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Day care worker arrested, accused of coming to work drunk

DES MOINES (AP) — A Grimes day care worker has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say she showed up to work drunk. The Des Moines Register reports that First Steps Child Care officials called deputies about 8:30 a.m. Friday when the 43-year-old Grimes woman showed up intoxicated. The ...

Investigation launched over claims of jail drug smuggling

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities at the Polk County Jail say they’re investigating allegations that drugs and other contraband are being smuggled in. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Polk County sheriff’s Lt. Rich Blaylock confirmed that his office is investigating. That ...

Iowa college student plays trumpet at funerals for veterans

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A University of Northern Iowa student is using her trumpet to give back to veterans, playing “Taps” at many local military funerals. University marching band member JD Waybill of Central City has been performing at most military funerals with the Cedar Falls AMVETs ...

Powerful Iowa higher education leader won’t seek 2nd term

IOWA CITY (AP) — Bruce Rastetter, the powerful and polarizing leader of the board that governs Iowa’s three public universities, announced Friday that he will be stepping down April 30 after deciding not to seek a second six-year term. Rastetter, a Republican who has been president of the ...

Iowa man who crashed into school bus gets 10 years in prison

MANCHESTER (AP) — An eastern Iowa man accused of running his sport utility vehicle into a school bus has been given 10 years in prison. Monte Klink, of Arlington, was sentenced Wednesday in Manchester. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of serious injury by vehicle and one of second-offense ...

Bald eagle sightings soar in eastern Nebraska, western Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Once near extinction, the bald eagle population is seeing a spike in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Warm temperatures ahead mean the birds are following their waterfowl prey as they head north, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The migration makes it prime time for ...

U of Iowa campus has water problem

IOWA CITY (AP) — University of Iowa officials have told campus residents about a problem with the campus water system. The university said in an email Thursday that the water exceeded the maximum contaminant level for a byproduct of the treatment process. The byproduct forms when chlorine ...

Iowa officer cleared in fatal shooting

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The Woodbury County attorney has cleared of wrongdoing a Sioux City police officer who fatally shot a South Dakota man during a traffic stop. County Attorney Patrick Jennings said Friday that Officer Dylan Grimsley was justified in shooting 36-year-old Daniel Riedmann, of ...

Two people dead in Benton house fire

BENTON (AP) — An early morning house fire in the tiny southern Iowa community of Benton has left two people dead. KCCI-TV reports Ringgold County emergency crews were notified about the fire about 3 a.m. Friday. The county sheriff’s office says when crews from the Mount Ayr Fire ...

Man accused of sex assault pleads guilty

DUBUQUE (AP) — A May 1 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Dubuque man who was accused of sexually assaulting a resident at a center for intellectually disabled people. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 22-year-old Abraham De Los Santos pleaded guilty Monday to sexual ...

Officials: Iowa man killed in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old Iowa man was shot to death east of Denver. The Adams County coroner tells the Denver Post that Zackery Henderson, of Mason City, was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center. Deputies responding to reports of a disturbance say ...

Iowa abandons its unemployment kiosk system

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials have confirmed that the state has stopped servicing or tracking more than 700 self-help computer kiosks that were installed to replace dozens of unemployment offices closed in 2011 as a money-saving effort. Iowa Workforce Development spokeswoman Courtney ...

Court ruling overturns 30-year-old legal precedent

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has made it significantly more difficult for police to continue to ask questions or even ask for a driver’s license during routine traffic stops if there is no reasonable suspicion a crime has been committed. In a ruling Friday, the majority of a ...

Iowa regulators press recycler to reduce pile of materials

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — State regulators have suspended a Sioux City electronics recycler’s permit to accept some items until it can reduce a pile of materials sitting outside at its site. The Iowa Natural Resources Department told former Sioux City Councilman Aaron Rochester that his ...

Some Iowa counties oppose House bill with worker pay cuts

DES MOINES (AP) — Some of Iowa’s most-populated counties said Thursday they will not quietly accept minimum wage legislation that could result in tens of thousands of workers in the state receiving pay cuts. The House Local Government Committee approved the bill along party lines. It would ...

Agencies helping Iowa residents with disabilities face cuts

DES MOINES (AP) — One of the companies involved in Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid system intends to reduce payments to agencies that serve thousands of people with disabilities, which is raising concerns that some of the organizations could go out of business. Letters sent this week ...

Ex-Tama police chief pleads guilty to theft, lying to agent

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Federal officials say a former eastern Iowa police chief has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a police gun and lying to a federal agent. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa says 47-year-old Jeffrey Filloon, of Toledo, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the ...

Sioux City man gets life in prison for stabbing death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a 43-year-old woman. A judge sentenced Isack Abdinur on Thursday, following his conviction of first-degree murder in December. Prosecutors say Abdinur stabbed Cornelia Stead 23 times in ...

Iowa county sees thousands of Election Day ballots uncounted

ADEL (AP) — Iowa election officials say nearly 6,000 Dallas County absentee ballots went uncounted from the Nov. 8 election because of mistakes by local election officials. A letter from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office says a total of 5,842 ballots went uncounted, but the office ...

Panel OKs Iowa collective bargain bill despite opposition

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans on a legislative committee have approved a bill that would make big changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining law for public employees. The Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee approved the bill Thursday after hearing strong opposition from Democratic ...