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Des Moines, IA, United States

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Past articles by Rachel:

Changes to Iowa's gun laws take effect next week

Starting July 1, Iowans will no longer need to have state permits to buy handguns or carry firearms in most public places. → Read More

Lawmakers wrap 2021 session with ban on masks, anti-abortion constitutional amendment

The Iowa Legislature wrapped up its work for the year late Wednesday night. → Read More

'Less than a month to figure it out': Iowans react to federal unemployment payment cuts

Iowans felt mixed reactions following Gov. Kim Reynolds' decision to end federal unemployment benefits in the state. They were originally to end in September. → Read More

Reynolds says she will sign trans sports bill if it reaches her desk

There were two bills introduced earlier in the session referring to transgender sports bans, but those didn't go anywhere. → Read More

Iowa lawmakers vote to expand school choice, bill now heads to governor's desk

Five Iowa districts have Voluntary Diversity Plans, which allow districts to deny open enrollment requests based on socio-economic statuses. → Read More

Can Iowa outlaw abortions?

The process to amend the Iowa Constitution is lengthy, and there are federal factors influencing the legality of abortion restrictions in the United States. → Read More

Iowa governor signs controversial gun bill into law

The bill signed on Friday makes permits optional for those purchasing guns in Iowa. → Read More

Report: Vaccination rates for white Iowans 3 times higher than rates for Black Iowans

According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, white Iowans are vaccinated three times more than Black Iowans. → Read More

Watch Live: Update on employees killed at Anamosa State Penitentiary

According to the Iowa Department of Corrections, an inmate attacked multiple staff and fellow inmates inside the Anamosa State Penitentiary Tuesday around 10:15 a.m. → Read More

Noticing more trash on the side of Iowa's roads? Here's why COVID may be to blame

Normally, inmates clean up trash and litter from Iowa's roadways for 80 cents an hour. Due to COVID, workers that make $25 are in charge of the clean-up. → Read More

50 years later: Iowa couple recreates wedding photos to celebrate anniversary

The central Iowa couple also has a message for those who are wondering if they want to be organ donors. Organ donation has been down during the pandemic. → Read More

Pandemic forces more women out of work than men

Data from the U.S. Labor Department shows, of the people who left or lost their jobs since the pandemic began, almost 60% of them were women. → Read More

Bill would end dog breed bans in Iowa

Opponents of the legislation believe some breeds are more dangerous than others, and are a liability to communities. → Read More

Iowans 65 and up eligible for vaccine Feb. 1 in updated Phase 1B plan

Reynolds and her team announced Iowans 65 years and older will be vaccinated in Phase 1B. Before Thursday, it was 75 years and older. → Read More

Iowa lawmakers greeted by crowd protesting mask mandates on first day of 2021 session

Republican leaders said they consulted with the latest CDC guidelines and the Iowa Department of Public of Health in creating guidelines for the Legislature. → Read More

Masks not required for lawmakers, public during 2021 legislative session

State lawmakers, their staff and the general public will not be required to wear a face covering when the 2021 legislative session begins on Monday, Jan. 11. → Read More

Iowa's Congressional delegation votes down Arizona, Pennsylvania electoral objections

Iowa's four representatives and two senators voted against two objections to state's electoral votes. → Read More

Feds: Iowa facility for people with disabilities conducted human experiments on residents without consent

The DOJ found the state-run resource facility for individuals with disabilities conducted experiments without the residents' consent. → Read More

Feds: Iowa facility for people with disabilities conducted human experiments on residents without consent

The U.S. Department of Justice started investigating Glenwood Resource Center after there were reports of physical and sexual experimentation. → Read More

Iowans dismiss partisan politics, back Vilsack as next USDA leader

Iowa's agriculture community is excited about the former Iowa governor and secretary of agriculture returning to Washington. → Read More