Iowa News

Official calls Iowa’s largest public pension fund ‘sound’

DES MOINES (AP) — The head of Iowa’s largest public pension system says the trust fund that pays out retirement benefits is “sound,” but at least one GOP lawmaker thinks changes might be needed. Donna Mueller, chief executive officer for the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, ...

Driver in trailer deaths likely part of network

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is just one member of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that they are looking to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official ...

Firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal woes

SCHALLER (AP) — The small, family-owned Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems, public records show. Pyle Transportation Inc. failed to pay federal employment and trucking taxes for ...

Disaster declared for Iowa counties

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in the northeast corner of Iowa that suffered storm damages. The governor’s office said Thursday that the proclamation covers Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties raked by storms ...

Man found guilty in double homicide

FORT DODGE (AP) — A Lake Mills man has been found guilty of killing two people and trying to kill another in Mason City last year. A jury on Thursday found 31-year-old Peter Veal guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Officers sent to a Mason City ...

New law details firings of public workers

DES MOINES (AP) — Public employees in Iowa have been fired in recent months for misconduct such as theft, fraud and student mistreatment, according to records obtained under a new law that reveals those details for the first time. An officer allegedly submitted fraudulent expense forms ...

Cedar Falls garbage checked for recyclables

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A state contractor is poring through garbage in Cedar Falls, looking for recyclables. SCS Engineers was hired by the Iowa Natural Resources Department to provide Cedar Falls with information to help improve recycling efforts. The data can help cities find out how many ...

Sanders, in Iowa, reiterates criticism of GOP health bill

DES MOINES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterated criticism of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act to a receptive crowd in Iowa on Saturday, calling a bill moving through the Senate “disastrous.” The Vermont senator highlighted his thoughts on the bill while blasting ...

Man died from Onawa fire injuries

ONAWA (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old man has died from injuries suffered in a western Iowa house fire. Firefighters were dispatched to the Onawa home around 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Neighbors reported hearing a big bang before the flames erupted. One person at the home, Dallas Seward, was ...

Ex-caucus staffer testifies in trial

DES MOINES (AP) — A former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide has testified in her sexual harassment lawsuit that sex, race and sexual orientation were regular topics of conversations and jokes in the office. Kirsten Anderson,39, testified in her lawsuit Tuesday. Much of her testimony ...

Vacant Iowa Tyson plant listed for sale for about $2.5M

CHEROKEE (AP) — After nearly three years of sitting vacant, a Tyson Foods plant in the northwestern Iowa community of Cherokee could be showing signs of life.. The owner of the property recently listed the site with Chicago-based Global Food Properties, the Des Moines Register reported. ...

Cedar Rapids man charged with attempted murder in stabbing

OXFORD (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has been charged with attempted murder after officials say he stabbed a man, tried to run him over and shot at him in a central Iowa wildlife management area. The incident happened Thursday in the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in rural Johnson ...

Father charged after baby injured

MASON CITY (AP) — A Mason City man has been charged with child endangerment after police say he caused a serious brain injury in his 5-month-old baby. Jeremy Walter Rose, 27, was arrested Thursday night and charged with child endangerment resulting in serious injury. He’s being held in the ...

Order to reinstate mayor upheld

MUSCATINE (AP) — A judge has upheld his own ruling earlier this month that the Muscatine mayor be returned to office while the appeal of her removal is heard. The City Council voted May 11 to remove Diana Broderson as mayor, saying she had created unnecessary legal and staff costs and ...

Decades after devastating fire, Iowa warily allows fireworks

ADEL (AP) — On a scorching day 86 years ago, a dropped sparkler ignited an inferno that roared through much of the small city of Spencer, Iowa, and led to a statewide fireworks ban that endured for generations. Fireworks have since become legal in most of the country and Iowa legislators ...

Court: Democrat can sue over alleged GOP reprisals

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Democratic appointee can seek damages for alleged political retaliation he suffered under former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, a decision that will make it easier for state residents to sue government officials who violate their ...

Lottery fraud mastermind admits he rigged game

DES MOINES (AP) — A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars. Eddie ...

Egg executives Jack and Peter DeCoster must report to prison

DES MOINES (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in May to hear the appeals of Austin ...

Court: Investigation took too long

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide fixing scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16.5 million jackpot was tainted by unjustified delays in the investigation. The ruling is a victory for former ...

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 ...