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Officials: Kayaker rescued from Mississippi River

CLINTON (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa say a kayaker has been rescued from the Mississippi River at a dam at Clinton. Television station KWQC reports that the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office was called Friday to Lock and Dam 13 for a water rescue. Officials with the Clinton Fire ...

Jury convicts Iowa man in wife’s death

CRESCO (AP) — A northern Iowa man who authorities say had vowed to kill his wife if she ever divorced him has been convicted of shooting her to death. Howard County District Court records say 35-year-old Brian Fullhart was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder. He’ll be sentenced ...

Girl rescued after head gets stuck in ladder

ESTHERVILLE (AP) — City workers and firefighters have rescued a 7-year-old girl whose head became stuck between two rungs of a water tower ladder in northern Iowa. Officials say the girl is autistic and was reported missing a little before 10 a.m. Thursday from her home in Estherville. She ...

Police: Remains in store were those of missing man

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Authorities say the remains of a western Iowa man who was reported missing in 2009 were found this year inside a closed supermarket where he’d worked. The Council Bluffs Police Department said in a news release Monday that the man’s been identified through DNA ...

Flood-hit businesses struggle to restore customer volume

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska and Iowa businesses are still struggling to recover from flooding that damaged their properties or otherwise kept customers away from their doors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency estimated that in Nebraska alone, more than 1,000 businesses were ...

Iowa Democrats seek hearings over firing of agency head

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Democratic leaders in the Iowa Legislature called Monday for government oversight hearings on Gov. Kim Reynolds’ refusal to discuss her reasons for asking the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services to resign. Senate and House ...

State-employed registered nurses sue for unpaid overtime

DES MOINES (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds claim hundreds of state-employed nurses have not been paid overtime for two years. The lawsuit filed in state court on June 28 seeks a court order to force ...

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said ...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

DES MOINES (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they’re now parsing their words over the administration’s policies dealing with ...

Iowa, Nevada to launch caucus voting by phone for 2020

DES MOINES (AP) — Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states’ traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, according to plans unveiled by the state parties. The ...

No veteran left behind

By SUSAN PAYNE The Daily Nonpareil COUNCIL BLUFFS — Kanesville Riders Honor Guard formed in 2014 under the premise of one mission: To make sure no veteran is buried without honor. Now a 30-member group, the Honor Guard has committed more than 530 military funerals, capable of presenting ...

Fugitive from Iowa arrested

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Iowa man who eluded authorities for almost eight years after his indictment on federal firearms charges has been apprehended at a remote ranch on a Montana Indian reservation. Michael Duane Strain of Lime Springs, Iowa, made an initial court appearance Friday in ...

Body of missing Illinois man found

ROCK FALLS (AP) — The remains of a missing Illinois man have been found in a northern Iowa campground pond. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the body of 48-year-old Larry Eugene Howlett, of Sandwich, Illinois, was found Friday evening in the Camp of the Woods pond at Rock ...

North-central Iowa couple killed in crash

IOWA FALLS (AP) — Authorities say a north-central Iowa couple have been killed in a crash at an intersection near Iowa Falls. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 63-year-old Kevin Barz and his wife, 49-year-old Julia Barz, of Hampton, were pronounced dead at the scene of the Friday ...

Iowa man charged in March crash

IDA GROVE (AP) — A man Iowa authorities say was intoxicated when his vehicle crashed into another, killing three men, now faces felony charges in the case. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 21-year-old Ryan Daniel Childers, of Odebolt, was charged last week with three counts of ...

Woman arrested in fatal July 4 hit-and-run crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old Des Moines woman has been arrested for a fatal hit-and-run crash. The crash happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday at a Des Moines intersection when a sport utility vehicle and car collided. Police say the driver of the car, 19-year-old Kevin Troung, ...

2 West Des Moines officers on leave after fatal shooting

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — Two Des Moines-area police officers are on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man who brandished a knife at them when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says West Des Moines Officers Nathan Grove ...

Authorities say man has drowned in central Iowa lake

PELLA (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa say a 27-year-old Knoxville man has drowned at Lake Red Rock just west of Pella. The Des Moines Register reports that Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the lake just after 6 p.m. Thursday for reports that a man had gone under the water ...

Deputy chief hit after Iowa police shooting, files show

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press CEDAR RAPIDS — A police shooting that left an unarmed black man paralyzed and sparked protests in Iowa’s second largest city also endangered the deputy police chief when the injured man’s speeding truck smashed into his patrol SUV, records show. Cedar ...

Police find dead body in creek near downtown Iowa City

IOWA CITY (AP) — Police officers say they have found a dead body in a creek near downtown Iowa City. The Iowa City Police Department said that the unidentified dead person’s body was located at 6:45 a.m. on Monday in the water of Ralston Creek near Gilbert Street. The creek is near ...