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Democrat criticizes agency for skipping meeting about abuse

DES MOINES (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker has criticized a state agency director for declining to send staff to an informal committee meeting about how the department handles child abuse investigations. Sen. Matt McCoy says Iowa Department of Human Services Director Charles Palmer lied about ...

Iowa State’s Leath headed to Auburn

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University hired Iowa State University president Steven Leath on Monday after a six-month presidential search process that some criticized as too opaque since no finalists were named publicly. Trustees unanimously selected the 59-year-old Leath to replace Jay ...

Despite comments, Steve King maintains support

CARROLL (AP)— Outside his rural congressional district stretching over 39 Iowa counties, conservative U.S. Rep. Steve King’s stream of inflammatory comments generate outrage and condemnation, but back home they rate little more than a shrug. “That’s just Steve being Steve,” was how ...

Federal judge dismisses Water Works lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a Des Moines water utility’s lawsuit against three counties that accuses them of allowing agricultural drainage districts to send nitrate pollution into the rivers the water utility uses for drinking water. The judge on Friday dismissed all ...

Caterpillar to close northeast Iowa plant in Elkader, costing 75 jobs

ELKADER (AP) — Heavy equipment maker Caterpillar has announced it will close its plant in northeastern Iowa by the end of the year, costing the town of Elkader 75 jobs. The company notified employees and community leaders Thursday. The plant was closed Friday but will reopen on Monday for ...

Des Moines couple weds atop float in St. Paddy’s Day parade

DES MOINES (AP) — More than Irish heritage was celebrated at Des Moines’ annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Those lining the city’s downtown streets for the parade Friday were also treated to a wedding ceremony. High school sweethearts Lynne Stalkup and Michael Gordon exchanged wedding ...

Des Moines police ID man killed, another injured in shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have identified a man killed and another man injured in a Des Moines shooting this week. Police said Saturday that 24-year-old Trey Leon Lee, of Des Moines, was killed and 24-year-old Patrick Young, also of Des Moines, was injured. Police have said officers were ...

Woman fired after Iowa school bus abuse case wants job back

DES MOINES (AP) — A former Des Moines school bus assistant fired after being accused of abusing a special-needs student says she should get her job back, and an arbitrator agrees. But the school district is fighting the effort to put her back on a bus. The Des Moines Register reports that an ...

Iowa House passes amended workers’ compensation overhaul

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa House passed a bill Thursday to overhaul how workers in the state are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off some key proposals amid internal concern over the extent of the changes. The GOP-majority chamber voted 55-38 for the ...

Iowa faces $131M shortfall for current budget

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa is taking in less revenue than expected and must address a new shortfall of about $131 million to its current budget, financial analysts announced Tuesday in releasing data that could spell deep cuts for the next spending year. The news from the three-member Revenue ...

One person hospitalized after north Iowa apartment blaze

CHARLES CITY (AP) — Authorities say one person was hospitalized after a fire damaged an apartment building in Charles City. The Charles City Fire Department says firetrucks were dispatched around 12:10 a.m. Monday. Firefighters reported seeing flames on the first floor as they arrived. They ...

Iowa’s January unemployment rate drops to 3.3 percent

DES MOINES — Iowa’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 percent in January as Iowa employers added nearly 10,000 jobs. Iowa Workforce Development announced Monday that the rate dropped from 3.5 percent in December and was down from 3.8 percent a year ago. The national rate rose to 4.8 ...

King criticized for racially charged comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats and some Republicans on Monday criticized a veteran GOP congressman for saying America can’t restore “our civilization with somebody else’s babies” and warning of a liberal effort to destroy Western civilization through immigration. On Twitter Sunday, Rep. ...

Derailment prompts call for quicker replacement of old cars

GRAETTINGER (AP) — A fiery train derailment in rural Iowa that burned for more than 36 hours has at least one group suggesting that the industry should move faster to upgrade aging rail tankers. A Union Pacific train hauling 100 tankers full of ethanol from Omaha, Nebraska, derailed around 1 ...

Iowa Democratic Party picks new executive director

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Democratic Party has a new executive director. The party announced Thursday that Kevin Geiken is the party’s new director, replacing outgoing executive director Ben Foecke. Geiken is a native of Butler and Franklin counties who attended Iowa State University and ...

Sheriff: Denmark man shot twice; juvenile son charged

DENMARK (AP) — The Lee County Sheriff’s Office says a Denmark man has been shot, and his son is believed to be the shooter. Sheriff Stacy Weber says in a news release that a deputy stopped a speeding vehicle Saturday morning and was told by the driver that a family member had been shot in ...

Drake women win again

MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Lizzy Wendell scored 17 points and No. 20 Drake beat Illinois State 64-40 on Friday in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals, tying an MVC record with its 20th consecutive victory. The Bulldogs (26-4) play No. 5 seed Wichita State, a 73-60 winner over ...

Emerald ash borer found in Greene, Wayne counties

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa agriculture officials say a beetle that infects and eventually kills ash trees has been found in two more counties. The emerald ash borer is now confirmed in Grand Junction in Greene County and in Corydon in Wayne County. The insect has now been confirmed in 43 Iowa ...

Iowan pleads to theft from mother-in-law

OGDEN (AP) — An Ames woman accused of stealing nearly half a million dollars from her mother-in-law over the course of seven years has pleaded guilty to theft. Myrna Hockemeier, 66, pleaded guilty to the charge. In exchange, state prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a more serious charge of ...

Girl killed after tricycle hit identified

MONTICELLO (AP) — Authorities have identified an 8-year-old girl killed when the tricycle she was riding in eastern Iowa was hit by a minivan. Officials say Cassandra Rieken, of Monticello, was pedaling the trike around 3 p.m. Wednesday on a Monticello street when she was hit at an ...