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(Courtesy Radio Iowa) – A woman from rural Ames who is a certified public accountant was sworn in this morning as Iowa’s new state auditor. Governor Terry Branstad chose Mary Mosiman, a fellow Republican, to ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa) – Governor Branstad is suggesting critics of the Iowa Veterans Home’s commandant are engaged in a political witch hunt. Branstad has repeatedly defended the way Commandant David Worley ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa) – Iowa’s largest utility hopes to raise its electric rates. MidAmerican Energy is asking the state utilities board for its first base-rate increase since 1995. If approved, residential ...

(Courtesy Radio Iowa) – Two kayakers had to be rescued from a central Iowa river over this weekend. The Boone County search and rescue squad plucked a husband and wife kayaking team out of the Des Moines River ...

Home sales and prices rose in Iowa last month. Don Marple is president of the Iowa Association of Realtors, which tracks the numbers. “We’ve seen a 6.1 percent increase in sales from April of last year to this ...

OJ Returns to Las Vegas Court in Bid for New Trial

O.J. Simpson was back in a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday to ask for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008. The former football hero and a new set of lawyers hope to ...

News of the Obama Administration’s role in the extensive editing of CIA talking points on Benghazi rocked the political world last week and prompted a demand from Speaker of the House John Boehner for the release ...

Gosnell Jury Deadlocked on Two Counts in Controversial Abortion Case

The jury considering the murder case against controversial Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is deadlocked on two charges. The jurors alerted the judge today, their tenth day of deliberations. Gosnell is ...

Ariel Castro’s Brothers Say He’s a ‘Monster,’ Hopes He ‘Rots’ in Jail for Alleged Kidnaps

The two brothers of accused kidnapper Ariel Castro — who is charged with kidnapping and raping three women for more than 10 years — described him as a “monster” and distanced themselves from ...

Indiana Farmer Loses Battle Against Monsanto

The Supreme Court ruled today against a 76-year-old Indiana farmer who had taken on Monsanto in a patent dispute over a genetically modified soybean seed. “The question in this case,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote ...

Eighteen pieces of art were installed this week in downtown Mason City as part of River City Sculptures on Parade. Gregory Mendez, a sculptor from Fort Wayne, Indiana, watched as one of his works was set in place. ...

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul says he’ll decide in “about a year” whether to run for president in 2016. Paul is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at an Iowa Republican Party fundraiser in Cedar Rapids Friday ...

(Iowa Radio News) – There’s a new wrinkle in on-going statehouse discusses over how best to provide health care coverage to low-income Iowans who are uninsured today. Democrats in the legislature who simply ...

Former Iowa Governor Robert Ray is releasing a book today that chronicles his globe-trotting life in pictures — most of them photos he took himself. Proceeds from the sale of the 160-page coffee table book will ...

(Radio Iowa News) – A Des Moines man has been sentenced to just over one year in prison for stealing trees from federal land. A U.S. District Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Randall Todd Walker to 15 months ...

Tiny Wire From BBQ Brush Lands Teen in Surgery

A Washington state teen is recovering after a “violent” stomach ache landed him in a hospital where doctors performed exploratory surgery only to discover his problems stemmed from a BBQ brush wire that he ...

Cleveland Kidnap Victim Michelle Knight Leaves Hospital for Seclusion

Cleveland kidnap victim Michelle Knight, who may have had the most harrowing ordeal in Ariel Castro’s house, quietly slipped away today from the hospital where she has been staying since being freed from a ...

Kidnap Suspect Ariel Castro is Father of Girl, DNA Confirms

A DNA analysis of Cleveland kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro confirmed today that he is the father of a 6-year-old girl born in captivity at his home, police said today. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation ...

‘Mounting Evidence’ Boston Bombers Involved in 2011 Triple Murder

Massachusetts investigators have developed what they call “mounting evidence,” bolstered by “forensic hits,” that point to the possible involvement of both Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger ...

Work is set to begin on a new farm bill in both chambers of Congress next week. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Committee, says they’ll take up the legislation on Tuesday. Harkin, a ...

The University of Iowa’s top research administrator predicts the automatic federal budget cuts known as “sequestration” will affect health research projects most severely. U-I Vice President for Research, ...

A newly drafted bill on the fast track in the Iowa House would provide new liability protection to Iowa farmers. It’s in response to a February Iowa Supreme Court ruling that said a woman injured during a ...

Most folks know Iowa is tops in the country in hogs, corn and soybeans, but the Hawkeye State is also the nation’s leader in eggs. Lois White, spokeswoman for the Iowa Egg Council, says the state has about ...

Governor Terry Branstad issued another disaster proclamation Tuesday, adding 15 more counties in southern and southeast Iowa to the disaster list for the severe weather and flooding in April. The latest proclamation ...

Up to 3.5 inches of rain has fallen in some parts of Iowa since Wednesday morning. National Weather Service Meteorologist Miles Schumacher says areas to the west and just north of Des Moines received the heaviest ...