Kim Reynolds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa appeals court has rejected a Des Moines attorney's challenge to Gov. Kim Reynold's use of a businessman's private airplane, upholding previous rulings that Reynold's use of the flights did no real harm and were allowed by Iowa law.

The Iowa Court of Appeals said in a ruling filed Wednesday that a state court judge was right to dismiss the lawsuit filed by attorney Gary Dickey.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Texas health and human services official has been named the new director of the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Thursday she appointed Kelly Kennedy Garcia to head the department that oversees the state's Medicaid program, mental health centers and child welfare services.

Garcia is now the deputy executive commissioner at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She oversees programs with more than 700 employees and a $1.4 billion budget.

Iowa DHS has more than 4,000 employees and a $7 billion budget.

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa's court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds' 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information.  The records contained the governor's Social Security number, driver's license number and other sensitive information that should not have been made public under court rules.

After an inquiry from The Associated Press last week, the court system removed public access to the files.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says Iowa could be headed toward a law eliminating the use of cellphones while driving.

A hands-free bill didn't advance this year but could come back again next year, and Reynolds says she supports the idea if lawmakers send it to her.

She signed a proclamation Tuesday declaring this "end distracted driving week" in Iowa.

Industrial Hemp Bill Signed By Reynolds

May 14, 2019

(Des Moines, IA)  --  Growing industrial hemp will be allowed in Iowa once the federal government approves the state's plan.  Governor Kim Reynolds has started the process by signing a bill legalizing industrial hemp production, but she issued a lengthy statement reminding Iowans what they can't do.  Those restrictions include not selling or manufacturing CBD.  Reynolds did say she signed the bill to open up a new market for Iowans.

Stun guns will be allowed on Regents university and community college campuses after action Thursday by Governor Kim Reynolds.  She signed a measure into law that legalizes the possession of stun guns at schools like Iowa State University.  However, the weapons wouldn't be allowed at football stadiums in addition to hospital and clinic grounds.