, but thankfully for the LSU Tigers, they've had the bowl practice period to get Anthony Jennings accustomed to leading the Bayou Bengals onto the field. The freshman from Marietta, Ga., is taking over at the signal caller spot in... more »
  • Young Hawkeyes using bowl practice to prep for 2014

    December 23, 2013 5:33 PM

    IOWA CITY, Ia. - Iowa's preparation for the Outback Bowl against LSU is as much about the team's youngsters as it is about the Tigers. The Hawkeyes should be one of the most experienced teams in the Big Ten next season. But they'll still need three new starting linebackers, a... more »
  • LSU selling tickets to Outback Bowl

    December 9, 2013 6:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tickets for LSU's first appearance in the Outback Bowl in 25 years are currently on sale to the general public, LSU associate athletic director for tickets Brian Broussard said. Tickets in the LSU sections of Raymond James Stadium start at $80. To order, visit www.LSUtix.net or... more »
  • Ranked title showdown for Black Friday

    November 29, 2013 10:32 AM

    UNDATED - Those shopping for Black Friday college basketball have plenty to choose from including a top-25 showdown in New York. No. 4 Arizona and sixth-ranked Duke face off for the title in the NIT Season Tipoff in New York. Arizona goes into the championship game with a 20-2 mark... more »
  • Towboat sinks into Mississippi River

    November 26, 2013 8:08 AM

    LECLAIRE, Iowa - The Coast Guard says a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water. The Stephen L. Colby struck a submerged object Monday afternoon, which caused the vessel to sink. The Coast Guard says the nine members... more »
  • Stewart breaks right leg in Iowa crash

    August 6, 2013 10:15 AM

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa - Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart has broken his right leg and had surgery following a crash in a sprint car race at Southern Iowa Speedway Monday night. A spokesman for Stewart said the 42-year-old driver broke his right tibia and fibula. A scheduled test for... more »
  • Tailing a speeding governor leads to firing

    July 17, 2013 8:04 PM

    IOWA CITY, IOWA- A top investigator who complained about the Iowa Governor's speeding SUV was fired following a disciplinary review. Special Agent in Charge Larry Hedlund of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation got the axe on Wednesday. Last April, he pursued a SUV that was doing 90 miles per... more »
  • Body found in river is abducted Iowa teen's

    June 9, 2013 4:17 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa authorities have identified a body found in a river as that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted with another girl after getting off a school bus last month. Officials said Sunday that an autopsy confirms the body found Friday night in the Des Moines... more »
  • 4 Louisiana men convicted of deer poaching in Iowa

    May 18, 2013 5:17 PM

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Four men from Louisiana men have been found guilty of poaching deer in southwest Iowa. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that Michael Fralick, of Ponchatoula, La., was recently convicted of 32 counts of deer hunting violations in four southwest Iowa counties. Fralick was ordered to... more »
  • Victim identified in Iowa Street murder

    May 13, 2013 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified the victim in a murder that took place on Iowa Street yesterday afternoon in Baton Rouge. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs said 31-year-old Amanda McCullough was found shot to death in her home. Investigators said the shooting happened around 3:30 p.m. on Mother's Day. ... more »
  • Woman found dead on Mother's Day

    May 12, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A 31-year-old woman was found shot inside her home in the 2300 block of Iowa Street around 3:30 p.m. today, according to Baton Rouge Police Cpl. L'Jean McKneely. Police are currently investigating the shooting. The victim's identity has not been released at this time. Neighbors... more »
  • Stolen tortoise took elevator ride

    April 4, 2013 7:48 PM

    DUBUQUE, IOWA- An 18-pound tortoise that vanished from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium was found alive in an elevator of the building. Administrators at the facility believe it was stolen and the thief quietly returned it after publicity about the theft. The tortoise is named Cashew and was... more »
  • Paying the Piper

    January 31, 2013 7:21 PM

    The founder of a brokerage house in Iowa got 50-years in federal prison for a scam that bilked 13,000 investors out of $215 million dollars over 20 years. Russ Wasendorf Sr. headed Peregrine Financial Group and caused what a judge called "staggering losses" to investors, employees and creditors. Judge Linda... more »
  • U. Iowa adds optional LGBT question to application

    December 12, 2012 11:35 AM

    IOWA CITY, Iowa- The University of Iowa has become the nation's first public university to include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its admissions application. The university announced Wednesday that its new application asks students whether they identify with the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer community. The... more »
  • Record Powerball jackpot boosted to $500M

