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Postal worker gets probation for theft

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in northwestern Iowa has been sentenced to probation for stealing items from the mail he was supposed to deliver. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kirk Baird, of Sergeant Bluff, was sentenced in a Sioux City federal court Friday. He ...

Court orders new trial in abuse case

DES MOINES (AP) — As expected, the Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy. Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court came after state prosecutors last month took the rare step of asking it to reverse ...

Iowa faces shortage of English language teachers

STORM LAKE (AP) — Iowa school districts are struggling to meet the need for more English language teachers amid growing demand from students and stagnant state funding. Enrollment in English Language Learner programs, or ELL, has grown to more than 27,200 students in 2016. In Storm Lake, for ...

Two die, one hurt in Guthrie Center house fire

GUTHRIE CENTER (AP) — Two people were killed and another person critically injured in an early morning house fire in the central Iowa city of Guthrie Center. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says firefighters were dispatched at 12:27 a.m. Monday to the fire. Two people died in the fire ...

$20,000 invoice on second union lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has been billed more than $20,000 so far to fight a second lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law. An invoice provided Monday to The Associated Press shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines is seeking the money for its work in April ...

Reynolds decided on whether to choose No. 2 position

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s decided whether she will appoint a lieutenant governor when she replaces Gov. Terry Branstad, but she won’t disclose those details yet. Reynolds told reporters Monday her transition team has a plan in place, but the public will ...

Billboard urges Iowa senator to allow Trump-Russia probe

DES MOINES (AP) — A group has taken out a billboard ad down the block from Republican Sen. Charles Grassley’s Des Moines offices calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to allow an independent investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. The digital billboard ...

Man pleads guilty in 2009 Iowa killing, sentenced to prison

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man who was convicted of killing an Iowa City landlord before having that ruling overturned has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Justin Marshall, 26, was sentenced Friday in Johnson County District Court. He also pleaded ...

Officials say 2 deputies injured when man ran from them

RIDGEWAY (AP) — Authorities say two northeastern Iowa sheriff’s deputies were injured when a man under arrest tried to escape. It happened Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after two western Iowa sheriff’s deputies were shot, one fatally, during a jail break there. The latest ...

Grain truck driver who caused Iowa bridge collapse cited

CRESCO (AP) — A man accused of driving a 30-ton grain truck over a small county bridge with a 3-ton weight limit, leading to its collapse, has been cited. The truck’s driver was cited for violating a weight embargo. The collapse happened early the morning of May 5 on Cattle Creek Road ...

2 killed, 3 others injured in head-on crash in Iowa

GRINNELL (AP) — Two people have died in a crash in east-central Iowa near Grinnell. The two-vehicle crash happened Friday afternoon south of Grinnell on Highway 146 in Poweshiek County. Police say one of the vehicles was in the northbound lane when a second southbound vehicle crossed the ...

Branstad keeps Leopold Center open, but without state funding

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday approved a roughly $7.2 billion state budget that will keep open a longtime research center, though he still plans to remove its funding. Branstad used his veto power to cut language that would have eliminated the Leopold Center for ...

Man who ran classic cars sales scam gets 27 months for fraud

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man who ran a scam on buyers of classic cars has been sent to prison. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Rodney Crosby Jr., of Pisgah, was sentenced Wednesday to 27 months. He’d pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. He must serve three ...

Teen who fondled three young students sent to training school

MARION (AP) — A teen convicted of fondling three kindergarten students while volunteering at an eastern Iowa elementary school has been sentenced to a state training school. The teen, now 16, was sentenced Thursday to the school in Eldora, and a judge recommended he stay there until he’s ...

Police: Man unlocked shackles, cuffs in deadly jail escape

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Investigators say an inmate accused of shooting two deputies, killing one, in an Iowa jail escape somehow managed to unlock his shackles inside a transport van. Court records presented Wednesday at 24-year-old Wesley Correa-Carmenaty’s initial court hearing say he was ...

Des Moines police respond to shooting report, find man dead

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police are investigating the shooting death of a man found in a south Des Moines home. Sgt. Paul Parizek says officers were called about 1 p.m. Monday to a reported shooting and after arriving found the body of an adult man. A woman believed to be the shooter was ...

Judge: Hit-and-run case against Iowan can proceed

IOWA CITY (AP) — A judge says the felony prosecution of former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident can proceed. Judge Kellyann Lekar approved a charging document known as a “trial information” Sunday and scheduled Soules’ arraignment ...

Group seeks to preserve historic prison in Iowa

FORT MADISON (AP) — A chance to tour the old prison in Fort Madison has drawn big crowds, encouraging local residents who want to preserve the historic structure, parts of which date to 1839. The crowd, estimated to be in the thousands, lined up to get a look at the Historic Iowa State ...

Iowa Board of Regents to consider tuition hikes at 3 schools

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is considering tuition hikes at the state’s three public universities next school year to help offset millions of dollars in budget cuts. The proposed tuition hike would increase in-state base tuition for undergraduate students by $216 for the ...