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Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservatives last week gobbled up a false news story claiming President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Biden "stay out of my kitchen." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a headline warning Biden was getting "Up in ...

Man arrested, charged in crash that killed 2 on motorcycle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man is in jail and facing several charges in connection with a Des Moines crash that killed two people on a motorcycle. Authorities say Quntonio Herron turned himself in Friday morning and he was booked into the Polk County Jail. He is charged with homicide by ...

Middle schoolers’ racist posting raises concerns in Grinnell

GRINNELL, Iowa (AP) — Officials with the Grinnell-Newberg Community School District say they have punished middle school students who posted a racist video on TikTok. KCCI-TV reports that Grinnell police also are investigating after residents reported the video titled "Hitler Gang." Those ...

Iowa man charged in March crash that killed Illinois man

PLEASANT HILL, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been charged with vehicular homicide counts after prosecutors accused him of being at fault for a March crash that killed an Illinois man. Zachary Russell Willer, 32, of Pleasant Hill, was charged Wednesday with vehicular homicide by reckless ...

Officials: Man found unconscious in Iowa apartment fire

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An 82-year-old man was found injured and unconscious early Thursday in a Cedar Rapids apartment fire and rushed to a local hospital, city officials said. Firefighters were called around 1 a.m. Thursday to the apartment complex, where an air conditioner unit on ...

Fatal shooting by Bettendorf police officer ruled justified

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Bettendorf officer used "justified and reasonable" force when he shot and killed a man in February, Scott County authorities said Thursday. Officer Zachary Gish shot Brian Gregory Scott, 49, on Feb. 7 after Scott fired once at another officer, Scott County First ...

Woman pleads guilty in shooting at Davenport Chuck E. Cheese

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A Davenport woman has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of another woman at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant. Treshonda Pollion, 25, was originally charged with first-degree murder after the death of Eloise Chairs on Oct. 25. She accepted a ...

Cedar Rapids paid $619K to defend officer in shooting case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Cedar Rapids paid $619,000 to defend a white police officer against an excessive force lawsuit brought by a Black man he shot and paralyzed, before Iowa's second-largest city reached a landmark $8 million settlement with the man, a city spokeswoman said. The previously ...

Iowa man convicted of killing man accused in brother’s death

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A jury has convicted a Waterloo man of first-degree murder in what prosecutors described as the revenge killing of another man. Raymond Birden Jr., 22, was found guilty Tuesday in the 2018 death of 22-year-old Shavondes Martin, who was acquitted earlier that year of ...

Police seeking driver who fled scene of crash that killed 2

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines were searching for a driver who fled the scene of a crash that killed two people on a motorcycle and injured another motorcyclist. The crash happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a car collided with two motorcycles at the intersection of East ...

Sex offender charged with murder in death of Iowa girl, 10

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A registered sex offender kidnapped and shot to death a 10-year-old Iowa girl, his son's half sister, while the two kids were staying overnight with him last summer, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Authorities announced that Henry Dinkins is charged with first-degree ...

Iowa pushes pop-up vaccination as demand for shots wanes

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — As interest in the coronavirus vaccine continues to lag, Iowa public health officials are trying to make it easier to get a shot. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that a bus will be set up this week in the parking lot of the Iowa Cubs baseball park in Des Moines for the ...

Iowa governor resolves to ban transgender girls from sports

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday she would sign a bill banning transgender students from participating in girls' sports. When asked about the issue at a news conference, Reynolds repeatedly called it a fairness issue. "We want to make sure that they can compete ...

Trial underway for Iowa woman charged with killing husband

ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Trial has begun for a northeastern Iowa woman accused of killing her husband a decade ago. The first-degree murder trial of Revette Sauser, 52, of Ryan, began this week, television station KCRG reported. She's accused of fatally shooting 59-year-old Terry Sauser in ...

DNA testing fails to exonerate Iowa prisoner in 1976 slaying

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Testing on a cap worn by the perpetrator of a homicide 45 years ago has failed to exonerate a prisoner who maintains his innocence, the latest setback for lawyers hoping to prove Iowa's first wrongful conviction based on DNA. Gentric Hicks cannot be excluded as one of ...

Pleasant Valley man charged in fatal Iowa boat crash

LeCLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have charged a Pleasant Valley man with manslaughter after a boating crash last summer on the Mississippi River that killed two people. James Thiel, 44, has been charged with two felony counts of involuntary manslaughter, two misdemeanor counts of ...

Sheldon man pleads not guilty in death of infant daughter

PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has pleaded not guilty to charges filed in the death of his 5-month-old daughter. Lawrence Ruotolo Jr., 20, of Sheldon, entered his written plea Monday to two counts of child endangerment. His trial was scheduled for Aug. 10, The Sioux City Journal ...

India virus variant identified in two southeast Iowa people

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A third coronavirus variant that was first identified in hard-hit India has been uncovered in Iowa, state public health officials said Tuesday. The Iowa Department of Public Health said it has confirmed two cases of the variant, SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617. Health officials ...

EPA and Des Moines move to rehab polluted eyesore property

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his first visit to Iowa joined state and city officials Tuesday to announce the future plans for a sprawling former industrial site at a high-profile spot on the edge of downtown Des Moines. The 43-acre ...

Students suffer minor injuries in W. Iowa school bus crash

BRONSON, Iowa (AP) — Some students suffered minor injuries Tuesday afternoon when a school bus rolled over near the small western Iowa city of Bronson, officials said. The Woodbury County Sheriff's Office said 15 students were aboard the bus when it rolled off a gravel road. One student had ...