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Iowa dairy to pay $160K in settling water pollution lawsuit

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A northwest Iowa dairy has settled a federal lawsuit and promises action to prevent future manure discharges into nearby streams. Prosecutors also said Thursday that Meadowvale Dairy, of Rock Valley, has agreed to pay a $160,000 civil penalty. The proposed consent decree is ...

Firefighters find body in burning house; arrest made

HARTFORD (AP) — Officials in southern Iowa say a body has been found inside a burning house, and one person has been arrested in the case. Assistant Warren County Attorney Douglas Eichholz says firefighters were called early Friday morning to a house fire in Hartford. Arriving firefighters ...

Search resumes for girl missing in western Iowa river

DENISON (AP) — Authorities have resumed a search for a girl missing since the vehicle she was in plunged into the Boyer River in western Iowa. The accident was reported about 3 a.m. Thursday in rural Crawford County. Authorities say the car was carrying five people when it ran off a rural ...

Retired traffic consultant gets prison term in bribery case

DAVENPORT (AP) — A retired traffic consultant known for work across the Midwest has been sentenced to four months in prison for providing illegal payments to a city official in Iowa. Former Brown Traffic Products executive Robert Budd Jr. pleaded guilty last year to bribery charges. But the ...

East Iowa man charged in death of woman killed by cannon

MANCHESTER (AP) — An eastern Iowa man has been charged in the death of a woman who died after being injured by a homemade cannon. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports 29-year-old Max J. Fenton, of Greeley was charged Wednesday in Delaware County Court with involuntary manslaughter and ...

Ex-Iowa legislator gets prison for Paul role

DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson, who accepted money for endorsing presidential candidate Ron Paul in 2012, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday — even though prosecutors had sought only probation. In Judge Robert Pratt’s surprise decision, he said “political ...

Iowa bill would let women sue doctors who perform their abortions

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal, which was endorsed ...

City face-lift aimed at maintaining antique trade’s vitality

WALNUT (AP) — Walnut residents hope streetscape work and building renovations will help return their small town to its former glory. The Pottawattamie County community of around 775 residents has long been known as the Antique City for its many antique shops. Merchants and city officials ...

February trial set for 3rd kidnapping defendant

OTTUMWA (AP) — A February trial has been scheduled for the last of three people accused of kidnapping an Ottumwa woman. Court records say Joel Herrarte Jr. has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other charges. His trial is set to begin Feb. 14. Constance Griffiths pleaded guilty last week ...

Man died after vehicle was struck by train, authorities say

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — A driver has died at a hospital after his vehicle was hit by a train in Marshalltown. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that the accident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say 63-year-old Kyle Quick was driving across tracks when his vehicle was struck ...

Defunding Planned Parenthood could harm Iowa social program

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s governor has proposed cutting funding for needy kids as part of his plan to defund Planned Parenthood, a rare step even as Republican-dominated states grapple with whether to sacrifice federal dollars in order to lessen the organization’s influence. According to ...

Iowa woman hit, killed by vehicle in southeast Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Nebraska say an Iowa woman has died after being hit by a vehicle. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Merzedes Hart, of Council Bluffs, was walking Friday night near Waverly when she was hit by a vehicle. Hart was pronounced ...

Sub accused of racist comments won’t be back

CLIVE (AP) — West Des Moines Community Schools officials say they will no longer employ a substitute teacher accused of making racist comments to students at Clive Learning Academy. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the parents of a 10-year-old boy say he came home from the ...

Audit: Improper school bank accounts had $1.8M

DES MOINES (AP) — A state investigation has uncovered two Roosevelt High School bank accounts with $1.8 million in deposits that wrongly operated outside of the district’s oversight. The audit released Friday found hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper and undocumented spending that ...

Muscatine council OKs impeachment process against mayor

MUSCATINE (AP) — The Muscatine City Council has unanimously approved impeachment proceedings against the city’s mayor, accusing her of misconduct, neglect and making disparaging comments toward city employees. Council members have declined to reveal details about the allegations made ...

Railroad pros pay tribute to late friendly farm couple

WHITING (AP) — Driving on Monona County Road K-45 between Whiting and Sloan, you see a sign gracing an old barn, just off the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The yellow banner says, “Thank You Union Pacific!!!” It comes from the family of the late Vernon and Lenora Gloyer, thanking ...

2 arrested in protest in US Sen. Grassley’s Iowa office

DES MOINES (AP) — Two people participating in a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office have been arrested. A news release by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund says the arrests followed a four-hour sit-in Friday at Grassley’s office in Des Moines to protest the ...

Hy-Vee grocery recalls store-branded candy packages because of salmonella

DES MOINES (AP) — The Hy-Vee food store chain has recalled store branded candy distributed to 242 stores in eight states after learning an ingredient from another company could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in ...

Glenwood fined after abuse investigation

DES MOINES (AP) — A southwestern Iowa disability treatment center was fined $40,000 and could lose its license to operate if problems aren’t solved, after an investigation revealed numerous cases of abuse, a state regulatory agency said Friday. The Iowa Department of Inspections and ...

Court upholds firing of Iowa judge who criticized governor

IOWA CITY (AP) — A court has upheld the firing of a judge who helped expose improper political pressure in Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration, agreeing with an arbitrator that she lied to get her daughter state-funded health benefits. Iowa district judge Douglas Staskal on Thursday ...