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Black Lives Matter protesters face rare leak charge in Iowa

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a television news broadcast. Two protesters are charged with unauthorized ...

Wandering bear, seen in Iowa, tranquilized, moved outside of St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Wildlife officials have relocated a black bear that had wandered into a St. Louis suburb and drew a crowd of hundreds curious to see the out-of-place animal. The has been popular on social media pages for weeks as it plodded hundreds of miles from Wisconsin, through ...

Couple gets 2 years for stealing from disabled mom

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man and his wife have been sentenced to federal prison for stealing more than $200,000 from his disabled mother. The U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release Monday that 66-year-old H. David Derby was sentenced to 26 months and 52-year-old Patti Lynn Derby to ...

Judge orders Dakota Access pipeline shut down pending review

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. — A judge on Monday ordered the Dakota Access pipeline shut down for additional environmental review more than three years after it began pumping oil — handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and delivering a blow to President Donald ...

Iowa reports 31,243 virus cases

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa reported another 321 coronavirus cases Sunday to give the state 31,243 cases of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday 721 people with COVID-19 had died since the outbreak began. Of all the people who have tested positive in ...

4 men die, 1 woman injured in DM crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Four men died and a woman was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines early Sunday. Des Moines Police said the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on George Flagg Parkway near Water Works Park. The 2013 Volkswagen Golf caught fire after ...

Des Moines police say weekend shooting victim was Keokuk man

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police on Monday identified the victim of a weekend fatal shooting as a Keokuk man. Police were called Saturday night to an industrial area east of downtown and found a dead man on a road. He was identified Monday as Michael Thurman, 41. On Sunday, police charged ...

Man drowns after going for swim while fishing in Linn County

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man drowned Sunday after going for a swim while fishing at a Linn County quarry, authorities said. Linn County sheriff’s deputies were called about 9:30 a.m. to the Martin Marietta quarry, southeast of Cedar Rapids. Friends and relatives of a man told deputies he was ...

Reynolds signs abortion law amid court challenge

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a bill that requires women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion, trying again to institute a restriction similar to one struck down two years ago by the Iowa Supreme Court. Reynolds signed ...

Man gets probation in crash that killed 4 motorcyclists

OGALLALA, Neb. (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to four years of probation in a Nebraska crash that killed four Iowa motorcyclists. The Kearney Hub reports that Jeser Cisneros-Hernandez, 24, of Liberal, Kansas, also was ordered Friday to serve 400 hours of community service. He pleaded ...

Virus cases continue to rise in Iowa’s college towns

By DAVID PITT Associated Press Confirmed cases of the coronavirus continued to climb in counties that are home to Iowa’s largest public universities, according to statistics released Monday. State public health data showed Johnson County, home to the University of Iowa, had 1,096 known ...

Large motorcycle rally in Algona worries officials

ALGONA (AP) — A group still plans to hold a three-day motorcycle rally in northern Iowa that’s expected to attract thousands of bikers despite the concerns of local officials that the event could spread the coronavirus. Local officials usually welcome the annual Freedom Rally held on a ...

Report: Sick aide worked at Iowa nursing home before deadly outbreak

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A nursing assistant who worked while sick likely brought the coronavirus into an Iowa nursing home where 15 residents later died, according to a new state inspection report. The employee was allowed to keep working because the Crystal Heights ...

Man with sword dies after being shocked by police

NEVADA (AP) — A man who was reportedly knocking on doors and carrying a sword died early Monday in Nevada, Iowa, after being shocked with a stun gun. Nevada police said officers were called at 2:44 a.m. to check reports of a man walking up and down a street, carrying a sword and knocking on ...

Iowa new positive coronavirus cases tops 26,000

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of new positive coronavirus cases has increased significantly recently as the state surpasses 26,000 positive cases and deaths are approaching 700, according to figures updated Monday. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows total positive cases ...

Woman faces obstruction, accessory counts in Iowa killing

IOWA CITY (AP) — Another arrest has been made in the April killing of an Iowa City man, police said. Iowa City police arrested Whitney Claybon, 30, on Saturday, accusing her of shuttling a suspect in the case out of town and lying to detectives regarding his whereabouts. Claybon is charged ...

­Vice President Mike Pence to visit Iowa this week

DES MOINES (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced he will travel to Iowa this week to meet with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. The vice president also plans to tour recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries and give an address to its employees on Tuesday. It will be ...

DM council advances ban on police racial profiling

DES MOINES (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has unanimously advanced a proposal to ban racial profiling by police in the wake of nationwide protests and civil unrest decrying racial injustice. Of the 45 people who spoke before they council in an online meeting Monday addressing the ban, ...

Iowa Republicans push bill to limit coronavirus liability

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Republican legislators are fast-tracking a bill that would give meatpacking plants, nursing homes and other businesses broad immunity from coronavirus lawsuits despite criticism that it would also enable them to ignore workplace safety ...