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Bicyclist killed is third in Quad-City area in a month

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A bicyclist has died after being struck by a speeding motorist in Davenport, Iowa — the third fatal accident involving a bicyclist in the Quad-City region in the past month. The Quad-City Times reports that the accident happened Thursday when a red SUV struck the ...

Iowa woman convicted of killing husband sentenced to life

MANCHESTER, Iowa (AP) — A northeastern Iowa woman convicted of killing her husband a decade ago has been sentenced to life in prison — a significant increase from the previous 40 years she had been handed before her appeal in the case. Revette Sauser, 52, of Ryan, was sentenced this week ...

Iowa auditor questions governor’s spending for COVID-19 ads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Democratic auditor accused the state's Republican governor Thursday of violating a 2018 state law that prohibits statewide elected officials from using public funds for self promotion, arguing she broke the law by making ads promoting coronavirus public safety ...

Iowa boy missing, one week after vanishing from trailer park

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A boy who vanished from a rural Iowa trailer park days before his 11th birthday is still missing a week later, as state and federal investigators continued Thursday to look into what happened to him. Detectives are considering several possibilities in the disappearance ...

Sioux City man pleads to lesser charge in shooting death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man admitted that he was one of three people who shot into a house where people were attending a New Year's Eve party, killing one person and injuring three others. Anthony Bauer, 18, pleaded guilty Wednesday to second-degree murder and three counts of ...

Iowa House Democratic leader leaving role after 3 sessions

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Iowa House said Wednesday he would leave the position after three legislative sessions. Rep. Todd Prichard said he decided to step aside after conversations with his family. "I know my caucus will continue to hold Governor Reynolds and ...

Audit looks at Iowa state worker’s payments to husband

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's state auditor has flagged concerns following an audit of the state's sex offender civil commitment unit in Cherokee that showed a worker there made more than $50,000 in illicit payments to her husband over the course of 18 months. An administrative assistant ...

Former Make-A-Wish Iowa CEO pleads guilty to theft of funds

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The former CEO of Make-A-Wish Iowa has pleaded guilty to charges of embezzling tens of thousands of dollars from the charity that supports sick children and their families. Jennifer Woodley admitted in a written guilty plea last week that she made unauthorized charges ...

Driver fleeing Iowa police fatally jumps from moving vehicle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A teen has died after authorities said he he leapt from a moving vehicle while fleeing police and was run over. The incident began just before 9 p.m. Monday when a deputy spotted a vehicle on Interstate 380 that had been reported stolen out of Cedar Rapids and ...

Iowa man killed, woman injured in shooting; arrest made

LUTON, Iowa (AP) — A man died and a woman was injured in a Memorial Day shooting outside a home in Luton in northwestern Iowa, and a 20-year-old man was arrested in the case, police said. Deputies responded around 1:30 p.m. Monday to reports of a shooting and found the man and woman in the ...

Group seeks to turn Des Moines hotel into affordable housing

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit group is working to buy a motel located just south of Interstate 35 in northwest Des Moines and turn it into affordable housing. The Des Moines City County recently approved funds to go toward Anawim Housing's project, television station WHO 13 reported. ...

Ethanol maker POET buys plants from Koch-owned Flint Hills

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — South Dakota-based ethanol company POET said Tuesday it has purchased the biofuels assets of Flint Hills Resources, including five ethanol plants in Iowa and one in Nebraska. The deal also includes ethanol distribution terminals in Texas and Georgia. The purchase will ...

Jury finds Iowa prisons lawyer did not suffer discrimination

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury has found that the longtime top lawyer for the Iowa Department of Corrections did not suffer discrimination due to his age or Hispanic ethnicity under his former boss. A Polk County jury ruled Friday that Michael Savala did not prove that his treatment by the ...

2 teens killed, 2 critically injured in Iowa train collision

Two teenagers were killed and two more were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after their pickup truck was hit by a freight train in rural south-central Iowa, officials said. The crash happened around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Clarke County, when the eastbound pickup collided with a ...

Man admits to threatening Iowa governor in anti-mask tirade

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who left a threatening voicemail telling Gov. Kim Reynolds she should be hung or shot "for treason" for imposing COVID-19 restrictions has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor harassment charge. Harvey Hunter Jr., 48, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree ...

Officials: 3 injured in explosion, fire at Iowa apartment

CRESTON, Iowa (AP) — Three people were injured Friday morning in an explosion and resulting fire at a Creston apartment building, fire officials in the southwestern Iowa city said. The explosion was reported about 9 a.m., television station KCCI reported. The Creston Fire Department said two ...

Police in Iowa seek missing 10-year-old Montezuma boy

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — State and local police are searching for a 10-year-old boy missing from his east-central Iowa home for more than a day. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office have put out pleas for the public's help in finding 10-year-old ...

Farm laborer convicted in 2018 stabbing death of Iowa runner

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A farm laborer was found guilty Friday in the abduction and killing of an Iowa college student who vanished while out for a run in 2018 and will face life behind bars for a crime that shocked the nation. A 12-member jury unanimously found Cristhian Bahena Rivera guilty ...

Iowa State Patrol say woman walking on I-80 hit, killed

ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Patrol is investigating the death of a woman who was hit and killed early Thursday as she walked on Interstate 80 in central Iowa. The crash happened around 4:15 a.m. Thursday on the interstate near Altoona, the patrol said. Investigators said a man was ...

Woman pleads not guilty to charges in Iowa infant’s death

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman accused of helping the parents of a slain infant invent a story to cover up the baby's injuries has pleaded not guilty to being an accessory. Stacie Hurlburt, 49, of Sheldon, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of accessory after the fact, the ...