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State-employed registered nurses sue for unpaid overtime

DES MOINES (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds claim hundreds of state-employed nurses have not been paid overtime for two years. The lawsuit filed in state court on June 28 seeks a court order to force ...

Former Iowa official wins $1.5M in discrimination case

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and a staffer discriminated against the state’s then-commissioner of workers’ compensation in 2011 because he’s gay, and the ex-official is entitled to $1.5 million for emotional distress, a jury said ...

Trump escapes blame for ethanol policy hurting corn farmers

DES MOINES (AP) — Midwest farmers and their Republican elected officials rarely miss a chance to shower President Donald Trump with praise when he takes actions they believe help agriculture, but they’re now parsing their words over the administration’s policies dealing with ...

Iowa, Nevada to launch caucus voting by phone for 2020

DES MOINES (AP) — Democrats in the early presidential contest states of Iowa and Nevada will be able to cast their votes over the telephone instead of showing up at their states’ traditional neighborhood caucus meetings next February, according to plans unveiled by the state parties. The ...

No veteran left behind

By SUSAN PAYNE The Daily Nonpareil COUNCIL BLUFFS — Kanesville Riders Honor Guard formed in 2014 under the premise of one mission: To make sure no veteran is buried without honor. Now a 30-member group, the Honor Guard has committed more than 530 military funerals, capable of presenting ...

Fugitive from Iowa arrested

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An Iowa man who eluded authorities for almost eight years after his indictment on federal firearms charges has been apprehended at a remote ranch on a Montana Indian reservation. Michael Duane Strain of Lime Springs, Iowa, made an initial court appearance Friday in ...

Body of missing Illinois man found

ROCK FALLS (AP) — The remains of a missing Illinois man have been found in a northern Iowa campground pond. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that the body of 48-year-old Larry Eugene Howlett, of Sandwich, Illinois, was found Friday evening in the Camp of the Woods pond at Rock ...

North-central Iowa couple killed in crash

IOWA FALLS (AP) — Authorities say a north-central Iowa couple have been killed in a crash at an intersection near Iowa Falls. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 63-year-old Kevin Barz and his wife, 49-year-old Julia Barz, of Hampton, were pronounced dead at the scene of the Friday ...

Iowa man charged in March crash

IDA GROVE (AP) — A man Iowa authorities say was intoxicated when his vehicle crashed into another, killing three men, now faces felony charges in the case. The Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reports that 21-year-old Ryan Daniel Childers, of Odebolt, was charged last week with three counts of ...

Woman arrested in fatal July 4 hit-and-run crash

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a 23-year-old Des Moines woman has been arrested for a fatal hit-and-run crash. The crash happened just before 3 a.m. Thursday at a Des Moines intersection when a sport utility vehicle and car collided. Police say the driver of the car, 19-year-old Kevin Troung, ...

2 West Des Moines officers on leave after fatal shooting

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — Two Des Moines-area police officers are on paid administrative leave after fatally shooting a man who brandished a knife at them when they responded to a domestic disturbance call. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says West Des Moines Officers Nathan Grove ...

Authorities say man has drowned in central Iowa lake

PELLA (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa say a 27-year-old Knoxville man has drowned at Lake Red Rock just west of Pella. The Des Moines Register reports that Marion County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to the lake just after 6 p.m. Thursday for reports that a man had gone under the water ...

Deputy chief hit after Iowa police shooting, files show

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press CEDAR RAPIDS — A police shooting that left an unarmed black man paralyzed and sparked protests in Iowa’s second largest city also endangered the deputy police chief when the injured man’s speeding truck smashed into his patrol SUV, records show. Cedar ...

Police find dead body in creek near downtown Iowa City

IOWA CITY (AP) — Police officers say they have found a dead body in a creek near downtown Iowa City. The Iowa City Police Department said that the unidentified dead person’s body was located at 6:45 a.m. on Monday in the water of Ralston Creek near Gilbert Street. The creek is near ...

Principal closes deal to buy Wells Fargo retirement business

DES MOINES (AP) — Principal Financial Group says it has closed its purchase of the Wells Fargo’s Institutional Retirement & Trust business. Principal said Monday it is beginning the integration of the Wells Fargo’s 401k, pension, executive deferred compensation, employee stock ...

Authorities: Man trapped under trailer died

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Authorities in southern Iowa’s Marion County say a man trapped under a trailer has died. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says someone called 911 around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and said medical and other help was needed at a Knoxville address. First responders tried to ...

Police say toddler left in hot vehicle died at hospital

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 16-month-old girl died after being left inside a hot vehicle in northwest Iowa’s Sioux City. The Sioux City Police Department says officers dispatched around 4 p.m. Sunday found the toddler unconscious. The National Weather Service says the temperature ...

Survey suggests Midwest economic growth will continue

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states was hampered in part by tariffs and flooding last month, but it should continue to grow over the next three to six months, according to a report released Monday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.4 in ...

Court revives fired agent’s whistleblower claim

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has revived a long-running lawsuit that claims a state agent was fired in retaliation for his complaint about speeding by the governor’s security detail. The court on Friday ruled that a judge erred in dismissing a whistleblower claim filed by ...

Iowa manager to retire after inquiry

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa administrator will retire after criticizing a state investigation that found she created a hostile work environment for judges who rule on unemployment benefits disputes, records show. Iowa Workforce Development has for months sought to keep secret the details of the ...