Iowa News

Prichard suspends governor campaign

DES MOINES (AP) — Democratic Rep. Todd Prichard has suspended his campaign for Iowa governor. Prichard indicated in a press release Tuesday that money played a key role in his decision. He said responsibilities like his family and military service took priority over the time needed to raise ...

Iowan gets life in cold case killing

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 42-year-old Iowa woman who was convicted of killing her romantic rival has been sent to prison for life. A judge sentenced Shanna Golyar in Omaha on Tuesday. She’d been found guilty of arson and first-degree murder after a nonjury trial. Prosecutors say she killed ...

Judge tosses murder conviction

DES MOINES (AP) — A state district court judge has thrown out the murder conviction of a Tama man concluding there wasn’t enough evidence to prove the man killed his girlfriend 17 years ago even though a jury convicted him. The case is complicated by the fact that Cora Ann Okonski has never ...

Western Iowa police say six overdose on synthetic opioid

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Police in western Iowa are investigating after six people suffered opioid overdoses in Council Bluffs this week. Two men were treated for overdoses at separate Council Bluffs hospitals about half-an-hour apart Wednesday night. A day earlier, three people were found ...

Planned housing development to cater to homeless

IOWA CITY (AP) — More than $3 million has been awarded to build a first-of-its-kind housing development for the chronically homeless in Iowa City. The Iowa Finance Authority Board of Directors recently awarded $2.7 million to Shelter House for the development. Shelter House director Crissy ...

Iowa courthouse closes amid structural issues

CLINTON (AP) — An eastern Iowa courthouse will be closed for the next two weeks due to a structural problem. The Clinton County maintenance crew found a collapsed support beam in the courthouse’s basement Thursday morning, and the courthouse was evacuated around 10 a.m. A structural ...

No one turns out for not so special election in Iowa town

MCINTIRE (AP) — Apparently it was a not-so-special election in the tiny town of McIntire, where none of its 70 registered voters showed up to cast ballots. Tuesday’s ballot asked two questions: Should the term of the mayor be raised to four years from two, and should the terms of council ...

29th newborn turned over to state under safe haven law

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say another newborn has been turned over to state custody under Iowa’s safe haven law. The Iowa Human Services Department said in a news release Friday the child was born July 25 and released to state custody. The department didn’t say where the birth took ...

Hot Lotto lottery game to end in October after 15 years

DES MOINES (AP) — Lottery players have cooled to the Hot Lotto game to the extent that officials who run the game are ending it. Tickets for the $1 game, which has been around for 15 years, are sold in Iowa and 13 other states but Iowa Lottery officials say popularity has waned and the last ...

Troubled trucking firm faces scrutiny

IOWA CITY (AP) — The trucking company linked to the recent deadly human smuggling case in Texas had promoted itself as an American success: a family firm whose hard-working drivers helped keep the U.S. economy running. But behind that image was a cutthroat business that flouted federal laws ...

Official calls Iowa’s largest public pension fund ‘sound’

DES MOINES (AP) — The head of Iowa’s largest public pension system says the trust fund that pays out retirement benefits is “sound,” but at least one GOP lawmaker thinks changes might be needed. Donna Mueller, chief executive officer for the Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System, ...

Driver in trailer deaths likely part of network

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Investigators believe a truck driver accused in the deaths of 10 people found inside a packed, sweltering tractor-trailer is just one member of a larger organization involved in human smuggling that they are looking to identify and dismantle, a U.S. immigration official ...

Firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal woes

SCHALLER (AP) — The small, family-owned Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems, public records show. Pyle Transportation Inc. failed to pay federal employment and trucking taxes for ...

Disaster declared for Iowa counties

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for four counties in the northeast corner of Iowa that suffered storm damages. The governor’s office said Thursday that the proclamation covers Allamakee, Clayton, Fayette and Winneshiek counties raked by storms ...

Man found guilty in double homicide

FORT DODGE (AP) — A Lake Mills man has been found guilty of killing two people and trying to kill another in Mason City last year. A jury on Thursday found 31-year-old Peter Veal guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. Officers sent to a Mason City ...

New law details firings of public workers

DES MOINES (AP) — Public employees in Iowa have been fired in recent months for misconduct such as theft, fraud and student mistreatment, according to records obtained under a new law that reveals those details for the first time. An officer allegedly submitted fraudulent expense forms ...

Cedar Falls garbage checked for recyclables

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A state contractor is poring through garbage in Cedar Falls, looking for recyclables. SCS Engineers was hired by the Iowa Natural Resources Department to provide Cedar Falls with information to help improve recycling efforts. The data can help cities find out how many ...

Sanders, in Iowa, reiterates criticism of GOP health bill

DES MOINES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterated criticism of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act to a receptive crowd in Iowa on Saturday, calling a bill moving through the Senate “disastrous.” The Vermont senator highlighted his thoughts on the bill while blasting ...

Man died from Onawa fire injuries

ONAWA (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old man has died from injuries suffered in a western Iowa house fire. Firefighters were dispatched to the Onawa home around 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Neighbors reported hearing a big bang before the flames erupted. One person at the home, Dallas Seward, was ...

Ex-caucus staffer testifies in trial

DES MOINES (AP) — A former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide has testified in her sexual harassment lawsuit that sex, race and sexual orientation were regular topics of conversations and jokes in the office. Kirsten Anderson,39, testified in her lawsuit Tuesday. Much of her testimony ...