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1 arrested following chase in Oelwein

1 arrested following chase in Oelwein

OELWEIN | A Lamont man has been arrested following a brief chase in Oelwein early Saturday.

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Area Democrats air frustrations over budget plans

Area Democrats air frustrations over budget plans

CEDAR FALLS | Cedar Valley’s Democratic state lawmakers predicted during their final legislative forum on Friday that the 2015 session will no…

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Iowa Democrats, GOP planning joint caucus reporting effort

Iowa Democrats, GOP planning joint caucus reporting effort

JOHNSTON | Iowa’s major political parties will soon announce a joint effort to improve the timeliness, accuracy and transparency of caucus results.

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US 218/Cedar Wapsi interchange work set to begin

US 218/Cedar Wapsi interchange work set to begin

CEDAR FALLS | Danger will be detoured next week at a busy U.S. Highway 218 intersection.

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Ernst at odds with Obama on several issues

Ernst at odds with Obama on several issues

DES MOINES | Freshman U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst continues to oppose President Barack Obama on nearly every front at home and abroad.

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Capitol Digest: Legislators voice concerns about gun bill

DES MOINES | Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said Thursday there are “significant” concerns within his majority caucus…

March 27, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Vernon gets Emily’s List backing in Iowa 1st District race

Vernon gets Emily’s List backing in Iowa 1st District race

CEDAR RAPIDS | Monica Vernon will be the first 2016 U.S. House candidate endorsed by Emily’s List, the largest resource for pro-choice, Democr…

March 27, 2015 5:00 am(0)

Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area sees population growth

Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area sees population growth

WATERLOO| The population in Black Hawk County and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls metro area is on the rise, according to estimates from the United S…

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Unresolved education issues ignite Statehouse debate

Unresolved education issues ignite Statehouse debate

DES MOINES | Republican state lawmakers went on the offensive Thursday while discussing weeks-long legislative stalemates over key educational issues.

March 26, 2015 11:00 pm(1)

Iowa House unanimously approves limits on funeral protests

Iowa House unanimously approves limits on funeral protests

DES MOINES | In response to church protesters who one Eastern Iowa lawmaker labeled “verbal domestic terrorists” after they shouted homophobic…

March 26, 2015 7:45 pm(0)

Medical marijuana bill moves ahead in Iowa Senate

Medical marijuana bill moves ahead in Iowa Senate

DES MOINES (AP) | An effort to expand access to medical marijuana in Iowa is moving forward in the Democratic-majority Iowa Senate, though its…

March 26, 2015 2:07 pm(0)

Black Hawk County home assessments on the rise

Black Hawk County home assessments on the rise

WATERLOO | The value used to calculate property tax bills will be going up for many homes next year.

March 26, 2015 6:30 am(0)

Capitol Digest: Heating moratorium ends next week

Capitol Digest: Heating moratorium ends next week

DES MOINES | Officials with the Iowa Utilities Board are reminding Iowans the winter home heating moratorium on service disconnections ends Ap…

March 26, 2015 6:00 am(0)

Longtime Black Hawk County health official honored

Longtime Black Hawk County health official honored

WATERLOO | Jon McNamee looked up from his meeting documents stunned -- as though his boss had just bounced a Nerf ball off his head.

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Davenport students push for higher school funding

Davenport students push for higher school funding

DES MOINES | Davenport students visited the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday to demonstrate and press state lawmakers for higher and more equitable s…

March 26, 2015 3:30 am(0)

Groups express support for Iowa bill on Medicaid oversight

Groups express support for Iowa bill on Medicaid oversight

DES MOINES (AP) | The Iowa Legislature should have more oversight of this year’s plans to transition the state’s Medicaid program into private…

March 25, 2015 9:45 pm(0)

Plethora of presidential hopefuls waiting in the wings

Plethora of presidential hopefuls waiting in the wings

DES MOINES – Since the 2012 presidential election, a gaggle of Republicans has made about 100 visits to Iowa to talk about the nation’s challe…

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Lawmaker sifting through ‘boatload’ of prison documents

