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Iowa governor chokes up, relaying call with Tibbetts’ mother

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds became emotional Friday discussing her telephone conversation with the mother of slain college student, and she urged residents not to politicize the case. Asked during an impromptu news conference whether she expected Mollie Tibbetts’ family to ...

Two black men sue Des Moines police, alleging racial profiling

DES MOINES (AP) — Two young black men filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that they were racially profiled by two white Des Moines police officers who pulled over their car for no apparent reason and handcuffed one of them while searching the vehicle without a warrant or probable cause. The stop ...

Mexican man charged in Tibbetts slaying worked on farm under fake name

BROOKLYN (AP) — A Mexican man charged with killing an Iowa college student worked on a dairy farm for years under a false name just a few miles from where the young woman was allegedly abducted while running last month, his employer said Wednesday. The employer’s assertion came shortly ...

Authorities: Iowa student killed by Mexican in US illegally

MONTEZUMA (AP) — A man from Mexico living in the U.S. illegally has confessed to kidnapping college student Mollie Tibbetts while she was running in her small Iowa hometown, killing her and dumping her body in a cornfield, authorities said Tuesday. Cristhian Bahena Rivera, 24, was arrested ...

Kempt secure, confident as the man at ISU

By LUKE MEREDITH AP Sports Writer AMES — For the first time in a career spanning six seasons and three schools, Iowa State’s Kyle Kempt will finally enter a campaign as a No. 1 quarterback. Kempt and the Cyclones couldn’t be happier about it. Kempt, who turned around a remarkably ...

2 works of art return to parks in Waterloo

WATERLOO (AP) — Two previously unsanctioned art pieces that were removed from Waterloo parks have been approved to be put back up. The Waterloo Leisure Services Commission voted unanimously this week to allow the panels created by local artist Bret Miller to return to Liberty and Leavitt ...

Weak economic growth likely in rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy is expected to continue growing slowly in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but the ongoing trade disputes remain a concern. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says grain prices have fallen even lower since the trade disputes erupted. The ...

Montana governor touts ability to win in Trump country

DES MOINES (AP) — Montana’s Democratic governor was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money’s corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Gov. Steve ...

Police say remains are ‘consistent’ with missing Iowa boy

LA PORTE CITY (AP) — Human remains recovered from a creek this week are believed to be those of a 16-year-old autistic boy who vanished from his small Iowa hometown in April, authorities said Thursday. Jake Wilson’s disappearance had prompted a search involving the FBI, state and local ...

Des Moines Police: No charges likely in fatal shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines authorities don’t expect to file any charges in connection with this weekend’s fatal shooting because the victim was violating a court protection order and assaulting a man. Police said 32-year-old Joshua James Wheeler died after the Saturday night shooting. ...

Dubuque police undergo underwater investigation training

ZWINGLE (AP) — Several Dubuque police officers found themselves in an unusual environment at the bottom of a quarry pond. The police department’s nine-member dive team was undergoing its monthly training exercises, The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported . Training is held monthly so divers ...

Iowa Supreme Court halts issues in voter ID law

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa election officials were told Friday by the state Supreme Court they cannot implement several absentee voting requirements in a new voter ID law until a challenge to the law can be heard at a trial. A court order signed by Chief Justice Mark Cady upheld a judge’s ...

Mason City library suggests moving genealogy archives

MASON CITY (AP) — A genealogy library in northern Iowa that has served residents for about four decades may need to find a new home by the end of September. Discussions of moving the North Central Iowa Genealogical Society’s files from the Mason City Public Library began earlier this year, ...

Authorities: Body found isn’t missing Iowa college student

WEST POINT (AP) — Authorities say the body of a young woman found is not that of a missing University of Iowa student. The body was found early Sunday in rural Lee County near West Point. Special Agent Rick Rahn of the Iowa Criminal Investigation Division said Monday that investigators have ...

Dad gets 9 years for starvation death of 17-month-old

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eastern Iowa father has been given nine years in prison for letting his 17-month-old daughter starve to death. Washington County District Court records say 37-year-old Anthony McCoy was sentenced Friday in Washington. He’d pleaded guilty to two counts of child ...

Man dead, two charged in police shootout

OTTUMWA (AP) — A county prosecutor in southern Iowa says a Fairfield man was killed and two Ottumwa men have been charged with attempted murder and other charges after a shootout with police followed an armed robbery at a home on the city’s south side. Wapello County Attorney Gary ...

Reward for missing U of I student hits $260,000

BROOKLYN (AP) — The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has ballooned to $260,000. Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe she’s alive but has potentially been kidnapped. Spokesman Greg Willey says the ...

Iowa State Fair concession games to be inspected

DES MOINES (AP) — Personnel from the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals will conduct an inspection of the Iowa State Fair concession games as the fair kicks off. The inspections will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. Staff from the Social & Charitable Gambling Unit will be checking ...

Staying ahead of the summer slide

DAVENPORT (AP) — Jahniya McDowell, 8, who this fall will be a third-grader at Jefferson Elementary School, is proud of her language skills. She also was part of a team who created a menu, set prices and will work in the Jets Cafe. “We had antonyms and synonyms, and then we wrote the ...

Police shootout in Iowa leaves 1 dead, another injured

OTTUMWA (AP) — Police in southeastern Iowa say one person is dead and another injured following a shootout with officers that sent a nearby elementary school into lockdown. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the shootout happened after police received a report around 1:40 p.m. of people with ...