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WASHINGTON — Here's a look at how area members of Congress voted over the previous week.

DES MOINES — Can the power of eminent domain be transferred from the county board of supervisors to a regional airport authority on an irrevocable basis?


ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of making and placing several homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines — including one that was found by an 8-year-old girl — pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer Jeff Frank doesn’t feel rich, but simply based on the skyrocketing value of his land in northwest Iowa, it’s an apt way to describe him, even if he laughs at the idea.

OTTUMWA — Indian Hills Community College has been awarded a federal grant that provides comprehensive financial and academic support to qualified students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Free press advocates pushed Iowa Senate leaders Wednesday to change a policy that removed reporters from the Senate floor for the first time in more than 100 years and moved them to a second-floor public gallery where they can't interact with lawmakers.

Wayne County Attorney Alan Wilson is seeking a prison sentence in the lawsuit against Debra Eccleston, who has been charged with forging Promise City Mayor Brenda DeVore’s signature in order to embezzle more than $10,000 from the city, he told The Center Square in a phone interview Tuesday.

Tuesday was day five of the 2022 legislative session, and at least five people at the Capitol have tested positive for COVID-19.

Rachel Fratzke led her Mercy Iowa City nursing staff in a meditation session to start the workday Monday morning. A nurse manager, she had the nurses do deep breathing exercises and think about when they first wanted to be a nurse, or how they felt about passing their certifying board exams.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A surge in coronavirus cases in Iowa has significantly stressed medical centers as people rush to get tested, hospitalizations surge and health care workers are sidelined by illness, a hospital official said Thursday.

DES MOINES — When life handed the judicial system lemons in the form of COVID-19, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Susan Christensen formed a lemonade task force to review the emergency rules it had been operating under for more than a year.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Chief Justice Susan Christensen on Wednesday called for a nearly 7% increase in the court system's budget for next year in hopes of increasing salaries and hiring judges, attorneys and other staff after a hiring freeze.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds proposed Tuesday night that Iowa cut taxes by nearly $2 billion by moving to a 4% flat income tax phased in over four years and repealing all state taxes on retirement income beginning next year.

Four Iowa legislators and two conservation advocates want funding for the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund – which has stayed empty since it was approved by voters in 2010.

The U.S. Senate has tabled discussion of President Joe Biden’s $1.75 trillion spending proposal, but Rep. Cindy Axne said Wednesday the bill was still “alive and well” in D.C.

Months before attackers supporting then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6, social media sites were flooded with angry postings claiming the presidential election had been rigged and calling for violence.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday that Iowans can expect another round of tax cuts, proposed legislation to prod unemployed Iowans to find jobs and proposals to address a shortage of teachers and child care workers.

CEDAR RAPIDS — Warning that Iowans’ fundamental freedoms and rights are under attack by the Biden administration’s “radical socialist agenda,” a Republican county attorney is challenging Attorney General Tom Miller’s campaign for an 11th term.

For 12 years, Iowans have been waiting for the state Legislature to finance the Natural Resources & Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund, a sales-tax supported fund for clean water, productive agricultural soil and thriving wildlife habitat.

OSKALOOSA — South Central Iowa outdoorsmen may soon have the opportunity once again to take to area lakes to enjoy the celebrated winter sport of ice fishing.


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The county attorney prosecuting the case of two southeast Iowa teens charged with murde r in the death of their high school Spanish teacher said in court documents they surveilled her pattern of life, ambushed her along her daily walk and dragged her into the woods, r…

DES MOINES — As work progresses on making a leakproof roof to protect more than 200 million pieces of Iowa history and culture at the State Historical Building, lawmakers promise to “intensify” their discussion of the planned improvements that could tally as much as $60 million.

Iowa is expected to spend more than $9 million to place 100 out-of-state nurses and respiratory therapists at the state’s larger health care facilities for six weeks of the latest spike of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

DES MOINES — Matthew Eric Mason, formerly of Ottumwa and Des Moines, was sentenced to just over 15 years in prison on child pornography charges dating back to 2019.

OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa's Holly Brink announced Tuesday she will not seek re-election to the Iowa statehouse, avoiding a primary for the new 88th district.

OTTUMWA — Harbor Freight Tools, America’s go-to store for quality tools at the lowest prices, has announced that it will be opening a new store in Ottumwa this winter.

IOWA CITY — The migraines, exhaustion and shortness of breath have existed dating to before Darcy Havel-Sturdevant was diagnosed with COVID-19 in April 2020. The shortness of breath has improved a bit but the rest remain going into the Christmas holiday season.

OTTUMWA — Not long ago, Cara Galloway was like a lot of other people in Ottumwa. It seemed like a stepping stone to something bigger.

MONTEZUMA — Authorities late Friday confirmed that the remains found in a farm field northwest of Montezuma last month were in fact a missing boy from the area.

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