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  • By SCOTT STEWART Associated Press

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.

  • By SCOTT STEWART Associated Press

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.

  • By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press

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.

  • By ANGELA UFHEIL Associated Press

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.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ The Associated Press

DES MOINES — Iowa had a nearly 50 percent drop in the number of people enrolled in its family planning program since it switched to a state-funded system that excludes abortion providers including Planned Parenthood, according to preliminary data obtained by The Associated Press on the progr…

DES MOINES (AP) — The federal tax cut could save up to $147 million in utility bills for Iowa residents as the state's investor-owned utility companies pass along some of their giant tax reductions.

  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa has jumped into the national debate over immigration with an expansive enforcement bill that would require local governments to comply with federal immigration agents or risk losing state funds.

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  • By RYAN J. FOLEY The Associated Press

IOWA CITY — An Iowa investigator fired after complaining about frequent speeding by the governor’s state vehicle claims in a lawsuit that he faced harsher discipline than other employees because he embarrassed then-Gov. Terry Branstad.

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  • By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds highlighted a range of priorities in her Condition of the State speech to Iowa lawmakers last week, but recent history shows those ideas can easily morph or be tossed as members of her party weigh in.

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  • By DON BABWIN The Associated Press

CHICAGO — Chicago ended 2017 with fewer homicides than the year before, but gang violence in the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods kept the total number of killings above the 600 mark for only the second time in more than a decade.

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  • By JOHN O'CONNOR AP Political Writer

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — An Illinois judge dealt a blow to anti-abortion groups Thursday, dismissing a lawsuit aimed at stopping a law that’s about to take effect that would expand Medicaid and state-employee group health insurance to cover abortions.

  • By DAVID PITT Associated Press

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has said it will allow guns to be carried into county courthouses under certain restrictions, backing off a complete ban initiated in the spring after lawmakers passed a sweeping gun rights bill.

DES MOINES — Iowa officials are warning that state income tax refunds will be delayed in 2018.

  • By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa Supreme Court justice has taken the unusual step of temporarily ordering the state's largest newspaper not to publish the contents of court records legally obtained by one of its reporters.

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