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USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

USDA announces support for farmers impacted by unjustified retaliation and trade disruption

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take several actions to assist farmers in response to trade damage…

Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to shooting that produced double-homicide

Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to shooting that produced double-homicide

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police in Cedar Rapids now have three suspects connected to a shooting earlier this month that produced a double-homicide. The Cedar Rapids Police Department has identified three…

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

Governor signs measure increasing funding to Early Childhood Iowa

DES MOINES — Child care and early childhood education advocates from across Iowa are signaling their approval of a recent measure to increase funding to Early Childhood Iowa (ECI), a…

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

Deported Guatemalan man sent prison for illegally returning to Iowa and driving drunk

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to over three months in federal prison. Francisco Gomez-Tino, age 32, a…

California man who sent 50 lbs. of meth to Iowa dealers sent to federal prison

California man who sent 50 lbs. of meth to Iowa dealers sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man responsible for running a complex drug trafficking organization was sentenced May 17, 2019, to more than 14 years in federal prison. Michael Pineda, age 34,…

Bernie Sanders calls on DOJ to block National Beef takeover of Iowa Premium

Bernie Sanders calls on DOJ to block National Beef takeover of Iowa Premium

DES MOINES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to block National Beef—one of the “big four” meatpackers that control over 85% of the beef…

Iowa man who dealt meth while in prison sentenced to more than ten years

Iowa man who dealt meth while in prison sentenced to more than ten years

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who was responsible for distributing pounds of ice methamphetamine while he was in state prison was sentenced May 17, 2019, to ten years in federal…

Person shot in Cedar Rapids parking lot

Person shot in Cedar Rapids parking lot

CEDAR RAPIDS – Police officers received reports of a shooting incident that occurred in the Iowa Smoke Shop parking lot at 70 Kirkwood Court SW shortly after 1:20 a.m. Saturday.…

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

United States announces deal with Canada and Mexico to lift retaliatory tariffs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Friday, the United States announced an agreement with Canada and Mexico to remove the Section 232 tariffs for steel and aluminum imports from those countries and…

Iowa law enforcement will accelerate efforts to ticket lawbreakers over holiday weekend

Iowa law enforcement will accelerate efforts to ticket lawbreakers over holiday weekend

DES MOINES – Iowa law enforcement will accelerate efforts to ticket lawbreakers over the Memorial Day weekend and motorists should be aware. Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer…

Infant with 36 broken ribs dies from trauma allegedly inflicted by Iowa man, leading to murder charge

Infant with 36 broken ribs dies from trauma allegedly inflicted by Iowa man, leading to murder charge

DES MOINES – An infant with 36 broken ribs and bleeding in the brain died from trauma allegedly inflicted by an Iowa man, leading to a murder charge. On April…

Iowa man caught on wiretap buying heroin fined $3,000 and sentenced to federal probation

Iowa man caught on wiretap buying heroin fined $3,000 and sentenced to federal probation

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man whose phone calls and text messages were intercepted by police as he purchased heroin was fined and sentenced on May 14, 2019, to probation and…

Iowa Attorney General joins lawsuit alleging conspiracy to fix prices for more than 100 drugs

Iowa Attorney General joins lawsuit alleging conspiracy to fix prices for more than 100 drugs

DES MOINES — Attorney General Tom Miller joined 43 attorneys general in announcing a lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers alleging a broad…

Chicago-area musician sentenced 10 years in federal prison for enticing underage girls to produce sexually explicit videos

Chicago-area musician sentenced 10 years in federal prison for enticing underage girls to produce sexually explicit videos

CHICAGO — A Chicago-area musician was sentenced Friday to 10 years in federal prison for enticing several underage girls, some as young as 14 years old, to produce sexually explicit…

Alabama lawmakers ban abortions

Alabama lawmakers ban abortions

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act, after both houses of the Alabama Legislature passed HB314. Upon signing the bill,…

Grassley, other Senators want Chinese military scientists barred from American labs

Grassley, other Senators want Chinese military scientists barred from American labs

WASHINGTON – Today Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), and Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) to introduce legislation requiring the U.S. government to…

Illegal alien caught in Emmetsburg sent to prison

Illegal alien caught in Emmetsburg sent to prison

SIOUX CITY – A man who entered the United States illegally from Honduras was sentenced on April 26, 2019, to four months’ in prison. Jose Palma-Murillo, age 31, from Honduras,…

Joni Ernst calls on China to make a trade deal as tariff feud escalates

Joni Ernst calls on China to make a trade deal as tariff feud escalates

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst called on China to make a trade deal as President Donald Trump’s trade war escalated this week. China has retaliated with tens-of-billions of…

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dan Huitink to State Judicial Nominating Commission

Gov. Reynolds appoints Dan Huitink to State Judicial Nominating Commission

DES MOINES – Gov. Kim Reynolds Friday announced her appointment of Dan Huitink to serve as an appointed member of the State Judicial Nominating Commission. Huitink fills the new position…

Iowa crook who left halfway house to go to church and never returned sent to federal prison

Iowa crook who left halfway house to go to church and never returned sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – An Iowa man who escaped from federal custody at the Gerald R. Hinzman Center in Cedar Rapids pled guilty on May 10, 2019, in federal court in Cedar…

Iowans named 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars

DES MOINES – U.S. Department of Education officials announced four Iowans have been named to the 55th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, which recognizes 161 high school seniors across the…

