Iowa News

Fitzgerald: Budget transfer move not legally compliant

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s treasurer says Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to tap an emergency fund to address a budget shortfall is not compliant with state law. Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald sent a letter to Reynolds on Friday that says revenue tied to the state budget that ended in June did not ...

Political opponent targets Pate meeting attendance

IOWA CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Paul Pate has shown up in person to less than half of the meetings of a key panel that helps run Iowa’s executive branch, an attendance record that one of his political opponents criticized Wednesday. Minutes reviewed by The Associated Press show that ...

Regents detail secret Harreld meetings during U of I president search

IOWA CITY (AP) — A majority of University of Iowa governing board members have described under oath how they secretly recruited Bruce Harreld weeks before hiring the businessman as president, circumventing the Iowa Open Meetings Law, court records show. Five of nine members of the Board of ...

Man to use Iowa’s new ‘stand your ground’ defense

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man accused in a deadly shooting on Iowa City’s pedestrian mall plans to use Iowa’s new “stand your ground” law in his defense. Lamar Wilson, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection to an Aug. ...

Man charged in wife’s shooting death to stand trial

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and killing his wife outside a northeast Nebraska police station is now slated to stand trial in the first-degree murder case. Bei Sheng Chen, 41, of South Sioux City, appeared in a Dakota County Court on Tuesday, where he waived his right ...

Man killed when mower overturns, pinning him in river

SHELDON (AP) — A man has died after a riding lawnmower he was operating at a northwest Iowa country club rolled onto him. The O’Brien County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old Dean Seivert of Sheldon died Monday after being pinned under the mower, which rolled into the Floyd ...

1 killed in garbage truck, semi crash in dense fog in Iowa

VINTON (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa are blaming dense fog for the crash of a semitrailer and a garbage truck that killed one person. The Benton County sheriff’s office says the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near Vinton, where heavy fog covered the area. Officials say ...

Officials concerned about growing inmate population

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials of a jail in central Iowa want to open three empty housing units amid an increase in inmates, but county supervisors hope for other efforts to reduce the jail population. Polk County Jail has seen a daily average of more than 1,000 inmates this year. The jail ...

Iowa governor agrees with end to DACA; Reynolds wants Congress to act

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out a program that protects young immigrants from deportation because she believes Congress should address the issue. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday it’s Congress’ ...

Apple gets $208M in tax breaks to build Iowa data center

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa approved a deal Thursday to give Apple $208 million in state and local tax breaks to build two data storage centers near Des Moines and to create at least 50 jobs — a pact that critics quickly panned. The deal approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority ...

Iowa agency ends nursing home visits

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa agency that advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities will no longer send staff to visit nursing homes because of budget cuts. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s office has eliminated in-state travel after losing a quarter of its nearly $2 million ...

Iowa GOP leader accused of stalking, threatening ex-fiancee

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancee after allegedly threatening her and admittedly using her iTunes account’s “Find iPhone” app to track her whereabouts. A judge this month granted a ...

Officials announce new Iowa license plate design

AMES (AP) — Officials have announced the winner of online balloting for new license plates that will grace Iowa vehicles in the years to come. The Iowa Transportation Department said Monday that the design dubbed “City and County Reboot” received more than 113,000 votes. The design’s ...

Iowa State Fair’s 1.13 million visitors sets attendance mark

DES MOINES (AP) — This year’s Iowa State Fair set an attendance record, with more than 1.13 million people visiting the 11-day event in Des Moines. The fair announced Monday the fair that wrapped up Sunday had an unofficial attendance of 1,130,071. That topped the previous record of ...

Prichard suspends governor campaign

DES MOINES (AP) — Democratic Rep. Todd Prichard has suspended his campaign for Iowa governor. Prichard indicated in a press release Tuesday that money played a key role in his decision. He said responsibilities like his family and military service took priority over the time needed to raise ...

Iowan gets life in cold case killing

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 42-year-old Iowa woman who was convicted of killing her romantic rival has been sent to prison for life. A judge sentenced Shanna Golyar in Omaha on Tuesday. She’d been found guilty of arson and first-degree murder after a nonjury trial. Prosecutors say she killed ...

Judge tosses murder conviction

DES MOINES (AP) — A state district court judge has thrown out the murder conviction of a Tama man concluding there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the man killed his girlfriend 17 years ago even though a jury convicted him. The case is complicated by the fact that Cora Ann Okonski has never ...

Western Iowa police say six overdose on synthetic opioid

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Police in western Iowa are investigating after six people suffered opioid overdoses in Council Bluffs this week. Two men were treated for overdoses at separate Council Bluffs hospitals about half-an-hour apart Wednesday night. A day earlier, three people were found ...

Planned housing development to cater to homeless

IOWA CITY (AP) — More than $3 million has been awarded to build a first-of-its-kind housing development for the chronically homeless in Iowa City. The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently awarded $2.7 million to Shelter House for the development. Shelter House director Crissy ...

Iowa courthouse closes amid structural issues

CLINTON (AP) — An eastern Iowa courthouse will be closed for the next two weeks due to a structural problem. The Clinton County maintenance crew found a collapsed support beam in the courthouse’s basement Thursday morning, and the courthouse was evacuated around 10 a.m. A structural ...