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Trump Says He Doesn't Want 'Poor People' to Lead Economy

He holds 'victory lap' rally in Iowa

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to 6,000 supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday night at a gathering that strongly resembled one of his raucous campaign rallies—right down to whistle-blowing protesters and chants of "Lock her up" when Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned. In what is being widely described... More »

Iowa Congressman Has Rough Day Over Health Care Bill

Rod Blum cuts off interview, then faces a hostile town hall

(Newser) - Iowa Rep. Rod Blum has become the temporary lightning rod for anger about the health care bill that just passed the House . The Republican congressman had a double whammy on Monday when he abruptly cut short a TV interview—see the video —and then faced a hostile town hall... More »

Bachelor Chris Soules Jailed After Fatal Crash

He allegedly fled after his truck hit a tractor in Iowa

(Newser) - Former Bachelor Chris Soules is in custody after what police describe as a fatal hit and run in Iowa Monday night. Police say Soules, 35, was driving a pickup truck that collided with the back end of a tractor around 8pm near Aurora, reports KWWL . Both vehicles landed in a... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'

Osmosis claims its product is equivalent to SPF 30

(Newser) - The state of Iowa thinks a company's claim that people can protect themselves by drinking sunscreen is a bunch of hooey. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court, Attorney General Tom Miller argues that Colorado-based company Osmosis has been selling what it claims is the... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

City in Iowa Has Plan to Bring Back the Bees

The plan is 'critical to the future of both pollinators and people'

(Newser) - One city in Iowa is rolling out the red carpet for bees in order to save the human race. The Gazette reports the population of pollinating insects has been cut in half over the past 70 years, and that spells trouble for humans who enjoy having food to eat. Part... More »

'Fierce' Carnivore Documented in Iowa After 150-Year Absence

The fisher probably wandered over from Minnesota

(Newser) - It's no Bigfoot sighting, but it'll do. KCCI reports a fisher has been documented in Iowa for the first time in 150 years. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources , fishers are carnivores related to the weasel and otter and are "known for their fierceness."... More »

After Attempt to Save Bees, a Superweed Thrives Instead

Pigweed inadvertently spread in seed mix, could take years to eradicate

(Newser) - A herbicide-resistant weed strong enough to damage farm equipment has been spread on acres of conservation land in states like Ohio, Texas, Indiana, and Illinois under government programs, reports Illinois Farmer Today . Palmer amaranth, or pigweed—which the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes is "one of the most prolific and... More »

Ex-Insider Allegedly Rigged Lottery Drawings to Win Millions

Eddie Tipton is tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states

(Newser) - A former head of lottery security tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states is facing new charges in Wisconsin, NBC News reports. According to the Des Moines Register , six charges were filed against Eddie Tipton on Thursday. They include racketeering, theft by fraud, and computer crimes, Fox 6 News... More »

Trump Makes 2 New Big Picks for His Team

President-elect wants Gen. John Kelly for DHS, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for China ambassador

(Newser) - Add two more names to the "Trump administration" list. The president-elect has named his pick for Homeland Security secretary, as well as for the US ambassador to China. For DHS: retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly, sources close to the transition team tell the AP . Kelly, who oversaw Gitmo,... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Ordered to Move Out of Mom's Basement

Scott Greene found guilty of elder abuse hours before officers were killed

(Newser) - Scott Greene, the man suspected of killing two Iowa police officers Wednesday, had been ordered to move out of his mother's basement and was having serious money troubles, CBS News reports. In mid-October, 66-year-old Patricia Greene was jailed for allegedly hitting her 46-year-old son in the face during an... More »

Man Suspected of Killing Cops Felt Police Violated His Rights

Scott Greene also appears to have a problem with black people

(Newser) - Police say the man suspected of killing two Iowa officers early Wednesday has what the AP calls "a history of racial provocations and confrontations with police." The Des Moines Register reports court records show 46-year-old Scott Greene was charged with resisting a pat down in April 2014 after... More »

Suspect in Custody After Ambush Killings of 2 Iowa Cops

Scott Michael Greene accused of shooting officers in their cars

(Newser) - Two police officers in the Des Moines area were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol cars in two separate attacks overnight, and police now have a suspect in custody, reports the Des Moines Register . He is identified as Scott Michael Greene, a 46-year-old white male. Authorities say he... More »

Iowa Arrests Voter Fraud Suspect

Cops say Republican voted twice

(Newser) - A rare voter fraud suspect has been arrested in Iowa, though Donald Trump is unlikely to accuse her of trying to rig the election: Terri Lynn Rote, who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of voting twice, is a registered Republican, the Des Moines Register reports. Police say the 55-year-old cast... More »

Neighbors Sue to Stop House That Looks Like Stadium

Couple wants to build 7,500-square-foot replica of University of Iowa stadium

(Newser) - Iowa City residents are suing to stop a couple from building a 7,500-square-foot home that's also a replica of Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, the AP reports. The home would feature brick siding and a press box just like the actual football stadium. According... More »

Iowa Man Says He Won't Have to Pay for Child That Isn't His

But Joe Vandusen isn't done fighting Iowa's sticky child-support law

(Newser) - Public support and a crowdfunding effort have apparently helped an Iowa man emerge victorious in a child support case that he initially pegged as a "joke." Per WQAD , Joe Vandusen found out last week he'd won his appeal with the state's Department of Human Resources in... More »

Teachers Who Sexually Abuse Students Avoid Prison in Iowa

Despite a law making prison time mandatory, according to investigation

(Newser) - Iowa teachers who sexually abuse students are getting off with probation despite a state law making at least some prison time mandatory. A Des Moines Register investigation discovered at least seven teachers received no prison time for sexually abusing students over the past five years.Two teachers who sexually abused... More »

Man Dies in 'Freak Accident' After 'Sucker Punch'

His fiancée calls it a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - A 32-year-old father of two is dead after a "sucker punch" to the head ruptured a blood clot on his brain that no one was aware of, his family tells WHO . Fiancée Lindsey Engquist calls it a "freak accident." According to the New York Daily News... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

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