Gov. Reynolds wants injunction on abortion ban lifted; dought conditions ease in Iowa; Field of Dreams MLB Game tonight
Gov. Kim Reynolds is asking a district court to lift an injunction on a 2018 law that would ban abortions at around six weeks of pregnancy.
Reynolds - a Republican - says she is asking the court to reinstate the law following a state Supreme Court decision in June that lowered protections for abortion under Iowa’s constitution. And the U-S Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. v. Wade that was issued shortly after.
The state is being represented by an attorney with the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, has declined to participate in Gov. Reynolds’ legal actions on abortion.
The Iowa Republican Party’s fundraiser last night showcased the GOP’s top of the ticket candidates this November and focused on the presidential campaign that will soon follow. Iowa Republican Party chairman Jeff Kaufmann led a group of national party officials who recommended that Iowa’s Caucuses go first as Republicans select a presidential nominee in 2024.
The Republican National Committee voted in mid-April to keep Iowa’s Caucuses first. The Democratic National Committee has been considering a plan that would dislodge the Iowa Caucuses that Democrats participate in from the lead-off spot in 2024. McDaniel suggested the decision’s been made, but Democrats delayed the announcement so as not to distract from Iowa’s 2022 elections.
This weekend’s showers dumped up to seven inches of rain on parts of Iowa, while many areas stayed dry, but even with the scattered downpours, drought conditions persist over wide sections of the state. Last week’s map shows more than 60 of the state’s 99 counties in some form of drought, with 13 northwest Iowa counties in either severe or extreme drought conditions.
Tonight the Field of Dreams in Dyersville hosts two major league teams for the second year in a row. two division rivals will go at it — it'll be the Chicago Cubs going up against the "home" Cincinnati Reds. Fans can watch the game on FOX at 7 p.m. ET.
There will also be a pregame ceremony that MLB says will "utilize the movie, its themes, and clips as inspirations for pregame elements and in-game presentation for both fans in the ballpark and watching."
The Cubs will be wearing their uniforms from their NL pennant-winning 1929 season, while the Reds will don 1919-inspired uniforms.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has found an invasive plant called Eurasian watermilfoil in five northwest Iowa lakes.
Eurasian watermilfoil can grow up to 20 feet tall, spreads rapidly and crowds out native plants that grow underwater. Mike Hawkins of the Iowa DNR says the plant was first found in Lost Island Lake on August 1.
Hawkins says Eurasian watermilfoil is very aggressive and it can create some large mats of floating plants. It’s a plant that’s rooted in the bottom but can make it to the surface and can cause some navigation issues.”
Teams have already treated the four areas of Lost Island Lake where the invasive plant was spotted.
The initial treatment plan for both Lower and Upper Gar, East Okoboji and Minnewashta Lakes will focus on the areas around boat ramps, to make sure the plant is killed in an area where it could be taken to another location.