Branstad: Partisan politics behind investigations
Gov. Terry Branstad says Democrats pursuing investigations into confidential settlement agreements, do-not-hire lists, and other issues are practicing partisan politics at its worst.
Iowa man arrested in school bathroom camera case
Authorities have arrested an eastern Iowa man accused of placing hidden video recording devices in a girls' school bathroom.
The U.S. Department of Justice for the southern district of Iowa says 29-year-old Ian Dishon Isabel was taken into custody Friday. He was captured in Adams County in western Illinois.
Iowa hires nearly 400 without advertising the jobs
At least 386 state employees have been hired by Gov. Terry Branstad's administration without advertising the positions, but this is not a new practice in Iowa.
Critics told the Des Moines Register the practice makes it easier for friends and campaign donors to land the jobs.
Government Oversight calls in 2 state officials
The Senate Government Oversight Committee has set another hearing to ask more questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other issues they believe could be problems in the executive branch.
Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, who chairs the oversight committee, has set a meeting for 2:30 p.m. Monday and two Department of Administrative Services officials who didn't come last week say they'll appear.
2 Iowans held in abduction of man found in trunk
Two Des Moines residents have been arrested in the kidnapping and beating of a man found in the trunk of a car.
Police say they've arrested 53-year-old Debra Oliver and 50-year-old John Deering and charged both with kidnapping. Online records say Oliver and Deering remained in Polk County Jail on Monday. Online court records don't list the names of their attorneys.
- Panel likely to continue inquiry DES MOINES -- Senate Democratic leaders have made it clear their questions about government payments to former workers for secrecy and other state employment issues will not stop when the Legislature adjourns for the year. While lawmakers appear to b
Legislators: Session lacks productivity
CLINTON -- Iowa legislators are frustrated with the way this year's session has unfolded, but not everything has come with disappointing results. During a legislative coffee gathering Saturday, Sen. Rita Hart, Rep. Steve Olson and Rep. Mary Wolfe exp
Branstad administration may appeal ruling on pins
Gov. Terry Branstad's administration is considering appealing a judge's ruling allowing state workers to wear pins critical of the governor.
Administrative law judge Jan Berry ruled March 31 that workers could display the pins on their uniforms or clothes, The Des Moines Register reported Saturday.
In Iowa, Ryan says budget a step toward GOP unity
Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan told an Iowa audience Friday that his party can and must come together, and he held out his recently passed budget plan as a sign of growing GOP unity.
Although blocs of Republicans object to aspects of the plan passed Thursday in the U.S. House, Ryan said it embodies the principles upon which the nation was founded.
Putnam Museum opens its new science center
The Putnam Museum in Davenport has officially opened its new science center.The 10,000-square-foot space opens Saturday to the public. Officials held a ribbon-cutting event Friday.
The center features more than 45 hands-on stations focused on key aspects of science, technology, engineering and math education.
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