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  • Edwards heads to Iowa for meeting of nation's governors

    July 14, 2016 12:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is spending the next few days in Iowa, to meet with fellow governors from around the country. The Democrat, in office since January, headed to Des Moines on Thursday for the National Governors Association summer meeting. According to the meeting agenda, discussions are... more »
  • Cruz takes Iowa; Clinton & Sanders nearly tied

    February 2, 2016 12:17 AM

    DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa caucus was full of surprises on both side of the political aisle. A record number of republican voters showed up to caucus. Sen. Ted Cruz (TX) led a crowded field of candidates with 28% of the vote. Donald Trump, who led most polls... more »
  • Caucusing Iowa...Street Play Video

    February 1, 2016 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Discussions were held in homes, gyms and churches Monday night in Iowa for the presidential caucuses. It's different from the primaries held around the country and in Louisiana. Republicans listen to speeches, discuss and cast their votes while Democrats vouch for a candidate and persuade others to... more »
  • It all starts with the Iowa trudge

    February 1, 2016 10:55 AM

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - Among Republicans, we have the showman, the ideologue and the next-generation man. Among Democrats: the avowed socialist who wants a democratic "revolution" and the avowed progressive/realist who says she wants to make actual "progress." These five, and many more in the mix, submit themselves to Monday... more »
  • Poll: Trump leads GOP field in Iowa, Clinton tops Sanders

    January 30, 2016 8:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's the last major preference poll before the Iowa caucuses on Monday. The Iowa Poll, published today by The Des Moines Register and Bloomberg, says Republican Donald Trump has the support of 28 perfect of likely caucus-goers, with Ted Cruz at 23 percent and Marco Rubio at 15... more »
  • Clinton takes on Sanders over guns, to appear with Giffords

    January 30, 2016 2:50 PM

    DAVENPORT - As the Iowa caucuses draw near, Democrat Hillary Clinton is highlighting rival Bernie Sanders' votes against tougher gun restrictions. Her presidential campaign says Clinton will appear Saturday in Ames, Iowa, with Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona. Giffords was gravely wounded in a shooting five years... more »
  • America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

    January 30, 2016 2:44 PM

    DES MOINES - First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave. But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the... more »
  • For GOP, debate was glimpse of what could have been

    January 29, 2016 4:57 AM

    DES MOINES, Iowa- For the Republican candidates for president, it was a glimpse of what could have been. Front-runner Donald Trump's boycott of the final debate before the Iowa caucuses created space for his rivals to delve more deeply into their differences on immigration, foreign policy and their approach to... more »
  • Trump looks to grab attention as GOP rivals debate

    January 28, 2016 11:10 AM

    DES MOINES - It looks like Republican presidential candidates will be debating without their front-runner. Donald Trump hopes to starve his rivals of attention at a critical juncture in the campaign by holding a competing event of his own. Trump's abrupt decision to boycott the final debate before Monday's Iowa... more »
  • Fighting in Iowa, Hillary Clinton fears repeat of 2008 loss

    January 27, 2016 11:35 AM

    CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - The campaign for Monday's presidential caucuses in Iowa is beginning to resemble a bad flashback for Hillary Clinton. Once again she finds herself barnstorming through the state's frozen stretches with a diminished lead in the polls and an underdog rival on the rise. Last time, in... more »
  • Trump not backing down from Fox debate boycott

    January 27, 2016 11:02 AM

    IOWA CITY - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump isn't backing down Wednesday from his threat to boycott this week's GOP debate, where candidates have the opportunity to make their closing arguments before voting begins in Monday's Iowa caucuses. Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said in a pair of television interviews... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders vie for Obama voters; GOP woos evangelicals

    January 26, 2016 5:18 PM

    DES MOINES, Iowa - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders worked to expand their appeal Tuesday to voters who fueled President Barack Obama's rise, while Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz played up evangelical support ahead of the critical Iowa caucuses. Six days before voting in the 2016 campaign kicks off,... more »
  • Clinton, Sanders shadowing each other across Iowa

    January 23, 2016 2:55 PM

    DES MOINES - Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are shadowing each other across eastern Iowa, eager to carve out an advantage in a race that's deadlocked with just over a week until the state's lead-off caucuses. The candidates' overlapping campaign schedules underscore the close eye the rivals are keeping... more »
  • Rubio betting on a long-haul strategy to win GOP nomination

    January 20, 2016 11:31 AM

    BETTENDORF, Iowa - Under pressure to emerge as the Republican mainstream's presidential contender, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is increasingly relying on a national strategy as he lowers expectations for February's primary contests. He's betting big that Republican voters across the political spectrum will ultimately coalesce behind his candidacy in the... more »
  • Ted Cruz says Donald Trump becoming 'rattled' by his gains

    January 18, 2016 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON, New Hampshire - Ted Cruz is accusing his Republican rival Donald Trump of exhibiting inconsistent conservativism, suggesting he is not prepared to be president. Cruz accused the billionaire investor of becoming "rattled" and "dismayed" by the Texas senator's gains. The war of words between Cruz and Trump intensified in... more »
  • As Iowa looms, GOP wonders: does Trump have fans, or voters?

    January 18, 2016 11:36 AM

    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - It's the No. 1 question headed into the Iowa caucuses: Does Donald Trump merely have fans, or does he have supporters who will mobilize come caucus day? The definitive answer won't arrive until the night of Iowa's leadoff caucuses on Feb. 1. But interviews with... more »
  • Ben Carson's campaign manager, spokesman leave GOP campaign

    December 31, 2015 1:39 PM

    DES MOINES - The campaign manager for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson says he and another top aide have resigned. Barry Bennett says he and communications director Doug Watts left the campaign on Thursday morning. Bennett says he left because of mounting frustration that Carson was listening more to his... more »
  • No. 5 Michigan St edges No. 4 Iowa 16-13 for Big Ten title

    December 6, 2015 12:26 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - L.J. Scott kept lunging forward, stretching the ball over the goal line for a touchdown with 27 seconds and No. 5 Michigan State all but locked up a spot in the College Football Playoff, edging No. 4 Iowa 16-13 Saturday in the Big Ten championship game. Connor Cook... more »
  • LSU up to #21 in latest college football playoff ranking, top 4 unchanged

    December 1, 2015 8:31 PM

    Oklahoma is No. 3 in the College Football Playoff selection committee rankings, putting the Sooners safely in position to be in the final four with their season completed. The Sooners locked up the Big 12 championship with a blowout victory at Oklahoma State on Saturday. The LSU Tigers... more »
  • 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 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 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 »

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