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Iowa governor: $100M in virus relief funds to go to housing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced that $100 million of the more than $1.48 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds allocated to the state will go to build news homes. Reynolds announced the plan Wednesday during a stop in Cedar Rapids, the Des Moines ...

Group raises $8.2M to preserve land along East Lake Okoboji

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A preservation group has raised enough money to buy and preserve 50 acres on the East Lake Okoboji shoreline in northwest Iowa. The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation announced Tuesday it had raised $8.2 million to buy the land near Spirit Lake, according to the Sioux ...

Iowa man convicted of murder after intentional car crash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man who told authorities he intentionally drove the wrong way on Interstate 80 and crashed into a car has been convicted of second-degree murder. Stephen Lucore, 34, was convicted Tuesday by a judge in the June 2019 crash that killed a man from Texas. He ...

Sheriff’s office says two people killed after police pursuit

WALFORD, Iowa (AP) — Two people were killed in a crash Wednesday that occurred shortly after a sheriff's deputy stopped a pursuit of the car, the Linn County Sheriff's office said. The sheriff's department received a call about a woman trying to jump out of a vehicle driven by a man. The ...

Iowa sees 30 more virus deaths and more cases among children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa saw 30 more deaths caused by the coronavirus in the past week as data showed more children and young adults were getting infected and more people were being treated in hospitals, according to the state Department of Public Health. As the state's COVID-19 death ...

Iowa Board of Regents approve North Liberty hospital

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents on Tuesday approved a plan by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to build a $230 million hospital in North Liberty. The vote came a week after it was advanced by a state council over dozens of objections. The regents voted ...

Man charged in Illinois man’s shooting death in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport man has been charged in the shooting death of an Illinois man during the Labor Day weekend. Demarco Darrelle Gray Jr., 27, was arrested Tuesday and is charged with first-degree murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm, The Quad-City Times ...

Meat, farm workers to get $600 grants in new $700M aid plan

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Meatpacking workers and farm workers who were severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic will be eligible to get grants of up to $600 per person as part of a new $700 million aid program the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday. Officials said the grants are ...

Officials: City of LeClaire scammed out of more than $220K

LeCLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — The city of LeClaire in eastern Iowa has been scammed out of more than $220,000 by thieves posing as vendors the city has worked with, although some of the money has been recovered, city officials said. The Quad-City Times reported that $222,373 in city funds were sent ...

Parents of disabled kids sue over Iowa ban on mask mandates

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A group of parents of disabled students filed a lawsuit Friday seeking to strike down Iowa's law banning schools from requiring masks, arguing it endangers their health and denies equal access to education. The lawsuit, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and ...

Iowa prosecutor clears parole officer who shot suspect

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A parole officer who shot a suspect in a confrontation that saw the officer also injured has been cleared by a prosecutor of wrongdoing. Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber issued a report clearing Officer Mike Brown in the Aug. 20 shooting in Council ...

Officials identify man fatally shot by police in rural Iowa

MARTELLE, Iowa (AP) — A man fatally shot by several police officers and deputies as he held a knife has been been identified by authorities as a northeastern Iowa resident. Jeremy Michael Berg, 45, of Elkport, died Tuesday night after at least five law enforcement officers fired their guns ...

Arrest made in Des Moines triple shooting that killed 1

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have announced an arrest in a triple shooting in Des Moines earlier this week that killed one and injured two others. Danil James Deng, 17, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of carrying out the Monday night shooting that killed 40-year-old Frederick McCuller ...

Pulitzer Prize winner launching literacy program in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist known for her writing on race is joining with educators in Iowa to launch a free community-based after-school literacy program in her hometown. Nikole Hannah-Jones said the 1619 Freedom School will hold a soft launch in October at the ...

Jan. 6 riot defendant returned to jail for using internet

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday ordered a prominent participant in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to return to jail after he was caught accessing the internet to watch false conspiracy theories about the presidential election. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly said ...

Federal regulators issue cease-and-desist order to Iowa bank

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Federal bank regulators have issued a cease-and-desist order to an Iowa bank accused of risky practices that threaten the stability of the 113-year-old, family-owned bank. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has ordered Luana Savings Bank to restructure its ...

60 Iowa lawmakers ask court to overturn 2018 abortion ruling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Sixty Iowa Republican legislators are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn a 2018 ruling that declared abortion a fundamental right under the state Constitution. Attorneys for conservative groups opposing abortion filed a brief with the court Monday on behalf of ...

Sexual assault protest at UI fraternity ends in vandalism

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A protest against sexual assault that drew about 1,000 people to a University of Iowa fraternity started peacefully Tuesday night but later resulted in vandalism of buildings and overturned cars. A group organized the protest at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, which it ...

Iowa virus cases surging among children, young adults

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 40% of confirmed coronavirus cases in Iowa were among children and people in their 20s, according to state data released Wednesday. The state, which currently updates its data once a week, reported an additional 8,907 new positive cases and 29 additional ...

Northeastern Iowa prepares for flooding after heavy rains

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Heavy rains late last week have swollen rivers and tributaries in northeastern Iowa, and residents there were preparing Monday for flooding. In Elkader, officials had already closed two low-lying roads and crews had begun erecting large flood barriers. That came as the ...