• In this March 19, 2014 file photo, Kelli Jo Griffin listens during her trial for voter fraud in Keokuk, Iowa. In a nationally watched voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether to loosen the state’s lifetime ban on voting and holding public office by those with felony records. The case stems from the lawsuit brought by Griffin, a former drug offender who argues the Iowa constitution’s ban on voting by those who commit “infamous crimes” should not apply to her and many other ex-felons. (John Gaines/The Hawk Eye via AP, File)

    Iowa high court to consider state’s ban on voting by felons

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — In a major voting rights case, the Iowa Supreme Court will consider whether to relax the state’s lifetime ban on voting by convicted felons.

  • Powers keys No. 17 Michigan St women in 74-69 win over Iowa

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Aerial Powers scored 25 points and had a key steal and two free throws in the closing seconds, Tori Jankoska hit four free throws in the final 23 seconds and No. 17 Michigan State held off Iowa 74-69 on Sunday.

  • Hollie Ayers poses for a photo while reminiscing about her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. She was shot in the face and the leg. Her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. (AP Photo/ John Beale)

    States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.