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Reynolds defends use of federal virus-relief dollars for state salaries

Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday defended her use of federal coronavirus-relief dollars for state employee salaries, saying it is allowed under program guidelines and...

Counties may get extra time to prepare for the counting of...

Despite the anticipated difficulties associated with the upcoming general election, the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office expects that on election night, Iowans will know...

Reynolds reopens bars in four counties, but not Story and Johnson

Gov. Kim Reynolds will allow bars in four Iowa counties to reopen at 5 p.m. Wednesday when she lifts an order related to earlier...

Big Ten football, pandemic and politics collide as U-Wisconsin leader testifies...

The Big Ten athletic conference will “keep its season postponed” for fall sports until it can guarantee more rigorous COVID-19 testing and address potential...

We should not just accept deaths like Sabrina’s and Natalie’s

Twenty years ago, when the death of 2-year-old Shelby Duis outraged Iowans, I was confident the Spirit Lake tragedy would soon bring change to...

Bush administration ethics lawyer slams hiring of DeJoy as postmaster

WASHINGTON — A top ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush on Monday decried Louis DeJoy’s appointment to postmaster general and called for a...

EPA turns down oil refineries’ biofuels exemption requests

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, less than two months before the Nov. 3 elections, has rejected small oil refineries' requests to blend less ethanol.  EPA...

Branstad to leave ‘tough job’ as ambassador; allies praise him for...

U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad served as a calming force during a particularly rocky period in U.S.-China relations, helping to lead to a...

Judge invalidates absentee ballot applications in Johnson County lawsuit

The Republican National Committee and Republican Party of Iowa have won a third court ruling, this time in Johnson County, that may result in...

County auditors weigh in on absentee-voting case as Republicans try to...

As part of the Iowa Democratic Party’s lawsuit against the state over absentee ballot requests, the Iowa State Association of County Auditors is warning...
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