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Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

Swetnick, Avenatti referred for criminal investigation by Grassley

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for criminal investigation relating to a potential conspiracy to…

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

White House: Medicaid enrollment declines for the first time in more than a decade as strong US economy boosts income for poor Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a news release today from the White House, officials there say Medicaid enrollment has declined for the first time in more than a decade due to more income…

Possible bombs sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN

Possible bombs sent to Clinton, Obama, CNN

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Secret Service has intercepted two suspicious packages addressed to former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Hillary Clinton. Late on October 23, 2018, the Secret…

Men sent to prison after three opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa

Men sent to prison after three opioid-related overdose deaths in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS – Three men who distributed opioids that led to the deaths of three women who used the drugs were sentenced to federal prison over the last week. “Opioid…

USDA issues safety-net and conservation payments to Iowa farmers

USDA issues safety-net and conservation payments to Iowa farmers

DES MOINES – USDA Iowa Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Amanda De Jong, recently announced that nearly $43 million will be paid to Iowa farms that enrolled in Agriculture…

U.S. government announces proposal to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage

U.S. government announces proposal to expand access to quality, affordable health coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Departments of the Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Labor today issued a proposed regulation that expands the usability of health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs). HRAs…

U.S. closely monitoring migrant caravan out of Central America

U.S. closely monitoring migrant caravan out of Central America

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. is closely monitoring a migrant caravan out of Central America headed north to U.S. According to a statement Sunday evening from Secretary of State Mike…

Justice Department smashes records for violent crime, gun crime, illegal immigration prosecutions, increases drug and white collar prosecutions

Justice Department smashes records for violent crime, gun crime, illegal immigration prosecutions, increases drug and white collar prosecutions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Under the leadership of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Department of Justice charged the largest number of violent crime and firearm defendants in its history in Fiscal…

Grassley questions Air Force on $1,280 cups

Grassley questions Air Force on $1,280 cups

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa received a letter from Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson regarding an October 2, 2018 letter he sent seeking answers…

President Trump trashes 144-year-old delivery treaty that gives China unfair advantage, ability to flood U.S. with cheap products

President Trump trashes 144-year-old delivery treaty that gives China unfair advantage, ability to flood U.S. with cheap products

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Taking another shot at America’s rival, China, President Trump this week announced the U.S. is leaving a 144-year-old global delivery treaty that gives China an unfair advantage…

Children separated at border, suffering alarming and prolonged effects: UN rights experts

Children separated at border, suffering alarming and prolonged effects: UN rights experts

NEW YORK – Separating children from their undocumented parents is a traumatic violation of their rights, UN independent experts said on Friday. The group of experts said in a statement…

Mega Millions Jackpot climbs further into record territory

Mega Millions Jackpot climbs further into record territory

CLIVE — The Mega Millions® jackpot has climbed even further into record territory as lottery talk continues this week in Iowa and across the country. The Mega Millions® jackpot has…

Iowa police detective arrested for “felonious misconduct” and meth possession

Iowa police detective arrested for “felonious misconduct” and meth possession

ALTOONA, IOWA – An Iowa police detective is facing serious charges after allegedly tampering with drug evidence. On October 15, 2018, Joshua Copeland, 39, was placed under arrest by the…

Three Nebraska farmers plead guilty to fraud involving sales of grain fraudulently marketed as organic

Three Nebraska farmers plead guilty to fraud involving sales of grain fraudulently marketed as organic

CEDAR RAPIDS – Three farmers from Nebraska who grew grain that was not organic but who knew that the grain was being marketed and sold as organic pled guilty today…

Winnebago Industries announces record fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2018 results

Winnebago Industries announces record fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2018 results

FOREST CITY – Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the Company’s fourth quarter and full year Fiscal 2018. Revenues for the…

White House update: President Trump welcomes home freed American Pastor Andrew Brunson

White House update: President Trump welcomes home freed American Pastor Andrew Brunson

The following is a news update from the White House: “President Trump on Saturday welcomed home American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was freed from Turkey, saying it was a satisfying…

U.S. 2018 budget deficit climbs $113 billion

U.S. 2018 budget deficit climbs $113 billion

WASHINGTON — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney today released details of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 final budget results.…

Feds waive rules so border fence with Mexico can be built

Feds waive rules so border fence with Mexico can be built

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security has issued a waiver to waive certain laws to ensure the expeditious construction of barriers and roads near the international border in the…

Postal Service wants to hike stamp costs, again

Postal Service wants to hike stamp costs, again

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019. The proposed prices, approved by…

White House update: Justice Kavanaugh could have big impact early on Supreme Court

White House update: Justice Kavanaugh could have big impact early on Supreme Court

The following is a news update from the White House: Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who was sworn in as America’s 114th Justice at a White House ceremony last…

Iowa’s Attorney General urges Dept. of Education to address problems with Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

Iowa’s Attorney General urges Dept. of Education to address problems with Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

DES MOINES– Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller urged U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Federal Student Aid Acting Chief Operating Officer Jim Manning to address the severe shortage…

Satellite TV company will offer refunds or free cancellations to more than 1,100 Iowans

