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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 ...

Making machines smarter

By DONNELLE ELLER An AP Exchange Story URBANDALE — Many of the work areas in Deere & Co.’s nearly $33 million, light-filled technology center in Urbandale were cordoned off recently. Employees behind the tape at Deere’s Intelligent Solutions Group are developing new products, said ...

Dubuque sinkhole will block lanes

DUBUQUE (AP) — A sinkhole will continue interfering with traffic in downtown Dubuque for about another month. The Dubuque Telegraph-Herald reports city officials estimate that it will take that long to figure out what is causing the hole under a lane of White Street downtown and fix the ...

Davenport preparing for future floods

DAVENPORT (AP) — The city of Davenport is considering changes in its landscaping near the Mississippi River to ensure that it has room for bigger barriers in future floods. The Quad-City Times reports city officials are considering spending $180,000 to remove two road dividers filled with ...

Ethanol producer blames Indiana plant closure on Trump’s EPA

CLOVERDALE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of a western Indiana ethanol plant is blaming its shut down on the Trump administration allowing some refineries to not blend ethanol with gasoline as required under federal law. South Dakota-based ethanol producer POET says it will cease production by ...

Audit: Some felons got IDs to work for Iowa security firms

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa agency granted professional licenses to more than 5,800 private security workers without conducting mandatory criminal background checks, including at least two dozen who had records that should have disqualified them, auditors said Thursday. Ineligible applicants ...

Services held for deputy who died in crash

ROCK RAPIDS (AP) — Services are being held Monday for a northwest Iowa sheriff’s deputy who died after her patrol vehicle crashed. A Mass is scheduled at 10 a.m. in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for Deputy Stephanie Schreurs, who died Tuesday. She was injured Aug. 9 when her vehicle ran off a ...

Police: Convenience store clerk killed

BETTENDORF (AP) — Police say a clerk died after being shot during a robbery at an eastern Iowa convenience store. The robbery occurred around 5:40 p.m. Saturday at a Big 10 Mart in Bettendorf. The name of the 28-year-old woman who was shot hasn’t been released. No arrests have been reported.

Boy sentenced for Iowa man’s slaying

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A 16-year-old Nebraska boy has been sentenced to 10 to 50 years in prison for the slaying of a man in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County District Court records say Xavier Smith-Catchings, of Omaha, was sentenced Thursday. He’d entered a written plea of guilty ...

Men killed in house fire identified

FRUITLAND (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people who died in an eastern Iowa house fire. The Quad-City Times reports that the Muscatine County medical examiner’s office has identified the two men as 45-year-old Graham Jared and his 21-year-old nephew, Ethan Jared. They ...

Warren apologizes for heritage claim, woos Native Americans

By ELANA SCHOR and JOSH FUNK Associated Press SIOUX CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big political liability. “Like ...