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Troubled Iowa center ordered to reinstate aide

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A worker at a troubled center for disabled Iowans will be reinstated with years of back pay after a board ruled that he did not intentionally kick a resident in 2017, as was alleged by its then-superintendent. The order to overturn Aaron ...

Iowa schools closing, lawmakers suspending work at Capitol

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Dozens of Iowa school districts are following the governor’s guidance and suspending classes for four weeks to stem the spread of the new coronavirus. And after legislative leaders made a similar decision to suspend the legislative session, ...

Fatal shooting reported in Marshalltown

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting in the central Iowa city of Marshalltown. Marshalltown Police said the shooting was reported around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Officers responding to the shooting found a critically injured 27-year-old man with gunshot wounds. The man was ...

Iowa Legislature suspends session for 30 days

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa leaders said Sunday they will halt the current legislative session for at least 30 days after learning the state now has community spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the spreading coronavirus. Colin Tadlock, the spokesman for House ...

New COVID-19 cases prompt Iowa governor to recommend school closures

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE Associated Press DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds recommended Sunday night that Iowa schools close for four weeks after learning of more cases that indicate the coronavirus is spreading through the state. Reynolds had said Saturday that she didn’t support cancelling ...

Apartment building in Urbandale engulfed by flames Sunday morning

URBANDALE (AP) — An apartment building in Urbandale caught fire and was damaged extensively Sunday morning. The building in Urbandale’s Ashford Ridge complex was engulfed in flames Sunday, said Claire Brehmer, spokeswoman for the property owner, Hubbell Realty. “The entire roof is ...

Group makes headway in Iowa on old Route 20 designation

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Visitors to the small northeastern Iowa city of Dyersville can soak up all the Americana that embodies a baseball diamond built amid cornfields for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams.” At Fort Dodge, they can experience a replica of 19th-century fort life. And in tiny ...

Reynolds announces first 3 COVID-19 cases in Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Three cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Sunday. All three individuals with COVID-19 recently took a cruise in Egypt before returning home to Johnson County in Iowa. All three of the individuals are recovering at home in isolation. Iowa ...

Woman accused of helping husband flee is arrested at US border

SIDNEY (AP) — The wife of a man accused of pushing his wife’s alleged lover off the top of a grain bin in southwest Iowa has been arrested trying to return from Mexico, authorities said. Anahi Andrade, 27, was taken into custody in El Paso, Texas, and returned to the Fremont County Jail in ...

Man suspected of shooting at officers arrested in eastern Iowa

MIDDLE AMANA (AP) — A man suspected of shooting at law enforcement officers has been arrested in Iowa County. Jeremy Krapp, 31, of Davenport, faces two counts of attempted murder and other charges. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could comment for him. He remained in ...

Feds to take over monitoring of Maquoketa contamination

MAQUOKETA (AP) — A federal agency intends to assume the monitoring of contamination from a carcinogenic chemical that’s spread from a factory site in the eastern Iowa city of Maquoketa. The Telegraph Herald reported that the Environmental Protection Agency is developing a plan for testing ...

Juul Labs sought to court attorneys general as teen vaping surged

By MATTHEW PERRONE and RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON — It was a blunt warning about the dangers of youth vaping: Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced late last month that his state had joined 38 others to investigate whether Juul Labs, the nation’s largest ...

Report: Virus outbreak making mark on Midwest economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Worries about a new virus first detected in China that’s infected tens of thousands of people globally are making a mark on the economy of a nine-state region in the Midwest and Plains. The Mid-American Business Conditions Index sank in February to 52.8 from 57.2 in ...

Man charged in Iowa with harboring runaway teen

JOHNSTON (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been charged in Iowa with harboring a runaway teenager from Mississippi. The 15-year-old and Jared Wright, 21, were found Sunday in his car at a high school parking lot in Johnston, according to Iowa court documents. She was unharmed, said Lt. Heath Osberg ...

Man faces sentencing in Sioux City

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of looting the checking account of a nursing home resident has pleaded guilty. The Sioux City Journal reported that Ronald Taylor, 53, entered the plea last week to a charge of dependent adult abuse. His sentencing is scheduled for April ...

Winner claims $1M Iowa Lottery prize

CLIVE (AP) — A northwest Iowa man who bought a Powerball ticket that turned out to be worth $1 million claimed his prize Monday. Shane Saxen told officials at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Clive that he usually doesn’t buy a ticket until the jackpot’s really high. “In this case, I just ...

Powerball ticket worth $1 million sold in northwest Iowa

CORRECTIONVILLE (AP) — A Powerball ticket sold in northwest Iowa is worth $1 million. Iowa Lottery officials say the ticket sold in Correctionville, Iowa, matched five of the six winning numbers in Saturday’s drawing. The ticket was sold at a Brew convenience store. The store will receive ...

Iowa man guilty in 1979 killing of student

DAVENPORT (AP) — More than 40 years after an 18-year-old high school student’s body was found outside an Iowa shopping mall, jurors Monday convicted a man of murder in her death. It took jurors about three hours to convict Jerry Burns, 66, of first-degree murder in the Dec. 19, 1979, ...

State documents: Top DHS manager knew of arousal study plans

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A recently retired official overseeing Iowa’s mental health and disability services programs knew almost two years ago of plans to perform sexual experiments at a state-run institution, document released Monday indicate. The Iowa Department of ...

Iowa high court elects Christensen chief justice

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court elected Justice Susan Christensen as its next chief justice on Monday, making her only the second woman to rise to chief of the seven-member court. Appointed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds in 2018, Christensen is part of a ...