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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic effort to delay privatization of Medicaid in Iowa has failed in a legislative oversight hearing.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Figures have plunged in a third straight monthly survey of supply managers in nine Midwest and Plains states, providing more evidence of a slowdown in the region's economy.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has vacated a lower court's sentence of a man convicted of murder in 1992 as a juvenile.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A man who police say called for "vigilante justice" after a brawl and shooting in southwest Iowa no longer faces charges.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An appeals court has reversed the dismissal of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A department director has acknowledged in a court hearing that the Iowa Medicaid director likely had improper communication with an insurance company worker but says that didn't taint the state's selection of companies to run Iowa's program.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad is creating a special division in Iowa's public defender's office that will focus on wrongful convictions.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.6 percent in September.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state auditor says improper management of city finances over a five-year period cost the city of Neola more than $230,000.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Western Community College is offering a pilot housing program that aims to help transgender students feel more comfortable.

The Iowa West Foundation has awarded $7 million in grants to 22 organizations for projects in Omaha and southwest Iowa.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Governor Terry Branstad has scheduled a special election to fill the House District 21 seat left open by the death of longtime lawmaker Jack Drake.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state lawmaker is questioning whether a children's health insurance program should be included in a plan to privatize Medicaid in Iowa.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A third consecutive overall index drop in a monthly rural bankers survey suggests an economic slowdown is ahead for rural parts of 10 Western and Plains states.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A panel of state budget experts is lowering Iowa revenue projections for the current fiscal year.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Faculty members unhappy with the Iowa Board of Regents choice for president of the University of Iowa have gotten support from teachers in neighboring Nebraska.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds have announced an initiative to increase skilled labor in Iowa, but it's unclear how much the plan would cost or how it would be funded.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's dominant health insurer has agreed to start selling policies that will qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a former Iowa State basketball standout has turned himself in to police after a high school principal and two others were injured in a Glenwood confrontation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $35 million in federal grants to support farmers markets and other local farm programs.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A man already serving time in Nebraska for child sexual assault faces similar charges in western Iowa.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A second straight monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states suggests a slowdown in the region's economy.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Three people have been charged in connection with a shooting involving a principal in southwest Iowa.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 20-year-old Pacific Junction man found with a sword and gun had called for "vigilante justice" after the neighborhood fight involving the Glenwood Community High School principal.

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say the principal of Glenwood Community High School has been injured in a neighborhood incident that involved a shooting.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa company has been awarded the first license by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop a bird flu vaccine.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An effort to build cable barriers on Iowa's highways has helped reduce the number of cross-median fatal crashes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State lawmaker Rob Hogg says he'll announce his Democratic bid for Senate during a three-day tour of the state this week.

WALNUT, Iowa (AP) — Voters have overwhelmingly approved a plan for an Iowa school district to merge with another one in the face of declining enrollment and budget problems.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State Auditor Mary Mosiman says a property tax cut approved two years ago is a significant ongoing cost for the state budget.

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