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Man pleads guilty to charges in Iowa crash that killed woman

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Coralville man has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and other counts for a fatal 2020 crash police say he caused while under the influence of illegal drugs. Bryce James Wagehoft, 32, pleaded guilty last week to reckless vehicular homicide and being a habitual ...

Iowa COVID-19 deaths surpass 9,000 as hospitalizations drop

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of coronavirus-related deaths in Iowa climbed past 9,000, the state health department reported Wednesday, even as hospitalizations continue to decrease in the state. The state reported a total of 9,085 people have died from the virus, including 137 since ...

Man convicted of murder in 2020 shooting death in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man who said he shot another Waterloo man last year in self-defense was convicted Wednesday of first-degree murder. A jury convicted Stephen Devon Phillips, 29, on Wednesday in the killing of 30-year-old Terrell Bernard Flowers on May 15, 2020, the Courier ...

Iowa justices reconsider state constitution’s abortion right

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday about abortion restrictions Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law, and many conservative justices deciding the case have replaced predecessors who affirmed four years ago that the state constitution guarantees women the right ...

Biden approves disaster declarations for Nebraska, Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved requests for a federal disaster declaration for Nebraska and Iowa after a line of destructive thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the states in mid December. The designation, announced Wednesday by the White House, allows segments of ...

Prosecutor: Woodbury County deputy justified in shootin

SERGEANT BLUFF, Iowa (AP) — A Woodbury County Sheriff's deputy reasonably believed that his life was in danger when he shot and killed a Sergeant Bluff man in January, a county attorney said Wednesday. Deputy Eric Fay shot Michael Meredith, 35, after Meredith hit him with a tire iron during ...

Eastern Iowa man accused of fatally running down girlfriend

BETTENDORF, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been charged with vehicular homicide after police say he ran over his girlfriend with his pickup truck during an argument, killing her. The incident happened Tuesday night in Bettendorf, television station KWQC reported. Police arrested Logan ...

Officials say 2 Sioux City residents killed in Nebraska crash

CROFTON, Neb. (AP) — Two Iowa residents have been killed in a crash near Crofton in northeastern Nebraska, sheriff's investigators said. The Cedar County Sheriff's Office said the crash happened around noon Tuesday at a rural intersection about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) east of Crofton, the ...

Man dies after being shot in head at Iowa gun range

PRINCETON, Iowa (AP) — A man died Wednesday after he was shot in the head at an outdoor gun range near Princeton, the Scott County Sheriff's office said. Emergency responders were called to the Princeton Wildlife Area Gun range Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office said in a news ...

Iowa House passes GOP drafted 4% flat tax plan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House passed a tax cut proposal Wednesday that would move the state to a 4% flat income tax over four years and repeal all state taxes on retirement income beginning next year. The plan is similar to one backed by Gov. Kim Reynolds except it does not include ...

Three treated for carbon monoxide at monster truck rally

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Three people who were attending a monster truck rally in Waterloo were taken to a hospital Saturday night with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning. Waterloo Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Ben Petersen told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that truck exhaust was assumed ...

March trial date set in fatal 2020 Cedar Rapids shooting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A March trial date has been set in a 2020 shooting that killed a pregnant woman and her unborn child in Cedar Rapids. The trial of Johnnie Osborne IV, 27, is set to begin on March 29. The Gazette reports he is charged with first-degree murder, termination of ...

Iowa hospitalizations drop as virus spread rate slows

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of people being treated for the coronavirus in Iowa hospitals and those needing intensive care has continued to decline, according to public health data posted Wednesday. Health care officials had predicted the omicron variant, which is the dominant strain ...

Cedar Rapids man accused of sending threats to prosecutor

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a Cedar Rapids man after he failed to appear in court last week for a charge accusing him of harassing a Linn County prosecutor. Marcus Alan DeVore, 34, was charged in December with third-degree harassment, The Gazette ...

Man charged with trespassing at Iowa neonatal intensive care

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with sneaking into a neonatal unit at a Des Moines hospital and feeding a baby that wasn't his has not explained his motive, police said. Adam Wedig, 36, was charged Monday with two counts of criminal trespass. Police said Wedig got into the NICU at ...

Iowa House passes bill aimed at expanding biofuels markets

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that expands the biofuels market in Iowa by requiring gas stations to sell fuel with higher blends of ethanol unless they obtain an exemption because of inadequate equipment. The bill passed 81 to 10 with nine ...

Alabama tourism group supports CEO after fraud plea in Iowa

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A taxpayer-funded tourism agency in Alabama is standing by its chief executive after he pleaded guilty to felony fraud in Iowa, where a music festival he oversaw lost millions. Visit Dothan, which promotes tourism in the southeast Alabama city of 71,000, released a ...

Police: Another person found fatally shot in Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — For a second straight day, police in Cedar Rapids have responded to a fatal shooting within the city. Someone called 911 around 7:30 a.m. Friday to report a person down in Cedar Valley Park, police said in a news release. Arriving officers found the body of a male ...

Think your home value is soaring? Talk to a farmer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer Jeff Frank doesn't feel rich, but simply based on the skyrocketing value of his land in northwest Iowa, it's an apt way to describe him, even if he laughs at the idea. He lives in the same nearly century-old house, grows ...

Man admits to placing homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of making and placing several homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines — including one that was found by an 8-year-old girl — pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. Chad Williams, 47, of Johnston, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a firearm ...