DES MOINES | “Insane” and “boondoggle” are a couple of the words House Oversight Committee Chairman Bobby Kaufmann has used to describe the st…

March 25, 2015 3:23 pm(1)

Pair of eminent domain bills approved by House committee

Pair of eminent domain bills approved by House committee

DES MOINES | An Iowa House committee approved a pair of eminent domain bills that, according to their sponsor “very simply protect property ri…

March 25, 2015 3:07 pm(2)

Iowa House approves ‘Right to Assistance’ bill 98-0

Iowa House approves ‘Right to Assistance’ bill 98-0

DES MOINES | The Iowa House voted 98-0 Wednesday to approve a bill that would supersede local nuisance ordinances that might penalize a reside…

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North Tama kids explore worms, spiders and STEM with lieutenant governor

North Tama kids explore worms, spiders and STEM with lieutenant governor

TRAER | The lowly mealworm -- with its six legs, tan abdomen and black tips -- kept not just third-graders but also Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds in r…

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City panels endorse multi-story Waterloo storage business

City panels endorse multi-story Waterloo storage business

WATERLOO | A planned "third generation" storage building in the San Marnan Business Park cleared a zoning hurdle Tuesday.

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Capitol Digest: Senate confirms Workforce Development director

Capitol Digest: Senate confirms Workforce Development director

DES MOINES | The Iowa Senate voted 48-0 Tuesday to confirm Gov. Terry Branstad’s selection of Beth Townsend to direct the Iowa Workforce Devel…

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Iowa House bill would regulate Uber, transportation companies

Iowa House bill would regulate Uber, transportation companies

DES MOINES | The Iowa House has approved a bill to establish common rules for transportation networks companies such as Uber.

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Iowa Senate passes tanning ban for minors; Dotzler leads charge

Iowa Senate passes tanning ban for minors; Dotzler leads charge

DES MOINES | Iowa minors under 18 years of age would be banned from commercial tanning salons under a bill that narrowly won bipartisan approv…

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Luna Art and Wine to roll out sidewalk cafe

Luna Art and Wine to roll out sidewalk cafe

CEDAR FALLS | Luna Art and Wine at 107 Main St. has successfully applied for and received a permit to create a sidewalk café.

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Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz coming to Cedar Falls

CEDAR FALLS | U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is wasting no time wooing Iowans after announcing his 2016 bid for the presidency on Monday.

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UPDATE: Palmer confirmation moves ahead “without recommendation”

UPDATE: Palmer confirmation moves ahead “without recommendation”

DES MOINES | State human services leader Chuck Palmer cleared a key hurdle Tuesday on his rocky path to likely Senate confirmation.

March 24, 2015 3:00 pm(0)

UPDATE: Iowa House passes Aug. 23 school start date

UPDATE: Iowa House passes Aug. 23 school start date

DES MOINES | Districts would not be allowed to start school before Aug. 23 under a proposal that a key state lawmaker described as “the best I…

March 24, 2015 2:30 pm(1)

Paul to include University of Iowa stop on April 10

Paul to include University of Iowa stop on April 10

IOWA CITY | U.S. Sen. Rand Paul will include a stop at the University of Iowa on a tour of early states in what is expected to be his official…

March 24, 2015 1:33 pm(2)

Waukon residents: Facility to blame for bad smell

Waukon residents: Facility to blame for bad smell

WAUKON | According to residents, a food particle processing plant is creating a strong odor throughout downtown Waukon.

March 24, 2015 10:15 am(0)

Progressive group pushes ideas, not candidate

Progressive group pushes ideas, not candidate

DES MOINES | Rather than imploring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run for president, one advocacy group is working to ensure Democr…

March 24, 2015 9:17 am(0)

NextGen Climate eyes 2016 Iowa campaign

NextGen Climate eyes 2016 Iowa campaign

A major player in the 2014 election cycle in Iowa says it will be back on the field in Iowa in 2016.

