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Iowa sees increase in people hospitalized with virus

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials reported a rise in coronavirus-related hospitalizations Thursday with a 36% increase in patients admitted in the last 24 hours and a slight increase in patients remaining in hospitals fighting the virus. Iowa Department of Public Health ...

Mistrial declared for man accused of killing woman, kids

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury failed to reach a verdict in the case of a man accused of killing a woman and her two young children inside his Des Moines home, leading the judge to declare a mistrial on Thursday. After four days of deliberations, the jury was unable to reach a verdict on two ...

Men who tried to crash into police building enter plea deal

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men charged with terrorism after they tried to crash a vehicle into the Muscatine police headquarters have agreed to a plea deal. The Muscatine Journal reports that 24-year-old Gilberto Daniel Castillo III and 21-year-old Marc Anthony Castillo pleaded guilty ...

Girl died of carbon monoxide poisoning at Iowa hog plant

ALGONA, Iowa (AP) — A 17-year-old girl who died after helping to clean a hog confinement building in Kossuth County was overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning, authorities said Thursday. Victoria Marie Parra-Lerdo was found unconscious Monday night in the building in rural Swea City. She was ...

ACLU sues to challenge Iowa denial of transgender surgery

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Thursday against the state of Iowa challenging a 2019 law that allows Medicaid to deny payment for sex reassignment surgeries for transgender residents. The lawsuit was filed in state court by the ACLU of Iowa and ...

Police ID man whose body was pulled from Des Moines River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police have identified a man whose body was discovered early this week alongside a submerged vehicle near a boat ramp in a Des Moines River lagoon. The body of Jamie Alan Hurley, 47, of Des Moines, was pulled from the water Sunday afternoon, police said ...

Judge again blocks Branstad’s deposition in agent’s firing

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For a second time, a judge has ruled that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad does not have to testify in a long-running lawsuit brought by an investigator who was fired in 2013 shortly after filing a complaint about Branstad's state vehicle speeding. Lawyers for former ...

Iowa governor pushes COVID vaccine as demand lags in areas

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds implored Iowans on Wednesday to get vaccinated for COVID-19, however she refused to acknowledge that slowing demand for the shots is greatest in Republican parts of the state or that there's a political aspect to the trend. After 43 of Iowa's 99 ...

Suspect in Iowa trooper’s death taken from hospital to jail

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — A man charged in the shooting death of an Iowa State Patrol trooper was released from a hospital Wednesday and transported to jail, the Iowa Department of Public Safety said. Michael Lang, 41, of Grundy Center, had been recovering from gunshot wounds he suffered ...

Flags, people line funeral route for slain Iowa trooper

INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state and elsewhere saluted Friday as they filed past the flag-draped casket of Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jim Smith, who was shot and killed last week while trying to arrest a man barricaded inside his home. The ...

Police say man found fatally shot in Cedar Rapids driveway

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating the shooting death of a man who was found with gunshot wounds in a driveway several blocks east of Interstate 380. Officers were called to the area near the Kenwood Park neighborhood just after 9:30 p.m. Thursday for a ...

Iowa identifies Brazil coronavirus variant case

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — At least two coronavirus variants are present in Iowa with one first identified in Europe now believed to be the most prevalent strain in the state, and public officials say they have confirmed a case of the more recent Brazil strain in eastern Iowa. The European ...

Iowa’s March unemployment rate stable at 3.7%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 3.7% in March, the same as the revised level in February, state officials said Friday. Iowa Workforce Development reported the stable unemployment rate as the state saw an increase both in the number of people employed and the ...

Iowa court upholds 2019 law on documents filed in appeals

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld a portion of a 2019 law that prohibits people seeking an appeal of their criminal conviction from filing documents on their own when they're represented by an attorney. The case centered on an appeal filed by John Lee ...

2 passengers sue United Airlines over engine explosion

DENVER (AP) — Two passengers who were aboard a United Airlines flight that had to make an emergency landing after one of its engines blew apart and sent debris raining down on Colorado neighborhoods sued the company Friday. In separate lawsuits filed in Chicago, where United is based, Joseph ...

Sioux City mans pleads guilty to smuggling gun silencers

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded guilty to smuggling gun silencers into the United States, federal prosecutors said. Lloyd Clark, 72, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of smuggling goods into the United States. He could be sentenced to 20 years in prison. Customs and ...

Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem." Reynolds told WHO radio that her priority is the health and safety of Iowans and ...

Iowa Supreme Court says it’s ready to handle redistricting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers have been uncertain ...

Officials verify that weak tornado caused Iowa damage

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A tornado that reached speeds up to 85 mph caused damage to homes at a Cedar Rapids mobile home park and left cuts on a child who lived there, the National Weather Service said Thursday. The damage happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Summit View Mobile Home ...

Charges filed against man who was shot by Waterloo officer

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man who was shot by a Waterloo police officer after he threatened sheriff's deputies with what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun was charged Thursday with two counts of assault on a peace officer. Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano, 44, was shot Wednesday after officers ...