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Domestic abuse sentencing bill gains detractor

DES MOINES — A bill that would set mandatory minimum prison sentences for repeat domestic abuse offenders in Iowa is drawing opposition from an unlikely source: one of the state’s largest advocacy organizations for victims. Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence is registered against the ...

Iowa Senate approves bill that would allow fireworks

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved a bill that would allow the sale of fireworks in the state beyond novelties like sparklers. The Republican-controlled chamber passed the bill Tuesday night and it now heads to the House. The legislation would legalize the retail sale and use of ...

Panel OKs bill banning local minimum wage increases

DES MOINES (AP) — A Senate committee has approved a bill that would ban local governments from raising the minimum hourly wage in Iowa, effectively causing pay cuts for some workers. The 9-6 vote Wednesday by the Senate State Government Committee means the bill is now available for debate in ...

South Dakota confirms Dakota Access oil pipeline vandalism

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in South Dakota on Tuesday confirmed an incident of vandalism against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in which someone burned a hole through an empty section of pipe. Texas-based pipeline developer Energy Transfer Partners said in court documents Monday that ...

Iowa Senate begins debate on bill that would allow fireworks

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Senate has begun debate on a bill that would allow the sale of fireworks in the state beyond novelties like sparklers. The Republican-controlled chamber began debate Tuesday afternoon. The bill is expected to pass and head to the House, where it also has ...

Several people treated after fire at home in Mason City

MASON CITY (AP) — Authorities say several people have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in Mason City The fire was reported a little before 11:15 p.m. Sunday. The Mason City Police Department said in a news release Monday that a neighbor noticed the fire, ran to the ...

Iowa mosque gets threatening note calling Muslims ‘vile’

DES MOINES (AP) — FBI agents have met with leaders of an Iowa mosque about a threatening note it received in the mail. Dr. Samir Shams, the president of the Islamic Center of Des Moines, says he found the handwritten note Sunday morning. It said Muslims were a “vile” people and that ...

Nonprofit group looks to save abandoned Iowa prison

FORT MADISON (AP) — A nonprofit is trying to save an empty Iowa penitentiary that dates to the 1830s as questions loom about what to do with a sprawling complex. The group, Historic Iowa State Penitentiary, is trying to save the prison that for many people was a place of misery but has ...

Iowa House OKs bill shortening time for discrimination suits

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa House has passed legislation that would shorten the deadline for filing discrimination lawsuits in the state from two years to 90 days. The Republican-controlled chamber voted 58-39 Monday to pass the legislation. It now heads to the GOP-majority Senate. Under ...

Democrat criticizes agency for skipping meeting about abuse

DES MOINES (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker has criticized a state agency director for declining to send staff to an informal committee meeting about how the department handles child abuse investigations. Sen. Matt McCoy says Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer lied about ...

Iowa State’s Leath headed to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University hired Iowa State University president Steven Leath on Monday after a six-month presidential search process that some criticized as too opaque since no finalists were named publicly. Trustees unanimously selected the 59-year-old Leath to replace Jay ...

Despite comments, Steve King maintains support

CARROLL (AP)— Outside his rural congressional district stretching over 39 Iowa counties, conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King’s stream of inflammatory comments generate outrage and condemnation, but back home they rate little more than a shrug. “That’s just Steve being Steve,” was how ...

Federal judge dismisses Water Works lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a Des Moines water utility’s lawsuit against three counties that accuses them of allowing agricultural drainage districts to send nitrate pollution into the rivers the water utility uses for drinking water. The judge on Friday dismissed all ...

Caterpillar to close northeast Iowa plant in Elkader, costing 75 jobs

ELKADER (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar has announced it will close its plant in northeastern Iowa by the end of the year, costing the town of Elkader 75 jobs. The company notified employees and community leaders Thursday. The plant was closed Friday but will reopen on Monday for ...

Des Moines couple weds atop float in St. Paddy’s Day parade

DES MOINES (AP) — More than Irish heritage was celebrated at Des Moines’ annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Those lining the city’s downtown streets for the parade Friday were also treated to a wedding ceremony. High school sweethearts Lynne Stalkup and Michael Gordon exchanged wedding ...

Des Moines police ID man killed, another injured in shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have identified a man killed and another man injured in a Des Moines shooting this week. Police said Saturday that 24-year-old Trey Leon Lee, of Des Moines, was killed and 24-year-old Patrick Young, also of Des Moines, was injured. Police have said officers were ...

Woman fired after Iowa school bus abuse case wants job back

DES MOINES (AP) — A former Des Moines school bus assistant fired after being accused of abusing a special-needs student says she should get her job back, and an arbitrator agrees. But the school district is fighting the effort to put her back on a bus. The Des Moines Register reports that an ...

Iowa House passes amended workers’ compensation overhaul

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill Thursday to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber voted 55-38 for the ...

Iowa faces $131M shortfall for current budget

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa is taking in less revenue than expected and must address a new shortfall of about $131 million to its current budget, financial analysts announced Tuesday in releasing data that could spell deep cuts for the next spending year. The news from the three-member Revenue ...

One person hospitalized after north Iowa apartment blaze

CHARLES CITY (AP) — Authorities say one person was hospitalized after a fire damaged an apartment building in Charles City. The Charles City Fire Department says firetrucks were dispatched around 12:10 a.m. Monday. Firefighters reported seeing flames on the first floor as they arrived. They ...