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Man who let 12-year-old drive car that hit boy is imprisoned

WATERLOO (AP) — An Iowa father whose 12-year-old son struck a 4-year-old boy while driving the man’s car has been sent to prison. Black Hawk County District Court records say 34-year-old Jesse Azbill pleaded guilty Friday to child endangerment and aiding and abetting serious injury by ...

Iowa chief justice Cady recuses from judge selection law appeal

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has removed himself from considering a lawsuit challenging a new law that shortens his term as chief justice and gives the governor more power over the commission that selects supreme court and appeals court judges. In an order ...

Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in Polk Co.

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators ...

More flooding likely along lower Missouri River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota. The National Weather Service says some moderate flooding is likely this week along the river between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo, Nebraska. Some parts of South Dakota ...

Sheriff: New evidence confirms ID of Missouri woman’s body

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say dental records and a tattoo support an earlier tentative identification of a body found on a hillside in southwest Missouri. McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said Monday the new evidence suggests the body found July 29 near Noel is that of ...

Minnesota company to grow tomatoes at new 50-acre Iowa facility

MASON CITY (AP) — A Minnesota company plans to break ground Wednesday on a northern Iowa facility for growing tomatoes. The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation says the $35 million Bushel Boy Farms facility in Mason City will bring about 50 jobs to northern Iowa. The first ...

Man dies at hospital after explosion at home in eastern Iowa

PRESTON (AP) — Authorities say a man died at a hospital after being injured in an explosion at his home in eastern Iowa. Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston says 39-year-old Daniel Miller died last week at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He’d been taken there ...

Police: Teen survives gunshot

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa police say a 19-year-old is expected to recover after being accidentally shot in the head in Des Moines. Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek told the Des Moines Register that officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 11 p.m. Saturday at a house ...

Buttigieg racing to establish voter base in the Hawkeye State

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WEST DES MOINES — In the back of a West Des Moines brewpub, a dozen supporters of Pete Buttigieg sipped craft beer and wine, scribbling the names of members of their social circles on campaign worksheets — clubs, yoga groups, jobs, school ...

City of Ames gets $1.66M federal grant

AMES (AP) — The city of Ames has been awarded a $1.66 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to put more electric buses into the city’s public transportation fleet. The city recently announced that CyRide will use the money to replace several diesel buses that have exceeded their ...

Des Moines police charge man with murder

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines man is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was the city’s 10th homicide of 2019. Police responded to a call about a shooting Saturday afternoon and found the body of 45-year-old John Lee Belcher of Des Moines inside a home. Charges were ...

Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run in Clinton

CLINTON (AP) — Police in the eastern Iowa town of Clinton are searching for the driver who fled after a vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian. Clinton police say 42-year-old Emiliano D. Barrios was killed Friday night while crossing a neighborhood street. Authorities say the fleeing vehicle ...

78 years later, Pearl Harbor victim’s remains are back in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will finally be laid to rest in his home state. The Des Moines Register reports that William James Shanahan Jr. of Cedar Rapids was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that pushed the U.S. into World War II, but his ...

Sioux City man pleads guilty to 2017 slaying of Nebraska man

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of killing a Nebraska man in Sioux City has pleaded guilty. Woodbury County District Court records say a judge accepted the plea Friday from 31-year-old Daniel Levering. The charge was second-degree murder. Prosecutors had lowered it from ...

4th Democrat enters primary U.S. Senate race against GOP’s Joni Ernst

SIOUX CITY(AP) — Another Iowa Democrat has entered the primary race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. Mike Franken said in an introductory video Monday that he’s “not afraid to stand up for the proud progressive principles that Iowa Democrats share.” Franken retired from the ...

Making machines smarter

By DONNELLE ELLER An AP Exchange Story URBANDALE — Many of the work areas in Deere & Co.’s nearly $33 million, light-filled technology center in Urbandale were cordoned off recently. Employees behind the tape at Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group are developing new products, said ...

Dubuque sinkhole will block lanes

DUBUQUE (AP) — A sinkhole will continue interfering with traffic in downtown Dubuque for about another month. The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports city officials estimate that it will take that long to figure out what is causing the hole under a lane of White Street downtown and fix the ...

Davenport preparing for future floods

DAVENPORT (AP) — The city of Davenport is considering changes in its landscaping near the Mississippi River to ensure that it has room for bigger barriers in future floods. The Quad-City Times reports city officials are considering spending $180,000 to remove two road dividers filled with ...