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GOP leaders not planning oversight of Iowa care center

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Republican legislative leaders said Tuesday they don’t plan to convene an oversight committee meeting to discuss problems at an Iowa care center for people with intellectual disabilities until they know more. Incoming House Speaker Pat ...

Woman outside her car hit, killed by car

DE SOTO (AP) — A person who was standing outside a car that had crashed into a guardrail in central Iowa died when another car hit her, the Iowa State Patrol has reported. The incident happened early Saturday morning along I-80 near De Soto after a vehicle lost control due to slippery road ...

Inmate who’d beaten his girlfriend to death dies

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man imprisoned for beating to death his girlfriend nearly 23 years ago has died at an Iowa hospital. Rick Bird was pronounced dead at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, the Iowa Corrections Department said. He was 72. Bird ...

Credit union manager tells police about thefts

AMES (AP) — A credit union manager has been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from a branch he managed in Ames. Henry Hill is charged with fraudulent practice and theft, Story County court records say. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 10. Hill remained in ...

Iowa court: Automated speeding tickets not a public record

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — The names of car owners ticketed by automated speed cameras are not a public record, a divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court was considering a lawsuit filed by a former Ottumwa police sergeant who was ticketed while driving a ...

Train derailment in eastern Iowa leaves mess, slows traffic

LECLAIRE (AP) — A train derailment Friday morning sent more than a dozen rail cars and tankers off the tracks in the eastern Iowa city of LeClaire, shutting down a nearby highway and sending a hazardous materials team scrambling to the downtown district site. The derailment happened a couple ...

Iowa DHS penalizes Medicaid provider

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Department of Human Services officials said Friday they are temporarily withholding nearly $44 million in payments for this month to one of the management companies overseeing the state’s Medicaid program. Iowa DHS spokesman Matt Highland said in a statement the ...

Iowa woman accused of racist attacks to undergo mental tests

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge Monday approved a competency evaluation of a woman accused of hate crimes in the Des Moines area, including intentionally running over a girl she thought was Mexican. The attorney for Nicole Poole, 42, told a judge Monday that he’d only just met Poole but that he ...

Judge: Key evidence can be used in Mollie Tibbetts’ slaying

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — In a victory for prosecutors, a judge ruled Monday that they can use key evidence at trial against the migrant worker charged with killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts. Judge Joel Yates agreed with prosecutors that some statements ...

Auditor, treasurer reject payments in Branstad case

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A group of top state officials on Monday approved payments of nearly $400,000 to a Des Moines law firm to continue a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because the official is ...

Woman charged in 2nd hit-and-run

CLIVE (AP) — An Iowa woman who told police she intentionally ran over a teenager because she believed the girl was Mexican has been charged with another hit-and-run crash that hurt a 12-year-old boy. Nicole Franklin, who also goes by the name Nicole Poole, was charged Monday by Des Moines ...

Woman and dog killed, 1 injured in central Iowa crash

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Authorities say a central Iowa woman and her dog were killed while driving the wrong way down a state highway on Saturday. Kim Pfantz, 58, of State Center, was driving with her dog eastbound in the westbound lanes of Highway 30 in Marshalltown around 8 p.m., according to ...

US attorney places focus on violent crimes

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Federal authorities in Iowa are placing a new priority on prosecuting violent crime and firearm offenses. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa is handling an increasing number of cases that would typically be considered state-level offenses, ...

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 ...