State News with Radio Iowa

More than 400 of Terry Branstad’s supporters and staff gathered for a “farewell reception” tonight in Des Moines. Next Tuesday, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Branstad to discuss his new role as President Trump’s pick to be U.S. Ambassador to China. “It’s probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever taken on,” […]
A spacecraft that was built in part at the University of Iowa is maneuvering to make the first of its final orbits around Saturn early tomorrow morning. U-I research scientist Bill Kurth says Cassini is now positioned to zoom very close to the ringed planet’s atmosphere, skimming the cloudtops of an unexplored region which should […]
Paul McCartney is bringing his long list of hits to Iowa this summer. The 74-year-old rock-n-roll hall-of-famer will perform at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on July 21st. Tickets go on sale next Monday at 10 a.m. The former Beatle’s other tour stops announced today include Omaha, Chicago, and Wichita, Kansas. McCartney has performed […]
More information has been released about last night’s fatal accident in Buchanan County involving an eastern Iowa reality TV star. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department says a pickup driven by 35-year-old Christopher Soules of Arlington, rear-ended a farm tractor driven by 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher of Aurora. Both vehicles ended up in the ditch and Soules […]
State taxpayer support of the 107 airports in Iowa will be reduced by nearly 40 percent in the next budgeting year under the plan Republican legislators crafted. The eight airports that offer commercial passenger flights will get about $600,000 less. Representative Dennis Cohoon, a Democrat from Burlington, says the state funding helps the smaller commercial airports […]