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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House rejects effort to reopen Iowa Juvenile Home
An effort to reopen the Iowa Juvenile home closed by Gov. Terry Branstad in January has been rejected by the Iowa House.
House Minority Leader Mark Smith, of Marshalltown, on Thursday attempted to tack on a provision to the health and human services budget to reopen the facility in Toledo and revamp programming for delinquent girls. The amendment failed in a 48-to-51 vote.
Medical marijuana bill may surface in Senate
Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says he will sponsor a bill legalizing the sale of medical marijuana in Iowa, reviving an issue once thought dead this year.
The persistent efforts of woman who have children with epilepsy changed lawmakers' perceptions on the issue.
AP NewsBreak: Iowa releases list of barred workers
Iowa's human resources agency has released a list of hundreds of former workers who are barred from ever returning to state employment, days after the department's now-fired director repeatedly told lawmakers no such list existed.
A Department of Administrative Services spreadsheet identifies 975 workers who are disqualified from future employment because they were either fired or resigned before termination, dating to 1990. The majority are barred from working again for the 42 executive branch agencies, while a small number are disqualified from specific departments or jobs.
Southwest Iowa lawmaker returns to the Capitol
A southwest Iowa lawmaker has returned to his job in the Iowa Capitol, where he hadn't voted on a measure since March 4.
The Des Moines Register says Sen. Hubert Houser on Wednesday wrote a $576 check to repay expense money he was paid while absent.
Agent fired in Branstad case to be investigator
The veteran Iowa criminal investigator fired after reporting Gov. Terry Branstad's speeding SUV is going into business as a private investigator.
Former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund of Fort Dodge said Wednesday he's obtained his private investigator's license and founded Hedlund Investigations.
State officials cancel legislative hearing again
For the second consecutive day officials in the Iowa Department of Administrative Services have told legislators investigating use of state money to pay former workers for silence they wouldn't appear to answer questions.
Senate Oversight Committee Chairwoman Janet Peterson says two DAS administrators were asked to appear for a Thursday afternoon hearing but sent a message Wednesday night they would not show up.
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