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Man sentenced after sex-trafficking sting

DES MOINES (AP) — A Nebraska man who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl at an Iowa motel for sex has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Des Moines Register reports a federal judge sentenced John Daniel Nielsen for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The ...

Iowa transportation director resigns

DES MOINES (AP) — The director of the Iowa Department of Transportation announced his resignation Friday after the governor asked him to step down. Mark Lowe will leave his position effective Jan. 10, according to a resignation letter he submitted to the governor, The Des Moines Register ...

Iowa Democrats worry ‘Medicare for All’ hurts key industry

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES — Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” ...

Former Iowa Congressman Bedell dies at age 98

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Former Iowa congressman and businessman Berkley Bedell has died at age 98. Bedell’s son, Tom Bedell, said in a post on Facebook that his father died Saturday after suffering a stroke earlier in the week. Berkley Bedell represented northwest Iowa’s 6th District in the ...

Woman killed, man injured in Iowa hit-and-run crash

CENTER POINT (AP) — Police say an eastern Iowa woman has died and a man was injured when a sport utility vehicle hit them in a bar parking lot and sped away. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Bully’s North in Center ...

U of Iowa pushes major deal to lease utilities to private firm

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — The University of Iowa advanced a multibillion-dollar plan Tuesday to lease its utility system to a for-profit operator for 50 years in exchange for a large upfront payment that would be used to support its strategic goals. University President ...

Authorities say 75-year-old man killed by skid loader

WHEATLAND (AP) — Authorities have identified an eastern Iowa man killed in a skid loader accident. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday said 75-year-old Owen H. Boedeker, of Wheatland, died in the accident Monday morning at a business in the small community. Wheatland emergency ...

Iowa will pay protester’s legal bills

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to pay $130,000 in legal bills for two eastern Iowa anti-abortion rights protesters who successfully challenged a portion of the state’s disorderly conduct law. Anthony Miano and Nicholas Rolland, both of Davenport, frequently read aloud from ...

Des Moines police investigating death of man found in car

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police say they are investigating the death of a man found inside a car with a gunshot wound. Police say it’s considered a suspicious death. Officers and medics were called to the car Monday afternoon in the Sherman Hill neighborhood, just west of downtown. ...

Iowa settles stalking lawsuit filed by 3 workers

DES MOINES — The Iowa board responsible for approving lawsuit settlements on behalf of the state decided Monday on a $900,000 settlement in a case filed by three men who worked at the Department of Revenue and claimed they were harassed by another male co-worker. The lawsuit was filed in ...

Man dies in skid loader accident

WHEATLAND, (AP) — Authorities say a man has died in a skid loader accident in the small eastern Iowa city of Wheatland. The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office says the accident happened Monday morning at a business where a person was operating a skid loader. Wheatland emergency responders ...

House fire destroys firefighter’s home

CLIVE (AP) — A fire in the Des Moines suburb of Clive has destroyed the home of a firefighter who was at work when the blaze broke out. The fire was reported early Saturday while Lt. Gerrit Foreman was at work at the Windsor Heights Fire Department. Foreman, a firefighter and paramedic, ...

Judge: Ag-gag law can’t be enforced

DES MOINES (AP) — A federal court judge says the state of Iowa cannot enforce its latest attempt to stifle undercover investigations of livestock farms and denied the state’s efforts to dismiss a lawsuit challenging this year’s so-called ag-gag law. The Republican-led legislature passed ...

Survey suggests economy slowing in 9 Midwest, Plains states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly survey of business leaders suggests the economy is slowing down in nine Midwest and Plains states as the U.S. trade war with China continues, according to a report released Monday. The overall index for the region slipped into negative territory at 48.6 in ...

Woman who stole from church group gets probation, mercy

DES MOINES (AP) — A woman who stole thousands of dollars from the Open Bibles Churches organization in the Des Moines area has been given a suspended prison sentence and forgiveness by the orientization’s leaders. Polk County District Court records say 55-year-old Michelene Kinning was ...

Man dies in Iowa crash while fleeing Cedar Rapids police

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities say a man died after his car slammed into a utility pole while he was fleeing from Cedar Rapids police. Cedar Rapids Police say the chase began around 10 p.m. Saturday when an officer tried to stop a BMW that was driving recklessly. The suspect fled south on ...

Woman who lied about medical problems convicted

WATERLOO (AP) — A Waterloo woman has been found guilty of scamming a couple out of thousands of dollars by saying she had a kidney transplant, tumors and other medical problems. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that 47-year-old Shawn Adams, also known as Shawn Tomkins, was convicted ...

Jury awards $1.4M to man who got vasectomy

DES MOINES (AP) — A jury in Iowa has awarded $1.4 million to a Burmese immigrant who wanted a circumcision but instead got a vasectomy. The Des Moines Register reports that the jury last week leveled a $2 million judgment against Dr. Kevin Birusingh, who performed the vasectomy. But jurors ...

Iowa man charged with neglecting malnourished goats

NEW PROVIDENCE (AP) — A 26-year-old man is facing animal neglect charges after authorities found several malnourished and dead goats on his property in north-central Iowa. The Hardin County Sheriff’s department found two dead goats and a malnourished goat in an outdoor shed without bedding ...

Police arrest gunman after standoff

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have arrested a 25-year-old man after a nearly four-hour standoff at an apartment complex in eastern Des Moines. Des Moines Police say officers responding to reports of gunfire shortly before 5 a.m. Sunday found the suspect on a second-floor balcony. The man fired at ...