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.
Union chief says Iowa 'do-not-hire' list is flawed
The president of Iowa's largest public employees union says the state's list of banned former workers is filled with mistakes and shouldn't have been released.
Danny Homan of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Friday the union has already found two people on the 974-person "do-not-hire" list who currently work for the state.
Iowa finds 12 votes were wrongly rejected in 2012
At least 12 Iowa residents wrongly had their ballots rejected in the 2012 presidential election because of inaccuracies in the state's list of ineligible felons, a review found Friday.
Secretary of State Matt Schultz announced that nine additional cases of improper disenfranchisement were found during a review launched after it was reported in January that three voters were disenfranchised because of bureaucratic mistakes.
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