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Cedar Falls garbage checked for recyclables

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A state contractor is poring through garbage in Cedar Falls, looking for recyclables. SCS Engineers was hired by the Iowa Natural Resources Department to provide Cedar Falls with information to help improve recycling efforts. The data can help cities find out how many ...

Sanders, in Iowa, reiterates criticism of GOP health bill

DES MOINES (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders reiterated criticism of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act to a receptive crowd in Iowa on Saturday, calling a bill moving through the Senate “disastrous.” The Vermont senator highlighted his thoughts on the bill while blasting ...

Man died from Onawa fire injuries

ONAWA (AP) — Authorities say a 41-year-old man has died from injuries suffered in a western Iowa house fire. Firefighters were dispatched to the Onawa home around 9:30 p.m. on July 3. Neighbors reported hearing a big bang before the flames erupted. One person at the home, Dallas Seward, was ...

Ex-caucus staffer testifies in trial

DES MOINES (AP) — A former Iowa Senate Republican Caucus aide has testified in her sexual harassment lawsuit that sex, race and sexual orientation were regular topics of conversations and jokes in the office. Kirsten Anderson,39, testified in her lawsuit Tuesday. Much of her testimony ...

Vacant Iowa Tyson plant listed for sale for about $2.5M

CHEROKEE (AP) — After nearly three years of sitting vacant, a Tyson Foods plant in the northwestern Iowa community of Cherokee could be showing signs of life.. The owner of the property recently listed the site with Chicago-based Global Food Properties, the Des Moines Register reported. ...

Cedar Rapids man charged with attempted murder in stabbing

OXFORD (AP) — A Cedar Rapids man has been charged with attempted murder after officials say he stabbed a man, tried to run him over and shot at him in a central Iowa wildlife management area. The incident happened Thursday in the Hawkeye Wildlife Management Area in rural Johnson ...

Father charged after baby injured

MASON CITY (AP) — A Mason City man has been charged with child endangerment after police say he caused a serious brain injury in his 5-month-old baby. Jeremy Walter Rose, 27, was arrested Thursday night and charged with child endangerment resulting in serious injury. He’s being held in the ...

Order to reinstate mayor upheld

MUSCATINE (AP) — A judge has upheld his own ruling earlier this month that the Muscatine mayor be returned to office while the appeal of her removal is heard. The City Council voted May 11 to remove Diana Broderson as mayor, saying she had created unnecessary legal and staff costs and ...

Decades after devastating fire, Iowa warily allows fireworks

ADEL (AP) — On a scorching day 86 years ago, a dropped sparkler ignited an inferno that roared through much of the small city of Spencer, Iowa, and led to a statewide fireworks ban that endured for generations. Fireworks have since become legal in most of the country and Iowa legislators ...

Court: Democrat can sue over alleged GOP reprisals

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that a Democratic appointee can seek damages for alleged political retaliation he suffered under former Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, a decision that will make it easier for state residents to sue government officials who violate their ...

Lottery fraud mastermind admits he rigged game

DES MOINES (AP) — A man who helped write the computer code behind several U.S. lotteries, including some of its biggest, pleaded guilty Thursday to masterminding a scheme through which he rigged the winning numbers for jackpots in several states and collected millions of dollars. Eddie ...

Egg executives Jack and Peter DeCoster must report to prison

DES MOINES (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in May to hear the appeals of Austin ...

Court: Investigation took too long

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday overturned the conviction of a lottery employee implicated in a nationwide fixing scandal, saying his trial over a rigged $16.5 million jackpot was tainted by unjustified delays in the investigation. The ruling is a victory for former ...

Iowa Supreme Court issues statewide courthouse weapons ban

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday banned weapons in courthouses statewide, saying that it had a duty to promote safety in the courts. The order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady does not apply to peace officers but it prohibits other visitors from carrying weapons into ...

Man accused of killing parents to undergo mental evaluation

DAVENPORT (AP) — A man accused of killing his parents in Davenport will be undergoing a mental health evaluation. Court records say a judge granted a defense motion last week for 21-year-old Sean Freese. He’s pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. Authorities say he shot ...

Police say driver was drunk, speeding at time of crash

MASON CITY (AP) — Mason City police say the driver of a sport utility vehicle was drunk and speeding in April when he crashed into a tree, killing himself and four passengers. Police Chief Jeff Brinkley announced Monday that an autopsy shows the driver of the SUV had a blood-alcohol level ...

Burlington police link foot found at lake to missing man

BURLINGTON (AP) — Authorities have identified a human foot found in a Burlington lake as belonging to a man who went missing in 2015. Burlington police Monday announced that DNA evidence had confirmed the foot belonged to Steven Leasure, whose family reported him missing in May 2015. A ...

Motorcyclist killed in northern Iowa collision with car

KLEMME (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist was killed in a collision with a car in northern Iowa. The accident occurred around noon Sunday on U.S. Highway 69, just south of Klemme in Hancock County. The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of a southbound car tried to pass another vehicle but ...

FBI dismissed 2006 jackpot query

IOWA CITY (AP) — Investigators were suspicious in 2006 when they heard that a rural Texas judge was trying to exchange $450,000 in consecutively marked bills. But Tommy Tipton, a Fayette County magistrate, told the FBI that his actions were innocent, if odd: He won the Colorado lottery but ...

Changing table mom takes plea deal

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines mother whose baby daughter died on a changing table has taken a plea deal. Laci Taylor pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony neglect of dependent person. Prosecutors lowered the change from child endangerment resulting in death in exchange for Taylor’s plea. ...