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Police: Man sought in Iowa slayings case said he killed 3

BONDURANT (AP) — A man sought as a material witness in the slayings of his parents and sister in their suburban Des Moines home surrendered in Missouri on Friday and told an officer there that he had killed three people, authorities said. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news ...

Chinese cultural center to open in southeast Iowa city

MUSCATINE (AP) — An Iowa city is strengthening its ties to China with the opening of a Sini-U.S. Friendship Center, marking the latest development since the Chinese president’s 1985 visit to the community. Work to convert a former furniture store in downtown Muscatine into the center is ...

Iowa House begins debate over 20-week abortion ban

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa House has begun debate on a bill that would ban most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The GOP-controlled chamber started debating Tuesday night. Republicans are expected to pass the legislation, which would be a victory for Iowa conservatives ...

Iowa Senate OKs gun bill with stand-your-ground provision

DES MOINES (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature on Tuesday moved closer toward finalizing sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws, approving a bill that would allow firearms on the Capitol grounds and add a stand-your-ground provision. The Senate voted 33-17 in favor of the ...

Former teacher pleads guilty to 2 sex-with-student counts

IDA GROVE (AP) — A former substitute teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with students at two northwest Iowa high schools. Online court records say 33-year-old John Tietsort, of Battle Creek, entered the pleas Monday in Ida County District Court to two counts ...

Malnourished, neglected horses rescued in south-central Iowa

NEW VIRGINIA (AP) — Officials have removed 14 neglected horses from two properties in south-central Iowa’s Warren County. The Animal Rescue League says 10 malnourished horses were taken from a site in New Virginia and four severely neglected horses from a property in Indianola. All 14 ...

Man gets life in trailer park killing

DUBUQUE (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 19-year-old Dubuque man to life in prison without parole after his conviction of first-degree murder in the killing of a man at a Dubuque trailer park. Judge Thomas Bitter sentenced Imere D. Hall to the life term.

Wellmark won’t sell individual policies

DES MOINES (AP) — A decision by Iowa’s dominant health insurance company to stop selling individual policies could leave thousands of residents scrambling to get new policies. Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield announced Monday it would stop selling the individual policies because of ...

Branstad goes to Washington

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he’ll have private meetings with members of Congress this week to discuss his consideration as U.S. ambassador to China. The Republican governor is scheduled to be in Washington between Monday and Thursday. Branstad says he’ll meet with ...

May sentencing set for man convicted in heroin death

DES MOINES (AP) — A man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the heroin overdose death of a West Des Moines woman is scheduled to be sentenced next month. On Friday a Polk County jury also found 30-year-old Travis West guilty of delivery of a controlled substance. His sentencing is set ...

Trial set for ex-union leader accused of embezzlement

LE MARS (AP) — A June trial has been scheduled for a former union president accused of embezzling from his union local in northwest Iowa Court records say Curtis Lang pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. His trial is set to begin June 5. The records say Lang ...

Branstad defends regulator who works as private lawyer

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman Geri Huser has done nothing wrong in maintaining a busy outside law practice while earning a $128,900 state salary. Branstad said Monday that Huser has put in a “tremendous amount of time” leading the three-member ...

Farmers to plant record low wheat, most soybeans ever

DES MOINES (AP) — The amber waves of grain are about to turn into bean pods as farmers report they’ll plant millions of acres in soybeans instead of wheat this year as a global glut of the grain has made it unprofitable to grow. In its annual prospective plantings report released Friday, ...

Sanctuary cities ban among bills dead at Iowa Legislature

DES MOINES — A bill that would have prohibited so-called sanctuary cities in Iowa and legislation that would have banned most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected are among measures not advancing beyond a procedural deadline in the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature. The deadline ...

Dubuque man charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque woman has been stabbed to death, and her boyfriend has been charged. Samantha Link, 21, was killed in her apartment early Friday morning. Police say they found her around 2:20 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing. Police say 25-year-old Fontae Buelow met ...

Man left chilling message on no-contact order, police say

DUBUQUE (AP) — Authorities suspect a man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and used a knife to stick a copy of a no-contact order on a wall of her Dubuque apartment. Police say the gist of a message written on the order was: Who’s going to stop me? Police have arrested the ...

Historical items stolen from Iowa society

HOPKINTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials in northeastern Iowa are on the lookout for some hot artifacts and antiques. Someone broke into the Delaware County Historical Society’s building in Hopkinton on Wednesday night and stole several items dating back to the 1800s. The items include ...

Lawmakers push bill to keep 911 calls secret

DES MOINES (AP) — A bill moving swiftly through the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the public’s right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing off key information about authorities’ first response to shootings and other incidents. The bill would ...

Laws restricting wages, compensation signed

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law a ban on local governments raising the minimum hourly wage and another law changing Iowa’s workers’ compensation system. Branstad signed the measures Thursday at a public event. The National Employment Law Project says Iowa is ...

Woman who stole from mom to gamble gets year of probation

OSAGE (AP) — An Osage woman accused of stealing from her mother to gamble at a local casino has been given probation. Marilyn Spartz was sentenced last week to a year of probation. A $625 fine and a 30-day jail sentence were suspended. Spartz had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after ...