Fifth farmer pleads guilty in connection with organic fraud scheme totaling nearly $140 million in fraudulent sales

Fifth farmer pleads guilty in connection with organic fraud scheme totaling nearly $140 million in fraudulent sales

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Missouri man who conspired with others to sell grain fraudulently marketed as organic pled guilty today in federal court in Cedar Rapids. John Burton, age 52,…

Gov. Reynolds issues proclamation to extend disaster assistance available to Iowans

Gov. Reynolds issues proclamation to extend disaster assistance available to Iowans

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Kim Reynolds extended existing proclamations of disaster emergency for counties impacted by March flooding. This proclamation extends the governor’s activation of Iowa disaster response and…

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

Gov. Reynolds signs legislation into law

DES MOINES – On Friday, May 10, Gov. Reynolds signed the following bills into law: HF224: an act relating to the criminal offense of lascivious conduct with a minor, and…

Police shoot intruder during Iowa City burglary investigation

Police shoot intruder during Iowa City burglary investigation

IOWA CITY – Police shot an intruder Thursday morning during an Iowa City burglary investigation. On Thursday, May 9, 2019, at approximately 2:27 a.m., officers with the Iowa City Police…

DNR says May to April period wettest in Iowa’s history

DNR says May to April period wettest in Iowa’s history

DES MOINES – While most stream flows continue to drop and April had below-average rainfall, the past 12 months set records for the wettest May to April period in Iowa’s…

Car ride results in three months in prison for Iowa woman

Car ride results in three months in prison for Iowa woman

CEDAR RAPIDS – A Cedar Rapids woman who gave a fugitive a car ride to a hotel was sentenced today to three months in federal prison.  Saudia Raquel Watkins, age…

Prescription drug prices must be disclosed in TV ads; Trump proclaims “historic transparency” for patients

Prescription drug prices must be disclosed in TV ads; Trump proclaims “historic transparency” for patients

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced a final rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that will require direct-to-consumer television advertisements for…

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed to be treated with approved herbicide at Iowa Great Lakes

Invasive curlyleaf pondweed to be treated with approved herbicide at Iowa Great Lakes

SPIRIT LAKE, IOWA – The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR), working with the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation (EOLIC), started the first phase of the curlyleaf pondweed management strategy…

DNR investigates Taylor County manure spill

DNR investigates Taylor County manure spill

LENOX – During a routine inspection Tuesday morning, DNR inspectors noted a manure spill approximately three miles southwest of Lenox. The owner, Steve Kerns, said the spill occurred Monday morning…

Davenport police describe bizarre gun incident at mall

Davenport police describe bizarre gun incident at mall

DAVENPORT – Davenport police described a bizarre gun incident in which a male subject produced a gun at a food court in a mall. On Monday May 6, 2019 at…

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction if he were not President

Hundreds of former federal prosecutors say Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction if he were not President

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Hundreds of former federal prosecutors and lawyers say President Donald Trump would have been prosecuted for obstruction of justice if he were not President. The law experts…

Cory Booker announces most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a Presidential candidate

Cory Booker announces most sweeping gun violence prevention plan ever put forth by a Presidential candidate

Newark, NJ – Today, Cory Booker, a Democratic Senator from New Jersey, is unveiling the most sweeping gun violence prevention proposal ever put forth by a presidential candidate. According to his…

ICE launches program to strengthen immigration enforcement

ICE launches program to strengthen immigration enforcement

LARGO, Fla. – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today the creation of a new collaborative program intended for local law-enforcement that wish to honor immigration detainers but are…

Nebraska man dies while eluding police in Hamilton county, Iowa

Nebraska man dies while eluding police in Hamilton county, Iowa

HAMILTON COUNTY, IOWA – A Nebraska man died this week while eluding police in Hamilton county, Iowa. The accident took place May 2, 2019 at about 11:29 PM, near Vail…

Bernie Sanders gives speech in Osage on “Plan to Rebuild Rural America”

Bernie Sanders gives speech in Osage on “Plan to Rebuild Rural America”

OSAGE – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today unveiled a comprehensive plan to rebuild and reinvest in rural America. In a speech at the Mitchell County Fairgrounds in Osage, Iowa, Sanders…

Waterloo marijuana user who illegally possessed gun sent to federal prison

Waterloo marijuana user who illegally possessed gun sent to federal prison

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally possessed a firearm was sentenced on April 29, 2019, to more than three years in federal prison. Tondrell Darnez Gary, Jr., age 23,…

Woman who traveled thousands of miles to Iowa to murder carnie husband dies in prison

Woman who traveled thousands of miles to Iowa to murder carnie husband dies in prison

MITCHELLVILLE – A woman who traveled to Iowa from Florida to stalk and stab her circus worker ex-husband to death in a Davenport mall has died in prison. Debi Olson…

Nine Iowa communities honored for commitment to fluoridation

Nine Iowa communities honored for commitment to fluoridation

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced today that nine Iowa communities have been awarded the Certificate of Appreciation – 50 Year Award from the American…

Mexican man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after prior deportation

Mexican man sentenced to prison for illegally reentering the United States after prior deportation

CEDAR RAPIDS – A man who illegally returned to the United States after being deported was sentenced today to almost three months in federal prison. Juan Gerardo Rodriguez, age 22,…

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