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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

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Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said moves by former Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt contributed to less ethanol being blended in 2018 than the year before —breaking a streak of increasing ethanol usage that stretched back more than two decades.

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PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa — The rain started on St. Patrick's Day, and didn't stop until Jason and Fran Parr's century-old house near the Iowa-Nebraska border was knee-deep in cold, murky water. They managed to wade in to rescue family photos of their twin 4-year-olds, but most everything else was lost.

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WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a Republican disaster aid bill, saying more money is needed to help hurricane-torn Puerto Rico. But President Donald Trump opposes additional funding and says the U.S. territory is getting more disaster money than some states.

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Vice President Mike Pence visited Iowa and Nebraska Tuesday to view flooding caused by heavy rains and snowmelt that damaged hundreds of homes and inundated tens of thousands of acres with water.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will visit Iowa this week for the first time since launching his 2020 presidential campaign. He will make stops in Council Bluffs, Iowa City and Des Moines.

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WASHINGTON — Veteran Republican Rep. Steve King will be blocked from committee assignments for the next two years after lamenting that white supremacy and white nationalism have become offensive terms.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is directing dozens of wildlife refuges, including DeSoto north of Council Bluffs, to return staffers to work to make sure hunters and others have access despite the government shutdown, according to an email obtained Wednesday by the Associate…

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Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both Iowa Republicans and staunch backers of the legislation, are hoping to see it on President Donald Trump’s desk by the end of the year. Both of Nebraska’s Republican senators are opposed to the bill in its current form.

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IOWA CITY — The man who will serve at least temporarily as the nation’s top law enforcement official is a relatively inexperienced Republican Party loyalist from Iowa who has called for limiting special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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IOWA CITY — Democrats in Iowa are seeking to regain some power in Tuesday's midterms after back-to-back elections that have seen the traditionally centrist state take a sharp turn to the right.

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Hours before President Donald Trump’s rally at the Mid-America Center on Tuesday, supporters began to gather, eventually forming a line that hugged any cover from awnings to get out of the rain — while groups of protesters made their voices heard.

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Representatives of the Pottawattamie County Republicans for Conservative Values political action committee will demonstrate their support for President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Saturday.

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WASHINGTON — The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a decades-old sexual assault has accepted a Senate committee's request to tell her side next week but Christine Blasey Ford wants to resume negotiations over the exact terms of her appearance, her lawyers said Saturday.

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IOWA CITY — The cases are strikingly similar: Two talented young women were stabbed to death by male strangers while doing athletic activities alone in normally safe parts of Iowa.