Top Democrats clash over health care at marquee Iowa event

2020 Campaign 11/01/19, 23:38

The leading Democrats vying for their party's presidential nomination clashed over the critical issue of health care while offering starkly contrasting visions for the nation's ideological direction before thousands of cheering Iowa activists at a raucous event kicking off the three-month sprint to the first-in-the-nation caucuses. Former Vice President Joe Biden ...

Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

U.S. 06/16/19, 19:02

Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said.The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported .Authorities identified the victims as 44-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, 41-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara, ...

Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

U.S. 06/16/19, 14:12

Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said. The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported. Authorities identified the victims as 44-year-old Lavanya Sunkara, 41-year-old Chandrasekhar Sunkara, and ...

Iowa Democrats warn that Kamala Harris’ ‘star is fading’

2020 Campaign 06/07/19, 15:53

Tim Bottaro was ready to endorse Kamala Harris. He planned an event for the California senator in Sioux City, Iowa, buying balloons to match her campaign's colors. But the morning before Harris was due to arrive, her campaign called the former Democratic Party chairman in Woodbury County to cancel, blaming a ...

Beto O’Rourke stumps with his wife amid struggles with women

U.S. 06/06/19, 23:32

Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent.But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female voters. His wife, Amy, will begin a ...

Lehman returns to defend Iowa title

Golf 05/30/19, 13:14

Tom Lehman won the PGA Tour Champions event in Iowa last year without swinging a club on Sunday.Lehman will look for a measure of vindication this weekend at Wakonda Club in Des Moines after finding out he'd won in 2018 while waiting out a weather delay in a local mall. ...

Update: Possible tornado kills woman at Iowa farmstead

U.S. 05/22/19, 08:38

The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local):8:40 a.m.Authorities say one person has been killed and another injured by what may have been a tornado that damaged a farmstead in southwest Iowa's Adair County.Tony Brinker, a volunteer with the Augusta Fire Protection District, cuts ...

Wildlife officials confirm Des Moines mountain lion sighting

U.S. 05/09/19, 11:27

Iowa wildlife officials have confirmed the sighting of a mountain lion near downtown Des Moines.Police said Thursday morning that they're poring over video from the area near Interstate 235 and 31st Street. Snapshots taken from the video appear to show a mountain lion near some steps and a park bench.Iowa ...

Developer plans to turn old Iowa school into boutique hotel

Business 05/07/19, 12:57

A developer needs just one more city council vote before he can implement proposed plans to transform a former Des Moines junior high school into an eclectic space featuring meeting rooms, restaurants, a bar and boutique hotel.We Can Build It owner Jeff Young says he is hoping to invest up ...

Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

Business 04/25/19, 09:34

When Todd Miller began his two-person solar installation business in a suburb of Des Moines, one of the challenges he faced was keeping up with customer orders, as tax incentives and plunging prices for the boxy roof panels created a booming demand for this form of clean energy.Four years later, ...

Iowa Cubs pitcher builds a low-cost tiny home, finds peace

Sports 04/23/19, 11:21

Most players for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs live in hotels or apartments during the season, but one of their minor league pitchers has chosen to live in a self-built 104-square-foot tiny house this summer.Trevor Clifton was a 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He made his ...

Von Maur thriving as brick-and-mortar peers try to maintain

Business 04/13/19, 11:45

During a recent stroll through his company's store at Valley West Mall, Von Maur President Jim von Maur lamented the fall of former retail giants like Younkers."When we see people go out of business, it's not really the internet," he told The Des Moines Register. "It's because there wasn't an ...

NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin _ in earnest

Sports 03/21/19, 02:06

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks.There's Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, and Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette counterpart Markus Howard some ...

Flooded Iowa communities surviving with trucked-in water

U.S. 03/20/19, 22:04

As some communities along the Missouri River start to shift their focus to flood recovery after a late-winter storm, residents in two Iowa cities are stuck in crisis mode after their treatment plants shut down and left them in need of fresh water. Tanker trucks from the Iowa National Guard and ...

Michigan State seeking to survive opening weekend of NCAAs

Sports 03/20/19, 16:47

It seems as though coach Tom Izzo has Michigan State poised to make a Final Four run nearly every year.The Spartans need to focus on surviving the first weekend this time around. It has been four years since Michigan State (28-6) made it to the Sweet Sixteen, the longest such ...

Florida’s Hudson welcomes NCAA game vs Nevada’s Martin twins

Basketball 03/18/19, 16:44

Jalen Hudson sent one text seconds after Florida's NCAA Tournament pairing was announced.The senior messaged the eyes emoji to close friends, former Amateur Athletic Union teammates and current Nevada standouts Caleb and Cody Martin."They're like family," Hudson said Monday.FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2018, file photo, Nevada forward Cody ...

Beyond liberal base, some Democrats pitch to party moderates

Politics 01/30/19, 01:16

As the first wave of Democratic presidential candidates unveil plans for taxing wealth and universal government-provided health care, John Hickenlooper is making a narrower pitch of beer and bipartisanship. The brewpub magnate and former Colorado governor recently swung through the early voting state of Iowa to test his theory that Democratic ...

Democrat Harris gets support from Iowa’s Deidre DeJear

U.S. 01/28/19, 10:12

California Sen. Kamala Harris is announcing the backing of Iowa Democrat Deidre DeJear as she travels to the early 2020 caucus state Monday.DeJear was Iowa's first African American to win a primary for statewide office last year, but lost in her attempt to unseat Iowa's Republican secretary of state.DeJear has ...

Adviser: Billionaire Steyer won’t run for president in 2020

Politics 01/09/19, 16:16

Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer will not run for president in 2020. Adviser Aleigha (ah-LEE'-ah) Cavalier confirmed the decision Wednesday afternoon, shortly before Steyer was due to speak at an event in Des Moines, Iowa. The New York Times was first to report his plans. The decision comes as a ...

Iowa debut trip for potential 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren

Politics 01/04/19, 14:25

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is making her first visit to Iowa as a likely presidential candidate, testing how her brand of fiery liberalism plays in the nation's premier caucus state. The visit was combining events at bars, community centers and theaters with more intimate gatherings in private homes. For ...

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