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Flash flood watches issued for parts of Nebraska and Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain for parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and issuing flash flood watches. The service says a slow-moving cold front will trigger thunderstorms and deluges. Up to 5 inches is expected Monday evening through early ...

Iowa House Speaker Upmeyer to resign, not seek re-election

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says she will not seek re-election next year and plans to resign as speaker before lawmakers return in January. Republican lawmakers in 2015 chose Upmeyer to be the first woman in Iowa to hold the job as speaker of the House, the presiding ...

Iowa to pay nearly $500,000 more in Branstad case fees

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A panel of top state elected officials approved on Monday nearly half a million dollars more to cover attorney fees for former Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a gay former state ...

Fast-moving water below dam on Iowa border creates dangers for fishermen

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The fast-moving water flowing out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border will create dangerous fishing conditions on the Missouri River this fall. The Sioux City Journal reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning fishermen to take precautions and ...

Iowa man gets 5 years in prison in his girlfriend’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to five years in prison for injuring his girlfriend and causing her death. KCRG reports that Cody Brown was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the June 2018 death of ...

Scott County program helps inmate learn bike repairs

By TOM LOEWY AP Exchange DAVENPORT — Monchay Russell did a long stretch of 2019 staring at the walls and floors inside Scott County Jail. That changed last week when the 19-year-old inmate spent five hours at the county’s annex on Tremont Avenue. Under the watchful eye of Officer Bo, ...

Blackout plates in demand

By NICK HYTREK An AP Exchange story SIOUX CITY — Never underestimate the appeal of a simple license plate design. Or maybe more accurately, the public’s dislike for the alternative. Or perhaps an owner’s desire to color-coordinate plates with his or her vehicle. Whatever the reason, ...

Police: Man in Des Moines street fatally hit by vehicle

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a man who witnesses reported was sitting in a Des Moines street has been hit by a vehicle and killed. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday on Southwest Ninth Street. Medics arrived to find a 62-year-old Des Moines resident ...

Joensen ordained as Roman Catholic Des Moines Diocese bishop

DES MOINES (AP) — The Rev. William Joensen has been ordained as the 10th bishop to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. The Des Moines Register reports that more than 1,500 parishioners witnessed the ordination Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines, the ...

Parts of I-680, I-29 in Iowa, Nebraska reopen post-flooding

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Portions of interstates in Omaha and across the Missouri River in western Iowa have reopened after being closed for several days for flooding. The Interstate 680 bridge spanning the Missouri River from Omaha to the Interstate 29 interchange in Iowa reopened Friday ...

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 ...