We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

AP

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen said Wednesday the coronavirus pandemic forced the court system to enact two shutdowns of jury trials and institute remote hearings, but she is determined to resume in-person trials in February.

AP

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday night that she will ask lawmakers to immediately send her a bill to sign into law that would require schools to offer parents the option of having their children in classrooms full time despite continuing high levels of coronavirus …

AP

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's governor and four aides helped make a marketing video for a Utah company that was awarded no-bid contracts for work on the coronavirus pandemic, a move that has raised allegations of favoritism and improper use of public resources.

AP

ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats won both Georgia Senate seats — and with them, the U.S. Senate majority — as final votes were counted Wednesday, serving President Donald Trump a stunning defeat in his turbulent final days in office while dramatically improving the fate of President-elect Joe Biden’…

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress on Friday overrode President Donald Trump's veto of a defense policy bill, a first by lawmakers since he took office nearly four years ago, ensuring that the measure becomes law.

AP

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to the government paying nearly 40% of their income, U.S. farmers are expected to end 2020 with higher profit than 2019 and the best net income in seven years, the Department of Agriculture said in its latest farm income forecast.

AP

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package Sunday, ending days of drama over his refusal to accept the bipartisan deal that will deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and avert a federal government shutdown.

AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A recreational vehicle parked in the deserted streets of downtown Nashville exploded early Christmas morning, causing widespread communications outages that took down police emergency systems and grounded holiday travel at the city's airport.

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s sudden demand for $2,000 checks for most Americans was swiftly rejected by House Republicans as his haphazard actions have thrown a massive COVID relief and government funding bill into chaos.

AP

Here’s a look at false and misleading claims circulating online as news about COVID-19 vaccines and uncertainty around coronavirus relief in the U.S. dominate headlines. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here …

AP

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Rita Hart asked the U.S. House on Tuesday to investigate and overturn the race that Iowa says she lost by six votes, arguing that 22 ballots were wrongly excluded and others weren't examined during the recount.

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a $900 billion pandemic relief package that would finally deliver long-sought cash to businesses and individuals and resources to vaccinate a nation confronting a frightening surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths.

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $900 billion economic relief package that emerged from Congress over the weekend will deliver vital aid to millions of households and businesses that have struggled for months to survive. Yet with the economy still in the grip of a pandemic that has increasingly tighten…

AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress passed a two-day stopgap spending bill Friday night, averting a partial government shutdown and buying yet more time for frustratingly slow endgame negotiations on an almost $1 trillion COVID-19 economic relief package.

JOHNSTON — Mask-wearing in public settings will continue to be required for at least another week, while Iowa's governor softened some other restrictions in her ongoing COVID-19 emergency proclamation.

OTTUMWA — All precincts for the second U.S. House district in Iowa have reported their unofficial tally. The result: it's too close to call.

President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden are intensifying their efforts to persuade uncommitted voters to pick sides in the closing days of the presidential election campaign.

Gov. Kim Reynolds decided to use $21 million in federal pandemic relief aid to pay for unrelated no-bid contracts with a hand-picked software company after lawmakers declined to make the appropriation.

Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said nobody “should be surprised” she voted with Democrats to bar the U.S. Department of Justice from supporting a lawsuit aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act.

  • Updated

OSKALOOSA — State Sen. Ken Rozenboom, a Republican, emphatically denied allegations he belittled and name-called young constituents in emails, a charge levied by Democratic challenger Lance Roorda Thursday at a forum.

New COVID-19 testing requirements from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will leave the State Hygienic Lab unable to provide or process routine COVID-19 tests for Iowa’s long-term care facilities.

Despite the anticipated difficulties associated with the upcoming general election, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office expects that on election night, Iowans will know who carried the state in the presidential contest.

DES MOINES — A federal lawsuit brought against investigators by the Marion County man accused, then acquitted, of murdering his mother has been tossed by a federal judge.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s payroll tax deferral would provide workers with a modest bump in take-home pay the rest of this year, but they’d face a big tax bill next year when repaying the money.

As new questions were raised over the reliability of the state’s COVID-19 data, the number of Iowans infected with the virus topped 50,000.

OSKALOOSA — An Ottumwa man was charged with attempted murder after police said he ran over a female pedestrian, critically injuring her.

BLAKESBURG — The Wapello County Sheriff’s Office says they’ve arrested a man following a search warrant related to the sexual assault of a juvenile.

This Week's Circulars