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South Sioux City Council OKs settlement over biogas plant

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, Neb. (AP) — The South Sioux City Council has approved payment of $500,000 to settle its part in 16 lawsuits filed against the city and a now-defunct biogas plant by homeowners who accused the plant of sending rancid fumes through the city sewer system and ruining their ...

2 nurses who gave inmates COVID-19 vaccine overdoses fired

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two nurses who gave coronavirus vaccine overdoses to 77 inmates at a state prison have been fired, corrections officials said. Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman Cord Overton confirmed to the Des Moines Register Monday that the nurses were fired. He did not ...

Police find eastern Iowa woman shot dead; husband arrested

ELDRIDGE, Iowa (AP) — A woman was found shot to death inside her eastern Iowa home, and police arrested her husband on unrelated charges. Officers found Jessica Bostrom, 28, dead inside the Eldridge home around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, television station WQAD reported. Officials told WQAD that ...

Iowa Senate official warned of payback over COVID-19 inquiry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The top administrator in the Republican-controlled Iowa Senate threatened retribution against a GOP appointee who oversees workplace safety after inspectors said they would make public their concerns about COVID-19 hazards at the Capitol, records show. Charlie ...

Worker dies in eastern Iowa cattle farm manure tank

STOCKTON, Iowa (AP) — A man died after becoming stuck earlier this week in a manure tank on an eastern Iowa cattle farm, authorities said. The death occurred Tuesday at a farm in Stockton and was reported by authorities there on Wednesday, the Quad-City Times reported. New Liberty Fire ...

Polk County Attorney John Sarcone won’t seek reelection

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Polk County's long-serving top prosecutor, who has faced criticism for his decisions to charge a journalist and others in last year's protests over racial inequality, has announced he will not run for reelection. Television station KCCI first reported County Attorney ...

Iowa governor questions migrant flights into Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds complained in a letter sent Thursday that the federal government didn't notify her before flying migrant children into the Des Moines airport in April, then shuttling them to other cities as part of an effort to join them with relatives. In a ...

FBI working with Des Moines college on data security breach

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The FBI is now working with the Des Moines Area Community College on a data security breach that has led to days of the school being shut down. The security incident closed the college on Friday and forced it to partially shut down its computer network, the Des ...

Iowa man again convicted of murder in girlfriend’s death

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) — A Dubuque man has again been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2017 knife death of his girlfriend. A Clinton County jury on Tuesday found Fontae Buelow, 29, guilty in the death of 21-year-old Samantha Link, of Peosta, the Telegraph Herald reported. Buelow has ...

Sheriff announces reward for information on missing Iowa boy

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A sheriff announced Wednesday that roughly $15,000 and counting has been pledged as a reward for information that helps investigators find out what happened to a missing Iowa boy. The Poweshiek County Sheriff's Office said the pledges have come from local businesses ...

Indiana man, Iowa woman were weekend plane crash victims

DARLINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A man from Indiana and a woman from Iowa were identified Wednesday as the victims of a weekend plane crash in central Indiana. The single-engine Diamond Katana DA40 aircraft departed from Lift Academy, a flight school in Indianapolis, and crashed about 50 miles away ...

Iowa vaccinations slow as state slips in national ranking

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Demand for vaccines in Iowa has dropped dramatically in recent weeks with the state ordering fewer doses each week and sliding downward in its national ranking of fully vaccinated people. Iowa ordered 2,450 doses for this week with 16 out of Iowa's 99 counties ...

Iowa to step up traffic enforcement to slow road fatalities

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa traffic enforcement officials vowed Tuesday to crack down on motorists speeding, driving while drunk or distracted by cell phones in an effort to slow the rising traffic fatality rate. Iowa State Patrol Col. Nathan Fulk said officers have recently reported some ...

Judge rips Iowa police chief for using stun gun on partiers

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has condemned an Iowa police chief for using his city-issued stun gun to shock guests at two parties in 2016, calling it an "immoral activity" that could have caused serious injuries or death. Judge Nancy Whittenburg recently rejected arguments by Craig ...

Reynolds signs bills limiting voting, ‘divisive’ teaching

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed into law a change to state election regulations that sets strict limits on who can assist voters in delivering ballots. Republican legislators approved the restrictions in a party-line vote last month, just weeks after Iowa ...

Woman says she’s innocent in fatal Chuck E. Cheese shooting

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Sentencing for an Iowa woman who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of a woman at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant was delayed Friday because she told authorities she is innocent. Treshonda Pollion, 25, of Davenport, was scheduled to be sentenced Friday after she pleaded ...

Iowa man accused of using homemade chloroform in abduction

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities on Friday arrested an Iowa man accused of hiding in the backseat a Nebraska woman's car and using zip ties, duct tape and homemade chloroform to abduct the woman and imprison her in a storage shed at his home. Police arrested Zack Smith, 20, of Bronson, ...

Court rejects private lawyer phone consult prior to charges

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans have no right to a confidential telephone conversation with a lawyer prior to charges being filed, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a blow to attorney-client privilege. The decision came in a case involving a Milford man arrested for drunken ...

Suspect in Iowa trooper’s death may have goaded traffic stop

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man charged with killing an Iowa State Patrol sergeant during a standoff may have instigated the violent confrontation by goading an officer with whom he was angry to chase him, a police report shows. Michael Lang sped by Grundy Center reserve officer Cody Niehaus on ...

Des Moines man found guilty of killing, dismembering wife

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been found guilty of killing and dismembering his wife. The Des Moines Register reports that a jury on Friday convicted 32-year-old Datron Simmons of second-degree murder in the death of 50-year-old Connie Simmons. Police found the body of Connie ...