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Complaint accuses Muscatine mayor of misconduct

MUSCATINE (AP) — The city attorney is arguing that Muscatine’s mayor should be removed for allegedly making numerous false accusations against other city officials and exceeding her authority. A statement of charges filed Friday by city attorney Matthew Brick alleges that Mayor Diana ...

Man sentenced in Iowa cold case after Alford plea

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man charged with the 1995 slaying of an Iowa City woman has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after making a deal with prosecutors. Authorities say Steven Klein killed 38-year-old Susan Kersten, whose body was found in her burned-out car near Iowa City. Klein was ...

Branstad signs bargaining bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Friday signed into law limitations to most collective bargaining rights for public workers in the state, yet some changes could take years to go into effect. The law, signed one day after Republicans with majorities in the Legislature voted for ...

Iowa pork plant under construction plans to add 1k more jobs

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Developers of a pork processing plant under construction in Sioux City have announced plans for a second shift expected to increase its number of jobs to around 2,000 — nearly double the original estimate. The Sioux City Journal reports that the expansion will raise the ...

Ex-teacher sentenced to 90 days for sex with student

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former Cedar Rapids substitute teacher found guilty in December of having sex with a student has been sentenced to 90 days in jail. Television station KCRG reports that 24-year-old Mary Beth Haglin was sentenced Friday in Linn County Court. She will also spend 10 years ...

Collective bargaining bill passes

DES MOINES (AP) — Public sector unions in Iowa will have less authority to negotiate working conditions for teachers, nurses and correctional officers under a bill passed Thursday in the new Republican-controlled Legislature that critics say is aimed at crippling organized labor in the ...

Northwest Iowan gets probation in lottery theft case

STORM LAKE (AP) — A northwest Iowa woman who tried to have her boyfriend claim a $250,000 lottery prize has been given probation. Court records say 21-year-old Ashley Bosler was given two years of probation at her sentencing Monday in Storm Lake. Bosler also was given a deferred judgment, ...

Ex-day care operators get probation in child injury case

DES MOINES (AP) — A mother and daughter whose neglect led to a child in their care being injured have been sentenced to two years’ probation. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Cindy Hold and Amanda Holt will not be allowed to operate a child care, nor be allowed to have ...

Senate holds off on vote over bargaining bill

DES MOINES (AP) —A key vote on legislation that would eliminate most collective bargaining rights for public workers in Iowa has been put on hold. Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Senate agreed Tuesday night to postpone further discussion on the bill until Wednesday, following hours of ...

Clear Lake nonprofit considers future in senior housing

CLEAR LAKE (AP) — Officials at an organization that provides services to those with disabilities are considering turning the nonprofit’s 80-acre Clear Lake campus into a senior living community. Opportunity Village has transitioned many clients into surrounding communities in the last five ...

Small groups rally at Planned Parenthoods in Iowa, Nebraska

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — About two dozen people showed up Saturday to protest outside of Council Bluffs’ Planned Parenthood clinic, carrying the same message as their counterparts nationwide: Cut off government payments to the organization. There weren’t any counter-protesters defending ...

Day care worker arrested, accused of coming to work drunk

DES MOINES (AP) — A Grimes day care worker has been arrested after sheriff’s deputies say she showed up to work drunk. The Des Moines Register reports that First Steps Child Care officials called deputies about 8:30 a.m. Friday when the 43-year-old Grimes woman showed up intoxicated. The ...

Investigation launched over claims of jail drug smuggling

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities at the Polk County Jail say they’re investigating allegations that drugs and other contraband are being smuggled in. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that Polk County sheriff’s Lt. Rich Blaylock confirmed that his office is investigating. That ...

Iowa college student plays trumpet at funerals for veterans

CEDAR FALLS (AP) — A University of Northern Iowa student is using her trumpet to give back to veterans, playing “Taps” at many local military funerals. University marching band member JD Waybill of Central City has been performing at most military funerals with the Cedar Falls AMVETs ...

Powerful Iowa higher education leader won’t seek 2nd term

IOWA CITY (AP) — Bruce Rastetter, the powerful and polarizing leader of the board that governs Iowa’s three public universities, announced Friday that he will be stepping down April 30 after deciding not to seek a second six-year term. Rastetter, a Republican who has been president of the ...

Iowa man who crashed into school bus gets 10 years in prison

MANCHESTER (AP) — An eastern Iowa man accused of running his sport utility vehicle into a school bus has been given 10 years in prison. Monte Klink, of Arlington, was sentenced Wednesday in Manchester. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of serious injury by vehicle and one of second-offense ...

Bald eagle sightings soar in eastern Nebraska, western Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Once near extinction, the bald eagle population is seeing a spike in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. Warm temperatures ahead mean the birds are following their waterfowl prey as they head north, the Omaha World-Herald reported. The migration makes it prime time for ...

U of Iowa campus has water problem

IOWA CITY (AP) — University of Iowa officials have told campus residents about a problem with the campus water system. The university said in an email Thursday that the water exceeded the maximum contaminant level for a byproduct of the treatment process. The byproduct forms when chlorine ...

Iowa officer cleared in fatal shooting

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The Woodbury County attorney has cleared of wrongdoing a Sioux City police officer who fatally shot a South Dakota man during a traffic stop. County Attorney Patrick Jennings said Friday that Officer Dylan Grimsley was justified in shooting 36-year-old Daniel Riedmann, of ...

Two people dead in Benton house fire

BENTON (AP) — An early morning house fire in the tiny southern Iowa community of Benton has left two people dead. KCCI-TV reports Ringgold County emergency crews were notified about the fire about 3 a.m. Friday. The county sheriff’s office says when crews from the Mount Ayr Fire ...