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Judge delays sentencing after twists in Mollie Tibbetts case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge on Wednesday delayed sentencing for the man convicted of killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts after defense lawyers said they needed time to investigate new information pointing to other potential suspects. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 27, was ...

Eyeing another run, Grassley shows Iowans he’s keeping up

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (AP) — In dress shirts and pants, Chuck Grassley and Tom Cotton dropped to their knees on stage at a recent Iowa Republican Party fundraiser and began pumping out pushups. The 87-year-old Iowa senator's were slow and deliberate while his Arkansas colleague's were crisp and ...

Woman sentenced to 10 years in Chuck E. Cheese shooting

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport woman was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday in a fatal shooting at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant that was sparked by an argument over a card game. Treshonda M. Pollion, 25, pleaded guilty in April to voluntary manslaughter in the Oct. 25 death of ...

Woman sentenced to probation in jail escape plot

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Ohio woman who tried to spring her boyfriend from an Iowa jail has been sentenced to probation. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the 23-year-old from Columbus said she "made a mistake" before a judge granted a defense request for a deferred judgment. ...

USDA unveils plan to help build small meat processing plants

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government promised Friday to spend $500 million to encourage the construction of smaller meat processing plants located closer to farmers who raise chickens, pigs and cows with the goal of diversifying an industry now largely run by a small number of large ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit intended to halt Des Moines stadium

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by several residents who had sought to stop plans by Des Moines Public Schools to build a new stadium on Drake University's campus. The lawsuit challenged the school district's decision no to hold a special election vote on the ...

Officials say Amazon plans distribution center in Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Amazon plans to build a 640,000-square-foot distribution center in Davenport, creating more than 1,000 permanent jobs, city and local chamber of commerce officials announced Wednesday. Plans call for building the center north of Interstate 80 and west of the Davenport ...

Council Bluffs detective arrested, accused of assaulting son

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — A Council Bluffs police detective has been arrested over allegations that he attempted to strangle his adult son during an argument over a dent in the son's car. Detective Craig Schuetze, 59, was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of domestic abuse assault and ...

Teen on life support after deadly Iowa water ride accident

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A teenager injured in an accident on an Iowa amusement ride that killed his younger brother remained on life support Wednesday as he turned 16, his family pastor said. David Jaramillo has been in a medically induced coma at Blank Children's Hospital since Saturday's ...

Police investigating after body found along Iowa county road

GREENFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Police are investigating after a body was found along a rural road in southwestern Iowa. The body was found Thursday along the road in rural Adair County, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said in a news release. Investigators have not provided details ...

Omaha businessman 1 of 2 people killed in Iowa plane crash

LAMONI, Iowa (AP) — A well-known Omaha, Nebraska, businessman was one of two people killed in the crash of a small plane this week in south-central Iowa, according to the man's brother. Dave Paladino, 54, was flying the single-engine Cirrus SR-22 that crashed Thursday near the Lamoni ...

Court strikes Trump EPA rule for full-year 15% ethanol sales

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday threw out a Trump-era Environmental Protection Agency rule change that allowed for the sale of a 15% ethanol gasoline blend in the summer months. The decision deals a significant blow to the ethanol industry and corn farmers who grow ...

Strong growth continues in nine Midwest, Plains states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues growing at a strong pace in nine Midwest and Plains states despite supply delays that are hindering manufacturing, according to a new monthly survey of business leaders and managers. The overall economic index for the region remained at a very strong ...

Officials at site of small plane crash in south-central Iowa

LAMONI, Iowa (AP) — Flight documents show two people were aboard a small plane that crashed Thursday in south-central Iowa, federal aviation officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration said it does not identify people involved in crashes, and local officials have not yet said whether ...

Judge: Iowa jail must let murder suspect meet with lawyers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Security officials at an Iowa jail must allow a man charged with killing a state trooper to meet privately with his lawyers, a judge ordered Thursday. Staff at the Black Hawk County jail in Waterloo had refused to allow Michael Lang — who is awaiting trial for ...

Fireworks injuries exploding in Iowa since 2017 legalization

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Fireworks injuries more than doubled in Iowa in the four years since a 2017 law legalized their sale and use by consumers, with far more children getting hurt and more patients requiring amputation, according to state data and a new study. Emergency room visits ...

Court overturns gay bias verdict against ex-Iowa governor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official. The court found no evidence that Branstad had knowledge that then-Iowa ...

2 sentenced to prison for 2017 killing of Cedar Rapids man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to decades in prison for the 2017 shooting death of a man whose body was found nearly four years ago in a Cedar Rapids alley. A judge on Tuesday sentenced James Phillips, 21, to up to 50 years in prison for the killing of 34-year-old ...

Iowa court: State may block abortion provider sex education

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's high court said Wednesday that the state may refuse to allow Planned Parenthood to conduct sex education programs funded by federal grants, reversing a judge's ruling last year that found the law unconstitutional. The Iowa Supreme Court found the 2019 law ...

US judge apologizes for ‘partisan’ comments on Trump pardons

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in Iowa admitted wrongdoing and publicly apologized for comments ridiculing former President Donald Trump for issuing a series of pardons to well-connected Republican officials. Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt made the remarks during a phone ...