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Iowa Supreme Court issues statewide courthouse weapons ban

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday banned weapons in courthouses statewide, saying that it had a duty to promote safety in the courts. The order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady does not apply to peace officers but it prohibits other visitors from carrying weapons into ...

Man accused of killing parents to undergo mental evaluation

DAVENPORT (AP) — A man accused of killing his parents in Davenport will be undergoing a mental health evaluation. Court records say a judge granted a defense motion last week for 21-year-old Sean Freese. He’s pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say he shot ...

Police say driver was drunk, speeding at time of crash

MASON CITY (AP) — Mason City police say the driver of a sport utility vehicle was drunk and speeding in April when he crashed into a tree, killing himself and four passengers. Police Chief Jeff Brinkley announced Monday that an autopsy shows the driver of the SUV had a blood-alcohol level ...

Burlington police link foot found at lake to missing man

BURLINGTON (AP) — Authorities have identified a human foot found in a Burlington lake as belonging to a man who went missing in 2015. Burlington police Monday announced that DNA evidence had confirmed the foot belonged to Steven Leasure, whose family reported him missing in May 2015. A ...

Motorcyclist killed in northern Iowa collision with car

KLEMME (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car in northern Iowa. The accident occurred around noon Sunday on U.S. Highway 69, just south of Klemme in Hancock County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a southbound car tried to pass another vehicle but ...

FBI dismissed 2006 jackpot query

IOWA CITY (AP) — Investigators were suspicious in 2006 when they heard that a rural Texas judge was trying to exchange $450,000 in consecutively marked bills. But Tommy Tipton, a Fayette County magistrate, told the FBI that his actions were innocent, if odd: He won the Colorado lottery but ...

Changing table mom takes plea deal

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines mother whose baby daughter died on a changing table has taken a plea deal. Laci Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony neglect of dependent person. Prosecutors lowered the change from child endangerment resulting in death in exchange for Taylor’s plea. ...

Trump reschedules visit to June 21

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first visit to Iowa since taking office has been rescheduled for June 21. His campaign website says his appearance at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids is set to begin at 7 p.m. Trump had been scheduled to visit Cedar Rapids on June 1. ...

Iowa man dies after tractor overturns

SHELLSBURG (AP) — Authorities say a 79-year-old man died after being pinned by an overturned tractor in eastern Iowa. The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. Monday in rural Shellsburg. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says Arlo Becker was driving the tractor when it overturned while ...

Officer who fatally shot man ID’d

NORTH ENGLISH (AP) — Authorities have identified a police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a North English man in eastern Iowa over the weekend. The Iowa county Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Tuesday that Williamsburg Police Officer Blake Heller shot and killed ...

Baby peregrine gets leg bands

DUBUQUE (AP) — A peregrine falcon chick has received identification bands as part of a raptor monitoring program in eastern Iowa. David Kester, a field researcher with the nonprofit Raptor Resource Project, climbed atop the Dubuque County Courthouse to attach the metal bands, which allow ...

Fireworks firm fighting restrictions

DES MOINES (AP) — An Alabama-based company is seeking to block Des Moines from enforcing strict rules limiting the sale of fireworks to industrial zones in the city. American Promotional Events, which bills itself as the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks, filed the ...

Iowa may be first state with no health insurers on exchange

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance company willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said ...

Trump supporter arrested for disorderly conduct

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa woman charged with voting twice for Donald Trump last fall is back in jail after pleading guilty to yelling epithets at a neighbor. Terri Rote of Des Moines pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct, one day after she was arrested. A complaint says Rote repeatedly ...

Tractor festival expects more than 500 participants

DYERSVILLE (AP) — More than 500 people are expected for a series of slow drives through northeast Iowa in the 18th annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade. The four-day event is based in Dyersville this year and will feature daily countryside tours in Dubuque and Delaware counties through ...

Man shot by deputy expected to survive

MONTROSE (AP) — Authorities say a deputy responding to a burglary call has shot a man in southeast Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the shooting occurred early Monday morning in rural Montrose. The division says Lee County deputies had been sent just after midnight to ...

Farmers decry Trump plans to cut agriculture subsidies

DES MOINES (AP) — Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump’s budget. The proposed cuts come even as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of ...

Pence backs up Trump’s economic efforts during visit to Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday reassured Iowa conservatives, some of them cool to Donald Trump, that the president will deliver on his campaign promises to boost the economy. Speaking at the annual fundraiser of Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Pence told more than 1,400 Iowa ...

Iowa councilman accused of bypassing home water meter

CAMANCHE (AP) — A city councilman in eastern Iowa has been accused of bypassing his home water meter. Court records say Camanche Councilman Bill Wruck is charged with misdemeanor theft and fraudulent practices. He declined to comment Friday. Court documents say the city administrator ...

Man’s trial in Mason City slayings moving to Fort Dodge

MASON CITY (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing two people in Mason City has been moved to Fort Dodge. Peter Veal had requested a change of venue because of pretrial publicity in Cerro Gordo County. Court records say a judge granted the request Thursday and set a trial starting date ...