    November 27, 2012 12:55 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The record Powerball jackpot is now even bigger. Powerball officials say they've boosted the jackpot for Wednesday's drawing to $500 million from the previously posted $425 million. Huge ticket sales nationally are pushing the payout higher. A single winner choosing the cash payout will take home... more »
  • Record Powerball result of changes to boost sales

    November 27, 2012 11:00 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The historic $425 million Powerball jackpot was all part of a plan lottery officials put in place early this year to build jackpots faster, drive sales and generate more money for states that play the game. Their plan appears to be working. Powerball tickets doubled in... more »
  • Powerball jackpot builds to $325M for Saturday

    November 23, 2012 11:57 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - The jackpot for Powerball's Saturday drawing has climbed to $325 million, the fourth-largest in the game's history. A single winner's cash payout would be nearly $213 million before taxes. Powerball organizers say this is the first run-up to a large jackpot that's fallen over a major... more »
  • Jack Taylor scores 138 points for Grinnell

    November 21, 2012 10:40 AM

    GRINNELL, Iowa - Jack Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible Tuesday night. Taylor made 27 of 71 3-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts... more »
  • School aide fired after call about '65 killing

    October 24, 2012 12:30 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa teacher's aide has been fired after school officials learned she was the member of an Indianapolis family who tortured and killed a girl in the basement of their home in 1965. BCLUW school district superintendent Ben Petty says Paula Pace was fired by the... more »
  • Shotgun wedding? Jeweler offers rifles with rings

    October 16, 2012 2:56 PM

    NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa - Have you spent your life hunting for the perfect wife? Maybe you have met the one but are feeling gun shy? An Iowa jeweler is offering free rifles for husbands-to-be who spend at least $1,999 on an engagement ring at his store near Iowa City. Jeweler... more »
  • Romney scratching his head over Obama, Big Bird

    October 9, 2012 5:01 PM

    VAN METER, Iowa - Mitt Romney says he's scratching his head over President Barack Obama's focus on Big Bird. The president is featuring the "Sesame Street" star in a new campaign ad mocking Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting. Campaigning in Iowa Tuesday, Romney said "you have... more »
  • Biden: Romney changed his position on tax cut

    October 4, 2012 4:14 PM

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Vice President Joe Biden says Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney renounced his own tax cut during Wednesday's presidential debate. While campaigning in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Biden said a $5 trillion tax cut is the "centerpiece" of Romney's campaign for president. But Biden said that during the... more »
  • Outrage over mandatory child visitation

    September 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    A father was ordered to take his two children cross-country from California to visit their mother who's in prison for killing a man in Iowa. A judge ordered Michael Roberts to take the kids to see Tracey Richter in prison while she appeals her conviction. The judge says the children... more »
  • Too much evidence, charges dropped

    August 15, 2012 7:48 PM

    A doctor on the lamb got off on charges in nation's largest Internet pharmacy prosecution because, in part, there's too much evidence. Armando Angulo was indicted in 2007 but fled to his native Panama. He was accused of selling prescription drugs to patients who were never examined or even interviewed... more »
  • Obama attacks Romney on wind-power in Iowa

    August 14, 2012 3:09 PM

    OSKALOOSA, Iowa - President Barack Obama is blasting Mitt Romney for opposing tax supports for wind power. At a campaign stop in Iowa, Obama accused his Republican challenger of wanting to maintain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies for oil companies rather than investing in what he describes as promising... more »
  • Quaker Oats workers from Iowa claim $241M Powerball pot

    June 20, 2012 12:32 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of 20 workers at the Quaker Oats plant in Cedar Rapids have stepped forward as winners of a $241 million Powerball jackpot. Lottery spokeswoman Mary Neubauer says one of the workers bought the winning ticket for the group for the June 13 drawing and... more »
  • Nuns start tour protesting Republican positions

    June 18, 2012 10:45 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of Roman Catholic nuns have left Des Moines on a two-week bus tour of nine states to protest Republican federal budget proposals that the group believes hurt the poor and vulnerable. The Nuns on the Bus tour left Monday for Ames. It is scheduled... more »
  • 'Pink slime' maker halts some plants

    March 26, 2012 12:24 PM

    LUBBOCK, Texas - The company that makes "pink slime" is suspending operations at three of four plants where the low-cost beef filler is made amid a public outcry over concern about the ingredient. Beef Products Inc. spokesman Craig Letch on Monday told The Associated Press about the operations suspensions at... more »
  • Perry tweets, 'Here we come South Carolina'

