DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A quick transition is expected for Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to take over as governor now that Terry Branstad has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad will resign as governor Wednesday in his formal office at the Capitol. Reynolds will then be sworn in as governor in the Capitol rotunda. Reynolds will inherit a range of issues, including a constrained state budget and questions about the future of water quality initiatives.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a sentencing appeal by a father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak. The rejection Monday means Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son Peter DeCoster will be required to serve prison time for misdemeanor food safety violations. The appeal was denied without comment. The DeCosters were sentenced to three months in prison in 2015.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The closure of Iowa court offices for a day later this week will save the state $364,573, though it might lead to delays in some trials. Iowa court offices will be closed Friday because of mid-year budget cuts that forced the Judicial Branch to reduce its overall expenses. Besides the one-day closure, the $3 million mid-year budget cut approved by the Legislature this year forced a hiring freeze for judicial positions and travel restrictions, causing delays in some civil trials.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Michael Bousselot, chief of staff for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, is leaving the job. Bousselot said in a press release Tuesday he's pursuing opportunities outside of state government. Bousselot's announcement comes one day before Branstad is scheduled to resign from office to become the next U.S. ambassador to China. Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will be sworn in as governor Wednesday. She is expected to announce her own chief of staff.
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