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Bail bond company offers $10K reward in bondsman death case

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa City employer of a bail bondsman shot to death at the office where he worked is offering a $10,000 reward for information about the shooting. The Press-Citizen reports that Lederman Bail Bonds is making the offer as police continue their investigation into the death ...

Iowa beekeeper receives grant to spread knowledge

SIOUX CITY (AP) — For years, Duane Bajema was able to tend to his bees and hives in peace. The Dordt College agriculture professor maintained a few hives on campus and kept learning more and more about the bees and beekeeping. “I was really very comfortable of taking care of my bees and ...

Iowa Gov. Branstad signs abortion, voter ID bills into law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed three bills Friday dealing with abortion, voter identification and medical malpractice, capping a remarkable legislative session in which Republicans pushed through a host of conservative measures. The Republican governor signed the bills at ...

Jail escape suspect will be extradited

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting two deputies, one fatally, while escaping from jail in western Iowa before being recaptured in Nebraska will head back to Iowa to face charges in the case. Wesley Correa-Carmenaty was in an Omaha jailhouse court Thursday, where he agreed to be ...

Judge allows Iowa abortion waiting period to go into effect

DES MOINES (AP) — A county judge will allow a mandatory 72-hour waiting period to go into effect for abortions in Iowa. The ruling by Polk County Judge Jeffrey Farrell was prompted by Gov. Terry Branstad’s announcement that he will sign a bill into law today that includes the waiting ...

Iowa regulator used state email for legal work

IOWA CITY (AP) — A powerful Iowa regulator used her government email to conduct private business for her personal law practice and claimed sick leave on a day when she attended a client’s court hearing, which are both apparent violations of state rules. Documents obtained by The Associated ...

Man returned to face murder charge

JOHNSTON (AP) — A man accused of fatally shooting his girlfriend in a Des Moines suburb has returned to Iowa to face charges in the case. Police say 38-year-old Abraham Roberts waived his right to an extradition hearing and was returned to Iowa on Tuesday. Roberts was arrested last month at ...

Iowa man accused of grabbing wheel before crash charged

EVANSDALE (AP) — A passenger in a March single-vehicle crash has been charged with causing the wreck. Antonio Raymone Harris, 28, of Waterloo, was arrested Thursday and charged with willful injury and two domestic assault counts. The March 7 rollover crash, which seriously injured Harris, ...

Rare Central newt found in eastern Iowa during field trip

IOWA CITY (AP) — Some Iowa City Community School District students snagged an interesting find on a recent nature field trip: a rare Central newt. Kids normally net an assortment of turtles, frogs and snails during the annual School of the Wild field trips in eastern Iowa. Fifth-grader Brody ...

Hancock County to consider 5,000-head hog confinement

CORWITH (AP) — A 5,000-head hog confinement has been proposed in north-central Iowa’s Hancock County. Grey Owl Farms VI has filed an application to build the hog confinement about four miles east of Corwith. The animals would be kept in two deep-pit buildings. The Hancock County Board of ...

Keokuk memorabilia sought for depot museum open house

KEOKUK (AP) — The Keokuk Union Depot museum area is now displaying depot artifacts and history. People have already donated many items that will be displayed in the depot’s new cases. Community members are invited Saturday morning to bring memorabilia, or just stop by to visit, during an ...

Sioux City man sentenced to 50 years for stabbing death

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man found guilty last month of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of another man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that 48-year-old Elias Wanatee was sentenced Thursday in Pottawattamie County for the ...

Documents: Iowa has spent $55,000 so far on lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has spent $55,000 so far defending itself against a lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law. An invoice reviewed this week by a state council shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines charged the amount on behalf of four lawyers and a ...

Legal team: Soules acted reasonably after crash

IOWA CITY (AP) — Former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules “acted reasonably” after he rear-ended a fellow Iowa farmer by calling 911 and trying to resuscitate the man, his new legal team said Thursday. Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, a felony that ...

Marijuana advocates say Iowa program too limited

DES MOINES (AP) — A medical marijuana oil program approved by the Iowa Legislature might not offer much help to patients with qualifying medical conditions, but advocates say it’s at least a step in the right direction. The measure approved by lawmakers in the final hours of the ...

‘Bachelor’ star charged in deadly Iowa crash

IOWA CITY (AP) — Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on “The Bachelor” two years ago, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he caused a traffic accident that killed a fellow farmer and fled the scene. Soules, who was portrayed as a wholesome country boy looking for love on ...

Ames woman gets prison for stealing nearly $500K

OGDEN (AP) — An Ames woman who pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors say she stole nearly half a million dollars from her mother-in-law has been sentenced to prison. Myrna Hockemeier, 66, was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison. In exchange for her plea, state prosecutors ...

Senate committee sets hearing for Branstad ambassador post

DES MOINES (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has scheduled a hearing to consider Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination as ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing May 2 to discuss Branstad’s nomination. A spokesman for the ...

North Dakota kids pen letters of support to bullied Iowa teen

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Students in North Dakota penned letters of support for a girl who’s been bullied after moving to a new school in Iowa. A 2016 study shows one in five students, ages 12 through 18, say they’ve been bullied. Abigail Hatfield joined that statistic when she moved from ...

Iowa man gets life for hacking 3 to death with machete

ADEL (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking to death his girlfriend, her teenage daughter and their landlord with a machete in central Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Carlos Hernandez-Ventura was sentenced Friday, a month after being found guilty ...