March 24, 2015 6:15 am(1)

Expert: State's murder rate increased after permit to purchase repealed

DES MOINES | Critics of a bill seeking to change Iowa’s gun laws Monday arranged a telephone hookup at the Statehouse with a researcher who no…

March 24, 2015 6:00 am(7)

Judge orders former Fayette police chief to repay jobless benefits

Judge orders former Fayette police chief to repay jobless benefits

FAYETTE | Former Fayette Police Chief Brad Gardner has been ordered to pay back nearly $4,000 in overpaid unemployment benefits.

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Regent nominees pledge to be independent minded

Regent nominees pledge to be independent minded

DES MOINES | Three new appointees to the state Board of Regents on Monday pledged to be independent voices for students on a nine-member panel…

March 23, 2015 6:30 pm(0)

Biden draft movement seeks candidate, alternative to ‘coronation’

Biden draft movement seeks candidate, alternative to ‘coronation’

CEDAR RAPIDS | With 40 years of political experience and a reputation as a statesman and coalition builder, Vice President Joe Biden is an ide…

March 23, 2015 6:15 pm(3)

Fewer Iowa GOP lawmakers backing marriage, right-to-life resolutions

Fewer Iowa GOP lawmakers backing marriage, right-to-life resolutions

DES MOINES | Fresh off the 2010 election that sent a wave of new conservative state lawmakers to the Iowa Capitol, dozens of Republicans in 20…

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Waterloo ready for annual street repairs

Waterloo ready for annual street repairs

WATERLOO | The city will look to smooth out some rough stretches when road contractors hit the pavement this spring.

March 23, 2015 1:00 pm(0)

Cruz launches campaign at world's largest Christian college

Cruz launches campaign at world's largest Christian college

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz showed he was a candidate in a hurry early Monday morning, announcing his presidential candidacy on Twitte…

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Blum settling into congressional role, while trying to change it

Blum settling into congressional role, while trying to change it

CEDAR FALLS | U.S. Rep. Rod Blum, R-1st District, has wasted no time trying to reform the institution that officially made him a member Jan. 6.

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O'Malley works to position himself as Clinton alternative

O'Malley works to position himself as Clinton alternative

DAVENPORT (AP) | There are some Democrats in Iowa who aren't all that "Ready for Hillary." So far, there's little evidence they're ready for M…

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Democrats hope Clinton resources will aid Iowa rebuilding

Democrats hope Clinton resources will aid Iowa rebuilding

JOHNSTON |  Key Iowa Democratic strategists Friday said they are hoping resources generated by a likely 2016 presidential bid by Hillary Clint…

March 21, 2015 12:15 pm Video (0)

Green Acres rerun: Storage facility tries new location

Green Acres rerun: Storage facility tries new location

WATERLOO | A storage company is hoping to win zoning approval by moving across the road.

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Black Hawk County seeks help in rural burglaries

Black Hawk County seeks help in rural burglaries

WATERLOO | The Black Hawk County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help regarding recent burglaries in the county's outlying areas.

March 21, 2015 8:45 am(5)

Data shows Democrats, older Iowans use absentee ballots most

Data shows Democrats, older Iowans use absentee ballots most

IOWA CITY | Democrats and older Iowans would have to adjust their early voting habits the most if a bill passing the Iowa House requires absen…

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Charles City council approves tax exemption for Cambrex

CHARLES CITY | The City Council on Monday approved a temporary tax exemption for the Cambrex Corp. because of the expansion project at its Cha…

March 20, 2015 2:00 pm(0)

Iowa election law revisions envisioned

Iowa election law revisions envisioned

DES MOINES | More Iowans would be able to register to vote online under a bill that passed the Iowa Senate on Thursday, but the measure’s chie…

March 20, 2015 7:10 am(0)

DHS director faces tough Senate questioning

DHS director faces tough Senate questioning

DES MOINES | The head of Iowa's human service agency faced tough grilling Thursday from vexed senators upset that state institutions serving t…

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Severe Weather Awareness Week will be observed March 23-27

DES MOINES | The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the National Weather Service will promote severe weather aw…

March 20, 2015 6:00 am(0)

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