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Iowa woman sentenced to 8 years for vandalizing pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for damaging valves and setting fire to construction equipment along an oil pipeline that crosses Iowa and three other states. Thirty-nine-year-old Jessica Rae Reznicek also was ordered to pay nearly $3.2 ...

Petroleum gas leaks after train derailment in Ames

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Cleanup continues after petroleum gas leaked from some train cars involved in a derailment in Ames, Iowa. KCCI-TV reports that about 27 cars derailed Thursday afternoon. A hazmat team was called to the scene to assist with cleanup. Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins said there ...

Ruling limits safety-based drug testing at Iowa warehouses

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that employers cannot subject all warehouse employees to random drug testing by designating them as having "safety sensitive" jobs. In its 4-3 ruling, the court ruled that companies must consider the specific duties of each worker ...

Beef processing plant with 750 jobs planned in SW Iowa

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A newly formed corporation announced Friday it is planning to build a beef processing plant in southwest Iowa that would bring 750 jobs to the region. Cattlemen's Heritage officials said the plant would be built along Interstate 29 near the Mills-Pottawatomie County ...

Man convicted in 2019 shooting death at Burlington party

An Iowa man faces a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty Friday of killing another man during a confrontation at a Burlington house party. Diavontae Davis, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Sept. 7, 2019 shooting death of Reynaldo "Rey" Villarreal. He will be ...

Muscatine County jury finds man guilty of killing girlfriend

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine County jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Jurors found David Hatfield guilty in the death of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, according to the Muscatine Journal. Prosecutors had said Hatfield shot ...

Judge dies at courthouse in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa judge has died while at the courthouse where he served for more than two decades. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that paramedics were called Tuesday evening to the Black Hawk County Courthouse in Waterloo, where District Associate Judge Jeffrey Harris ...

Parents whose baby died settle with South Dakota hospital

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The parents of an infant who died at a Sioux Falls hospital have agreed to settle their malpractice lawsuit against the health care provider. The terms of the mediated settlement between Avera McKennan Hospital and the baby's parents, Khayyam and Tejumade Gordon, ...

Iowa unemployment rate up slightly to 3.9% in May

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate bumped up to 3.9% in May even as more Iowans worked at jobs, a state agency reported Wednesday. Iowa Workforce Development said the rate was up slightly from the 3.8% unemployment rate in April. The total number of Iowa residents working rose ...

Iowa man charged with making pipe bomb found by young girl

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been charged with making and placing a pipe bomb that was recently found by a young girl in a Des Moines suburb, but investigators do not believe he's linked to a bomb that was left at a nearby polling place in March. Agents looking into the explosive ...

Iowa man accused of killing 10-year-old pleads not guilty

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man charged in the killing of a 10-year-old girl who was missing for nine months before her remains were found in a pond has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and kidnapping. Henry Dinkins, 48, entered the pleas Wednesday in Scott County District ...

Iowa’s high court stops lawsuit over farm runoff pollution

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A sharply divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday stopped a lawsuit aimed at reducing the flow of fertilizer and hog farm waste into the state's river and streams, finding that limiting pollution from farms was a political matter and not one for the courts. The 4-3 ...

Iowa Supreme Court bars warrantless police searches of trash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court on Friday banned police from searching people's uncollected trash without a warrant, outlawing an investigative technique that had been used for decades. The court ruled 4-3 that officers commit an unreasonable search and seizure under the ...

Iowa man arrested in trauma death of 15-month-old child

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man accused of killing a 15-month-old child left in his care has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said. Officers were called to a Des Moines hospital Tuesday morning after medical workers reported that the child's body had been ...

Iowa man charged with killing family blamed masked intruder

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 20-year-old college student charged with killing his parents and younger sister in their family home in Iowa told police that a masked intruder was to blame for the shooting deaths, according to a criminal complaint released Wednesday. Alex Jackson called 911 on ...

Iowa governor signs tax cut, mental health care funding law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday signed into law a tax bill that requires the state to take over funding of mental health services, removing them from local property taxes. The measure also phases out the state inheritance tax by 2025, allows income tax cuts ...

Iowa to shutter state-run coronavirus Test Iowa in July

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The state of Iowa is ending its coronavirus testing program next month saying demand has fallen for testing at the state-funded drive-thru and clinic sites. "Demand for testing is at its lowest levels in more than a year since vaccine is now widely available and virus ...

Iowa man fined $80,000 for violating environmental rules

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been ordered to pay an $80,000 fine for burning thousands of railroad ties on his property despite being told it would violate the law. The Iowa Attorney General's office said Wednesday that John Goldsmith, of Sergeant Bluff, also was warned ...

Northwestern Iowa officials say man found dead on highway

LE MARS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Iowa are investigating the death of a man who had apparently been hit by a vehicle along U.S. Highway 75 in Plymouth County. The man's body was found early Monday morning after a motorist called 911 around 3 a.m. to report he had hit ...

Waterloo Democrat first to launch campaign for Iowa governor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Democratic state representative from eastern Iowa who chaired the Legislative Black Caucus and advocated for the safety of meatpacking plant workers early during the pandemic became the first person to announce a run for governor next year. Rep. Ras Smith launched ...