Here’s the latest State News from Radio Iowa:

As of this Saturday, a motorist in Iowa can be pulled over if a police officer suspects the driver is paying attention to a screen inside the vehicle rather than the road. Many new state laws take effect July 1, including the new crackdown on “texting while driving.” Legislators, though, acknowledge it’ll be difficult for law […]
The Beef Products Incorporated defamation trial against ABC Broadcasting over the use of the term “pink slime” did not last long today. Court was only in session for two and a half minutes when Judge Cheryle Gering announced to the jury testimony would be delayed until Wednesday. Judge Gering told the jury that a “major […]
A Clinton County man is sentenced to probation for admitting to working while collecting unemployment benefits. The U.S. Railroad Retirement Board investigated after 39-year-old Brian Coats of Lost Nation was let go from his job as a trainmaster with the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Maquoketa and he started collecting unemployment. The investigation found Coats was […]
Iowa’s U.S. Senators Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley are releasing noncommittal statements about the Senate’s version of the health care bill. Neither have expressed whether they’re leaning toward voting for or against the proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act. Grassley says he’s getting many hundreds of email, calls and letters from Iowans about the […]
A notorious criminal who robbed a Mason City credit union two years ago and committed other crimes in Nebraska and across the western United States may be in custody. In 2012 and 2014, a man the FBI called the “AK-47 Bandit” robbed several banks, as well as shot and wounded a police officer in Chino, […]