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Lawsuits: Iowa governor’s office violating open records law

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds' office is illegally delaying the release of public records related to its $26 million, no-bid coronavirus testing contract, a pair of new lawsuits contend. Reynolds and her office's public records custodian, attorney Michael Boal, are the latest ...

Iowa governor lashes back at Biden threat of action on masks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds lashed out at President Joe Biden Thursday after he ordered his education secretary to explore possible legal action against states including Iowa that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect students ...

With no beds, hospitals ship patients to far-off cities

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Many overwhelmed hospitals, with no beds to offer, are putting critically ill COVID-19 patients on planes, helicopters and ambulances and sending them hundreds of miles to far-flung states for treatment. The surge in the delta variant of the virus, combined with low ...

Woman found not guilty of assaulting Iowa trooper at protest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An 18-year-old civil rights activist has been found not guilty of assaulting an Iowa State Trooper during protests at the Capitol in Des Moines. Josie Mulvihill, of Des Moines, was charged after a confrontation with trooper Dylan Hernandez during a "Kill the Racist ...

Iowa working on program to take refugees from Afghanistan

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Iowa would welcome refugees from Afghanistan who want to resettle in Iowa saying their situation is much different from the immigrants coming across the U.S.-Mexico border Reynolds refused to accept in April. Reynolds and U.S. Sen. Joni ...

States banning mask mandates could face civil rights probes

By COLLIN BINKLEY AP Education Writer In an escalating battle with Republican governors, President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered his Education secretary to explore possible legal action against states that have blocked school mask mandates and other public health measures meant to protect ...

Nebraska man pleads not guilty in death of Iowa pedestrian

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man has pleaded not guilty to homicide by vehicle in the death of a woman who was hit by a car in Iowa. Christopher George Smith Rathfon, 35, of Omaha, is accused of hitting Dawn Merrick, 62, of Mason City, at a Mills Fleet Farm in Mason City on June 8. She ...

New Iowa school superintendent sorry for plagiarizing letter

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A new Iowa schools superintendent is apologizing for plagiarizing parts of a welcome letter she sent to district families, acknowledging she copied several phrases word for word from a similar letter a New York superintendent authored in 2017. Dr. Christine Trujillo, ...

Business owners complaining about trash fire in Johnston

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Some businesses in the Des Moines suburb of Johnston are complaining about smoke and ash billowing from a trash pile in the city that's been burning for more than 10 days. The fire has been burning a massive pile of construction materials, mulch and trees in front of ...

7-year-old girl dies in go-cart crash in northern Iowa

ROCKWELL, Iowa (AP) — A 7-year-old girl has died from injuries she received in a go-cart crash in northern Iowa, authorities there said. The crash happened Sunday night near Rockwell, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office said deputies were called ...

Iowa official says expect first redistricting maps Sept. 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first Iowa redistricting maps will be delivered on Sept. 16 beginning the process for redrawing political boundaries for legislative and congressional districts, a state official said Tuesday. The nonpartisan Iowa Legislative Services Agency received updated ...

At Midwest state fairs no masks required, vaccines are free

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nestled between corn dog stands, animal barns and booths touting hot tubs and John Deere tractors, a Hy-Vee pharmacist and several nurses have been administering COVID-19 vaccines at the Iowa State Fair to anyone eligible that wants one. Their booth didn't have the ...

Ethics Board: Iowa governor broke no laws with COVID-19 ads

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's Ethics Board has found that Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds didn't violate any laws when she appeared in a series of taxpayer-funded ads last fall promoting coronavirus public safety measures. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board voted unanimously ...

Man found guilty of first-degree murder in Mason City death

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man was convicted Friday of first-degree murder in a Mason City man's shooting death during an argument in March. A jury deliberated about two hours before convicting Benjamin Bravo Gonzalez, 39, in the death of 36-year-old Michael Creviston. Gonzalez's attorney, ...

Tama County sheriff: No COVID-19 vaccines yet for prisoners

TOLEDO, Iowa (AP) — An east-central Iowa county sheriff confirmed Thursday that county jail inmates have not been given COVID-19 vaccines, saying only one inmate has asked for it. Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera's responded after television station KCRG first reported Wednesday that the ...

Census: Metro populations grew, rural areas lost in Iowa

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's population grew in pockets around the state's largest cities over the past decade while 68 counties in rural areas lost population, according to U.S. Census data released Thursday. The biggest population gainers were the counties around Des Moines in ...

Police arrest 2 in alleged plot to defraud Iowa Lottery

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Iowa men accused of using bad checks to buy more than $800 in lottery tickets saw a total profit of $134 after winning on some of the tickets, Cerro Gordo County authorities said. Now, the pair face a dozen felony charges between them and must come up with ...

Waterloo barber providing free haircuts to students

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A local Waterloo barber is providing free haircuts to students who will be returning to school this fall. Barber Kenny Weekley will spend Thursday afternoon at The Salvation Army on Franklin Street cutting kids' hair for free, the Courier reported. The free haircuts ...

Iowa mothers urge reversal of state mask mandate prohibition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of Iowa mothers of young school-age children held a rally and sit-in at the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday pushing Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds to issue an executive order reversing a state law that prohibits school boards from implementing mask requirements in schools. ...

Man held on charge in fatal bludgeoning of 80-year-old woman

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man accused of killing an 80-year-old woman in her home has been ordered held on $2 million cash bond. Mark Fishler, 60, of Dubuque, had the bond set Friday after he was arrested Thursday on a charge of first-degree murder, the Telegraph Herald reported. ...