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Waterloo man sentenced in beating death of maintenance man

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A judge sentenced a Waterloo man on Friday to up to 60 years in prison for the beating death of a 72-year-old maintenance man. Judge Brad Harris sentenced Martavis Tayshon Wise, 30, after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of voluntary manslaughter with a dangerous ...

Man dies in house fire in eastern Iowa city of Buffalo

BUFFALO, Iowa (AP) — One man died Friday in a house fire in the eastern Iowa city of Buffalo. The man died in the fire that was reported about 2 p.m., Buffalo police sergeant Josh Bujalski told the Quad-City Times. The man's name wasn't immediately released. Bujalski said crews worked for ...

Iowa GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley seeking reelection for 8th term

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the longest-serving Republican senator, said Friday that he will seek an eighth term in 2022, giving the party more confidence in holding the seat as they fight to overtake Democrats' one-vote margin. The senator, who turned 88 this month and ...

Waukee man charged with murder in March death of infant

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — A Waukee man has been charged with first-degree murder and child endangerment causing the death of a 6-month-old baby back in March. Nicholas Edward Cox, 22, was arrested Tuesday on the charge and booked into the Hardin County Jail, the Iowa Department of Public Safety ...

Man paralyzed after Iowa police shooting sues officer, city

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man who was paralyzed when an Iowa police officer shot him in April filed a lawsuit Thursday contending the use of force was excessive and has been shrouded by secrecy. Authorities say the Waterloo police officer shot Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano on April 7 after he ...

Ankeny settles over police shooting of unarmed suspect

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The city of Ankeny has agree to a $500,000 settlement with a man who was shot by a police officer during a burglary, according to the man's attorneys. Myles Regenold was shot after he was caught breaking into the Ankeny Auto Spa in March 2019. At the time, police said ...

Iowa panel to report Iowans at hearings support redrawn map

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state commission will submit a report to the Iowa Legislature that indicates Iowans who offered an opinion support the first set of maps drawn by a nonpartisan state agency. A majority of the five-member Iowa Temporary Redistricting Advisory Commission supported ...

Iowa leader of virus response leaving public health agency

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's medical director, who was a visible adviser to Gov. Kim Reynolds in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, will quit her job next month, the state's Department of Public Health announced Wednesday. Dr. Caitlin Pedati, who also serves as the state ...

Cedar Falls firefighters extinguish house fire, find body

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Falls firefighters responded to a house fire early Wednesday and found the body of a man in the home's kitchen. Crews were called just after 4 a.m. to the home and found smoke pouring out of the structure and flames in the kitchen, according to a news release. ...

California man suspected in double killing arrested in Iowa

WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) — A southern California man suspected of fatally shooting two people in Long Beach has been arrested in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, federal officials said. The U.S. Marshals Service said police arrested Joshua Wells, 29. of Long Beach, last week near a family ...

UI hospitals head says virus surge leading to staff burnout

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The head of Iowa's largest hospital said Wednesday that he's worried a surge in coronavirus cases is burning out many nurses and other staffers. Suresh Gunasekaran, the CEO of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, told reporters on a conference ...

Inmate dies after complaining of chest pains

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An investigation continues into the death of a Linn County Jail inmate. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that 39-year-old Marshall Mosby of Dubuque died Friday night after complaining of chest pains. An autopsy is planned. Mosby was being held in a federal drug ...

Bicyclist dies after being struck by vehicle

URBANDALE, Iowa (AP) — A bicyclist is dead after being struck by a vehicle in Urbandale. The Des Moines Register reports that 55-year-old Eric Christopher Lindberg of Des Moines was riding on Meredith Drive around 7:15 a.m. Sunday when he was hit. Police say the accident remains under ...

Iowa farm cooperative hit by ransomware, systems go offline

By FRANK BAJAK, AP Technology Writer A ransomware attack by the BlackMatter gang forced New Cooperative, an association of Iowa corn and soy farmers, to take their systems offline but it said it created workarounds to receive grain and distribute feed, a person close to the business ...

Authorities identify woman who died after fall at state park

BELLEVUE, Iowa (AP) — Officials on Monday identified the person who died in a fall at an Iowa state park as an eastern Iowa woman. The state Department of Natural Resources said Iris Merfeld, 36, of Zwingle, died in the early morning hours of Saturday after falling from an overlook known as ...

State highlights parents’ mask claims in effort to end order

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The lawyer representing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds in a federal lawsuit over mandatory mask use in schools has asked the judge to allow a temporary order that has allowed schools to implement mask mandates to expire next week, citing testimonials from mothers of school-age ...

Black Iowa police chief faces backlash after bringing change

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The first Black police chief in Waterloo, Iowa, is facing intense opposition from some current and former officers as he works with city leaders to reform the department, including the removal of its longtime insignia that resembles a Ku Klux Klan dragon. Joel ...

Iowa State faculty leaders want the ability to require masks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State University faculty senate leaders want to be able to require masks in their classrooms. But the Iowa Board of Regents showed no indication during meetings this week that it may change its policy on university face mask mandates. The Des Moines Register ...

Iowa’s unemployment rate holds steady at 4.1%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate for August held steady at 4.1% as the number of unemployed residents increased slightly, a state agency reported Friday. The number of unemployed Iowans increased by 300 to 67,900, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The number of ...

Davenport settles with former fire chief over termination

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport will pay its insurance carrier about $260,000 as part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by a former fire chief who alleged she was discriminated against because of her age and gender. Former Fire Chief Lynn Washburn-Livingston, 63, contended in ...