Iowa News

Lawyers: 9 sue hospital in wake of pain medication thefts

DES MOINES (AP) — Attorneys for nine patients have filed a lawsuit against Iowa Methodist Medical Center, blaming the hospital for a pharmacy tech’s theft of potent painkillers from hundreds of vials. The lawsuit accuses the hospital of being negligent in its supervision of the pharmacy ...

Charges filed over dead dogs in Iowa

SANDYVILLE (AP) — Animal torture and other charges have been filed against a woman after several dead, injured and neglected dogs were found on property she rented. The Warren County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Saturday that Lindsay Morrow with five counts of animal torture and ...

Murder trial will be moved out of Sioux City

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man charged with stabbing a man to death during an argument last year will have his new trial moved out of Sioux City. A judge granted 48-year-old Elias Wanatee’s request for a change of venue, citing pretrial publicity. The judge said he would choose by ...

Iowa police investigate shooting death of 22-year-old man

CAMANCHE (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 22-year-old man who was found shot on the street of a small town in eastern Iowa. An autopsy was scheduled Thursday on the body of Nicholas Jordan Luskey. Police in Camanche say they received a call Wednesday of shots fired in a ...

Shuttered nursing home agrees to $100K settlement with feds

LE MARS (AP) — Operators of a northwest Iowa nursing home that authorities ordered to close have agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that they provided worthless care. Federal prosecutors said in a news release Wednesday that The Abbey of Le Mars Inc. violated the federal False ...

Eastern Iowa city considers ambitious plans for riverfront

MANCHESTER (AP) — Officials in the eastern Iowa city of Manchester are planning an extended revitalization of areas along the Maquoketa River that will start with restrooms and play equipment but could continue with more projects for decades. Efforts to improve the city’s riverfront could ...

Fort Madison councilman charged in vehicle fraud case

FORT MADISON (AP) — A Fort Madison city councilman has been charged with fraud related to his vehicle dealership. The Fort Madison Daily Democrat reports that 56-year-old Chris Greenwald owns and operates River City Motors in Fort Madison. The Iowa Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement has ...

Police: Church deacon attacked by woman with knife

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police have taken a woman into custody, saying she attacked an 89-year-old church deacon with a knife. Police say the assault happened at St. Augustin Catholic Church around 11 a.m. Thursday, when a woman in the sanctuary attacked the deacon with a large knife, ...

Trial delayed for Iowa mother in trash can baby case

IOWA CITY (AP) — The trial has been delayed for an Iowa woman accused of trying to flush her newborn down a toilet and then leaving it for dead in a trash can. Court records say Ashley Hautzenrader is charged with attempted murder and child endangerment. Her trial was scheduled for Feb. 14. ...

Iowa Senate Republicans back education funding bill

DES MOINES — Senate Republicans in Iowa approved an education funding bill Thursday, calling it sound budgeting, but some school officials argue it will increase class sizes and lead to teacher layoffs. The GOP-controlled chamber voted 28-21 for the legislation, which would go into effect ...

Dead dogs found on Sandyville property

SANDYVILLE (AP) — Officials with the Animal Rescue League of Iowa say several dead dogs have been found on a property in Sandyville in south-central Iowa. Officials say the dogs were found Wednesday evening in various stages of decay, in and around kennels covered in feces, and with their ...

Blue Bell listeria traced to supplier

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) — Federal inspectors have confirmed listeria found in a brand of Blue Bell ice cream that prompted another recall of its products originated with a third-party supplier. The Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter last month to Iowa-based Aspen Hills ...

Iowa Senate votes 30-20 to defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa would forego millions in federal dollars in order to stop contributing a small amount of state funding toward Planned Parenthood under a bill approved Thursday by the Republican-controlled Senate, and the lawmakers backing the legislation declined to say how Iowa would ...

Iowa woman killed in crash remembered year later

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nearly 200 people turned out to remember a Council Bluffs woman killed a year ago in a crash police say was caused by a drunken driver in the country illegally. Friends and family of 21-year-old Sarah Root release balloons Tuesday night in her memory.

Chronic wasting disease found in hunted Iowa deer

ELKADER (AP) — Iowa officials say several deer killed in Iowa during the fall hunting season have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a deer killed in Clayton County had chronic wasting disease, making it the first to test positive for ...

Iowa seeks to block governor’s deposition on firing of agent

IOWA CITY — Gov. Terry Branstad will be too busy and should not be deposed in a lawsuit brought by a fired state agent who blames the governor for destroying his reputation, state lawyers argued Wednesday. State lawyers defending Branstad filed a motion seeking to block a videotaped March 24 ...

Pork industry says no bacon shortage

DES MOINES (AP) — An insatiable demand for bacon depleted frozen pork belly supplies in the U.S. to a record low level for December, but the pork industry is confident it can keep up with demand and avoid any serious shortages. Bottom line: A pound of it may cost a little more as winter ...

Scandal could reach 560 departments

IOWA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of volunteer fire departments in nearly every pocket of Iowa have members who were improperly awarded nationally-recognized certifications by the state fire academy. The Fire Service Training Bureau has sent letters to 560 mostly volunteer agencies notifying them ...

Law signed to end budget shortfall

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law the Iowa Legislature’s plan to eliminate a shortfall in the state’s current $7.2 billion budget. Branstad signed a bill Wednesday that cuts about $117 million in spending from the budget that began last July. Various Iowa ...

AG asked to review ascension plans

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa lawmaker has asked the state’s top lawyer to review the legislative procedures surrounding Gov. Terry Branstad’s plans to resign and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynold’s expected ascension to governor. Sen. David Johnson, an independent from Ocheyedan, sent a letter ...