In a move described as an effort to keep a questionable product out of the hands of young people, San Francisco supervisors last week moved a step closer to becoming the first city in the U.S. to ban all sales of electronic cigarettes.
Despite the increasingly urgent warnings of scientists, the Trump administration on Wednesday eased restrictions on coal-fired power plants in a move the administration predicted would revitalize the nation’s coal industry.
The National Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the Oakland crash that claimed the lives of a Riverside Community School District bus driver and a 16-year-old Riverside student brought a stern warning not only to Riverside officials but also to school officials throughout Iowa and…
There was good news for flood-weary southwest Iowans Monday: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said three of the four worst levee breaches along the Missouri River in southwest Iowa were expected to be closed by the end of the day.
An investigation leading to a watchdog report issued last Wednesday found that nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it’s a federal requirement for them to do so.
Inmates at the Newton Correction Facility enrolled in the Iowa Prison Industries program are building an office and a classroom. More importantly, they will eventually build homes that can be moved to rural communities.
A week ago today, former Broward County, Florida, Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested for his actions — or lack thereof – during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a long overdue $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.
Key members of Congress —mostly Democrats — want the Trump administration to address charges of a “secret” Veterans Affairs waiting list that suggests a higher number of patients seeking medical care than information more readily available publicly.
Lawmakers in Texas, a bastion of gun lovers, have quietly circumvented the powerful National Rifle Association by adding language to a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on, of all things, gun safety.
Celebrate CB 2019 was a success for Council Bluffs and its residents. The theme — “Rolling Along” — celebrated Council Bluffs’ diverse transportation system — including the 150th anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad, new interstates and RAGBRAI. It was also the annual celebration of …
The rants of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, focusing on the topic of waste, fraud and abuse in our government over the past four decades are legendary. Unfortunately, they are, all too often, ineffective.
Attorneys general from 43 states and Puerto Rico, with Connecticut taking the lead, are alleging that nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers conspired to artificially inflate and manipulate prices for more than 100 different generic drugs.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would provide long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods and rebuild military bases.
With a pair of crashes over the weekend — one a fiery commercial crash in Moscow that cost the lives of more than 40 passengers and that of a charter airliner that ran off a Florida runway into a river with no deaths involved — travelers might be wondering if flying has become more dangerous.
Just over a week ago, a 19-year-old man carrying a semi-automatic rifle walked through the front entrance of a Jewish synagogue in Poway, California, and indiscriminately opened fire on those inside. The California attack occurred exactly six months after 11 people were killed at a Pittsburg…
The exponential growth of the Pottawattamie Promise program is truly a win-win situation — a win for the students who are getting an opportunity to attend college and a win for the southwest Iowa communities and businesses they will be better prepared to serve as residents and leaders.
The Nelson Family Foundation — as it has for the past 11 years — recognized five local teachers for excellence in their chosen profession. The annual awards reflect the late H.H. “Red” and Ruth H. Nelson’s dedication to education as well as their family’s desire to honor their dedication.
As details emerge about the death of a 5-year-old boy whose disappearance captured the attention of the nation, there is escalating scrutiny of an Illinois agency already being reviewed because of recent deaths of two other children.
On Monday, Council Bluffs City Council members voted unanimously to approve Mayor Matt Walsh’s recommendation to name Matt Cox as the city’s newpublic works director.
A series of infrastructure failures in a crumbling dormitory at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston is being blamed for a toxic gas leak that sickened dozens of recruits and could have killed some of them.
A crowd estimated at 200 or more attended a Senate committee hearing in Glenwood last Wednesday, a hearing at which southwest Iowans whose homes, farms and communities were devastated by flooding that began in mid-March talked about causes and impacts.
In a sad commentary on what we feel should be the relatively unencumbered presence and discussion of varying points of view on our college campuses — and elsewhere — Bob Kerrey has decided against speaking at Creighton University’s May commencement ceremonies, saying he would become a distra…
Democratic lawmakers who control a California Assembly committee have advanced a first-in-the-nation measure restricting when police can use deadly force. The measure, which is expected to face a tough fight in the full Assembly, is one of two different legislative proposals seeking to reduc…
With less than a week left in a public comment period, U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan designed to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other retail locations.
Communities along the Missouri River and its tributaries are holding their collective breaths as officials warn of the possibility of additional flooding during the coming weeks and months.
CBD oil-infused gummy bears, lattes and other food, drinks and dietary supplements are selling quickly even though the U.S. Government says they’re illegal and local authorities have forced some retailers to pull products.
Partisan bickering — fueled in no small measure by President Donald Trump’s tweets and the Democratic congressional leadership’s attempt to use recent flood victims as negotiating pawns — has stalled congressional action on badly needed disaster assistance for the flood-ravaged Midwest.
Officials in Council Bluffs, one of eight Iowa cities that utilize automated traffic cameras, are keeping a close eye on the Iowa House, where legislation awaits action that could limit the use of the devices and/or allocate a portion of revenues generated by the cameras to the state.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa has appealed a February ruling by the Iowa Public Information Board that could severely limit public access to information about officer-involved shootings and other investigations.
A growing number of Iowans are coming to believe — and certainly not without reason — that if U.S. Rep. Steve King’s lips are moving, what follows is likely to be absurd and/or offensive.
Now that the Mueller investigation has been completed and a summary of the results released by Attorney General William Barr, Republicans and Democrats alike are claiming some degree of victory.
Although the incident was billed as a training exercise, law enforcement officials at an Indiana elementary school reportedly ordered teachers to turn around and crouch and then shot them will plastic pellets.
Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King, never out of the running for nomination for a foot-in-mouth award, moved to the top of the list over the weekend with an internet meme suggesting the possibility of another Civil War.
The devastating flooding that has inundated parts of southwest Iowa and eastern Nebraska for the past several days — and continues to do so — has once again focused a very bright light on the sometimes courageous efforts of the area’s first responders.
On Thursday, a dozen courageous Republican Senators joined forces with Senate Democrats to block the national emergency that President Donald Trump declared nearly a month ago to allow him to build his border wall with Mexico. The Democratic-controlled House had voted earlier this month to b…
Untested rape kits from more than 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country have been sent for DNA testing using money from a federal program as well as that from a New York prosecutor.
Last Wednesday, The Associated Press reported that an Iowa lawmaker, Democratic Rep. Amy Nielsen, accused Gov. Kim Reynolds’ administration and the director of the state’s human resources agency of “fostering a culture of secrecy in state government.”
The forecasts early Friday morning were ominous: The forecast for Saturday was for rain — perhaps as much as an inch — with temperatures rising into the mid- to upper 30s.
A bipartisan group of congressional leaders — a group that includes Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa — said Tuesday that the Interior Department’s plan to clamp down on public records requests would undermine government transparency and, more importantly, potentially …
Emails obtained by The Associated Press suggest the state of Iowa might have accelerated an unprecedented $4.15 million settlement with two sexual harassment victims because of an attorney’s threat that might have threatened the candidacy of Gov. Kim Reynolds.
President Donald Trump is threatening to veto two Democratic bills that would expand federal background checks on gun purchases, saying they do not sufficiently protect gun owners’ Second Amendment rights.