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Top News & Analysis Iowa


  • Drought conditions ease in key Midwest farm states Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 11:15 AM ET

    The benefit of recent downpours was more pronounced in states such as Iowa, the nation's biggest corn producer. Thursday's update showed that 63.9 percent of Iowa still is in extreme or exceptional drought _ the worst two classifications _ in what marked an improvement of nearly 12 percentage points from a week earlier.

  • North Dakota company buying 3 Nebraska dealerships Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:47 AM ET

    GRAND ISLAND, Neb.-- North Dakota- based Titan Machinery Inc. says it's buying three CaseIH agriculture equipment dealerships in Nebraska. Titan, of West Fargo, N.D., says it is acquiring Toner's Inc., which operates Toner's in Grand Island, Red Line Equipment in Broken Bow and Ord Equipment in Ord.

  • Humane Society hatches bid to unseat Iowa lawmaker Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 10:07 AM ET

    Steve King of Iowa has little use for the Humane Society, particularly when it comes to laws designed to give calves, pregnant sows and hens a little more freedom on the farm.

  • Romney ad advantage doesn't tell the whole story Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 12:42 AM ET

    An Associated Press analysis of presidential campaign advertising data from April through last week found that pro-Romney spending has exceeded pro-Obama ad spending by at least $65 million across the nine states expected to decide the election: Colorado, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa and Wisconsin.

  • Armed posse patrols timber land in sheriff's place Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands _ mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information.

  • World Food Prize activities attract Occupy protest Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:08 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- It's difficult to argue with the goals of the World Food Prize Foundation _ to recognize people who have helped improve the quality and availability of food to reduce world hunger.

  • GOP-leaning group plans new $11 million ad blitz Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    NEW YORK-- A Republican-leaning independent group supporting Mitt Romney's presidential bid is spending $11.1 million on new television ads aimed at women. The group planned to air the new ad on national and local cable stations, and in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

  • Iowa harvest nearly complete Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 10:14 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as much needed rain finally fell across most of the state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of the corn crop has been harvested, which is a month ahead of schedule. Ninety-three percent of the soybean crop is in from the fields, which is three weeks ahead of normal.

  • Obama embraces economic record in new commercial Monday, 15 Oct 2012 | 3:28 PM ET

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms Homesteaders Life Co Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 2:52 PM ET

    Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBBpi' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on Homesteaders Life Co.. Based in Des Moines, Iowa, HLC primarily offers group life products, with a focus on preneed and final-expense insurance.

  • Group opposed to gay marriage releases TV ads Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 10:45 AM ET

    OLYMPIA, Wash.-- The group fighting to overturn Washington's gay marriage law started running its first TV ads in the state on Thursday. Referendum 74 asks voters to either approve or reject the state's gay marriage law that was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov.

  • VP debate tees up closing issues for Romney, Obama Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:33 AM ET

    DANVILLE, Ky.-- In a spirited debate that laid out stark choices, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan teed up pointed arguments on the economy, social policy and America's place in the world that President Barack Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney now will drive forward into the campaign's final stretch.

  • Republican groups turning focus to House races Friday, 12 Oct 2012 | 8:20 AM ET

    Outside groups have spent about $60 million trying to help GOP candidates since June 1 and about $49 million trying to help out Democratic candidates, according the Sunlight Foundation.

  • Minnesota projected to harvest record corn crop Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:02 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS-- Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops. "It went better than we thought it would _ by a long ways _ that's for sure," southwestern Minnesota corn and soybean farmer Scott Johnson said with a laugh.

  • TEXT-S&P affirms American Republic Insurance Co Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 3:25 PM ET

    Rating Action On Sept. 21, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' Api' counterparty credit and financial strength ratings on American Republic Insurance Co.. American Republic Insurance, which is based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a life and health insurance company that holds licenses to do business in 49 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Drought holds steady, clouding winter crop outlook Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:56 AM ET

    The USDA now estimates that farmers will harvest 10.71 billion bushels of corn, down from last month's estimate of 10.73 billion bushels. The USDA said 69 percent of the nation's corn crop has been brought in from the fields as of Monday, more than double the average rate of the previous five years.

  • Hard Rock-themed casino gets support in Sioux City Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 10:23 AM ET

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa-- The developer of a Hard Rock-themed casino has gotten support from the nonprofit Missouri River Historical Development board to build a casino and entertainment center near the Missouri River in Sioux City, Iowa. Warner and the board must obtain a license from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.

  • US corn estimate lowered to reflect harvest yields Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:53 AM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa-- The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday slightly lowered its projection for the nation's corn crop for a fourth straight month, reflecting worse-than-expected news about the actual impact of this year's withering drought from the farmers busy harvesting their fields.

  • Winnebago fiscal 4Q profit rises on tax boost Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 9:07 AM ET

    FOREST CITY, Iowa-- Winnebago Industries Inc. said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter net income soared, boosted by a hefty tax benefit and higher demand for its recreational vehicles. For the quarter ended Aug. 25, the Forrest City, Iowa- based company earned $40.9 million, or $1.41 per share, up from $3.5 million, or 12 cents per share, in the same quarter last year.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 10- In 2008, singer will.i.am provided Barack Obama's presidential campaign with music for its signature anthem, "Yes We Can." On Tuesday, at a rally for Obama in Columbus, Ohio, the performer chose to play something new: the theme song for "Sesame Street."