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  • Contractors Authorized for Courthouse Break-in; Iowa Court Admin Apologizes for Confusion

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Instead of sentencing burglars to prison time, the Iowa Judicial Branch is admitting to putting a pair of accused burglars on the payroll. Two men were arrested for breaking into the Dallas County Courthouse last week, and told law enforcement they were hired to do so by the judicial branch. Justin Wynn of Naples, Florida and Gary Demurcurio of Seattle, Washington were contracted through a security firm called Coalfire, which hired them as “penetration testers” for […]

  • Klobuchar Disagrees With Other Presidential Candidates on Impeachment of Justice Kavanaugh

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s been almost a year since the divisive confirmation hearings of now Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and now he is facing a new sexual misconduct allegation. A Saturday report from The New York Times details another sexual misconduct allegation from Kavanaugh’s college days at Yale. The piece cites a male classmate who said he saw Kavanaugh exposing himself to a female student at a party. The New York Times also reports that the man told […]

  • Iowa Man in New York on 9/11 Reflects on “Life-Changing” Day

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Eighteen years ago, Ames native Toby O’Berry was working as an investment banker in New York City and thought he had his life planned out. “I was a young whippersnapper with a lot of drive and ambition,” he said. O’Berry was working for Morgan Stanley, which was located on the 56th floor of Tower 2 at the World Trade Center. On the fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001, he was running late to work. His subway […]

  • Iowa GOP Reminds Voters They Will Still Have a Caucus

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Republican Party of Iowa will still hold its caucus in February 2020, despite other states reportedly cancelling their primaries and caucuses to show support for President Donald Trump. Republican parties in Arizona, Kansas, Nevada and South Carolina are expected to formally cancel their primaries and caucuses, Politico reports. This comes in an effort to halt the campaigns of Republican challengers. So far, two Republicans have announced they will be challenging the president, including former U.S. […]

  • Warren County’s New Justice Center Options for Indianola

    INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Warren County Board of Supervisors met Tuesday to talk about the proposed justice center to replace the demolished courthouse, but neither of their options are what voters approved. In August 2018, 70 percent of Warren County voters approved a $29.9 million dollar bond referendum, which paid for the demolition of the existing courthouse in Indianola’s town square. The bond was also supposed to pay for the construction of a new courthouse and jail in the same […]

  • ISU Student from The Bahamas Grieves from Afar

    AMES, Iowa — As Hurricane Dorian continues to blast through the Bahamas, native Dangle Martin said he feels helpless watching his home country suffer from afar. Martin came to the United States for college at Iowa State University. He just began his senior year. His entire family still lives at Grand Bahama, and he now feels anxious about what his home will look like next time he returns. “I’m more anxious about the whole situation, not knowing what’s going to […]

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak Call for Gun Reform in Wake of Mass Shootings

    FORT DODGE, Iowa — The latest mass shooting in Odessa, Texas, is re-sparking the gun debate for Democratic presidential candidates, just four weeks after the El Paso and Dayton shootings. Some are bringing up their policy ideas or calling out the NRA, but all of them are demanding action. Gun violence is a public health crisis—and our country is being held hostage by a small group of well-financed extremists. I will break the NRA’s stranglehold on Congress and sign comprehensive […]

  • Why Caucuses Keep Iowa as First in the Nation

    DES MOINES, Iowa — After months of work to expand participation in the Iowa caucuses, the Democratic National Committee rejected the proposal of a virtual caucus, saying it would be too easy to hack. Julián Castro is one of several presidential candidates upset over the announcement. “I believe that the DNC needs to get its act together so that it doesn’t disenfranchise tens of thousands of Iowans who would participate in the caucuses,” said Castro. That was the goal with the […]

  • Iowa Farmers Losing Patience with Trade War

    LACONA, Iowa — In the latest with the trade wars, China announced Thursday it would not retaliate against President Donald Trump’s most recent tariffs imposed. Iowa farmers said this is relatively good news, but they just want to see a trade deal. On Sept. 1, U.S. tariffs on about half of $300 billion in Chinese imports will be taxed at 15%, with additional levies for the other half starting on Dec. 15. Trump raised taxes last week after China raised […]

  • Iowa Democrats “Not Worried” Amidst DNC Concerns with Virtual Caucuses

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Democratic National Committee is voicing concerns over virtual caucusing, which could potentially overturn months of preparation by Iowa Democrats to make the caucuses more accessible. According to Bloomberg,  internal experts were able to hack into a committee conference call with the Iowa and Nevada Democratic Parties at a DNC Rules and By-Laws Committee session Thursday. This raised concerns for members about call-in voting for the caucuses. Bill Brauch, a party activist, said Iowa Democrats have […]

  • Man Who Confessed to Killing Celia Barquin Arozamena to be Sentenced

    AMES, Iowa — On Friday, the man that confessed to Iowa State golfer, Celia Barquin Arozamena’s, murder will be sentenced. Collin Richards pleaded guilty June 14 to first-degree murder. He will be sentenced to life in prison without an opportunity for parole. Barquin Arozamena was a star student athlete and was wrapping up her civil engineering degree at ISU before her life was cut short. Richards attacked her on Coldwater Golf Links in Ames on September 17th, 2018.  Her body was […]

  • What Iowa Union Workers Want in a Presidential Candidate

    ALTOONA, Iowa — Fifteen presidential candidates pitched their ideas to help union members at the Iowa Federation Labor Convention Wednesday. Common topics brought up included safe working conditions, better wages, abolishing right-to-work laws, healthcare, the right to bargain and retirement. Although each candidate had their own different specific policy ideas, they all told voters they want to focus on investing in America’s workers. Union member Gary Pickett said they feel forgotten by the current administration. “I do not feel as […]

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