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Des Moines police say resident shot intruder in self-defense

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines resident shot an armed intruder who broke into an apartment overnight, police said. The shooting happened around 12:30 a.m. Friday, when a man armed with a handgun broke into an apartment along Lincoln Avenue, police said. Police said the intruder ...

Man charged in killing of Iowa prison staffers pleads guilty

ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) — One of two inmates accused of killing a prison nurse and correctional officer during an escape attempt pleaded guilty Friday to murder and other counts and confessed in court to fatally beating both with a hammer. Thomas Woodard Jr., 38, pleaded guilty in Jones County to ...

Alaska man suffers minor injuries in Iowa helicopter crash

WAUKON, Iowa (AP) — An Alaska man suffered only minor injuries when the helicopter he was flying over a northeastern Iowa cornfield hit a power line and crashed. The crash happened just after 8 a.m. Wednesday in a field near Waukon, the Allamakee County Sheriff's Office said in a news ...

Sheriff: Omaha man drowns after rescuing son from Iowa lake

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — An Omaha, Nebraska, man drowned after rescuing his son from a weed-infested section of East Lake Okoboji in northwestern Iowa, officials there said. The incident happened late Wednesday morning, the Sioux City Journal reported, when Brandon Urban, 41, swam into the ...

Reprimand letter ends Iowa superintendent’s virus dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The superintendent of Iowa's largest school district said he's pleased about the resolution of complaints against him over the district's refusal to return students to in-person classes last year during a surge in coronavirus cases. Des Moines Superintendent Thomas ...

Worried parents seek change to Iowa school mask mandate ban

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Worried parents with children too young to be vaccinated called on the the Iowa State Board of Education on Thursday to implore Gov. Kim Reynolds to reverse a state law that bans school mask mandates. The parents and some teachers sought to change the ban on mask ...

EXPLAINER: More evictions expected in Iowa after ban ends

A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after the Biden administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September has been the only tool keeping millions ...

Iowa State Fair seeks to fill job slots 2 weeks from opening

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With only two weeks to go before the 2021 Iowa State Fair kicks off, fair officials say they're still looking to fill fair job openings. The fair still has openings in admissions, carnival rides, maintenance and parking, among other positions, television station WHO ...

Sioux City man sentenced to 50 years for shooting death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teen has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for the shooting death of a woman at a New Year's Eve party in Sioux City. Anthony Bauer, 18, of Sioux City, was sentenced Friday morning after pleaded guilty in June to second-degree murder, station KTIV reported. In ...

Iowa argues open-records law is not ‘well-recognized’ policy

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's open-records law is not "a well-recognized public policy" and thus does not give job protections to employees who fulfill public information requests, the state attorney general's office contends. State lawyers representing Gov. Kim Reynolds and her spokesman, ...

Reynolds rejects Biden’s call for $100 vaccine incentives

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has no plans to offer $100 incentives to Iowans to get the coronavirus vaccine after President Joe Biden pleaded with states and local governments to use federal funds to entice people to stop the rapid spread of a virus variant, an aide said ...

Hog dealer fires Iowa-based employees over buying violations

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An influential hog dealer sanctioned twice for defrauding pork producers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars says it has fired employees responsible for its latest violations and paid restitution to affected sellers. Lynch Livestock, based in Waucoma, Iowa, also ...

Report says diver drowned while working in Iowa farm tank

STOCKTON, Iowa (AP) — An autopsy shows an Illinois scuba diver who died inside a million-gallon farm tank in eastern Iowa accidentally drowned. An autopsy report for Robert Baenziger Jr., 54, of East Moline, Illinois, was released Wednesday, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported. The report ...

Fired Iowa Veterans Home leader kept excess pay, audit finds

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds fired the leader of Iowa's state-run nursing home for veterans in May after learning he had been overpaid by $90,000 over a nearly two-year period, a state audit reported Thursday. Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri told governor's office ...

Slipknot founding drummer Joey Jordison dies at 46

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joey Jordison, a founding member of Slipknot, who drummed for the influential metal band in its most popular period and helped write many of its best-known songs, has died Monday at age 46, his family said. "We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, ...

USDA again sanctions powerful hog buyer for cheating sellers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — For the second time in four years, an influential nationwide pork dealer has been sanctioned by federal regulators for illegal buying practices that cheated hog sellers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Lynch Livestock, based in Waucoma, Iowa, has been ordered ...

Iowa to pay $200,000 cost of sending troopers to Texas

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday it's likely Iowa taxpayers will pay the cost of sending 28 Iowa Department of Public Safety officers to assist Texas officials at the U.S./Mexico border from July 10 through 20. Public Safety Commissioner Stephan Bayens estimated ...

Iowa man accused of killing 3 relatives pleads not guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man pleaded not guilty to three counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of his father, mother and sister. Andrew Jackson, 20, a University of Iowa sophomore, entered his written plea last week and his trial was scheduled for Jan. 25 in ...

COVID-19 rates a worry as 1 million head for Iowa State Fair

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — With coronavirus cases rising throughout Iowa and around the nation, health experts are becoming increasingly worried about next month's Iowa State Fair, which will bring more than 1 million people to Des Moines from around the state, including many from counties with ...

States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly ...