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Top News & Analysis Iowa

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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."

  • WASHINGTON-- A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the economy grew modestly in the late summer, bolstered by solid gains in housing. The report is based on anecdotal information from the regional districts and covers the period from mid-August to Sept. 28. The region's economy expanded modestly.

  • WASHINGTON-- Four years ago, Joe Biden was careful not to appear overly aggressive in his vice presidential debate with Sarah Palin, then a newcomer to the national stage. Now, as he prepares to debate Paul Ryan, a 14- year House veteran and the top Republican budget writer, Biden is less concerned about looking like a bully.

  • AKRON, Ohio-- Republican Mitt Romney is making a fresh bid for Ohio voters, trying to use post-debate momentum to make up ground in a state that has been a mainstay of GOP presidential candidates and could help President Barack Obama hold onto the White House. We're going to do it here in Ohio. "

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Wading into an explosive social issue, Republican Mitt Romney on Tuesday said he would not pursue any abortion-related legislation if elected president. "There's no legislation with regards to abortion that I'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda," he told the Des Moines Register in an interview posted on the newspaper's website.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa farmers are close to wrapping up this year's harvest as they work to get drought-damage crops out of the fields as cooler weather arrives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 76 percent of the corn has been harvested, which is a month ahead of normal. Eighty percent of the soybeans are in from the fields, which is two weeks ahead of normal.

  • CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio, Oct 9- Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, in an apparent fresh move toward the political center, said on Tuesday if elected he would not pursue specific legislation targeting abortion.

  • will be assuming about $32 billion in assets under management with its proposed acquisition of AFP Cuprum S.A., a leading pension manager in Chile. Rating Action On Oct. 9, 2012, Standard& Poor's Ratings Services affirmed its' BBB+' counterparty credit ratings on Iowa- based Principal Financial Group Inc. and Principal Financial Services Inc..

  • DES MOINES, Iowa-- Iowa regulators have approved a settlement on MidAmerican Energy's plans to increase electric rates to cover rising costs. The Iowa Utilities Board says Tuesday the deal allows MidAmerican to increase annual revenue by $38.7 million, or 4 percent, in 2012. The utility temporarily raised rates in March.

  • NEW YORK-- President Barack Obama deployed Big Bird in a new campaign ad Tuesday mocking Mitt Romney's vow to end federal funding for public broadcasting.