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Man’s trial in Mason City slayings moving to Fort Dodge

MASON CITY (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing two people in Mason City has been moved to Fort Dodge. Peter Veal had requested a change of venue because of pretrial publicity in Cerro Gordo County. Court records say a judge granted the request Thursday and set a trial starting date ...

Reynolds toured Iowa on casino tycoon’s jet

DES MOINES (AP) — For her first trip across Iowa as governor, Republican Kim Reynolds sought and accepted the free use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying for state approval to build a lucrative casino. Reynolds and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg barnstormed the state last ...

Proposed bike route in Iowa would span 6 counties

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Officials from six western Iowa counties are working together to mark a 209-mile bicycle route that would run from Woodbury County to Fremont County. Frontier Iowa Trails Network is working on the designation of the Lewis and Clark Today Route. It’ll run along the ...

Audit: Leader of school meals group embezzled for years

DAVENPORT (AP) — The former executive director of an Iowa nonprofit that promotes healthy, affordable school meals is accused of embezzling at least $169,000 over a five-year period, according to an audit released Thursday. Norma LaMantia deposited hundreds of checks meant for the School ...

Troopers led on two-state chase

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say two people have been arrested after leading troopers in Iowa, then Nebraska, on a high speed chase and ramming two Iowa patrol cruisers in the process. The Nebraska State Patrol arrested the 27-year-old man with an Oklahoma driver’s license Thursday morning ...

Teen sentenced for beating death

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines teen has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death in the home they shared. Noah LaPrei, 19, was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 50 years with no minimum. LaPrei entered an Alford plea in April to second-degree murder in the ...

Iowa’s GOP senators say health care law repeal unlikely

ALTOONA (AP) — Lowering expectations, Iowa’s two Republican senators say the long-promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is unlikely, and any final agreement with the Republican-controlled House is uncertain. The comments Tuesday by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni ...

Tiny Iowa town rallies around veterans memorial

MCINTIRE (AP) — Organizers have raised about half the $10,000 needed for a veterans memorial in a tiny northern Iowa town. Vietnam veteran Marvin King is among those supporting efforts to erect a memorial in the Mitchell County community of McIntire, which has about 120 residents. King says: ...

Witnesses keep injured man from drowning in ditch

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Authorities say witnesses to a crash off Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs kept a car driver from drowning in a ditch. The accident was reported around 9:45 p.m. Saturday near the South 24th Street exit. The Council Bluffs Police Department says the driver lost control of ...

Iowa businessman intends to plead guilty to new charges

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Court records say a northeast Iowa businessman already convicted of failing to pay employment taxes intends to plead guilty to new federal charges. The records say a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids is scheduled June 5 for Darrell Smith. The charges: ...

Iowa bell tower to ring again after 30 years of silence

JEFFERSON (AP) — A well-known Iowa bell tower will soon be ringing for the first time in more than 30 years. KCCI-TV reported that a $440,000 renovation project on the Mahanay Bell Tower in Jefferson is expected to finish next week, just in time for the city’s 37th annual Bell Tower ...

Law to ban convicts from receiving victims’ benefits

GRAFTON (AP) — A northern Iowa woman says she is grateful something positive could come from her daughter’s death, an event that led to legislation banning people from receiving insurance benefits if they’ve been convicted of crimes against the deceased individual. The bill was signed ...

2,400 hogs killed in confinement fire in northwestern Iowa

KINGSLEY (AP) — Officials say 2,400 hogs have died in a massive fire near Kingsley in northwestern Iowa. Sioux City television KTIV reports that the Plymouth County fire was reported Friday morning. Firefighters arriving on the scene found the large confinement building completely engulfed ...

Reynolds names Gregg ‘acting’ lieutenant

DES MOINES (AP) — Seeking to avoid a legal fight over her power, Gov. Kim Reynolds named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration’s No. 2 leader Thursday but stopped just short of making him the official lieutenant governor. Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised ...

Reynolds to inherit a range of issues in transition

DES MOINES (AP) — Now that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a quick transition is expected for Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to step into the top post. Branstad, 70, will resign as governor today in his formal office at the Capitol, according to ...

Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education plans to end its contract with a testing software vendor after a technical audit found the $14 million system was “unfit.” The 91-page audit found that the TIER testing platform, which is designed to give reading tests to students, was a ...

Algona man gets probation for asbestos

ALGONA (AP) — An Algona man has been given three years of probation for asbestos violations. Gary Christianson, 57, was sentenced last week. He’d pleaded guilty to one count of failing to notify state and federal authorities about building renovations that involved asbestos. Prosecutors ...

Court denies appeal for egg executives

DES MOINES (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak cannot further appeal their sentences for misdemeanor food safety violations, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest U.S. court declined to hear the appeals of ...

Iowa smartphone driver’s licenses planned for 2018

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa residents should be able to start downloading their driver’s licenses onto their smartphones by late next year, according to state officials. The Iowa Department of Transportation conducted a pilot program with about 100 state employees who used state-issued iPhones ...

Branstad becomes ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor’s office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing. Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is ...