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Lawsuits challenge University of Iowa decision

IOWA CITY (AP) — The University of Iowa is improperly revoking scholarships promised to 3,000 students in response to state budget cuts, according to a pair of lawsuits that seek to block the plan. A lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the university “breached its contractual duties” to ...

Man charged with murder attempt in Woodbury County

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A man accused of firing at a Woodbury County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with attempted murder. Authorities say 24-year-old Melvin Spencer, of Sioux City, was charged Monday and is being held on $250,000 bail. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call Tuesday ...

Republicans move forward with water regionalization bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans with control in the House have approved a bill that would replace a Des Moines water utility with a regional system. The GOP-led House Agriculture Committee voted Tuesday to support the bill sponsored by a southeast Iowa pig farmer, making it eligible for House ...

GOP lawmakers in Senate approve ‘personhood’ bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa could effectively ban abortions under a GOP bill approved Monday that would declare life at conception, though it’s unclear if the measure carries the necessary support to pass the Senate. The bill recognizes protections for fertilized eggs, essentially making ...

University of Iowa scholarship cuts criticized

IOWA CITY (AP) — Students, parents and legislators are all unhappy about the University of Iowa’s move to eliminate 2,500 scholarships in response to funding cuts, but there is disagreement about who is to blame. There’s wide disagreement on whether the target of such exasperation should ...

ACLU says transgender student’s rights violated

DES MOINES (AP) — A civil liberties group is taking up the case of a central Iowa transgender high school student who was ordered to wash “love trumps hate” written on his arm or be sent home. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the incident happened in November at Newton ...

Man shot by officer pleads not guilty

BETTENDORF (AP) — A man shot by an officer during a standoff at a Bettendorf store has pleaded not guilty to several charges. Court records say 19-year-old Joshua Price filed the written pleas Thursday to charges of kidnapping, burglary and assault. His next court hearing is scheduled for ...

Man sentenced for stealing from employer

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A man has been imprisoned for stealing from his employer in northwest Iowa. The Sioux City Journal reports that 45-year-old Scott Chamberlain was sentenced in Sioux City on Thursday to 10 years in prison. Chamberlin had pleaded guilty to theft. Court documents say that, ...

Iowa State Patrol chief to retire next week

DES MOINES (AP) — The leader of the Iowa State Patrol is retiring after a 32-year career with the force. The service retirement of Col. Michael Van Berkum was approved Monday and will be effective March 3. He had been the patrol’s chief since 2015. In a statement to The Associated Press, ...

Iowa panel OKs gun bill with stand-your-ground provision

DES MOINES (AP) — A subcommittee in the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has approved a comprehensive gun bill that includes a stand-your-ground provision. The panel signed off on the measure Thursday, and it now heads to the full House Judiciary Committee. The bill would allow people ...

GOP-led panel OKs bill to increase online schools in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — An unlimited number of students in Iowa will be able to enroll in for-profit virtual schools that receive public education funding under a bill a Republican-led legislative panel approved Thursday. The legislation comes amid growing discussion at the Iowa Legislature this ...

Chapel attendance at University of Dubuque on the rise

DUBUQUE (AP) — More than 60 people filled the chapel in Blades Hall at University of Dubuque on Feb. 10, clapping along to the music of a student-led worship band. Most of the people in the room were students, who stood and sang along through most of the short service. “It’s just been ...

Iowa, Neb. echo national decline in number of farms

DES MOINES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there were 500 fewer farms in Iowa last year and the average farm size rose slightly but the amount of total land in farms remained at 30.5 million acres. The annual report on farms released Friday says Iowa has 87,000 farms. The ...

2 killed in crash near Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Two people have died in a crash involving a pickup and two semitrailers at a central Iowa intersection. The crash happened early Friday morning at the intersection of Highways 14 and 96 north of Marshalltown. The Iowa State Patrol says a pickup driven by 32-year-old ...

University of Dubuque gets $60M gift — school’s largest

DUBUQUE (AP) — University of Dubuque officials have announced a $60 million estate gift to be used to support endowed scholarships for students. The gift from the late Edward Babka, a former university trustee, and his wife, Shirley, marks the largest single estate commitment in the ...

Retired Catholic priest sentenced in privacy case

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A retired Catholic priest in western Iowa has been given a suspended jail sentence and ordered to register as a sex offender. The priest invaded the privacy of several students in a high school restroom. The Rev. Paul Monahan was sentenced Friday. The 83-year-old ...

2 suffer smoke inhalation in downtown Anamosa fire

ANAMOSA (AP) — Authorities say two people suffered injuries from smoke inhalation in a blaze that saw multiple fire departments called to a downtown building in Anamosa. The fire was reported early Saturday morning in an apartment above the Thou Art Gallery on Main Street. The Anamosa fire ...

Sioux City delays plans to outfit police with body cameras

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The Sioux City Council has voted to delay outfitting its police officers with body cameras until at least next year, citing a lack of state policy governing the cameras’ use. Council members support use of the cameras, but don’t want to rush in only to have legislation ...

Man accused of domestic assault quits police job

CLEAR LAKE (AP) — A man accused of misdemeanor domestic assault has left the Clear Lake police force. Clear Lake Police Chief Pete Roth said Thursday that 36-year-old Ryan Eskildsen resigned Feb. 10. Eskildsen had been a Clear Lake officer since 2002. Eskildsen has pleaded not guilty and ...

Town squabbles with state auditor over pay practices

PARKERSBURG (AP) — Parkersburg officials and the state auditor’s office are squabbling over the town’s finances, including paying the town administrator for digging graves. Some residents in the north-central Iowa town asked the state for a reaudit because of concerns about town ...