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Iowa Board of Regents seeks state funding increase

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is requesting a significant funding boost for the state’s public universities despite the possibility of budget cuts. The board is asking for a 2 percent increase in state funding for the 2017-2018 academic year, the Press-Citizen reported. The ...

Iowa prison will get first female warden

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s maximum-security prison for male offenders will have the first female warden in its 178-year history. The Board of Corrections on Friday approved the appointment of department veteran Patti Wachtendorf as warden of Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort ...

Conviction upheld based on gun selfie

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines man’s Facebook photo of himself with a gun and his posts about being involved with guns and gangs were sufficient enough evidence to justify his illegal gun possession conviction, even though he claimed the gun was a fake, a federal appeals court ...

Election official reveals proposed ID bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will require voters to show identification at the polls under a bill announced Thursday by the state’s top election official, and Republicans in the new GOP-controlled Legislature have indicated a willingness to pass it. The legislation mirrors voter ID bills ...

Iowans killed in southern Illinois plane crash identified

VIENNA, Ill. (AP) — Authorities in southern Illinois have identified the four people who died after a single-engine plane crashed in a wooded area on New Year’s Eve. Johnson County Coroner David Rockwell says 34-year-old Curt Terpstra, 37-year-old Krista Green, 35-year-old Jordan Linder ...

Man charged with murder after stabbing at Des Moines home

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities have charged a man with murder in the stabbing death of a man at a Des Moines home. Des Moines police say detectives arrested 69-year-old Milton Leak and charged him with first-degree murder in the death of 55-year-old Andrea Brown. Officers were called to ...

Victim of fatal fall at state park identified as Ames man

BOONE (AP) — A man who died after a fall at a central Iowa state park has been identified as an Ames resident. The state Department of Natural Resources on Tuesday identified the fall victim as 63-year-old Danny Dean Carlile. Carlile was among about 100 people who joined for a New Year’s ...

Iowa traffic deaths jumped in 2016, department says

AMES (AP) — Authorities say traffic deaths jumped to at least 400 last year in Iowa. The Iowa Transportation Department says the figure is nearly 27 percent higher than the 316 traffic deaths recorded in 2015. It’s also the highest figure since the 411 in 2008. The department says the ...

Branstad: It ‘makes sense’ for Iowa to consider voter ID

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says it “makes sense” for Iowa to consider legislation that would require voters to show identification when casting an election ballot. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday that such a requirement would ensure voters are valid and aren’t ...

Video shows suspect in pain after Iowa trooper’s gun strike

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa trooper jammed the barrel of his loaded rifle into the shoulder of a surrendering suspect at the end of a chase, police video shows, leaving the man with an injury and pain that he says lasted for weeks. The video sheds light on the unusual use of force, one that the ...

Firefighters find burned woman outside Des Moines house

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines firefighters are investigating what caused a house fire and possible explosion that injured a woman. Station KCCI reports that fire crews were sent to the scene north of Lincoln High School around 1:30 a.m. Monday. The burned woman was found outside the house. ...

Mechanic finds wallet that student lost 4 years ago

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A wallet lost on a Cedar Rapids school bus has been returned four years later. Alex Fernandez tells Cedar Rapids television station KCRG that he thinks he lost it on the bus while going to a pep rally. He remembers panicking about the loss because the wallet contained his ...

Nebraska man takes plea deal in Iowa HIV robbery threat case

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A Nebraska man accused of threatening to stab someone with a syringe that he said held HIV-tainted blood has pleaded guilty to a reduced Iowa robbery charge. Court records say 35-year-old Jeshua Divis, who lives in Omaha, pleaded guilty Thursday in a Council Bluffs ...

Nursing home exec accused of misusing resident’s money

DANVILLE (AP) — A partial owner of a nursing home in southeast Iowa has been accused of misusing a resident’s money. Court records say 46-year-old Marc Johnson, of Hamilton, Illinois, is charged with felony dependent adult abuse-exploitation. He and his attorney didn’t immediately return ...

Ex-Iowa officer fined after OWI

NEWTON (AP) — A former Iowa police officer has been fined and ordered to complete a treatment program for drunk driving and weapons charges. Former Newton officer Dustin Hamell received the sentence last week in connection with an Aug. 30 traffic stop on Interstate 80 outside of Des ...

Man died after fall at Ledges State Park

BOONE (AP) — A man has been killed in a fall at Ledges State Park in central Iowa’s Boone County. The Iowa Natural Resources Department says the man fell about 60 feet from an overlook off Lost Lake Trail around 11:15 a.m. Sunday. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a Des Moines ...

Donors to Branstad’s 2015 inaugural fund remain secret

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A charity controlled by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad missed a legal deadline for disclosing the names of donors who paid for his 2015 inaugural celebration, keeping them secret even as he prepares to become the U.S. ambassador to China. Tax experts ...

Woman sentenced for identify theft

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former Iowa resident has been given seven years in prison for stealing identities, filing false tax returns and lying to get housing aid. Prosecutors say 38-year-old Kaeisha Robinson was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. She lives in Phoenix ...

Northey says Iowa’s egg production is up

DES MOINES (AP) — The head of Iowa’s agriculture department says the state is recovering from the loss of millions of laying hens caused by the 2015 bird flu outbreak. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says Iowa’s egg production in October was roughly 1.30 billion eggs, up more ...

Clerk retires after 37 years on the job

IOWA CITY (AP) — The keeper of Iowa City’s records has retired after 37 years on the job. There was no big reception at Iowa City Hall on Friday for Marian Karr, the longtime city clerk who marked her last day of work by leaving at noon. Co-workers respected Karr’s plans to spend the ...