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Patrol: Man leads officers on chase through 4 Iowa counties

CAMBRIDGE (AP) — A Des Moines man allegedly driving a stolen Maserati led officers on a two-hour chase through four counties Thursday, with speeds sometimes reaching 150 mph, the Iowa Highway Patrol said. The pursuit began about 6 a.m. near Ankeny on Interstate 35 when a patrol trooper ...

Cedar Rapids police investigating vandalism as hate crime

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids are investigating the spray painting of a racial slur on the front of a vacant rental house as a hate crime. Police received a call about the vandalism Tuesday morning, and officers discovered a message in yellow spray paint using the slur and ...

Trial for 2 men charged in fatal police shootout begins

OTTUMWA (AP) — Attorneys gave opening statements Wednesday in the attempted murder trial of two men accused of a violent home-invasion robbery that led to the fatal 2018 shooting of a third suspect by police. Wapello County prosecutors told the jury they will hear evidence showing Michael ...

Iowa expects to open vaccinations to all adults on April 5

JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa expects to allow any adult to get a coronavirus vaccine starting April 5, the governor said Wednesday. The state expects to receive enough vaccine to open eligibility to anyone age 18 or older who wants one, Gov. Kim Reynolds said. "When this occurs, once again there ...

Man facing Illinois murder charge arrested after Iowa crash

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — An Illinois man out on bail for a murder charge was arrested by police Wednesday in Iowa on charges related to a fatal crash on a freeway in Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids police issued warrants Wednesday afternoon for Tyler Lee, 34, of Rockton, Illinois, and he turned ...

Police: Inmates killed 2 Iowa prison staff in escape attempt

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Inmates used hammers to attack staff members during a failed attempt to escape an Iowa prison, killing a nurse and a correctional officer, kidnapping a third employee and severely injuring an inmate who intervened, authorities said Wednesday. Those killed in Tuesday's ...

Iowa woman accused of swiping kin’s unemployment payments

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo woman faces theft charges after police say she stole nearly $30,000 in unemployment benefits from a relative. April Ann South, 43, is charged with first-degree theft, identity theft and credit card fraud, The Courier reported. The theft occurred after the ...

Police say remains found in eastern Iowa pond by fishermen

DeWITT (AP) — Human remains have been found in a pond in a rural area near DeWitt, about 20 miles north of Davenport where authorities have been investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl since last summer. The Clinton County Sheriff's Office, Davenport police and the Iowa ...

Nurse, officer dead after inmate attack at Iowa prison

IOWA CITY (AP) — A nurse and a correctional officer at a prison housing some of Iowa's most dangerous offenders died on Tuesday after an inmate carried out an attack on staff members and other inmates, state officials said. The attack happened at around 10:15 a.m. in the prison infirmary at ...

Iowa man gets 45 years in killing outside Gary gas station

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2015 death of an Illinois man fatally shot outside a Gary gas station. A Lake County judge sentenced Dontrall Jer'i Phillips, 25, of Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday after accepting his ...

Ex-Four Oaks youth counselor pleads guilty to sex abuse

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former Four Oaks youth counselor has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and exploiting a 14-year-old boy in 2018. Danielle Hook, 29, entered a written plea Thursday to amended charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, The ...

Man trapped under skid loader at Iowa burial vault rescued

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters rescued a man Friday trapped under a skid loader at a burial vault business in Waterloo. The incident happened around 6 a.m. when the hydraulics that operate the arms of the skid loader bucket failed, sending one of the arms crashing down on a mechanic ...

Court upholds Iowa man’s civil judgment in mother’s death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There was enough evidence for a jury to conclude in a wrongful death lawsuit that an Iowa man shot and killed his mother, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, leaving in place the jury's $10 million award even though the man was eventually acquitted on criminal ...

Iowa revenue ticks upward amid slow job improvement

DES MOINES (AP) — A panel of Iowa budget experts said Friday said that expect higher state revenue this year than forecast in December and they remained cautious about predicting a quick recovery. The Revenue Estimating Conference increased the current year estimate of revenue to $8.07 ...

9-year-old girl in car killed in crash with school bus

INWOOD (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was killed Friday morning when the car in which she was riding rear-ended a school bus in northwest Iowa, authorities say. The Iowa State Patrol said the West Lyon Community School District bus was stopped to pick up students when it was hit, the Des Moines ...

Bankers survey for parts of 10 states rockets to record high

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states appears to be on record pace, according to a monthly survey of bankers released Thursday that saw individual indicators soar and the overall index rocket to its highest reading since the survey began in 2006. The ...

Offline Iowa nuclear plant eyed as site of solar project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A decommissioned eastern Iowa nuclear plant could become the site of a new massive solar energy project. NextEra Energy of Florida on Tuesday laid out plans in a meeting with nearby landowners to build a solar farm near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center in ...

Iowa City park named for late Pulitzer Prize winner

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City park has been renamed for a late resident and the first Black winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Iowa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved changing the name of Creekside Park to James Alan McPherson Park. McPherson enrolled at the ...

GOP bill relaxes Iowa laws on gun permits, background checks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are again working to rewrite the state's gun laws with a bill that would allow people to buy firearms and carry a concealed handgun without first obtaining a state permit. The measure continues moves to lessen restrictions on gun ...

Iowa City to reboot racial truth commission after infighting

IOWA CITY (AP) — A groundbreaking effort to document and dismantle institutional racism in Iowa's most liberal city will be paused and relaunched after weeks of conflict among leaders derailed its work. The City Council in Iowa City voted late Tuesday to suspend the Truth and Reconciliation ...