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Man found guilty in death of gender-fluid Iowa teenager

KEOKUK (AP) — A man was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a gender-fluid Iowa teenager that drew the attention of the U.S. Justice Department. A jury convicted Jorge Sanders-Galvez, 23, in the death of 16-year-old Kedarie Johnson of Burlington, the Des ...

Iowa Democrats propose health plan

DES MOINES (AP) — Two Democratic lawmakers have proposed legislation creating a Medicaid-style health insurance plan for Iowans, but the proposal has virtually no chance in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Sen. Matt McCoy of Des Moines and Rep. John Forbes of Urbandale released details ...

Grassley threatens Trump nominees over biofuels mandate

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican senator said Tuesday he may seek to block President Donald Trump’s nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. Sen. Chuck ...

Iowa reports 1st confirmed West Nile virus death for 2017

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials have announced the year’s first confirmed death from West Nile virus in Iowa. The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that an adult woman from southwest Iowa died earlier this month. The state medical director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, ...

Wisconsin man pleads guilty in Iowa to child enticement

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to a federal count of enticement of a minor after investigators say he tried to meet a teen in central Iowa for sex. The Courier reports that 26-year-old Carson Tyler Sibley, of LaCrosse, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in ...

Police: Woman crossing street in Des Moines hit, killed

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a 60-year-old woman has died after being hit by a sport utility vehicle as she walked across a Des Moines street. Police tell The Des Moines Register that the woman was hit Friday afternoon as she crossed University Avenue on Des Moines’ west side. ...

Fitzgerald: Budget transfer move not legally compliant

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s treasurer says Gov. Kim Reynolds’ plan to tap an emergency fund to address a budget shortfall is not compliant with state law. Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald sent a letter to Reynolds on Friday that says revenue tied to the state budget that ended in June did not ...

Political opponent targets Pate meeting attendance

IOWA CITY (AP) — Secretary of State Paul Pate has shown up in person to less than half of the meetings of a key panel that helps run Iowa’s executive branch, an attendance record that one of his political opponents criticized Wednesday. Minutes reviewed by The Associated Press show that ...

Regents detail secret Harreld meetings during U of I president search

IOWA CITY (AP) — A majority of University of Iowa governing board members have described under oath how they secretly recruited Bruce Harreld weeks before hiring the businessman as president, circumventing the Iowa Open Meetings Law, court records show. Five of nine members of the Board of ...

Man to use Iowa’s new ‘stand your ground’ defense

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man accused in a deadly shooting on Iowa City’s pedestrian mall plans to use Iowa’s new “stand your ground” law in his defense. Lamar Wilson, 23, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon in connection to an Aug. ...

Man charged in wife’s shooting death to stand trial

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) — A man accused of shooting and killing his wife outside a northeast Nebraska police station is now slated to stand trial in the first-degree murder case. Bei Sheng Chen, 41, of South Sioux City, appeared in a Dakota County Court on Tuesday, where he waived his right ...

Man killed when mower overturns, pinning him in river

SHELDON (AP) — A man has died after a riding lawnmower he was operating at a northwest Iowa country club rolled onto him. The O’Brien County sheriff’s office says 66-year-old Dean Seivert of Sheldon died Monday after being pinned under the mower, which rolled into the Floyd ...

1 killed in garbage truck, semi crash in dense fog in Iowa

VINTON (AP) — Officials in eastern Iowa are blaming dense fog for the crash of a semitrailer and a garbage truck that killed one person. The Benton County sheriff’s office says the crash happened just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near Vinton, where heavy fog covered the area. Officials say ...

Officials concerned about growing inmate population

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials of a jail in central Iowa want to open three empty housing units amid an increase in inmates, but county supervisors hope for other efforts to reduce the jail population. Polk County Jail has seen a daily average of more than 1,000 inmates this year. The jail ...

Iowa governor agrees with end to DACA; Reynolds wants Congress to act

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds says she agrees with President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out a program that protects young immigrants from deportation because she believes Congress should address the issue. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday it’s Congress’ ...

Apple gets $208M in tax breaks to build Iowa data center

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa approved a deal Thursday to give Apple $208 million in state and local tax breaks to build two data storage centers near Des Moines and to create at least 50 jobs — a pact that critics quickly panned. The deal approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority ...

Iowa agency ends nursing home visits

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa agency that advocates for the elderly and people with disabilities will no longer send staff to visit nursing homes because of budget cuts. The Iowa Long-Term Care Ombudsman’s office has eliminated in-state travel after losing a quarter of its nearly $2 million ...

Iowa GOP leader accused of stalking, threatening ex-fiancee

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancee after allegedly threatening her and admittedly using her iTunes account’s “Find iPhone” app to track her whereabouts. A judge this month granted a ...

Officials announce new Iowa license plate design

AMES (AP) — Officials have announced the winner of online balloting for new license plates that will grace Iowa vehicles in the years to come. The Iowa Transportation Department said Monday that the design dubbed “City and County Reboot” received more than 113,000 votes. The design’s ...

Iowa State Fair’s 1.13 million visitors sets attendance mark

DES MOINES (AP) — This year’s Iowa State Fair set an attendance record, with more than 1.13 million people visiting the 11-day event in Des Moines. The fair announced Monday the fair that wrapped up Sunday had an unofficial attendance of 1,130,071. That topped the previous record of ...