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Find the Drunkest City in Your State

Dubuque, Iowa, is drunkest with 30.8% heavy or binge drinkers

(Newser) - This could be a helpful tool for those looking to party: Wall St. 24/7 has determined the drunkest city in each state, based on the percentage of adult residents who binge drink (consume four to five drinks per sitting) or are heavy drinkers (consume at least eight drinks per week... More »

Trump Asks Iowa for a 'Favor'

He admits he needs 'to work a little bit harder in Iowa'

(Newser) - Donald Trump is used to spending the first 15 minutes of his campaign speeches boasting about his impressive poll numbers. In Iowa on Tuesday, the GOP candidate had to try a different strategy: "Iowa, will you get your numbers up, please?" Trump asked a crowd of 2,400, per... More »

Gloves Off, Sanders Goes for Clinton's Jugular

No more Mr. Nice Bernie at Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton got an idea of what Bernie Sanders' supporters mean when they chant "Feel the Bern" last night at the Iowa Democrats' Jefferson-Jackson shindig, with supporters descending into shouting at times and Sanders himself taking aim squarely at Clinton and her record—without, as ABC News notes, so... More »

Trump Sorry for Iowa Insult

Although he blames an intern

(Newser) - Donald Trump did not have a good day in regard to Iowa Thursday. First, a new Quinnipiac poll found that Ben Carson had overtaken him in the state for the first time, and by a decent margin to boot—28% to 20%. Hours later, Trump's Twitter account retweeted this... More »

Why Two Friends Hugged for 31 Hours

They embraced outside a library at Iowa State University to set a record

(Newser) - Two friends attending Iowa State University got bored this summer and figured they'd try to break a Guinness World Record. But which one? "We saw the world's longest hug and said 'Oh, we can do this one,'" Amanda Nerem, 19, tells ABC News . So... More »

Clinton and Trump's Hot New Rival: Deez Nuts

Independent 'candidate' is 15-year-old from Iowa doing surprisingly well in polls

(Newser) - Before this week, Deez Nuts was nothing more than an Internet meme . Now Deez Nuts has turned into a different kind of sensation : a top-polling independent presidential candidate against Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In a Public Policy Polling survey in North Carolina released yesterday, 40% of voters would pull... More »

Slumping Walker Will Try to Out-Trump Trump

Wisconsin governor promising more passion to supporters

(Newser) - After falling to third place in the Iowa polls, Scott Walker has decided it's time to steal from Donald Trump's playbook. Stories in the Washington Post , CNN , and NBC News report on how Walker is testing out a much more aggressive strategy this week. He's not only... More »

Clinton Loosens Up in Iowa, Even Jokes About Email

Politico thinks she's learned a lesson from past campaign appearances

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton paid the obligatory visit to the Iowa State Fair today, and Politico sounds impressed that she could be seen "embracing the masses that engulfed her." It's a contrast to campaign events in the past, including her team's now-infamous use of a moving rope line... More »

Iowa Paper to Trump: Get Out, 'Feckless Blowhard'

'Des Moines Register' says real estate mogul has 'polluted' our political process

(Newser) - The Des Moines Register, the publication Politico calls "Iowa's most influential newspaper" doesn't think Donald Trump should be in the race, period, and that he should "pull the plug on his bloviating side show." An editorial published last night says Trump's concentration on his... More »

City Scraps Weird Raffle Involving a Taser

Sorry, entrants, no human target

(Newser) - Plenty of people in Van Meter, Iowa, apparently wanted to deliver a jolt to a city official, but they'll no longer get the chance. The city has scrapped a strange raffle that offered people the opportunity to fire a Taser at the city administrator or at a councilman, reports... More »

This Is the Most 'American' State

New slogan: 'It's as American as Iowa'?

(Newser) - America is the land of the free and the home of the brave, but Iowans are a little freer and braver than the rest of us, apparently. In what the Des Moines Register calls a "totally unscientific study," Estately ranks the 50 states on "Americaness." It... More »

This Guy Staged 'Ingenious' Escape From Iowa Prison

Even the governor was impressed

(Newser) - A convicted armed robber escaped from one of Iowa's most secure prison cells by sneaking through piping onto the roof and guiding himself to the ground with a makeshift rope, authorities said. Justin Kestner, 25, escaped early Sunday from an A-Pod unit cell at Fort Madison's Iowa State... More »

Iowa Town Dreams Up Really Odd $5 Raffle

The winner gets to wield a stun gun

(Newser) - If you've ever felt like tasing a city official, well, Van Meter, Iowa, is the place for you. The town is giving one member of the public the chance to do just that by way of a $5 raffle. The winner will get to use a Taser on City... More »

Court Reaffirms Right to Get Drunk on Your Porch

If you live in Iowa, anyway

(Newser) - The perfect court decision heading into the weekend: Iowa's Supreme Court endorsed the right to be drunk on the front porch of a private home, ruling that a woman can't be convicted of public intoxication while standing on her front steps. Patience Paye, 29, of Waterloo based the... More »

The Iowa Straw Poll Is Dead

GOP tradition since 1979 canceled due to expense, lack of interest

(Newser) - For nearly 40 years, Iowa held its straw poll for Republican hopefuls every summer before the presidential caucuses—but the poll set for this summer is now dead, the AP reports. Iowa GOP Chairman Jeff Kaufmann tells the news agency that state GOP officials made the decision in a unanimous... More »

Teen's Death Exposes Dangers of 'Car Surfing'

Shana Chavez, 16, fell while riding on an SUV's back bumper

(Newser) - A family is warning about the dangers of "car surfing" after a 16-year-old died in Iowa. Shana Chavez had just gotten off work at a Theisen's farm supply store last Friday when she and another girl hopped on the back bumper of an SUV while a 17-year-old male... More »

With 17M Birds Dead or Dying, Iowa Declares Emergency

This could be worst bird flu outbreak ever in US

(Newser) - A state of emergency was declared yesterday by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad with nearly 17 million chickens and turkeys dead, dying, or scheduled to be euthanized due to a widening bird flu outbreak . The proclamation activates disaster response and recovery procedures for the state's homeland security and emergency management... More »

Jury Acquits Man Accused of Raping Wife With Alzheimer's

Henry Rayhons, 78, gets not-guilty verdict in Iowa case

(Newser) - A rough trial in Iowa has ended with a not-guilty verdict. Jurors decided not to convict a 78-year-old man accused of raping his wife in a nursing home while she was incapacitated by Alzheimer's. "The truth finally came out," former state lawmaker Henry Rayhons tells the Des ... More »

Iowa Farm's 5.3M Hens Will Be Killed

Biggest outbreak in current bird flu epidemic affects 10% of Iowa's egg-laying hens

(Newser) - The last thing you want at a farm with 5.3 million chickens: avian flu. But the Agriculture Department confirms that's what has hit an egg producer in Osceola County, Iowa; it's the biggest outbreak so far in the current H5N2 bird flu epidemic. CNN reports that all... More »

78-Year-Old on Trial for Having Sex With His Wife

Some say Henry Rayhons' wife, Donna, who had dementia, wasn't able to give consent

(Newser) - An elderly man having sexual relations with his wife wouldn't normally be front-page news. But for Henry Rayhons, a former Republican legislator in Iowa, it's a trickier case. The 78-year-old is currently on trial, charged with felony sex abuse for allegedly having sex last May with his wife,... More »

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