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Iowa OKs bill capping payouts in medical malpractice suits

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has passed a bill that would cap payouts to patients in some medical malpractice lawsuits. The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-12 Monday with bipartisan support to approve the legislation. The House passed it earlier this month and it now heads to ...

Branstad signs laws restricting distracted driving in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law enhanced penalties involving the use of cellphones while driving. Branstad signed the bills Monday surrounded by law enforcement. Both pieces of legislation take effect July 1. One law determines that a driver who uses a cellphone and ...

Lawmakers push water quality bill as session winds down

DES MOINES (AP) — Some Iowa Republicans are supporting a late-session push to pass a water quality bill but acknowledge they could run out of time. Two GOP-led Senate committees voted Monday to approve the legislation, which would gradually increase spending on water quality initiatives by ...

Man gets prison time in scrap metal scheme

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — An Iowa man has been given 27 months in federal prison for his role in a scrap metal scheme. Patrick Williams was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Rock Island for money laundering. He’d pleaded guilty. Williams must pay more than $259,000 in restitution ...

Reversal of Charles City man’s conviction sought

CHARLES CITY (AP) — State prosecutors have taken the rare step of asking the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse the conviction of a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy. The Iowa attorney general’s office says in a new filing that Doug Lindaman, of ...

Madison County bridge destroyed by fire

WINTERSET (AP) — An iconic Madison County covered bridge — pictured on the cover of the best-selling novel “The Bridges of Madison County” — has been destroyed by fire, and authorities say they suspect it was intentionally set. The fire at the Cedar Bridge was reported around 6 a.m. ...

Over 51K WWI pledge cards found in Waterloo

WATERLOO (AP) — Volunteers have been sorting through file card drawers that contain tens of thousands of donation pledge cards from Waterloo families who donated multiple times to war bond drives to support the nation during World War I. The pledge cards were discovered in an attic of ...

Teacher charged with failure to report abuse

MARION (AP) — The teacher of an eastern Iowa classroom where a 15-year-old volunteer sexually abused kindergartners now faces charges. Diane Graham has been charged with failure to report child abuse. Her initial court appearance has been set for April 24. Court records say Graham was a ...

Day care closing after director’s drug arrest

WAVERLY (AP) — A day-care center where the director was arrested on drug charges is closing. The owner of the Little Learners Preschool and Daycare on Technology Place in Waverly said the business was closing at 6 p.m. Tuesday due to recent events. Police arrested 44-year-old Kelly Raney ...

Court: State not required to monitor sex offender

DES MOINES (AP) — A divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state had no legal responsibility to safeguard a 95-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted by a violent sex offender sent to her nursing home after he was released from state custody. The court concluded that because a ...

Branstad gets bill requiring ID at Iowa polls

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will require voters to show identification at the polls and will reduce its early voting period under a bill finalized Thursday in the Republican-controlled Legislature, a move that advocacy groups say will suppress voter turnout in a state known for its high ...

Tax that funds Iowa energy research may be cut

IOWA CITY (AP) — A tax on utilities that has funded renewable energy and environmental research for decades at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa would be eliminated in 2022 under a Republican plan unveiled Thursday. The plan would end the tax that raises $5 million per year ...

Dad used belt on daughter, police say

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A 42-year-old Sioux City man has been accused of using a belt on his daughter after she refused to do laundry. Court records say Ricardo Cordova-Larios is charged with child endangerment causing injury. He was arrested Sunday. Court documents say bruises on the ...

Man indicted for gun smuggling pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Lebanese man accused of helping smuggle guns bought in Iowa to his country has pleaded guilty to violating the federal Arms Export Control Act. Fadi Yassine, 42, entered the plea Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. Yassine was arrested Feb. 5 in New York ...

Wide-ranging Iowa gun bill signed into law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a wide-ranging gun bill into law that includes a stand-your-ground provision. Branstad signed the legislation Thursday. Portions of the bill go into effect immediately though most will be enforced starting July 1. Democrats and gun ...

Bridge closed after partial collapse

CHARLES CITY (AP) — Officials of a city more than 50 miles northwest of Waterloo have asked residents to stay at least 100 yards away from a bridge that partially collapsed. Charles City police chief Hugh Anderson said there’s a possibility of falling debris near the Charley Western Bridge ...

High school grad rate hits new high

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s Education Department says the state’s high school graduation rate has increased for the fifth year straight, even as dropout rates increased slightly for the first time since the 2009-10 school year. In a news release Tuesday, the department said 91.3 percent of ...

Texting and driving bill sent to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — The Legislature has sent the governor a bill that would let police officers stop and ticket drivers who were texting while driving. The legislation approved Monday by the House would take effect July 1 if Gov. Terry Branstad were to sign it as expected. He’s already ...

Iowa may absorb $3 million cost of cutting Planned Parenthood funds

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Republican lawmakers said Monday they want the state to foot the bill for a new family planning program that excludes funding for Planned Parenthood, a move that would mean forgoing millions in federal Medicaid funding for the state. Key GOP lawmakers confirmed they ...

Leopold Center, Iowa Flood Center on chopping block

DES MOINES (AP) — A longtime Iowa research center for sustainable agriculture is on the chopping block in the Republican-controlled Legislature alongside funding for a research center that studies flood prevention, and a key lawmaker said Tuesday it’s in part because their work is ...