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Ex-Iowa legislator gets prison for Paul role

DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson, who accepted money for endorsing presidential candidate Ron Paul in 2012, was sentenced to 15 months in prison Tuesday — even though prosecutors had sought only probation. In Judge Robert Pratt’s surprise decision, he said “political ...

Iowa bill would let women sue doctors who perform their abortions

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow a woman who gets an abortion to sue the doctor who performed the procedure if she experiences emotional distress later. If approved, it would be the first law of its kind in the U.S. The proposal, which was endorsed ...

City face-lift aimed at maintaining antique trade’s vitality

WALNUT (AP) — Walnut residents hope streetscape work and building renovations will help return their small town to its former glory. The Pottawattamie County community of around 775 residents has long been known as the Antique City for its many antique shops. Merchants and city officials ...

February trial set for 3rd kidnapping defendant

OTTUMWA (AP) — A February trial has been scheduled for the last of three people accused of kidnapping an Ottumwa woman. Court records say Joel Herrarte Jr. has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and other charges. His trial is set to begin Feb. 14. Constance Griffiths pleaded guilty last week ...

Man died after vehicle was struck by train, authorities say

MARSHALLTOWN (AP) — A driver has died at a hospital after his vehicle was hit by a train in Marshalltown. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that the accident occurred around 8 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say 63-year-old Kyle Quick was driving across tracks when his vehicle was struck ...

Defunding Planned Parenthood could harm Iowa social program

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s governor has proposed cutting funding for needy kids as part of his plan to defund Planned Parenthood, a rare step even as Republican-dominated states grapple with whether to sacrifice federal dollars in order to lessen the organization’s influence. According to ...

Iowa woman hit, killed by vehicle in southeast Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities in southeast Nebraska say an Iowa woman has died after being hit by a vehicle. The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office says 19-year-old Merzedes Hart, of Council Bluffs, was walking Friday night near Waverly when she was hit by a vehicle. Hart was pronounced ...

Sub accused of racist comments won’t be back

CLIVE (AP) — West Des Moines Community Schools officials say they will no longer employ a substitute teacher accused of making racist comments to students at Clive Learning Academy. Des Moines television station KCCI reports that the parents of a 10-year-old boy say he came home from the ...

Audit: Improper school bank accounts had $1.8M

DES MOINES (AP) — A state investigation has uncovered two Roosevelt High School bank accounts with $1.8 million in deposits that wrongly operated outside of the district’s oversight. The audit released Friday found hundreds of thousands of dollars of improper and undocumented spending that ...

Muscatine council OKs impeachment process against mayor

MUSCATINE (AP) — The Muscatine City Council has unanimously approved impeachment proceedings against the city’s mayor, accusing her of misconduct, neglect and making disparaging comments toward city employees. Council members have declined to reveal details about the allegations made ...

Railroad pros pay tribute to late friendly farm couple

WHITING (AP) — Driving on Monona County Road K-45 between Whiting and Sloan, you see a sign gracing an old barn, just off the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. The yellow banner says, “Thank You Union Pacific!!!” It comes from the family of the late Vernon and Lenora Gloyer, thanking ...

2 arrested in protest in US Sen. Grassley’s Iowa office

DES MOINES (AP) — Two people participating in a sit-in at U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office have been arrested. A news release by the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund says the arrests followed a four-hour sit-in Friday at Grassley’s office in Des Moines to protest the ...

Hy-Vee grocery recalls store-branded candy packages because of salmonella

DES MOINES (AP) — The Hy-Vee food store chain has recalled store branded candy distributed to 242 stores in eight states after learning an ingredient from another company could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in ...

Glenwood fined after abuse investigation

DES MOINES (AP) — A southwestern Iowa disability treatment center was fined $40,000 and could lose its license to operate if problems aren’t solved, after an investigation revealed numerous cases of abuse, a state regulatory agency said Friday. The Iowa Department of Inspections and ...

Court upholds firing of Iowa judge who criticized governor

IOWA CITY (AP) — A court has upheld the firing of a judge who helped expose improper political pressure in Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration, agreeing with an arbitrator that she lied to get her daughter state-funded health benefits. Iowa district judge Douglas Staskal on Thursday ...

Native American site gets historic designation

WESTFIELD (AP) — A site in northwest Iowa inhabited by Native Americans roughly 800 years ago is now designated a National Historic Landmark. The designation for the 1.9-acre Kimball Village Site near Westfield was announced Wednesday by the U.S. Department of the Interior highlights the ...

Iowa has looming teacher shortage

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa education officials are expecting to face a teacher shortage, and leaders are preparing to address the issue. The state’s universities are graduating 400 fewer teachers, counselors and administrators annually than in 2013. The Iowa Department of Education said about ...

Greene wants his trial moved

DES MOINES (AP) — Attorneys for an Iowan accused of killing two Des Moines-area police officers are seeking to have his trial moved. An attorney for 46-year-old Scott Michael Greene told a judge in a hearing Thursday that he plans to file the change-of-venue request within days. Scott ...

Man shot dead was intruder in home

SUMNER (AP) — A sheriff says a 46-year-old Davenport man shot and killed in rural northeastern Iowa is believed to be the intruder in a home invasion. Steven Anthony died Friday after a man shot him at a home in Sumner, about 150 miles from Davenport.

Judge backs use of stun guns in Iowa

NORTHWOOD (AP) — A judge says deputies in northern Iowa did not use excessive force when they repeatedly deployed stun guns against a violent suspect who died after their 2013 confrontation. U.S. Magistrate Judge C.J. Williams dismissed a lawsuit Sunday filed by Larry and Cheryl Zubrod, the ...