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Former teacher accused of sexual relationship with student

AMES (AP) — A former teacher in the North Polk Community School District has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Muehlenthaler, of Ames, was arrested Wednesday. Court records say he’s charged with four counts of sexual ...

Mom pleads guilty after kids kept in unsanitary room

MASON CITY (AP) — A Mason City mom accused of making her kids sleep in a feces-covered room has pleaded guilty. Online court records say 26-year-old Alexis Martinez filed a written plea Wednesday to one count of felony neglect of a dependent person. She’d been charged with three counts. ...

Iowa bill outlaws voter form delays, in rebuke of Democrats

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s top elections official is proposing a law requiring political organizations to promptly turn in voter registration forms they collect, rebuking the Iowa Democratic Party for delaying dozens of them last year. Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate argues that the ...

GOP file bill to change Iowa’s collective bargaining law

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans who hold majorities in the Iowa Legislature introduced legislation Tuesday that unions say would significantly limit how public employees can bargain for their working conditions in the state. The 68-page bill, filed in both the House and Senate, has been under ...

Lebanese man arrested in Iowa-based gun smuggling scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man from Lebanon has been arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country. Federal authorities arrested 42-year-old Fadi Yassine this week as he got off a flight in New York City. He made a court appearance Monday in Brooklyn, New ...

Iowa woman gets jail time, probation for injuring toddler

ORANGE CITY (AP) — A woman has been given five months in jail and four years of probation for injuring a toddler at her northwest Iowa day care. Sioux County prosecutors say Dianna Winder, of Maurice, was sentenced Monday. She also was given a suspended prison term of five years. A jury had ...

Waterloo man accused of killing father takes plea deal

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo man accused of stabbing to death his father has taken a plea deal. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 28-year-old Rashod Aldridge entered Alford pleas Monday to charges of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of going armed with intent. Under an Alford ...

Man pleads not guilty to thefts of skid loader, stuck pickup

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he stole a skid loader in an effort to free a stolen pickup truck stuck on railroad tracks. The Sioux City Journal reports that 36-year-old Nicholas Penny entered the pleas Monday to charges of theft, burglary and ...

Officials won’t put warning sign near site of fatal fall

BOONE (AP) — Officials say they won’t erect warning signs near an Iowa park overlook where a man fell 60 feet to his death on New Year’s Day. Sixty-three-year-old Dan Carlile, of Ames, fell after losing his footing near Lost Lake Trail at Ledges State Park south of Boone. The Des Moines ...

EPA rejects Iowa new clean water rule passed last August

DES MOINES (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has told Iowa environmental regulators that changes made to state clean water standards last year violate federal regulations. The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission approved changes in August that eliminated a rigorous ...

Iowa GOP pushes ban on fetal tissue use in research

DES MOINES (AP) — The use of fetal tissue for medical research in Iowa would be banned under a bill approved Tuesday by some Republican lawmakers, though critics argue it could jeopardize life-saving cures. A GOP-led subcommittee of the Senate Human Resource Committee voted for the bill, ...

Ousted prosecutor appeals ruling

KEOSAUQUA (AP) — A former Van Buren county attorney has appealed a judge’s decision to remove him from office. Abraham Watkins was ousted last month after Judge James Drew ruled that Watkins had violated rules that bar Iowa attorneys from committing sexual harassment as part of their ...

Iowa airmen return from Kuwait mission

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa National Guard says 13 airmen have returned from a six-month deployment in Kuwait. The 13 members of the Air National Guard’s 132nd Security Forces Squadron arrived Sunday. They’re based at the Des Moines Air National Guard Base. The Iowa Guard spokesman, Col. ...

Iowa to examine minority joblessness

DES MOINES (AP) — A group has been formed to improve Iowa’s minority unemployment rates over the next few years. Iowa Workforce Development announced Monday that a subcommittee, under the State Workforce Development Board, will try to reduce unemployment in minority communities over the ...

Woman convicted of child endangerment

OTTUMWA (AP) — A 32-year-old woman has been found guilty of child endangerment resulting in the death of a 3-year-old Iowa boy. Judge Daniel Wilson announced the ruling Friday in an Ottumwa courtroom, saying 32-year-old Kashenna Tucker was guilty of child endangerment but not murder. She’d ...

Branstad completes paperwork for post

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he has completed paperwork necessary to be considered as the next U.S. ambassador to China. Branstad told reporters Monday he submitted documents recently that are required under a confirmation process in the U.S. Senate. His office says there is ...

Some election officials will oppose voter ID bill

DES MOINES (AP) — A key group of election officials plans to oppose legislation proposed by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate that would require voter identification at the polls and make other changes to the state’s election system. The Iowa State Association of County Auditors confirmed ...

Lawmakers push ahead with education funding bill

DES MOINES (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature pushed ahead Monday with a plan to approve a final vote on a K-12 education spending bill, despite criticism by school officials that it will result in larger classroom sizes and other district-level cuts, like teacher ...

Osage man charged after police say he sold fake iPhones

OSAGE (AP) — An Osage man accused of selling fake iPhones has been charged with felony ongoing criminal conduct and misdemeanor theft. Reed Barclay, 35, was charged earlier this week after police say Barclay sold a woman a fake iPhone for $300. She learned it was a knock-off when she took ...

Chinese company giving $300K for study abroad program

MUSCATINE (AP) — A Chinese company is donating $300,000 to give Iowa students a chance to study abroad this coming summer and next year. The Wanxiang Group will donate $300,000 to be used for Muscatine Community School District and Muscatine Community College students to study abroad in ...