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SPRAGUEVILLE (AP) — In August 1842, just 10 years after today’s Eastern Iowa opened to European settlement, a family with seven children in a covered wagon pulled by oxen was nearing the Wapsipinicon River when the mother became violently ill and died.

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KNOXVILLE — A sharp-eyed Knoxville cop has foiled the escape plans of Cecil, the sojourning tortoise.

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court struck down a law on Friday that requires a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was an unconstitutional burden on women.

DES MOINES (AP) — Since winning control of both legislative chambers two years ago, Iowa Republicans have moved aggressively to block city and county government actions, leaving local officials frustrated but matching a trend seen in other states with single-party control.

DES MOINES -- Retired Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell has won the Iowa Democratic primary and a chance to face Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in November.

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s upcoming primary will mark the first statewide test of a new law that requires voters to show identification at the polls, and both state officials and voting advocacy groups say they’re keeping a close watch on its rollout.

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OTTUMWA — Sarah Reinecke loves when people underestimate her at competitive eating events. She’s also a competitive bodybuilder. She doesn’t look like she could possibly pack away huge amounts of food.

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups.

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OTTUMWA — You might remember “Larry the Flagman.” He’s not from Ottumwa, but he was here in 2014 for the funeral of Marine Cpl. Adam Wolff.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature adjourned Saturday after using their majorities to push through a conservative agenda that included the nation's strictest abortion restriction and a large tax cut. Some bill still await Gov. Kim Reynolds' signature.

DES MOINES (AP) — As the Iowa legislative session inches toward adjournment with Republican leaders focused on tax cuts and the state budget, some lawmakers and advocacy groups are still pushing for other bills that have received less attention.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A large storm brought freezing rain, heavy snow and strong winds to a large swath of the Midwest on Monday, snarling traffic and forcing the closure of some schools and government offices.

DES MOINES — A push to add language to the Iowa Constitution that ensures the rights of crime victims is moving through the Legislature despite opposition from a crime victims group and prosecutors as well as problems in other states that have enacted similar laws.

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