Iowa

Parts of Iowa Still Reeling From Powerful Storms, as State Battles Rise in Coronavirus

A derecho with winds over 100 mph struck the state last month, causing widespread damage and coming on top of the pandemic.

A Showdown Over Returning to the Classroom

An Iowa school district and teachers union have sued the governor over her mandate requiring schools to reopen for in-person instruction.

After Destructive Derecho, Iowa Residents Dealing with Widespread Devastation

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Postal Service warns states about possible problems with ballot delivery this fall … Washington state parks overrun with visitors … Georgia governor drops lawsuit against Atlanta mayor.

Iowa Governor Vows To Enforce State In-Person School Requirement

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Idaho is the only state that hasn’t signed up for a pandemic food program … Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan rejects a county’s temporary prohibition on in-person classes for private school … Nevada to send out mail-in ballots to all registered voters.

State Fairs Are the Latest Casualty of Covid-19

At least 15 states have canceled their annual fairs due to public health concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while others are moving ahead with modified, pared-down events.

State Bill Would Grant Meatpacking Plants and Health Providers Immunity from Coronavirus Lawsuits

Legislation approved by the Iowa House would shield businesses and health-care facilities from most coronavirus-related lawsuits.

In Some States that Are Reopening, Workers Face an Ultimatum: Go Back to Work or Lose Unemployment

Leaders in at least a handful of states have made clear there will be limits on who can claim unemployment and general worker concerns about safety likely won't pass muster.

Even Before Iowa, Caucuses Were on Their Way Out

The chaos in Iowa exacerbated pressure to ditch party-run caucuses.

Iowa Caucuses Did One Thing Right: Require Paper Ballots

COMMENTARY | Although there will rightly be a lot of retrospection about what went wrong with the Iowa caucuses, the use of paper ballots as a backup means the event will also be a case study in how to recover from a poorly run election.

Why the Iowa Caucus Birthed a Thousand Conspiracy Theories

COMMENTARY | A panicked electorate is more susceptible to believing claims without evidence.

A Reckoning Over Iowa

The privileged status of the early-voting states could come under threat if they elevate a candidate next month who ultimately loses to Donald Trump.

How One Community Embraced and Saved its Oddball Roadside Attraction

Facing safety concerns, Jones County, Iowa found a way to preserve its famed hula hoop tree.

How the Iowa Caucus Disenfranchises Voters

Democrats want to make voting more inclusive. In Iowa, they’re struggling.

Election Officials Spar Over Speed, Scope of Voter Registration Upgrades

A long-planned overhaul of Iowa’s voter registration database will not be completed before the 2020 elections.

New Law Will Establish State Children's Mental Health System

Legislators in Iowa passed a measure expanding behavioral and mental health services for children, but advocates say the law lacks permanent funding.

States Could See 'Unprecedented' Flooding

NOAA's spring outlook, issued Thursday, predicts a heightened flood risk, even as states in the Midwest are dealing with historic flooding.

Cities Scramble to Shelter Homeless as Bitter Cold Weather Sets In

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Chicago ticket and debt collection reforms … Denver minimum wage … N.C.’s hate crime increase … and an 18-year-old mayor’s agenda.

The Impacts of Iowa’s Underground Needle Exchanges

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Miami’s strong-mayor vote ... N.C.’s Florence road damage estimate … Texas special education funding … and Calif. DMV warns of new scam.

Counting Kicks to Prevent Stillbirths

A handful of states have adopted an Iowa campaign encouraging mothers to monitor fetal kicks.

Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.