State seeks funds for rural electric cooperatives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa is appealing a federal decision to deny disaster aid to four rural electrical cooperatives. Branstad announced Tuesday that the appeal had been filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The four cooperatives are located in Northwest Iowa where utility lines were damaged in an ice […]

Iowans will be getting 8-year driver’s licenses

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Next year Iowans will be getting driver’s licenses that will expire in five, six, seven or even eight years. The Legislature authorized the longer licenses, and officials say it will take Iowa five years to transition from the current five-year driver’s licenses to eight-year licenses. The state’s Motor Vehicle Division director, […]

Iowa gets more info in lottery jackpot mystery

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Deputy Iowa Attorney General Thomas H. Miller says investigators have obtained more information about a winning lottery ticket at the center of an investigation into attempted fraud. Miller said Monday that investigators within the last week “obtained some additional substantive information” about the history of the $14.3 million Hot Lotto […]

ISU police issue warrants in locker room theft

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State police have issued arrest warrants in connection with a burglary that occurred in Iowa’s locker room during a football game against the Cyclones. The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that warrants for second-degree theft and second-degree burglary were issued on Dec. 12 for 23-year-old Nicholas Beary. Beary’s […]

Saving Mitchell County cupola may be too costly

OSAGE, Iowa (AP) — Mitchell County officials say it may be too expensive to save a cupola atop a courthouse that will soon be destroyed. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported Monday that county supervisors informally agreed to save the cupola when they approved plans to destroy the rest of the 155-year-old courthouse. But since getting […]

Deadline looms for health insurance enrollment

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa residents are hurrying to buy health insurance on the federal marketplace website before a looming coverage deadline. Experts helping people enroll in plans say Monday that they have been busy getting people help in recent days. The deadline to sign up on the federal exchange for coverage that starts […]