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Iowa man dies after tractor overturns

SHELLSBURG (AP) — Authorities say a 79-year-old man died after being pinned by an overturned tractor in eastern Iowa. The accident occurred around 2:40 p.m. Monday in rural Shellsburg. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says Arlo Becker was driving the tractor when it overturned while ...

Officer who fatally shot man ID’d

NORTH ENGLISH (AP) — Authorities have identified a police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a North English man in eastern Iowa over the weekend. The Iowa county Sheriff’s Office says in a news release Tuesday that Williamsburg Police Officer Blake Heller shot and killed ...

Baby peregrine gets leg bands

DUBUQUE (AP) — A peregrine falcon chick has received identification bands as part of a raptor monitoring program in eastern Iowa. David Kester, a field researcher with the nonprofit Raptor Resource Project, climbed atop the Dubuque County Courthouse to attach the metal bands, which allow ...

Fireworks firm fighting restrictions

DES MOINES (AP) — An Alabama-based company is seeking to block Des Moines from enforcing strict rules limiting the sale of fireworks to industrial zones in the city. American Promotional Events, which bills itself as the nation’s largest distributor of consumer fireworks, filed the ...

Iowa may be first state with no health insurers on exchange

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa could be the first state in the nation with no health insurance company willing to offer policies on its Affordable Care Act exchange next year unless President Donald Trump’s administration approves a stopgap proposal, Iowa Insurance Commissioner Doug Ommen said ...

Trump supporter arrested for disorderly conduct

DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa woman charged with voting twice for Donald Trump last fall is back in jail after pleading guilty to yelling epithets at a neighbor. Terri Rote of Des Moines pleaded guilty Monday to disorderly conduct, one day after she was arrested. A complaint says Rote repeatedly ...

Tractor festival expects more than 500 participants

DYERSVILLE (AP) — More than 500 people are expected for a series of slow drives through northeast Iowa in the 18th annual Great Eastern Iowa Tractorcade. The four-day event is based in Dyersville this year and will feature daily countryside tours in Dubuque and Delaware counties through ...

Man shot by deputy expected to survive

MONTROSE (AP) — Authorities say a deputy responding to a burglary call has shot a man in southeast Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the shooting occurred early Monday morning in rural Montrose. The division says Lee County deputies had been sent just after midnight to ...

Farmers decry Trump plans to cut agriculture subsidies

DES MOINES (AP) — Farm groups and some members of Congress from farm states are decrying proposed cuts to crop insurance and other safety net programs for farmers included in President Donald Trump’s budget. The proposed cuts come even as farmers are facing their fourth straight year of ...

Pence backs up Trump’s economic efforts during visit to Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday reassured Iowa conservatives, some of them cool to Donald Trump, that the president will deliver on his campaign promises to boost the economy. Speaking at the annual fundraiser of Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Pence told more than 1,400 Iowa ...

Iowa councilman accused of bypassing home water meter

CAMANCHE (AP) — A city councilman in eastern Iowa has been accused of bypassing his home water meter. Court records say Camanche Councilman Bill Wruck is charged with misdemeanor theft and fraudulent practices. He declined to comment Friday. Court documents say the city administrator ...

Man’s trial in Mason City slayings moving to Fort Dodge

MASON CITY (AP) — The trial of a man accused of killing two people in Mason City has been moved to Fort Dodge. Peter Veal had requested a change of venue because of pretrial publicity in Cerro Gordo County. Court records say a judge granted the request Thursday and set a trial starting date ...

Reynolds toured Iowa on casino tycoon’s jet

DES MOINES (AP) — For her first trip across Iowa as governor, Republican Kim Reynolds sought and accepted the free use of a jet owned by a wealthy businessman who is lobbying for state approval to build a lucrative casino. Reynolds and acting Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg barnstormed the state last ...

Proposed bike route in Iowa would span 6 counties

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Officials from six western Iowa counties are working together to mark a 209-mile bicycle route that would run from Woodbury County to Fremont County. Frontier Iowa Trails Network is working on the designation of the Lewis and Clark Today Route. It’ll run along the ...

Audit: Leader of school meals group embezzled for years

DAVENPORT (AP) — The former executive director of an Iowa nonprofit that promotes healthy, affordable school meals is accused of embezzling at least $169,000 over a five-year period, according to an audit released Thursday. Norma LaMantia deposited hundreds of checks meant for the School ...

Troopers led on two-state chase

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Officials say two people have been arrested after leading troopers in Iowa, then Nebraska, on a high speed chase and ramming two Iowa patrol cruisers in the process. The Nebraska State Patrol arrested the 27-year-old man with an Oklahoma driver’s license Thursday morning ...

Teen sentenced for beating death

DES MOINES (AP) — A Des Moines teen has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death in the home they shared. Noah LaPrei, 19, was sentenced Thursday afternoon to 50 years with no minimum. LaPrei entered an Alford plea in April to second-degree murder in the ...

Iowa’s GOP senators say health care law repeal unlikely

ALTOONA (AP) — Lowering expectations, Iowa’s two Republican senators say the long-promised repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” is unlikely, and any final agreement with the Republican-controlled House is uncertain. The comments Tuesday by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni ...

Tiny Iowa town rallies around veterans memorial

MCINTIRE (AP) — Organizers have raised about half the $10,000 needed for a veterans memorial in a tiny northern Iowa town. Vietnam veteran Marvin King is among those supporting efforts to erect a memorial in the Mitchell County community of McIntire, which has about 120 residents. King says: ...

Witnesses keep injured man from drowning in ditch

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — Authorities say witnesses to a crash off Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs kept a car driver from drowning in a ditch. The accident was reported around 9:45 p.m. Saturday near the South 24th Street exit. The Council Bluffs Police Department says the driver lost control of ...