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Native American site gets historic designation

WESTFIELD (AP) — A site in northwest Iowa inhabited by Native Americans roughly 800 years ago is now designated a National Historic Landmark. The designation for the 1.9-acre Kimball Village Site near Westfield was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior highlights the ...

Iowa has looming teacher shortage

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa education officials are expecting to face a teacher shortage, and leaders are preparing to address the issue. The state’s universities are graduating 400 fewer teachers, counselors and administrators annually than in 2013. The Iowa Department of Education said about ...

Greene wants his trial moved

DES MOINES (AP) — Attorneys for an Iowan accused of killing two Des Moines-area police officers are seeking to have his trial moved. An attorney for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene told a judge in a hearing Thursday that he plans to file the change-of-venue request within days. Scott ...

Man shot dead was intruder in home

SUMNER (AP) — A sheriff says a 46-year-old Davenport man shot and killed in rural northeastern Iowa is believed to be the intruder in a home invasion. Steven Anthony died Friday after a man shot him at a home in Sumner, about 150 miles from Davenport.

Judge backs use of stun guns in Iowa

NORTHWOOD (AP) — A judge says deputies in northern Iowa did not use excessive force when they repeatedly deployed stun guns against a violent suspect who died after their 2013 confrontation. U.S. Magistrate Judge C.J. Williams dismissed a lawsuit Sunday filed by Larry and Cheryl Zubrod, the ...

Polaris plans to drop unprofitable Victory Motorcycle brand

SPIRIT LAKE (AP) — Polaris Industries will stop making its Victory motorcycles so it can focus on its Indian Motorcycle brand and other products. Polaris announced Monday that it is shutting down the unprofitable Victory brand after 18 years. The motorcycles were produced at the ...

Lawmaker says immigration action may prompt bill

DES MOINES (AP) — A Republican lawmaker said he would likely re-introduce legislation requiring state and local governments to cooperate with federal immigration officials if Iowa City opts not to enforce immigration laws. Denison Rep. Steven Holt unsuccessfully filed a bill during the last ...

Davenport woman charged in husband’s shooting death

DAVENPORT (AP) — Police have charged a Davenport woman with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of her husband while he slept. The Quad-City Times reports police arrested 52-year-old Shiela Jo Jasper after responding to her home Saturday night to investigate a death. Officers found ...

Retired judge calls case against former colleague ‘malicious’

DES MOINES (AP) — A retired Iowa judge says a fraud charge filed against her former colleague appears to be “blatant retribution” for her efforts to criticize and sue the state. Retired Administrative Law Judge Bonny Hendricksmeyer says Susan Ackerman’s prosecution is a “malicious ...

Texas man pleads guilty to lottery fraud

DES MOINES (AP) — A Texas businessman has pleaded guilty to fraud and admitted to helping lottery computer technician Eddie Tipton cash jackpots in a multi-state number-fixing scheme that netted $2 million. Robert Rhodes pleaded guilty in a Des Moines courtroom Monday. Iowa prosecutors will ...

Omaha, Council Bluffs respond to emerald ash borer infestation

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials in Omaha and Council Bluffs are taking different approaches toward handling an expected infestation of an ash tree-killing insect. Omaha plans to treat up to 5,000 of its 11,000 ash trees and gradually to remove the rest, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Across ...

Trials delayed for brothers charged in lottery scandal

DES MOINES (AP) — Trials for brothers charged with ongoing criminal conduct in Iowa for allegedly fixing lottery games to collect jackpots have been delayed. District Court Judge Bradley McCall entered an order Wednesday moving the trial for Eddie Tipton to July 10. His trial had been ...

Immigration bill named for Iowan introduced again

DES MOINES (AP) — Donald Trump’s emphasis on immigration issues has ramped up interest in a federal proposal named for an Iowa woman killed after a suspected drunken driver who authorities say was living in the country illegally slammed his pickup into her SUV. Senators on Thursday ...

Veterans learn glassblowing as coping mechanism for PTSD

DAVENPORT (AP) — At least one Quad-City military veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, added a new coping mechanism to his arsenal this fall. Glassblowing — the art of inflating molten glass into decorative pieces — found Mark Van Osdel just as the U.S. Army ...

Judge finds man guilty in stabbing death of girlfriend

DUBUQUE (AP) — A judge has found a man guilty of murder in the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in Dubuque. The Telegraph Herald reports the judge on Friday found 28-year-old Eddie J. Hicks guilty of first-degree murder in the June 2015 death of Kahdyesha J. Lemon. Prosecutors say Hicks ...

Truck driver hurt in crash with train

REMSEN (AP) — A truck driver was hurt when his vehicle collided with a train near the northwest Iowa city of Remsen. The Sioux City Journal reports the crash happened Friday morning at a rural crossing north of Remsen, a Plymouth County community about 30 miles northeast of Sioux City. The ...

Post office thief gets probation

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A northern Iowa woman must pay more than $6,000 in restitution that authorities say she took while working for the U.S. Postal Service. Prosecutors say DeAnn Lewman also was put on probation for five years and fined $500. She pleaded guilty to one count of making a false ...

Iowa company settles Medicaid billing dispute

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa company has settled a Medicaid billing dispute for $1 million. The Des Moines Register reports that the West Des Moines-based company was known as Ultimate Nursing Services when the bills were filed from 2011 into 2013. It’s now known as Universal ...

Psychiatric tests ordered for suspect in two slayings

MASON CITY (AP) — Psychiatric tests have been ordered for a man accused of killing two people and trying to kill another in Mason City. On Wednesday a judge ordered the evaluation of Peter Veal, who’s pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted ...

Child care operator’s dogs attacked kids

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities say two children have been injured by dogs inside the home of their Des Moines day care operator. Police say 33-year-old Melissa Anderson didn’t report the Nov. 11 attacks on the children or seek medical care for them. A court document says the siblings ...