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Iowa home to 24.9 million pigs, a new record and up 6%

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa now has 24.9 million pigs on farms, a record number and up 6% from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the figures Friday for the quarter ending Sept. 1. It showed Iowa farms have just over 1 million breeding pigs and 23.9 million market hogs, or ...

2020 Democratic hopeful Delaney replaces Iowa state director

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney’s Iowa state director has left his 2020 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Monica Biddix had been his state director since January 2019 but served on his campaign since June ...

Iowa man dies after crash in eastern Nebraska’s Sarpy County

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man died after his car collided with another in eastern Nebraska’s Sarpy County. The collision occurred a little before 5:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 6 on the south side of Gretna. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says an eastbound car ...

Man who let 12-year-old drive car that hit boy is imprisoned

WATERLOO (AP) — An Iowa father whose 12-year-old son struck a 4-year-old boy while driving the man’s car has been sent to prison. Black Hawk County District Court records say 34-year-old Jesse Azbill pleaded guilty Friday to child endangerment and aiding and abetting serious injury by ...

Iowa chief justice Cady recuses from judge selection law appeal

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady has removed himself from considering a lawsuit challenging a new law that shortens his term as chief justice and gives the governor more power over the commission that selects supreme court and appeals court judges. In an order ...

Men charged in courthouse break-in suspected in Polk Co.

DES MOINES (AP) — Authorities suspect that two cybersecurity workers charged with breaking into an Iowa courthouse were also responsible for a late-night entry into the courthouse in Des Moines. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that based on surveillance footage, investigators ...

More flooding likely along lower Missouri River

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — More flooding is likely along the Missouri River after heavy rains and flooding upstream in South Dakota. The National Weather Service says some moderate flooding is likely this week along the river between Sioux City, Iowa, and Rulo, Nebraska. Some parts of South Dakota ...

Sheriff: New evidence confirms ID of Missouri woman’s body

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say dental records and a tattoo support an earlier tentative identification of a body found on a hillside in southwest Missouri. McDonald County Sheriff Michael Hall said Monday the new evidence suggests the body found July 29 near Noel is that of ...

Minnesota company to grow tomatoes at new 50-acre Iowa facility

MASON CITY (AP) — A Minnesota company plans to break ground Wednesday on a northern Iowa facility for growing tomatoes. The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation says the $35 million Bushel Boy Farms facility in Mason City will bring about 50 jobs to northern Iowa. The first ...

Man dies at hospital after explosion at home in eastern Iowa

PRESTON (AP) — Authorities say a man died at a hospital after being injured in an explosion at his home in eastern Iowa. Law-Jones Funeral Home in Preston says 39-year-old Daniel Miller died last week at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City. He’d been taken there ...

Police: Teen survives gunshot

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa police say a 19-year-old is expected to recover after being accidentally shot in the head in Des Moines. Des Moines police spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek told the Des Moines Register that officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 11 p.m. Saturday at a house ...

Buttigieg racing to establish voter base in the Hawkeye State

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press WEST DES MOINES — In the back of a West Des Moines brewpub, a dozen supporters of Pete Buttigieg sipped craft beer and wine, scribbling the names of members of their social circles on campaign worksheets — clubs, yoga groups, jobs, school ...

City of Ames gets $1.66M federal grant

AMES (AP) — The city of Ames has been awarded a $1.66 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to put more electric buses into the city’s public transportation fleet. The city recently announced that CyRide will use the money to replace several diesel buses that have exceeded their ...

Des Moines police charge man with murder

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines man is charged with first-degree murder in what police say was the city’s 10th homicide of 2019. Police responded to a call about a shooting Saturday afternoon and found the body of 45-year-old John Lee Belcher of Des Moines inside a home. Charges were ...

Driver sought in fatal hit-and-run in Clinton

CLINTON (AP) — Police in the eastern Iowa town of Clinton are searching for the driver who fled after a vehicle fatally struck a pedestrian. Clinton police say 42-year-old Emiliano D. Barrios was killed Friday night while crossing a neighborhood street. Authorities say the fleeing vehicle ...

78 years later, Pearl Harbor victim’s remains are back in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa sailor killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 will finally be laid to rest in his home state. The Des Moines Register reports that William James Shanahan Jr. of Cedar Rapids was killed in the Dec. 7, 1941, attack that pushed the U.S. into World War II, but his ...

Sioux City man pleads guilty to 2017 slaying of Nebraska man

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of killing a Nebraska man in Sioux City has pleaded guilty. Woodbury County District Court records say a judge accepted the plea Friday from 31-year-old Daniel Levering. The charge was second-degree murder. Prosecutors had lowered it from ...

4th Democrat enters primary U.S. Senate race against GOP’s Joni Ernst

SIOUX CITY(AP) — Another Iowa Democrat has entered the primary race to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst. Mike Franken said in an introductory video Monday that he’s “not afraid to stand up for the proud progressive principles that Iowa Democrats share.” Franken retired from the ...