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Man accused of sex assault pleads guilty

DUBUQUE (AP) — A May 1 sentencing hearing has been scheduled for a Dubuque man who was accused of sexually assaulting a resident at a center for intellectually disabled people. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that 22-year-old Abraham De Los Santos pleaded guilty Monday to sexual ...

Officials: Iowa man killed in Colorado

DENVER, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old Iowa man was shot to death east of Denver. The Adams County coroner tells the Denver Post that Zackery Henderson, of Mason City, was pronounced dead at Denver Health Medical Center. Deputies responding to reports of a disturbance say ...

Iowa abandons its unemployment kiosk system

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa officials have confirmed that the state has stopped servicing or tracking more than 700 self-help computer kiosks that were installed to replace dozens of unemployment offices closed in 2011 as a money-saving effort. Iowa Workforce Development spokeswoman Courtney ...

Court ruling overturns 30-year-old legal precedent

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has made it significantly more difficult for police to continue to ask questions or even ask for a driver’s license during routine traffic stops if there is no reasonable suspicion a crime has been committed. In a ruling Friday, the majority of a ...

Iowa regulators press recycler to reduce pile of materials

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — State regulators have suspended a Sioux City electronics recycler’s permit to accept some items until it can reduce a pile of materials sitting outside at its site. The Iowa Natural Resources Department told former Sioux City Councilman Aaron Rochester that his ...

Some Iowa counties oppose House bill with worker pay cuts

DES MOINES (AP) — Some of Iowa’s most-populated counties said Thursday they will not quietly accept minimum wage legislation that could result in tens of thousands of workers in the state receiving pay cuts. The House Local Government Committee approved the bill along party lines. It would ...

Agencies helping Iowa residents with disabilities face cuts

DES MOINES (AP) — One of the companies involved in Iowa’s privately managed Medicaid system intends to reduce payments to agencies that serve thousands of people with disabilities, which is raising concerns that some of the organizations could go out of business. Letters sent this week ...

Ex-Tama police chief pleads guilty to theft, lying to agent

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Federal officials say a former eastern Iowa police chief has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing a police gun and lying to a federal agent. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa says 47-year-old Jeffrey Filloon, of Toledo, Iowa, pleaded guilty to the ...

Sioux City man gets life in prison for stabbing death

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a 43-year-old woman. A judge sentenced Isack Abdinur on Thursday, following his conviction of first-degree murder in December. Prosecutors say Abdinur stabbed Cornelia Stead 23 times in ...

Iowa county sees thousands of Election Day ballots uncounted

ADEL (AP) — Iowa election officials say nearly 6,000 Dallas County absentee ballots went uncounted from the Nov. 8 election because of mistakes by local election officials. A letter from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office says a total of 5,842 ballots went uncounted, but the office ...

Panel OKs Iowa collective bargain bill despite opposition

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans on a legislative committee have approved a bill that would make big changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining law for public employees. The Senate Labor and Business Relations Committee approved the bill Thursday after hearing strong opposition from Democratic ...

Former teacher accused of sexual relationship with student

AMES (AP) — A former teacher in the North Polk Community School District has been accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student. Twenty-nine-year-old Kevin Muehlenthaler, of Ames, was arrested Wednesday. Court records say he’s charged with four counts of sexual ...

Mom pleads guilty after kids kept in unsanitary room

MASON CITY (AP) — A Mason City mom accused of making her kids sleep in a feces-covered room has pleaded guilty. Online court records say 26-year-old Alexis Martinez filed a written plea Wednesday to one count of felony neglect of a dependent person. She’d been charged with three counts. ...

Iowa bill outlaws voter form delays, in rebuke of Democrats

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa’s top elections official is proposing a law requiring political organizations to promptly turn in voter registration forms they collect, rebuking the Iowa Democratic Party for delaying dozens of them last year. Republican Secretary of State Paul Pate argues that the ...

GOP file bill to change Iowa’s collective bargaining law

DES MOINES (AP) — Republicans who hold majorities in the Iowa Legislature introduced legislation Tuesday that unions say would significantly limit how public employees can bargain for their working conditions in the state. The 68-page bill, filed in both the House and Senate, has been under ...

Lebanese man arrested in Iowa-based gun smuggling scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A man from Lebanon has been arrested in connection with a scheme to smuggle guns purchased in Iowa to his country. Federal authorities arrested 42-year-old Fadi Yassine this week as he got off a flight in New York City. He made a court appearance Monday in Brooklyn, New ...

Iowa woman gets jail time, probation for injuring toddler

ORANGE CITY (AP) — A woman has been given five months in jail and four years of probation for injuring a toddler at her northwest Iowa day care. Sioux County prosecutors say Dianna Winder, of Maurice, was sentenced Monday. She also was given a suspended prison term of five years. A jury had ...

Waterloo man accused of killing father takes plea deal

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo man accused of stabbing to death his father has taken a plea deal. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 28-year-old Rashod Aldridge entered Alford pleas Monday to charges of voluntary manslaughter and two counts of going armed with intent. Under an Alford ...

Man pleads not guilty to thefts of skid loader, stuck pickup

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he stole a skid loader in an effort to free a stolen pickup truck stuck on railroad tracks. The Sioux City Journal reports that 36-year-old Nicholas Penny entered the pleas Monday to charges of theft, burglary and ...

Officials won’t put warning sign near site of fatal fall

BOONE (AP) — Officials say they won’t erect warning signs near an Iowa park overlook where a man fell 60 feet to his death on New Year’s Day. Sixty-three-year-old Dan Carlile, of Ames, fell after losing his footing near Lost Lake Trail at Ledges State Park south of Boone. The Des Moines ...