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Iowa’s January unemployment rate drops to 3.3 percent

DES MOINES — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent in January as Iowa employers added nearly 10,000 jobs. Iowa Workforce Development announced Monday that the rate dropped from 3.5 percent in December and was down from 3.8 percent a year ago. The national rate rose to 4.8 ...

King criticized for racially charged comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and some Republicans on Monday criticized a veteran GOP congressman for saying America can’t restore “our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and warning of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration. On Twitter Sunday, Rep. ...

Derailment prompts call for quicker replacement of old cars

GRAETTINGER (AP) — A fiery train derailment in rural Iowa that burned for more than 36 hours has at least one group suggesting that the industry should move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers. A Union Pacific train hauling 100 tankers full of ethanol from Omaha, Nebraska, derailed around 1 ...

Iowa Democratic Party picks new executive director

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party has a new executive director. The party announced Thursday that Kevin Geiken is the party’s new director, replacing outgoing executive director Ben Foecke. Geiken is a native of Butler and Franklin counties who attended Iowa State University and ...

Sheriff: Denmark man shot twice; juvenile son charged

DENMARK (AP) — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a Denmark man has been shot, and his son is believed to be the shooter. Sheriff Stacy Weber says in a news release that a deputy stopped a speeding vehicle Saturday morning and was told by the driver that a family member had been shot in ...

Drake women win again

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Lizzy Wendell scored 17 points and No. 20 Drake beat Illinois State 64-40 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals, tying an MVC record with its 20th consecutive victory. The Bulldogs (26-4) play No. 5 seed Wichita State, a 73-60 winner over ...

Emerald ash borer found in Greene, Wayne counties

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say a beetle that infects and eventually kills ash trees has been found in two more counties. The emerald ash borer is now confirmed in Grand Junction in Greene County and in Corydon in Wayne County. The insect has now been confirmed in 43 Iowa ...

Iowan pleads to theft from mother-in-law

OGDEN (AP) — An Ames woman accused of stealing nearly half a million dollars from her mother-in-law over the course of seven years has pleaded guilty to theft. Myrna Hockemeier, 66, pleaded guilty to the charge. In exchange, state prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a more serious charge of ...

Girl killed after tricycle hit identified

MONTICELLO (AP) — Authorities have identified an 8-year-old girl killed when the tricycle she was riding in eastern Iowa was hit by a minivan. Officials say Cassandra Rieken, of Monticello, was pedaling the trike around 3 p.m. Wednesday on a Monticello street when she was hit at an ...

Police: Teen hit, killed by road grader

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a teen has been killed after being hit by a road grader as he crossed a Des Moines street. Police say in a news release that 16-year-old Antonio Sanchez, of Des Moines, was hit Thursday afternoon as he crossed SW 9th Street. Police and medics were called around ...

Critics warn against dismantling water authorities

DES MOINES (AP) — An overflow crowd jammed a legislative hearing to oppose a bill they argued would make it more difficult to ensure safe water. At Monday’s public hearing on a bill that would dismantle water utilities in Des Moines, West Des Moines and Urbandale, opponents criticized the ...

Authorities ID woman whose body was found in car

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a woman whose body was found inside a car that had crashed into a Polk County creek. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman Monday as 46-year-old Jody Ponxs, who lived in Des Moines. A bicyclist spotted the car in ...

March 4 Trump rallies held in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — A group of dozens gathered at the steps of the Iowa State Capitol on Saturday to show support for Donald Trump. Supporters wearing red, white and blue and chanting the president’s name held Trump campaign signs, as well as homemade signs reading, among other things, ...

Iowan pleads not guilty in teen’s river crash death

DENISON (AP) — A man accused of crashing his car into a river, killing a teenager, has pleaded not guilty. Ramon Hernandez, 24, is charged with vehicular homicide and eight drug and alcohol counts. Authorities say Hernandez drove through a farm field with four teenagers in his car before it ...

Church sues company over railroad track on its property

MASON CITY (AP) — An Iowa church has sued a railway company, alleging it built a rail line on its property without permission. The lawsuit by Christian Fellowship Church in Mason City accuses Iowa Traction Railway of installing the line after negotiations for the railroad to acquire a ...

Lebanese man indicted in federal gun smuggling case

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Lebanese man has been indicted on a federal count, accused of a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa says 42-year-old Fadi Yassine was charged in the indictment with conspiring to violate the Arms ...

Pickup used in Jackson County jail escape found in Clinton

CLINTON (AP) — Authorities say they have found the pickup truck that two escaped inmates used after escaping from the Jackson County jail. KCRG-TV reports the truck was found Wednesday in Clinton, about 30 miles southeast of Maquoketa, where the men pried open a gate and escaped Tuesday ...

Social studies teacher arrested for enticement

DES MOINES (AP) — A Collins-Maxwell School District middle school social studies teacher has been arrested after federal authorities allege he sent obscene photos to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl in an internet chatroom and attempted to entice her for sex. The person he was ...

Judge overturns reprimand of ex-auditor

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge has sided with former Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett in his lawsuit against a state ethics board, saying the board was wrong to reprimand him in 2012. The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board had reprimanded Slockett for making campaign phone calls from ...

Republican Rep. David Young says Trump should release taxes

DES MOINES — Republican Rep. David Young ignited loud cheers from hundreds at an Iowa meeting last week when he said, “Donald Trump should release his taxes,” calling the move a “no brainer.” Given the first chance to force the GOP president’s hand, Young passed. The two-term, Des ...