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Keokuk police: 1 found dead; man charged with murder

KEOKUK (AP) — Police in Keokuk say they have arrested a man after finding a person dead in a house near Keokuk’s riverside. Police say officers were called around 9:45 a.m. Monday to the house regarding a death. Inside, officers found a body and determined the death was suspicious. Later ...

Company: Size of Iowa diesel pipeline spill overestimated

HANLONTOWN (AP) — Pipeline officials say far less diesel fuel than feared spilled from a broken pipeline in north-central Iowa. Magellan Midstream Partners officials initially estimated that nearly 139,000 gallons spilled when the pipeline broke near Hanlontown on Wednesday. But the company ...

Fire chief: Dog saves Clarinda family from house fire

CLARINDA (AP) — A dog is being credited with saved a Clarinda family from a house fire. Clarinda Fire Chief Roger Williams tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/2koeMCU ) that firefighters were called just before 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to the home in southwest Iowa. Williams ...

Iowa House OKs $117 million in cuts to resolve shortfall

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican lawmakers have approved legislation to patch a shortfall in Iowa’s $7.2 billion budget. The GOP-controlled House voted Monday night for a bill that will cut about $117 million. The Republican-led Senate has already passed the legislation and Gov. Terry Branstad ...

Historic Council Bluffs Fire Department bell reinstalled

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A bell that tolled for Council Bluffs fire calls as early as the 1800s is again hanging outside a city fire station after years in storage. Fire Chief Justin James told The Daily Nonpareil that the bell is now hanging from a newly constructed Centennial Bell Tower at a ...

Iowa man admits to lying in 1985 homicide case

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — An Iowa man acknowledged Tuesday that he lied during the investigation of the 1985 killing of his estranged wife’s paramour, under a plea agreement that drops a murder charge against him. Anthony Burtch, 58, entered a guilty plea Tuesday to ...

GOP lawmakers OK bill to defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will pass up millions in federal dollars in order to remove state funding for Planned Parenthood under a bill approved Tuesday by a group of Republican lawmakers, and the measure has strong support in the new GOP-majority Legislature. The 8-5 vote in the Senate ...

Expert says super weed in Iowa should not be ignored

DUBUQUE (AP) — An invasive weed that can grow up to 7 feet tall has been found in nearly half of Iowa’s counties, and experts say farmers need to act quickly if the plant is found in their fields. Bob Hartzler is a professor of weed science at Iowa State University. He said the species ...

Woman, 88, dies in Iowa house fire

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say an 88-year-old woman has died in a Des Moines house fire. Firefighters were called early Sunday to the eastside home, where they found two occupants outside. They reported one resident was still inside, and firefighters who searched the home found the body of ...

GOP lawmakers may plug budget shortfall

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican lawmakers are expected to approve legislation to patch a shortfall in the state’s $7.2 billion budget. The GOP-controlled House is scheduled Monday evening to vote on a bill that would cut about $117 million. The Republican-led Senate passed the legislation and ...

$40M more proposed on K-12 education

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican lawmakers on Monday proposed legislation that would increase Iowa’s K-12 education spending for the upcoming budget year by about $40 million, an amount that Democrats called inadequate. The plan, backed by leadership in both GOP-controlled chambers, proposes ...

Settlement rescinds firing of Iowa State counseling director

AMES (AP) — Iowa State University has agreed to rescind the 2015 firing of its longtime student counseling director, who alleged he was let go after warning about potentially dangerous shortages in mental health services on campus. ISU President Steven Leath signed an agreement this month ...

Historical Society seeking donations for Iowa jail museum

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — The Historical Society of Pottawattamie County is hoping to see more people in jail — the Historic Pottawattamie County Squirrel Cage Jail. The society is working to give the museum the same feel it had when it operated as a jail, the Daily Nonpareil reported. The ...

Rastetter: Tuition should rise no more than incomes

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter said he would like to see tuition at state universities rise no faster than Iowans’ income in the future. Rastetter made the remarks Friday during and after his appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press,” the ...

Police: Man stole skid loader to free stuck stolen truck

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man has been charged after police say he stole a skid loader in an attempt to free a stolen pickup truck stuck on railroad tracks. The Sioux City Journal reports the incident happened Thursday, when police say 36-year-old Nicholas Shannon Penny drove the stolen ...

Officials seek poacher who killed eagle; took head, talons

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa conservation officers say they’re looking for a poacher who shot a bald eagle and removed its head and talons. The Des Moines Register reports that a hiker discovered the bird’s carcass Wednesday in Yellow Banks County Park near the Des Moines River. Bald eagles ...

Former Greek Orthodox church in Dubuque torn down

DUBUQUE (AP) — The ornate building that had long served as the St. Elias Greek Orthodox Church has been torn down. The Telegraph Herald reports that the move came earlier this week, a little more than a month after parish officials announced a move to a new home. The building had been ...

Police: Man tried to break into same house 2 days in a row

CARTER LAKE (AP) — Western Iowa officials say a Nebraska man was arrested twice in as many days for trying to break into his ex-girlfriend’s home. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 58-year-old Joseph Pendley, of Bellevue, Nebraska, was arrested Jan. 17 after Carter Lake ...

Fort Madison shelter battles virus outbreak after big rescue

FORT MADISON (AP) — An animal shelter in Fort Madison is trying to protect 37 unvaccinated dogs it received last week from an outbreak of a deadly virus. The PAW Animal Shelter rescued the Shih Tzus from Burlington after their owner died, The Hawk Eye reported. A dog brought into the ...

Iowa State says donor cancelled visit after Leath flew to NC

AMES (AP) — Iowa State University has released a redacted document that President Steven Leath says supports his use of a school plane for a largely personal North Carolina trip. Leath flew the Cirrus SR-22 on the five-day August trip to his Jefferson, North Carolina home. He reimbursed ISU ...