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Adventureland ride where boy died won’t open this year

DES MOINES (AP) — A ride at an Iowa amusement park where an 11-year-old boy died last summer will not reopen this year, the park’s new owners said. Bill Lentz, general manager of Adventureland in Altoona, said officials have not determined if the Raging River ride will ever reopen, The Des ...

2nd suspect arrested in C.R. shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A second suspect in a shooting at an Iowa nightclub that killed two people and injured 10 others was arrested Monday in a Chicago suburb, the U.S. Marshals Service said. Dimione Jamal Walker, 29, was wanted in Linn County, on charges of first-degree murder and other ...

States scale back food stamp benefits even as prices soar

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Month by month, more of the roughly 40 million Americans who get help buying groceries through the federal food stamp program are seeing their benefits plunge even as the nation struggles with the biggest increase in food costs in decades. The payments to low-income ...

Woman, 1-year-old boy killed in southwestern Iowa house fire

BEDFORD, Iowa (AP) — A young woman and a 1-year-old boy were found dead inside a burning house in southwestern Iowa this week, officials there said. Firefighters were called to the home east of Bedford in Taylor County around 7 a.m. Wednesday, television station KCCI reported. Fire crews ...

States scale back food stamp benefits even as prices soar

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Month by month, more of the roughly 40 million Americans who get help buying groceries through the federal food stamp program are seeing their benefits plunge even as the nation struggles with the biggest increase in food costs in decades. The payments to low-income ...

Iowa man pleads not guilty in 2012 home invasion killing

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the decade-old home invasion shotgun death of a rural Nashua man. Randy Lee Patrie, 49, pleaded not guilty earlier this week in the October 2012 death of 70-year-old Carl Gallmeyer, television station KIMT ...

Iowa Supreme Court: Finkenauer qualifies for Senate ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that Democratic Senate candidate Abby Finkenauer qualifies for the primary ballot, rejecting a lower court decision and allowing her to continue her campaign for the nomination and the chance to face longtime Republican Sen. Charles ...

Tornado confirmed near Gilmore City, others reported

GILMORE CITY, Iowa (AP) — A tornado hit near Gilmore City in rural north-central Iowa as a strong line of storms moved across the state overnight, the National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday. The tornado was confirmed by a trained spotter southwest of the small town of Gilmore City and ...

Suspect in Iowa nightclub shooting father of victim’s child

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Court records indicate that a suspect charged in a deadly Iowa nightclub shooting is the father of one homicide victim's child and once worked at the nightclub. Timothy Rush, 32, was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder and other counts in the ...

Iowa solicitor general charged with misdemeanor assault

Iowa's solicitor general has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assault after he was arrested and accused over the weekend of taking several swings at a Des Moines bar bouncer. Jeffrey Thompson, 64, of Des Moines, was arrested late Friday night following the altercation with a ...

Democrat Finkenauer asks Iowa justices to keep her on ballot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A lawyer for former Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer of Iowa asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a lower court judge's ruling that kicked her off the June primary ballot, saying she deserves the chance to vie for the chance to run against Republican ...

Police: Man charged in Iowa nightclub shooting seen on video

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man arrested in a fatal shooting inside a crowded Iowa nightclub was seen on the club's surveillance video shooting "intentionally and indiscriminately" into the crowd, police said in court filings. Police arrested Timothy Ladell Rush, 32, on Monday and he ...

Biden waiving ethanol rule in bid to lower gasoline prices

MENLO, Iowa (AP) — With inflation at a 40-year high, President Joe Biden journeyed to corn-rich Iowa on Tuesday to announce a modest step aimed at trimming gasoline prices by about a dime a gallon at a limited number of stations by waiving rules that restrict ethanol blending. His action ...

Ex-sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty to burglary, drug thefts

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — A former Plymouth County sheriff's deputy pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing prescription drugs from homes, the sheriff's department and pharmacies. Aaron Leusink, 43, of Le Mars, was scheduled to go to trial Tuesday but instead pleaded guilty to 11 charges, including ...

Iowa’s political swing makes Obama’s wins harder to repeat

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press NEVADA — In 2008, this overwhelmingly white state was Barack Obama’s unlikely launching pad to become the nation’s first Black president. Fourteen years later, Iowans aren’t showing a similar embrace for the woman running to become its first Black ...

Final suspect sentenced in New Year’s killing in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY, Mo. (AP) — The last of four people charged in a fatal shooting at a New Year’s Eve party in Sioux City has been sentenced to seven years in prison. Liliana Gutierrez, 21, was sentenced Monday for driving three other suspects to a home where the party was being held on Jan. 1, ...

Leading Iowa Democrat knocked off US Senate ballot

DES MOINES (AP) — A state court judge has concluded that Democrat Abby Finkenauer cannot appear on the June 7 primary ballot for U.S. Senate, knocking off the candidate considered by many to be the party’s best chance to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley. Judge Scott Beattie, a ...

Police ID 2 people killed in Iowa nightclub shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities on Monday identified the two people killed when two gunmen opened fire inside a crowded Iowa nightclub over the weekend. Cedar Rapids police said that 25-year-old Michael Valentine and 35-year-old Nicole Owens were killed. Both lived in Cedar ...

2 killed, 10 wounded in C.R. nightclub shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A shooting inside a crowded Cedar Rapids nightclub left a man and a woman dead and 10 people wounded early Sunday, authorities said. Cedar Rapids Police Chief Wayne Jerman said investigators believe two men fired more than a dozen shots inside the Taboo Nightclub and ...

Marshals arrest Iowa man accused of faking own death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal marshals have arrested an Iowa man in Washington state who has been on the run for six years after allegedly faking his own death to avoid a child pornography trial. U.S. Marshals for the Southern District of Iowa say in a news release that 28-year-old Jacob ...