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Iowa man gets 45 years in killing outside Gary gas station

CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty in the 2015 death of an Illinois man fatally shot outside a Gary gas station. A Lake County judge sentenced Dontrall Jer'i Phillips, 25, of Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday after accepting his ...

Ex-Four Oaks youth counselor pleads guilty to sex abuse

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former Four Oaks youth counselor has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing and exploiting a 14-year-old boy in 2018. Danielle Hook, 29, entered a written plea Thursday to amended charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation by a counselor or therapist, The ...

Man trapped under skid loader at Iowa burial vault rescued

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Firefighters rescued a man Friday trapped under a skid loader at a burial vault business in Waterloo. The incident happened around 6 a.m. when the hydraulics that operate the arms of the skid loader bucket failed, sending one of the arms crashing down on a mechanic ...

Court upholds Iowa man’s civil judgment in mother’s death

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There was enough evidence for a jury to conclude in a wrongful death lawsuit that an Iowa man shot and killed his mother, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, leaving in place the jury's $10 million award even though the man was eventually acquitted on criminal ...

Iowa revenue ticks upward amid slow job improvement

DES MOINES (AP) — A panel of Iowa budget experts said Friday said that expect higher state revenue this year than forecast in December and they remained cautious about predicting a quick recovery. The Revenue Estimating Conference increased the current year estimate of revenue to $8.07 ...

9-year-old girl in car killed in crash with school bus

INWOOD (AP) — A 9-year-old girl was killed Friday morning when the car in which she was riding rear-ended a school bus in northwest Iowa, authorities say. The Iowa State Patrol said the West Lyon Community School District bus was stopped to pick up students when it was hit, the Des Moines ...

Bankers survey for parts of 10 states rockets to record high

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states appears to be on record pace, according to a monthly survey of bankers released Thursday that saw individual indicators soar and the overall index rocket to its highest reading since the survey began in 2006. The ...

Offline Iowa nuclear plant eyed as site of solar project

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A decommissioned eastern Iowa nuclear plant could become the site of a new massive solar energy project. NextEra Energy of Florida on Tuesday laid out plans in a meeting with nearby landowners to build a solar farm near the now-idle Duane Arnold Energy Center in ...

Iowa City park named for late Pulitzer Prize winner

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City park has been renamed for a late resident and the first Black winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Iowa City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved changing the name of Creekside Park to James Alan McPherson Park. McPherson enrolled at the ...

GOP bill relaxes Iowa laws on gun permits, background checks

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Legislature are again working to rewrite the state's gun laws with a bill that would allow people to buy firearms and carry a concealed handgun without first obtaining a state permit. The measure continues moves to lessen restrictions on gun ...

Iowa City to reboot racial truth commission after infighting

IOWA CITY (AP) — A groundbreaking effort to document and dismantle institutional racism in Iowa's most liberal city will be paused and relaunched after weeks of conflict among leaders derailed its work. The City Council in Iowa City voted late Tuesday to suspend the Truth and Reconciliation ...

Jury finds Des Moines man guilty of murder in 2019 killing

DES MOINES (AP) — A jury has convicted a man of first-degree murder for the 2019 shooting death of another man inside a Des Moines home. Stanley Wofford was found guilty Monday in the Aug. 31, 2019, death of 45-year-old John Belcher, television station WHO-TV reported. Wofford was charged ...

Sheriffs: Cattle found slain, dumped along Iowa gravel roads

AMES (AP) — Sheriffs in two central Iowa counties say their offices are looking for the person or people who dumped slain cattle along gravel roads in their jurisdictions. Two cows and a calf were found dead in Boone and Greene counties on March 10, the Ames Tribune reported. Investigators ...

Man to be sentenced in April for death of 4-month-old

WESTGATE (AP) — A northeastern Iowa man is scheduled to be sentenced in April for the death of the 4-month-old nephew of his ex-girlfriend. Dean Alan Hettinger, 24, of Westgate, was convicted last week of first-degree murder and child endangerment. He faces life in prison, the Des Moines ...

Iowa plans to open vaccines to all residents on April 5

JOHNSTON (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Wednesday that all Iowa residents will be eligible for coronavirus vaccinations on April 5 as long as supply projections are met. The federal government is promising a surge in supply in late March that will enable enough vaccinations to meet much ...

Iowa police: 7-year-old accidentally shot in foot by father

WEBSTER CITY (AP) — Police in central Iowa's Webster City say they're investigating after a 7-year-old boy was accidentally shot by his father. The shooting happened Saturday, Des Moines television station KCCI reported. Webster City police said the father was pulling a gun out of his ...

Iowa school board votes to drop Native American mascot

CAMANCHE (AP) — An eastern Iowa school board has voted to drop the district's "Indians" nickname and mascot following renewed appeals this year to do so from Native American tribes and organizations. The Camanche Community Schools board voted 5-1 Monday night to stop use of the mascot by ...

Iowa man awaiting trial in shooting charged with murder

WATERLOO (AP) — An Iowa man awaiting trial on an attempted murder charge has been charged with killing another man during a robbery. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Robert Lee Williams Jr., 32, of Waterloo, was charged Tuesday with one count of first-degree murder in the death ...

Man gets prison for hit-and-run that killed 8-year-old boy

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A Council Bluffs man has been sentenced to five years in prison for a hit-and-run crash last year that killed an 8-year-old boy. Troy Pokorny, 37, was sentenced Thursday in Pottawattamie County District Court after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a personal ...

Iowans tops 1M shots as state struggles with appointments

DES MOINES (AP) — More than 1 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in Iowa, the state announced Friday, even as residents who qualify struggled to make appointments for a shot. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Iowa has administered 1.03 million doses. The ...