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Des Moines Police: No charges likely in fatal shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines authorities don’t expect to file any charges in connection with this weekend’s fatal shooting because the victim was violating a court protection order and assaulting a man. Police said 32-year-old Joshua James Wheeler died after the Saturday night shooting. ...

Dubuque police undergo underwater investigation training

ZWINGLE (AP) — Several Dubuque police officers found themselves in an unusual environment at the bottom of a quarry pond. The police department’s nine-member dive team was undergoing its monthly training exercises, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported . Training is held monthly so divers ...

Iowa Supreme Court halts issues in voter ID law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa election officials were told Friday by the state Supreme Court they cannot implement several absentee voting requirements in a new voter ID law until a challenge to the law can be heard at a trial. A court order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady upheld a judge’s ...

Mason City library suggests moving genealogy archives

MASON CITY (AP) — A genealogy library in northern Iowa that has served residents for about four decades may need to find a new home by the end of September. Discussions of moving the North Central Iowa Genealogical Society’s files from the Mason City Public Library began earlier this year, ...

Authorities: Body found isn’t missing Iowa college student

WEST POINT (AP) — Authorities say the body of a young woman found is not that of a missing University of Iowa student. The body was found early Sunday in rural Lee County near West Point. Special Agent Rick Rahn of the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division said Monday that investigators have ...

Dad gets 9 years for starvation death of 17-month-old

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eastern Iowa father has been given nine years in prison for letting his 17-month-old daughter starve to death. Washington County District Court records say 37-year-old Anthony McCoy was sentenced Friday in Washington. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of child ...

Man dead, two charged in police shootout

OTTUMWA (AP) — A county prosecutor in southern Iowa says a Fairfield man was killed and two Ottumwa men have been charged with attempted murder and other charges after a shootout with police followed an armed robbery at a home on the city’s south side. Wapello County Attorney Gary ...

Reward for missing U of I student hits $260,000

BROOKLYN (AP) — The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has ballooned to $260,000. Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe she’s alive but has potentially been kidnapped. Spokesman Greg Willey says the ...

Iowa State Fair concession games to be inspected

DES MOINES (AP) — Personnel from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals will conduct an inspection of the Iowa State Fair concession games as the fair kicks off. The inspections will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. Staff from the Social & Charitable Gambling Unit will be checking ...

Staying ahead of the summer slide

DAVENPORT (AP) — Jahniya McDowell, 8, who this fall will be a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, is proud of her language skills. She also was part of a team who created a menu, set prices and will work in the Jets Cafe. “We had antonyms and synonyms, and then we wrote the ...

Police shootout in Iowa leaves 1 dead, another injured

OTTUMWA (AP) — Police in southeastern Iowa say one person is dead and another injured following a shootout with officers that sent a nearby elementary school into lockdown. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the shootout happened after police received a report around 1:40 p.m. of people with ...

Missing Iowa student’s mother pleads with potential abductor

IOWA CITY — The mother of a missing Iowa college student pleaded Thursday with anyone who may know the whereabouts of her daughter, and begged for any potential kidnapper to let her go, noting the reward for her safe return had ballooned to $172,000 Laura Calderwood said during a news ...

Iowa woman promoted to nation’s lone all-male Supreme Court

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday promoted a female district judge to the Supreme Court in Iowa, the only state where all of its current justices are men. Susan Christensen will be the first woman on Iowa’s high court in roughly eight years. The appointment ...

Woman says Iowa patrol captain didn’t act in harassment case

IOWA CITY (AP) — A powerful Iowa State Patrol captain failed to act after learning one of his troopers harassed a female state employee, telling the woman to confront the trooper herself, she alleges in emails obtained by The Associated Press. Capt. Mark Logsdon’s response angered ...

Iowa court: Families get no immediate relief from hog stench

DES MOINES (AP) — Three southeast Iowa families who say the stench from two hog farms made it difficult for them to emerge from their homes won’t get immediate help from the Iowa Supreme Court, which Friday reversed a lower court decision that found a law protecting producers was ...

Judge blocks unemployment benefits for fired Iowa finance director

IOWA CITY (AP) — A judge has cut off unemployment benefits for former Iowa Finance Authority Director Dave Jamison, ruling he is disqualified because he was fired for credible allegations of sexual harassment. Jamison’s alleged behavior violated the state’s sexual harassment policy and ...

GOP race for Iowa ag secretary expected to go to convention

DES MOINES (AP) — A five-way Republican primary race for Iowa agriculture secretary remained too close to call Wednesday with the incumbent apparently just shy of the threshold needed to secure the nomination. Unofficial results indicated Mike Naig was just short of the 35 percent threshold ...

Lawsuit says Iowa’s voter ID law violates state constitution

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s new voter identification law violates the state constitution and will make it harder for some people to cast a ballot, plaintiffs alleged in a lawsuit filed Wednesday. The suit marks the first legal challenge against the ID requirement and its provisions, which ...

Iowa GOP accepts campaign fund of disgraced ex-Senate leader

IOWA CITY (AP) — The abrupt downfall of Iowa Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix quickly turned into a cash windfall for the Republican Party of Iowa. The party’s central committee accepted a $522,000 contribution from Dix’s campaign on March 26, two weeks after the Shell Rock farmer quit ...

Reynolds signs bill intended to curb opioid overdose deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Doctors in Iowa will be required to screen patients’ risk of addiction before prescribing some painkillers under a law signed Monday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. The law, an attempt by lawmakers to curb Iowa’s growing opioid problem, mandates the tracking of prescription drugs ...