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Officials looking into cause of explosion, fire at Iowa bank

INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Officials in south-central Iowa are investigating the cause of an explosion and subsequent fire at a closed bank in Indianola. The explosion happened at TruBank around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, when witnesses reported hearing the explosion and seeing smoke and fire coming ...

Man gets life sentence in 2018 killing of Mollie Tibbetts

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole Monday in the abduction and killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts, three years after she disappeared while out for an evening run. Judge Joel Yates' sentence for Cristhian Bahena Rivera was mandatory ...

Police say man shot to death in Cedar Rapids over weekend

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A man was fatally shot in Cedar Rapids over the weekend, and detectives were gathering evidence in search of a suspect, police there said. The shooting happened around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, police said in a news release Monday. Officers called to the 4000 block of ...

Iowa school mask ban lawsuit amended as feds investigate law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman has amended her lawsuit over the state's ban on mandatory face masks in schools to include allegations the law violates state and federal constitutional protections, a move that came as federal education officials on Monday questioned Iowa's ban and as ...

Police: Waterloo man killed in robbery; 2 suspects arrested

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man was shot to death on a Waterloo street in an apparent robbery this week, and two other men have been arrested in the case, police there said. The shooting happened late Tuesday afternoon in front of a convenience store, the Courier reported. Officers called to ...

12-state human trafficking operation nets rescues 47 victims

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities made 102 arrests and rescued 47 victims as part of a 12-state effort to combat human trafficking, Missouri's top law enforcement official said Friday. Most of the arrests occurred Thursday night into Friday morning and came after a months-long ...

Last steel beam placed in Interstate 44 bridge at Bettendorf

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — The last steel beam among hundreds has been set in the new Interstate 74 bridge being constructed to connect Bettendorf and Moline, Illinois, over the Mississippi River. The beam's placement marks a milestone in the yearslong construction and signals that the bridge ...

Iowa courts to require masks contrary to wider state policy

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court on Friday signed an order making masks mandatory in areas controlled by the courts, a contrast to a state law that bans similar mandates in public schools where children have resumed classes amid rising numbers of coronavirus ...

Inmate who helped kill prison staffers with hammer gets life

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — An inmate who confessed in court to using a hammer to kill a nurse and correctional officer during an escape attempt at an Iowa prison has been sentenced to life in prison. Thomas Woodard Jr. was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty earlier this month to two counts ...

Iowa townspeople told to stay inside after plant acid leak

EDDYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An industrial acid leak at an animal feed supplement plant outside the southeastern Iowa town of Eddyville led to a shelter-in-place order and delayed local school openings, officials said. The leak of hydrochloric acid at the Ajinomoto was reported Wednesday night, ...

Iowa mother sues state over law banning local mask mandates

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A western Iowa mother of twin boys is suing the state over its law banning schools from ordering face masks to be worn as a way to protect students against COVID-19. Frances Parr, of Council Bluffs, sued the state, Gov. Kim Reynolds and several state officials Monday ...

Iowa man charged in Capitol riot may be returned to jail

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A prosecutor says an Iowa man seen in a videotaped confrontation with a police officer during the Capitol insurrection should be returned to jail until trial because he violated terms of his release by watching anti-government internet videos about the Jan. 6 ...

Iowa man sues Nebraska sheriff after pepper ball blinded him

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man is suing an eastern Nebraska county, its sheriff and several deputies, saying their lack of training led one of the deputies to shoot him in the eye with a pepper ball during a protest last year. Adam Keup, 24, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, filed the federal ...

Ames police find woman dead in apartment; man arrested

AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Ames man has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder after police found a woman dead inside an Ames apartment. The discovery of the woman's body was made shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, when officers sent to an apartment for a welfare check discovered her dead ...

Inquiry finds mistakes in OWI break given to Iowa prosecutor

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press Sheriff's deputies in Iowa erred when they did not investigate a neighboring county prosecutor for drunk driving after encountering her intoxicated in her car on the side of a highway late one night in 2019, a state investigation has concluded. Critics have ...

Powerball adding 3rd weekly drawing to build bigger jackpots

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lottery players will get more chances to win giant jackpots as the Powerball game shifts to three drawings a week in an effort to build larger prizes and boost sales. The change will begin Monday, Aug. 23, marking the first time the game will expand beyond two weekly ...

Some rural bankers worried drought will threaten operations

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues to grow in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states , according to a new monthly survey of bankers in the region, but some bankers in the region are worried that worsening drought could threaten their operations. The overall Rural Mainstreet ...

Police: Bicyclist fatally hit by pickup truck in Clear Lake

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A bicyclist has died after being hit by a pickup truck in north-central Iowa, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. The crash happened around 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, when a 94-year-old man driving the pickup truck southbound on a city street hit a ...

Iowa woman sentenced to 25 years in hate attacks on 2 kids

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A white Iowa woman who said she drove her SUV into two children in 2019 to try to kill them because of their race was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison on federal hate crimes charges. Nicole Poole Franklin had already been sentenced to up to 25 years, including ...

Mapleton man sentenced to 50 years in teenager’s death

ONAWA, Iowa (AP) — A Mapleton man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison in the shooting death of a teenager. Jay Neubaum, 18, was sentenced Thursday for second-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Joseph Hopkins. Neubaum was convicted in May. Hopkins was found dead inside a ...