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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A state judge has struck down Iowa’s restrictive “fetal heartbeat” abortion law. Judge Michael Huppert on Tuesday found the law unconstitutional. The law would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into pregnancy. It would have been the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – Sen. Joni Ernst says she turned down Donald Trump after interviewing to be his running mate, according to a court filing that describes an “extremely painful journey” that led to her divorce from a man she alleges was abusive. The Iowa Republican wrote in an affidavit in her divorce proceeding that after Trump interviewed her in 2016 to join his ticket, “I turned Candidate Trump down, knowing it wasn’t the right thing for me or my family.” She doesn’t explicitly say if he offered her the job.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The chairman of a House committee that would consider any changes to the public worker pension program says no legislation will pass this year or next that would change the system. Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, chairman of the House State Government Committee, says “simply unequivocally” there will not be any changes.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a Des Moines resident suspected of fatally injuring a pedestrian while driving a stolen car has been charged with first-degree murder. Donterius Bomar already is charged with attempted murder, robbery and criminal mischief. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday from The Associated Press. Police say Bomar was driving the stolen car when he hit 69-year-old Charles Michael Childs and kept going. Childs was found dead two days later inside a tent at a homeless camp.

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