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EXPLAINER: More evictions expected in Iowa after ban ends

A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only tool keeping millions ...

Iowa State Fair seeks to fill job slots 2 weeks from opening

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With only two weeks to go before the 2021 Iowa State Fair kicks off, fair officials say they're still looking to fill fair job openings. The fair still has openings in admissions, carnival rides, maintenance and parking, among other positions, television station WHO ...

Sioux City man sentenced to 50 years for shooting death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman at a New Year's Eve party in Sioux City. Anthony Bauer, 18, of Sioux City, was sentenced Friday morning after pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder, station KTIV reported. In ...

Iowa argues open-records law is not ‘well-recognized’ policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's open-records law is not "a well-recognized public policy" and thus does not give job protections to employees who fulfill public information requests, the state attorney general's office contends. State lawyers representing Gov. Kim Reynolds and her spokesman, ...

Reynolds rejects Biden’s call for $100 vaccine incentives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has no plans to offer $100 incentives to Iowans to get the coronavirus vaccine after President Joe Biden pleaded with states and local governments to use federal funds to entice people to stop the rapid spread of a virus variant, an aide said ...

Hog dealer fires Iowa-based employees over buying violations

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An influential hog dealer sanctioned twice for defrauding pork producers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars says it has fired employees responsible for its latest violations and paid restitution to affected sellers. Lynch Livestock, based in Waucoma, Iowa, also ...

Report says diver drowned while working in Iowa farm tank

STOCKTON, Iowa (AP) — An autopsy shows an Illinois scuba diver who died inside a million-gallon farm tank in eastern Iowa accidentally drowned. An autopsy report for Robert Baenziger Jr., 54, of East Moline, Illinois, was released Wednesday, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported. The report ...

Fired Iowa Veterans Home leader kept excess pay, audit finds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds fired the leader of Iowa's state-run nursing home for veterans in May after learning he had been overpaid by $90,000 over a nearly two-year period, a state audit reported Thursday. Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri told governor's office ...

Slipknot founding drummer Joey Jordison dies at 46

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, who drummed for the influential metal band in its most popular period and helped write many of its best-known songs, has died Monday at age 46, his family said. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, ...

USDA again sanctions powerful hog buyer for cheating sellers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For the second time in four years, an influential nationwide pork dealer has been sanctioned by federal regulators for illegal buying practices that cheated hog sellers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lynch Livestock, based in Waucoma, Iowa, has been ordered ...

Iowa to pay $200,000 cost of sending troopers to Texas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday it's likely Iowa taxpayers will pay the cost of sending 28 Iowa Department of Public Safety officers to assist Texas officials at the U.S./Mexico border from July 10 through 20. Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens estimated ...

Iowa man accused of killing 3 relatives pleads not guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his father, mother and sister. Andrew Jackson, 20, a University of Iowa sophomore, entered his written plea last week and his trial was scheduled for Jan. 25 in ...

COVID-19 rates a worry as 1 million head for Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising throughout Iowa and around the nation, health experts are becoming increasingly worried about next month's Iowa State Fair, which will bring more than 1 million people to Des Moines from around the state, including many from counties with ...

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly ...

First defendant of five found not guilty in Des Moines death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — One of five people charged in a 2019 shooting death in Des Moines has been found not guilty. Jackson Calaway, who is now 18, was 16 when he was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Rashid Ibrahim, 23, in Des Moines. Police said a group of five men and ...

Iowa’s State Board of Health too short of members to meet

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A state board meant to help oversee the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic has not met since May because it does not have enough members. Seven of the 11 seats on the Iowa State Board of Health are vacant, The Des Moines Register reported. The board, which ...

Over 100 people protest vaccine mandates at Iowa Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 100 people gathered outside the Iowa state Capitol Saturday to rally against mandates requiring people to get vaccinated against COVID-19, such as the ones some Iowa hospitals have issued. One of the speakers at the rally, Republican state Rep. Jeff Shipley, ...

Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel ‘didn’t mean to startle’

CHICAGO (AP) — An Iowa man arrested by Chicago police for having guns and ammunition in his hotel room overlooking a Lake Michigan beach told officers he "didn't mean to startle anyone" and simply forgot to remove the firearms from a bag while packing for a trip to the city, police video ...

Iowa couple arrested after marijuana, mushroom lab found

BLUE GRASS, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa woman who summoned police to her house in Blue Grass on a separate complaint ended up being arrested along with her boyfriend after officers found a marijuana-growing lab and mushrooms there. Police arrested Ilana Sylvie Poulin, 43, and Timothy Owen ...

Des Moines man sentenced for dismemberment killing of wife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man was sentenced Friday to up to 50 years in prison for killing and dismembering his wife last year. Datron Simmons, 33, must serve a mandatory 35 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole, the Des Moines Register reported. A jury convicted ...