    January 4, 2012 10:39 AM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is staying in the presidential race despite a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses. He's written on his official Twitter account that the "the next leg of the marathon is the Palmetto State. ... Here we come South Carolina!!!" He's attached a photo... more »
  • Romney grinning on way to NH after narrow Iowa win

    January 4, 2012 9:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - A smiling Mitt Romney making his way to New Hampshire told reporters that he spoke with all his GOP rivals except Newt Gingrich on Tuesday night. Romney says he only got about two hours of sleep as the wait for final Iowa caucus results stretched into the early... more »
  • Paul: Iowa showing good enough to keep him in race

    January 4, 2012 9:46 AM

    WASHINGTON - Texas Congressman Ron Paul says he's happy with his "good showing" in Iowa, where he finished third in the Republican presidential caucuses. The Republican with a libertarian bent tells NBC's "Today" show he felt it was a sound performance, and "it's doing very well to be in the... more »
  • Analyst: Jindal helping Perry, self in Iowa check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 3, 2012 10:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Political analysts say even though Governor Bobby Jindal is supporting a candidate for president that Iowans didn't Tuesday night, it's not work for nothing for Louisiana's leader. Roy Fletcher said despite being paired with Texas Governor Rick Perry, and his poor showing in Iowa, sticking with a... more »
  • Herman Cain: No endorsement before Iowa caucus

    December 30, 2011 4:14 PM

    DES MOINES - Don't expect Herman Cain to endorse any of the Republican presidential candidates before Tuesday's Iowa caucuses Cain's campaign manager Mark Block told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Friday that the former GOP candidate is not prepared to endorse anyone. He did not elaborate. Cain enjoyed... more »
  • Romney casts Ron Paul as fringe candidate

    December 30, 2011 3:17 PM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - The polls suggest that Ron Paul could be the only Republican who could cost Mitt Romney a victory in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses. And Romney is setting out to make sure that doesn't happen. During TV interviews today, Romney said he doesn't think that Paul "represents... more »
  • All eyes on Iowa ahead of Tuesday caucuses

    December 29, 2011 2:32 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Five days before the Iowa caucus, Republican candidates are traveling the state, playing up their conservative credentials and questioning those of their rivals. And they're trying to tamp down support for the newest front-runners, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Romney, who began his campaign by... more »
  • Jindal campaigning for Perry in Iowa this week

    December 20, 2011 3:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Iowa this week to help Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign in the last push before the first-in-the-nation Jan. 3 caucuses. Jindal spokesman Frank Collins says the Louisiana governor will be campaigning Tuesday and Wednesday in Iowa for Perry, who... more »
  • Hackers threaten to interrupt Iowa caucus voting

    December 19, 2011 7:26 AM

    IOWA CITY - Republican Party officials in Iowa are taking new steps to secure their vote counting systems after an anonymous threat suggested computer hackers could attempt to disrupt next month's presidential nominating caucuses. A video uploaded to YouTube features a computer-generated voice denouncing a corrupt political system and calls... more »
  • Mystery Statue

    September 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    A statue of a Hot Dog Man suddenly appears in various parts of Council Bluffs, Iowa and police would relish information about it. The latest sighting was after a call about a man in a hot dog costume near a bus stop where children gather. It turned out to be... more »
  • Pawlenty Pulls the Trigger on Ads

    June 21, 2011 7:33 PM

    Republican hopeful Tim Pawlenty plans to run the first TV ad of the 2012 presidential campaign season in Iowa on Wednesday. The former governor of Minnesota is using the commercial to build support for Iowa's leadoff caucuses next winter as well as the state Republican party straw poll, an... more »
  • Political analysts say Roemer has chance at presidency

    March 3, 2011 9:53 PM

    Former Governor Buddy Roemer is getting a favorable chance from political analysts after announcing today he's running a grassroots campaign for president with little money. Those experts say Roemer's biggest challenge won't be the people, but rather, the Republican Party. National Democratic Analyst Donna Brazile said, "The field... more »
  • Iowa wrestler defaults rather than face girl

    February 17, 2011 12:58 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa high school wrestler who was among the favorites to win his weight class has defaulted on his first-round state tournament match rather than face a girl. Joel Northup, a home-schooled sophomore who was 35-4 wrestling for Linn-Mar High this season, said in a... more »
  • Footlong Fight

    February 14, 2011 7:24 PM

    There's a fight brewing over the use of the word "footlong" by Subway Sandwiches. A convenience store chain in Iowa wants a federal court to rule the word belongs in the general English vocabulary and is not the special property of Subway and its 12-inch long sandwiches. Casey's General Stores... more »

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