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Dad used belt on daughter, police say

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A 42-year-old Sioux City man has been accused of using a belt on his daughter after she refused to do laundry. Court records say Ricardo Cordova-Larios is charged with child endangerment causing injury. He was arrested Sunday. Court documents say bruises on the ...

Man indicted for gun smuggling pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Lebanese man accused of helping smuggle guns bought in Iowa to his country has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act. Fadi Yassine, 42, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Yassine was arrested Feb. 5 in New York ...

Wide-ranging Iowa gun bill signed into law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision. Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1. Democrats and gun ...

Bridge closed after partial collapse

CHARLES CITY (AP) — Officials of a city more than 50 miles northwest of Waterloo have asked residents to stay at least 100 yards away from a bridge that partially collapsed. Charles City police chief Hugh Anderson said there’s a possibility of falling debris near the Charley Western Bridge ...

High school grad rate hits new high

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s Education Department says the state’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year straight, even as dropout rates increased slightly for the first time since the 2009-10 school year. In a news release Tuesday, the department said 91.3 percent of ...

Texting and driving bill sent to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — The Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would let police officers stop and ticket drivers who were texting while driving. The legislation approved Monday by the House would take effect July 1 if Gov. Terry Branstad were to sign it as expected. He’s already ...

Iowa may absorb $3 million cost of cutting Planned Parenthood funds

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers said Monday they want the state to foot the bill for a new family planning program that excludes funding for Planned Parenthood, a move that would mean forgoing millions in federal Medicaid funding for the state. Key GOP lawmakers confirmed they ...

Leopold Center, Iowa Flood Center on chopping block

DES MOINES (AP) — A longtime Iowa research center for sustainable agriculture is on the chopping block in the Republican-controlled Legislature alongside funding for a research center that studies flood prevention, and a key lawmaker said Tuesday it’s in part because their work is ...

Woman found not competent to stand trial in husband’s death

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque woman accused of beating to death her ex-husband with a baseball bat has again been found not mentally competent to stand trial. The finding for 53-year-old Dolores Flynn was released Tuesday. Attorneys for Flynn had sought a second psychiatric evaluation for her ...

Woman charged with intentional crash takes another plea deal

LE MARS (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman accused of intentionally crashing her vehicle into another has made a plea deal. Melissa Ebert pleaded guilty Monday in Plymouth County District Court to two counts of serious injury by motor vehicle. Prosecutors dropped other charges in exchange. Her ...

Police release names of 5 killed in Mason City crash

MASON CITY (AP) — Authorities have released the names of five people killed in a fiery Mason City crash. Police in Mason City say an officer discovered the accident scene around 2:40 a.m. Monday after officials noticed that power had been knocked out to hundreds of customers. Officials say ...

Editor of Storm Lake Times wins Pulitzer

DES MOINES (AP) — A small-town Iowa newspaper editorial writer won the Pulitzer Prize on Monday for taking on powerful agricultural organizations after a water utility sued the paper’s home county and two others over farm pollution. Art Cullen, who owns the Storm Lake Times with his ...

Navy group at Iowa State cancels dinner after photo incident

IOWA CITY (AP) — The commander of a military training program at Iowa State University cancelled an annual formal dinner Friday after news broke that explicit photographs of some male cadets had been posted on Facebook. Capt. Scott Curtis sent an email to the Naval Reserve Officer Training ...

Iowa Senate approves joint school and city elections

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Senate has approved a bill requiring city and school elections to be held on the same day in an effort to boost voter participation. The bill passed the Senate 36-13 on Tuesday and now heads to Gov. Terry Branstad, The Des Moines Register reported. Under the ...

Police: Man sought in Iowa slayings case said he killed 3

BONDURANT (AP) — A man sought as a material witness in the slayings of his parents and sister in their suburban Des Moines home surrendered in Missouri on Friday and told an officer there that he had killed three people, authorities said. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a news ...

Chinese cultural center to open in southeast Iowa city

MUSCATINE (AP) — An Iowa city is strengthening its ties to China with the opening of a Sini-U.S. Friendship Center, marking the latest development since the Chinese president’s 1985 visit to the community. Work to convert a former furniture store in downtown Muscatine into the center is ...

Iowa House begins debate over 20-week abortion ban

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa House has begun debate on a bill that would ban most abortions in the state at 20 weeks of pregnancy. The GOP-controlled chamber started debating Tuesday night. Republicans are expected to pass the legislation, which would be a victory for Iowa conservatives ...

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

DES MOINES (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature on Tuesday moved closer toward finalizing sweeping changes to the state’s gun laws, approving a bill that would allow firearms on the Capitol grounds and add a stand-your-ground provision. The Senate voted 33-17 in favor of the ...

Former teacher pleads guilty to 2 sex-with-student counts

IDA GROVE (AP) — A former substitute teacher and coach has pleaded guilty to having sexual relationships with students at two northwest Iowa high schools. Online court records say 33-year-old John Tietsort, of Battle Creek, entered the pleas Monday in Ida County District Court to two counts ...

Malnourished, neglected horses rescued in south-central Iowa

NEW VIRGINIA (AP) — Officials have removed 14 neglected horses from two properties in south-central Iowa’s Warren County. The Animal Rescue League says 10 malnourished horses were taken from a site in New Virginia and four severely neglected horses from a property in Indianola. All 14 ...