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District gets grant to monitor social media accounts

IOWA CITY (AP) — An eastern Iowa school district has secured federal grant funding to monitor students’ social media accounts for possible warning signs that students might harm themselves or their peers. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Iowa City Community School District ...

Iowa woman dies after explosion at gender reveal party

KNOXVILLE (AP) — An Iowa woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party created debris that hit her. The Marion County Sheriff’s office says the explosion happened at a home in central Iowa around 4 p.m. Saturday during a party to announce the gender of a baby a couple is ...

Idle Iowa meat-processing plant sold for $5.8 million

CHEROKEE (AP) — An idle Iowa meat-processing plant that closed earlier this year after only a few months of operation has been sold. The Sioux City Journal reports that Lopez Foods paid $5.8 million for the plant in Cherokee, and the company plans to restart operations there by early next ...

Police make arrests in skywalk security

DES MOINES (AP) — Police have made arrests in an attack earlier this month on a man and his girlfriend inside the skywalk in downtown Des Moines. Police say 18-year-old Jeffrey Lionel Smith Jr., of Des Moines, was charged Friday with assault in connection with the investigation. A ...

Man gets 2 years for taking locker room pictures

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A former janitor has been sentenced to two years for taking pictures of women in an eastern Iowa college locker room. Linn County court records say 46-year-old Jeffrey Pospisil was sentenced Friday on two counts of invasion of privacy. He’d pleaded guilty in ...

Man accused of murder in eastern Iowa shooting death

MUSCATINE (AP) — A man has been accused of shooting to death a woman at a recreation area in eastern Iowa. Muscatine County court records say 23-year-old David Hatfield, of Muscatine, faces a murder charge. Authorities say he fatally shot his girlfriend, 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, at ...

Child welfare worker enters guilty plea

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa social services worker has entered a guilty plea to perjury over her false testimony that helped convince a judge to remove four children from their parents. Former Iowa Department of Human Services employee Chelsie Gray entered a written Alford plea to the felony ...

Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

MARION (AP) — Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion. The Gazette reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the $1.7 million project. The work will widen the runway from 23 to 60 feet, meeting the standards of a basic service airport. ...

Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation, fine

DES MOINES (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation. Polk County court records say 28-year-old Rachel Rowe also was fined $315 and given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred ...

Women sent by Iowa to Wisconsin juvenile home settle isolation cell lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by two women once held at a state-run juvenile home for nearly $700,000. The Iowa State Appeal Board has agreed to the settlement which pays Laera Reed and Paige Ray-Cluney more than $170,000 each and their lawyers more ...

Authorities: 10-year-old killed in ATV crash

LAWTON (AP) — Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-year-old in northwest Iowa. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and medics were sent about 3:20 p.m. Sunday to a residence a few miles west of Lawton. Details about what happened and the boy’s ...

Pat Grassley, grandson of US senator, to be Iowa Speaker

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa state Rep. Pat Grassley, the grandson of the long-serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, was chosen Monday to head the Iowa House leadership team as Speaker-Select. Pat Grassley was chosen by the GOP House caucus on Monday. He will take over ...

Unions sue USDA in effort to halt new pork processing rule

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and ...

Trial set for man whose property contained dead, live cats

DES MOINES (AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for a Polk County man charged after authorities removed nearly 200 cats from his property, which also contained nearly 200 cat carcasses. Polk County court records say 66-year-old Dennis Carlson has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect ...

Flash flood watches issued for parts of Nebraska and Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain for parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and issuing flash flood watches. The service says a slow-moving cold front will trigger thunderstorms and deluges. Up to 5 inches is expected Monday evening through early ...

Iowa House Speaker Upmeyer to resign, not seek re-election

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says she will not seek re-election next year and plans to resign as speaker before lawmakers return in January. Republican lawmakers in 2015 chose Upmeyer to be the first woman in Iowa to hold the job as speaker of the House, the presiding ...

Iowa to pay nearly $500,000 more in Branstad case fees

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A panel of top state elected officials approved on Monday nearly half a million dollars more to cover attorney fees for former Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a gay former state ...

Fast-moving water below dam on Iowa border creates dangers for fishermen

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The fast-moving water flowing out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border will create dangerous fishing conditions on the Missouri River this fall. The Sioux City Journal reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning fishermen to take precautions and ...

Iowa man gets 5 years in prison in his girlfriend’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to five years in prison for injuring his girlfriend and causing her death. KCRG reports that Cody Brown was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the June 2018 death of ...

Scott County program helps inmate learn bike repairs

By TOM LOEWY AP Exchange DAVENPORT — Monchay Russell did a long stretch of 2019 staring at the walls and floors inside Scott County Jail. That changed last week when the 19-year-old inmate spent five hours at the county’s annex on Tremont Avenue. Under the watchful eye of Officer Bo, ...