Satellite TV company will offer refunds or free cancellations to more than 1,100 Iowans

DES MOINES – A Utah satellite TV company will offer to refund money or cancel contracts for more than 1,100 Iowans after the Iowa Attorney General’s Office accused it of…

Second Iowa man convicted in kidnapping, torture, and execution of gender-fluid teen

Second Iowa man convicted in kidnapping, torture, and execution of gender-fluid teen

DES MOINES – The Iowa Attorney General’s office worked with federal and Des Moines County prosecutors and law enforcement to secure the second murder conviction in the slaying of a…

Feds award millions for school safety plus nearly $500K to Iowa Dept. of Education to prevent violence and deal with mental health crisis

Feds award millions for school safety plus nearly $500K to Iowa Dept. of Education to prevent violence and deal with mental health crisis

WASHINGTON – U.S. Attorney Peter E. Deegan, Jr. joined the Department of Justice on this month in announcing more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train…

Honorable judge Brett Kavanaugh sworn-in as Supreme Court Justice

Honorable judge Brett Kavanaugh sworn-in as Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The honorable Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday as the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice after the Senate culminated a tenacious and turbulent debate with a…

U.S. Attorney announces progress in making Iowa communities safer through Safe Neighborhoods project

U.S. Attorney announces progress in making Iowa communities safer through Safe Neighborhoods project

CEDAR RAPIDS – A U.S. Attorney today announced progress in making Iowa communities safer through a Safe Neighborhoods project. One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement…

United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement announced; Trump congratulates neighboring countries

United States-Mexico-Canada trade agreement announced; Trump congratulates neighboring countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the announcement of a United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “The great news of a new USMCA…

Ohio Democratic Party workers ratify first contract

COLUMBUS, OH. — Campaign workers working on the Ohio Democratic Party’s coordinated campaign, the Campaign for Ohio, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement. This agreement comes two months after…

DNR investigates small manure spill in Iowa’s Washington County

DNR investigates small manure spill in Iowa’s Washington County

WELLMAN — The DNR investigated a small manure spill about two miles southeast of Wellman Thursday. An irrigation system malfunctioned the morning of Sept. 27 sending about 100 gallons of…

Senate Judiciary Committee requests FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual mis-deeds

Senate Judiciary Committee requests FBI investigation into Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual mis-deeds

WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee will request that the Trump Administration instruct the FBI to conduct a supplemental background investigation with respect to the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh…

Ernst, Grassley introduce bill to ensure quality care for veterans

Ernst, Grassley introduce bill to ensure quality care for veterans

WASHINGTON – Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, along with Sens. John Boozman of Arkansas and Orrin Hatch of Utah, introduced the Ensuring Quality Care for Our Veterans…

Congressman Steve King takes credit for deal with Taiwan for 30% increase in soybean purchases

Congressman Steve King takes credit for deal with Taiwan for 30% increase in soybean purchases

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, releases this statement and photo following his participation in a signing ceremony committing the nation of Taiwan to…

Former Sioux City council member charged with environmental crimes

Former Sioux City council member charged with environmental crimes

SIOUX CITY – Aaron Rochester, 44, from Sioux City, Iowa, has been charged with one count of unlawful storage of hazardous waste and one charge of transportation of hazardous waste.­…

Woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of violent sexual advance works with attorney and Judiciary Committee for hearing on matter

Woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of violent sexual advance works with attorney and Judiciary Committee for hearing on matter

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa issued the following statement on Wednesday after lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford – the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett…

Anti-opioid abuse package passes U.S. Senate

Anti-opioid abuse package passes U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – The United States Senate today passed a broad, anti-opioid abuse package that includes 12 bipartisan legislative efforts led and co-sponsored by Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of…

Champion Iowa State University golfer found dead in Ames; man charged with murder

Champion Iowa State University golfer found dead in Ames; man charged with murder

AMES – A champion golfer from Iowa State University was found dead at an Ames golf course, and a man is in custody charged with first-degree murder. Former Iowa State…

Two people found dead in house in small Iowa town

Two people found dead in house in small Iowa town

LUCAS, IOWA – Two people were found dead in a house in a small Iowa town Monday morning, prompting an investigation by state officials. On September 17, 2018, the Lucas…

Assassination plot scam reported to police in Iowa

Assassination plot scam reported to police in Iowa

DUBUQUE, IOWA – Police are no strangers to ruses being reported constantly here in Iowa, but this latest report of a scammer contacting folks and saying the caller is about…

Ankeny gas station robber draws gun, points at Iowa police officer, who shoots suspect dead

Ankeny gas station robber draws gun, points at Iowa police officer, who shoots suspect dead

ANKENY, IOWA – A robber dressed in black met his maker Saturday afternoon in Ankeny, Iowa, after he drew a gun on an officer who then shot the suspect dead.…

Hampton Police Chief: Remember Ethan Kazmerzak, now missing 5 years

Hampton Police Chief: Remember Ethan Kazmerzak, now missing 5 years

HAMPTON, IOWA – The Chief of Police in Hampton is not giving up on the missing young man Ethan Kazmerzak, gone 5 years but not forgotten. Chief Robert Schaefer in…