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Iowa traffic deaths slowing this year after 2016 spike

DES MOINES - Following one of the deadliest years in nearly a decade, Iowa's roads have been less treacherous for drivers so for this year.

There have been 279 traffic fatalities in Iowa this year through Thursday, according to state data. By this ... »

Grassley’s dead deer still gets around

DES MOINES - Five years ago, a deer died and a social media legend was born.

Well, we assume the deer died.

It was five years ago last week - Oct. 25, 2012 - that a car carrying U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley hit a deer on an Eastern Iowa road, pr ... »

Iowa lawmakers scrutinize opioid law options

DES MOINES - Lori Peter shares her devastating experience with opioid addiction often, and all over Iowa.

Everywhere she goes, she brings her son.

Kelly John Peter is forever 24 years old and cannot tell his own tale of heroin addicti ... »

Report: Uproar from Iowa Republicans quells renewable fuel rollback by EPA

PELLA - Amid increasing appeals and pressure from Iowa's top Republicans, President Donald Trump has told his administration's Environmental Protection Agency to back off potential cuts to renewable fuel volumes, the Bloomberg news service reported Wedn ... »

Reynolds heads to Washington over Iowa issues

DES MOINES - Pending federal action could have significant effects on health care and the renewable fuels industry in Iowa, and Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will have an audience next week with Vice President Mike Pence in Washington to discuss th ... »

Tweaks to Iowa voter ID law bring praise

DES MOINES - Although they remain dismayed by Iowa's new voter identification law, groups that advocate for voters' rights said Monday they are encouraged by tweaks being considered by state officials.

The Iowa Secretary of State's Office on Mon ... »

Luring back rural voters vexes Iowa Democrats

DES MOINES - Rural Iowa shifted political direction in 2016, catching Democrats off guard.

The conversation of how to earn back those votes is dominating conversation among Democrats these days.

It was the focus by speakers at a recent fund ... »

Capitol Ideas: Former fraudster schools Iowa seniors

Frank Abagnale Jr. is a former scam artist who in his youth cashed millions of dollars worth of fraudulent checks and posed as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer.

His criminal days long past, Abagnale spends his days warning seniors across the co ... »

Friction showing in some Iowa mental health regions

DES MOINES - Signs of friction are starting to show in some of the multicounty regions that three years ago were established to deliver mental health care services throughout Iowa.

Advocates nonetheless believe the wounds can be healed and the reg ... »

Gov. Reynolds wants 1-on-1 with President Trump over Obamacare fix

DES MOINES - With health care options for as many as 70,000 Iowans in the balance, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she wants a direct line to President Donald Trump.

Reynolds said she continues to work with the president's staff to secure approval ... »