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Dubuque man charged in girlfriend’s stabbing death

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque woman has been stabbed to death, and her boyfriend has been charged. Samantha Link, 21, was killed in her apartment early Friday morning. Police say they found her around 2:20 a.m. after receiving a report of a stabbing. Police say 25-year-old Fontae Buelow met ...

Man left chilling message on no-contact order, police say

DUBUQUE (AP) — Authorities suspect a man broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and used a knife to stick a copy of a no-contact order on a wall of her Dubuque apartment. Police say the gist of a message written on the order was: Who’s going to stop me? Police have arrested the ...

Historical items stolen from Iowa society

HOPKINTON (AP) — Law enforcement officials in northeastern Iowa are on the lookout for some hot artifacts and antiques. Someone broke into the Delaware County Historical Society’s building in Hopkinton on Wednesday night and stole several items dating back to the 1800s. The items include ...

Lawmakers push bill to keep 911 calls secret

DES MOINES (AP) — A bill moving swiftly through the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the public’s right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing off key information about authorities’ first response to shootings and other incidents. The bill would ...

Laws restricting wages, compensation signed

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law a ban on local governments raising the minimum hourly wage and another law changing Iowa’s workers’ compensation system. Branstad signed the measures Thursday at a public event. The National Employment Law Project says Iowa is ...

Woman who stole from mom to gamble gets year of probation

OSAGE (AP) — An Osage woman accused of stealing from her mother to gamble at a local casino has been given probation. Marilyn Spartz was sentenced last week to a year of probation. A $625 fine and a 30-day jail sentence were suspended. Spartz had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft after ...

Former official accused of theft from Benton County agency

VINTON (AP) — Authorities have accused a former executive director of a Benton County economic development group with using its money to make personal purchases. Online court records say 46-year-old Ranae Becker is charged with theft. A phone listed for Becker in Vinton rang unanswered ...

Branstad lowers projections for budget by about $173M

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad has lowered his projections for Iowa’s upcoming budget year by about $173 million amid declining state revenue. The Republican governor released a revised budget Tuesday night that proposes spending roughly $7.2 billion in the budget year that begins ...

Regulator’s confirmation delayed after AP report

IOWA CITY (AP) — The Iowa Senate delayed the confirmation of Geri Huser as the Iowa Utilities Board chairwoman after The Associated Press reported on her extensive private legal work, lawmakers said Wednesday. The Senate commerce committee had been scheduled Tuesday to consider Huser’s ...

Lawmakers drop ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Iowa on Wednesday scrapped legislation that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, retreating just one day after announcing the proposal. The move marked a blow for conservatives in the state seeking to enact among the nation’s ...

Weaver seeks Rep. King’s seat again

DES MOINES (AP) — Democrat Kim Weaver wants a rematch against U.S. Rep. Steve King after losing to the Republican congressman in 2016. Weaver announced Sunday she would challenge King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District in 2018. In the last election, Weaver lost in 38 of the 39 counties ...

Remains of soldier being returned

HARLAN (AP) — Remains of an Iowa soldier who died in the Korean War are being returned for burial in Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, D.C. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced Monday that the remains of Army Sgt. Donald Noehren, of Harlan, Iowa, will be buried April ...

Panel OKs bill to toughen texting law

DES MOINES (AP) — A House panel has approved a bill that would toughen Iowa’s regulations for texting and driving. A subcommittee of the House Transportation Committee unanimously agreed Monday to support the legislation. It’s now eligible for a full committee vote. The bill would allow ...

Judge blocks Branstad’s deposition in firing of Hedlund

DES MOINES (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad praised a judge Monday for ruling that he does not have to face deposition in a lawsuit filed by a fired state agent who accuses the governor of defamation. Former Division of Criminal Investigation agent Larry Hedlund had asked a judge to require ...

Iowa lawmakers OK standard minimum wage

DES MOINES (AP) — The Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature on Monday approved a bill that would prohibit local governments from raising minimum hourly wages above the state level, effectively cutting some existing worker wages — an unusual result compared to other so-called pre-emption ...

Former UNI head Ben Allen is ISU interim president

IOWA CITY (AP) — Former University of Northern Iowa President Ben Allen will serve as interim president of Iowa State University following the resignation of Steven Leath. The Press-Citizen reported Friday that Allen will begin his interim role on May 9. His annual salary will be $525,000 ...

Sioux City man accused of firing at deputy pleads not guilty

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man accused of firing at a Woodbury County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder. The Sioux City Journal reports that 24-year-old Melvin Spencer entered the plea Friday before in Woodbury County District Court. His trial has been set for ...

Muscatine mayor’s removal hearing to reconvene

MUSCATINE (AP) — The mayor of Muscatine will have to wait until next month to defend herself to the City Council, which is considering her removal from office. The Muscatine Journal reports that the council met for 11 hours Thursday and listened to witnesses and lawyers talk about Mayor ...

Lawmaker files paperwork to explore gubernatorial run

DES MOINES (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker has filed paperwork to consider running for Iowa governor in 2018. Rep. Todd Prichard of Charles City announced Thursday that he’s formed an exploratory committee for the upcoming gubernatorial race. Prichard, an attorney and veteran, says in ...

Senate Republicans propose shortening early voting time

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have amended a voter identification bill to reduce the number of early voting days. Lawmakers voted 26-21 Thursday in support of the bill. It includes a provision to reduce early voting before a general election from 40 days to 29 days. The bill ...