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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden insists an unexpected slowdown in companies' hiring is clear new proof the U.S. needs the multitrillion-dollar federal boost he's pushing. But his sales effort is challenged by critics who say Friday's jobless figures show his earlier aid legislation — s…

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids paid $619,000 to defend a white police officer against an excessive force lawsuit brought by a Black man he shot and paralyzed, before Iowa's second-largest city reached a landmark $8 million settlement with the man, a city spokeswoman said.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A registered sex offender kidnapped and shot to death a 10-year-old Iowa girl, his son's half sister, while the two kids were staying overnight with him last summer, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers around the country are pressing ahead with efforts to tighten voting laws, despite growing warnings from business leaders that the measures could harm democracy and the economic climate.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Testing on a cap worn by the perpetrator of a homicide 45 years ago has failed to exonerate a prisoner who maintains his innocence, the latest setback for lawyers hoping to prove Iowa’s first wrongful conviction based on DNA.

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief — moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of p…

OSKALOOSA — The domestic abuse case involving Mahaska County Supervisor Mark Groenendyk could be expunged from his criminal record next year if he satisfies the conditions of his probation.

Gov. Kim Reynolds’ decision to reject $95 million in federal aid for routine COVID-19 testing in schools drew mixed reviews Friday after she made the revelation on a national cable TV forum.

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A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

DES MOINES — Farm interests, fuel retailers and others whipsawed a state Senate panel Thursday over a legislative proposal seeking to push more use of renewable fuels that proponents hailed as an economic boon for Iowa-based industries and critics panned as a government intrusion that would cost drivers more at the pump.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged with leaving a threatening voicemail telling Gov. Kim Reynolds she should be “hung for treason” defended his comments Thursday as free speech, saying he was expressing opposition to COVID-19 restrictions.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden declared Wednesday night that “America is rising anew” as he called for an expansion of federal programs to drive the economy past the pandemic and broadly extend the social safety net on a scale not seen in decades.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa will pay $400,000 to design and build a wrought iron fence around the historic Des Moines mansion used as the residence for Gov. Kim Reynolds, officials said Wednesday.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With interest in coronavirus vaccines lagging in much of Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that public health officials planned to make shots available at gathering spots like farmers markets and sports events.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — When Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration arranged coronavirus testing at the office of the governor’s biggest campaign donors, it was the first time in weeks and last time ever the state would deploy a testing team to a private business, newly released records show.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa continued to see slow population growth in 2020 U.S. Census Bureau data released Monday with the state resident population growing 4.7% in the last decade to 3,190,369 people.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has asked the federal government to withhold more than one-quarter of its allotment of coronavirus vaccines this week because demand for the shots has waned across the state.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For a second time, a judge has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad does not have to testify in a long-running lawsuit brought by an investigator who was fired in 2013 shortly after filing a complaint about Branstad’s state vehicle speeding.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted Tuesday of murder and manslaughter for pinning George Floyd to the pavement with his knee on the Black man’s neck in a case that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious reexamination of racism and policing…

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday the conviction of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the killing of George Floyd “can be a giant step forward” for the nation in the fight against systemic racism. But he declared that "it's not enough.”

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A top workplace safety regulator warned the Republican leaders of the Iowa Legislature that conditions inside the state Capitol are hazardous and may be exposing workers to the coronavirus, according to documents released Monday.

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Nearly seven of every 10 voters cast their ballots before Election Day in 2020. Republicans are moving to make it harder for that to happen again, potentially affecting the voting preferences of millions of Americans.

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INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state and elsewhere saluted Friday as they filed past the flag-draped casket of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was shot and killed last week while trying to arrest a man barricaded inside his home.

A pair of Missouri companies are suing the state of Iowa, accusing legislators of acting “in the dark of night” to create a new kind of monopoly for the owners of electric power lines.

Although Iowa’s three public universities are planning a return to mostly in-person learning next fall — and touting widespread COVID-19 vaccine availability in making that happen — Board of Regents President Mike Richards on Wednesday promised the institutions won’t require its students, faculty, and staff to get vaccinated.

DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds cautioned Iowans from jumping to conclusions on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, after the U.S. government recommended distribution of the vaccine be paused.

Iowa lawmakers may have to decide whether to proceed with plans for tax cuts before knowing for sure if the action could jeopardize federal coronavirus relief dollars, House Speaker Pat Grassley said Thursday.

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday issued the latest blow to Jason Carter’s bid to remove the civil trial verdict that found him liable for his mother Shirley Carter’s death.

Iowa would accelerate planned tax cuts under a bill that won bipartisan support in the Iowa Senate Wednesday but may bump up against resistance both in the Iowa House and the federal government.

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