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Iowa businessman intends to plead guilty to new charges

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Court records say a northeast Iowa businessman already convicted of failing to pay employment taxes intends to plead guilty to new federal charges. The records say a plea hearing in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids is scheduled June 5 for Darrell Smith. The charges: ...

Iowa bell tower to ring again after 30 years of silence

JEFFERSON (AP) — A well-known Iowa bell tower will soon be ringing for the first time in more than 30 years. KCCI-TV reported that a $440,000 renovation project on the Mahanay Bell Tower in Jefferson is expected to finish next week, just in time for the city’s 37th annual Bell Tower ...

Law to ban convicts from receiving victims’ benefits

GRAFTON (AP) — A northern Iowa woman says she is grateful something positive could come from her daughter’s death, an event that led to legislation banning people from receiving insurance benefits if they’ve been convicted of crimes against the deceased individual. The bill was signed ...

2,400 hogs killed in confinement fire in northwestern Iowa

KINGSLEY (AP) — Officials say 2,400 hogs have died in a massive fire near Kingsley in northwestern Iowa. Sioux City television KTIV reports that the Plymouth County fire was reported Friday morning. Firefighters arriving on the scene found the large confinement building completely engulfed ...

Reynolds names Gregg ‘acting’ lieutenant

DES MOINES (AP) — Seeking to avoid a legal fight over her power, Gov. Kim Reynolds named Republican attorney Adam Gregg as her administration’s No. 2 leader Thursday but stopped just short of making him the official lieutenant governor. Democratic Attorney General Tom Miller advised ...

Reynolds to inherit a range of issues in transition

DES MOINES (AP) — Now that Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has been confirmed as the next U.S. ambassador to China, a quick transition is expected for Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds to step into the top post. Branstad, 70, will resign as governor today in his formal office at the Capitol, according to ...

Iowa schools to stop using $14M testing software after audit

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education plans to end its contract with a testing software vendor after a technical audit found the $14 million system was “unfit.” The 91-page audit found that the TIER testing platform, which is designed to give reading tests to students, was a ...

Algona man gets probation for asbestos

ALGONA (AP) — An Algona man has been given three years of probation for asbestos violations. Gary Christianson, 57, was sentenced last week. He’d pleaded guilty to one count of failing to notify state and federal authorities about building renovations that involved asbestos. Prosecutors ...

Court denies appeal for egg executives

DES MOINES (AP) — A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak cannot further appeal their sentences for misdemeanor food safety violations, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. The highest U.S. court declined to hear the appeals of ...

Iowa smartphone driver’s licenses planned for 2018

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa residents should be able to start downloading their driver’s licenses onto their smartphones by late next year, according to state officials. The Iowa Department of Transportation conducted a pilot program with about 100 state employees who used state-issued iPhones ...

Branstad becomes ambassador to China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick to be U.S. ambassador to China, sending Terry Branstad from the governor’s office in Iowa to the American Embassy in Beijing. Senators voted 82-13 Monday to approve the nomination of Branstad, who is ...

Postal worker gets probation for theft

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A former U.S. Postal Service worker in northwestern Iowa has been sentenced to probation for stealing items from the mail he was supposed to deliver. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Kirk Baird, of Sergeant Bluff, was sentenced in a Sioux City federal court Friday. He ...

Court orders new trial in abuse case

DES MOINES (AP) — As expected, the Iowa Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for a man sentenced last year to up to 10 years for sexually abusing a teenage boy. Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court came after state prosecutors last month took the rare step of asking it to reverse ...

Iowa faces shortage of English language teachers

STORM LAKE (AP) — Iowa school districts are struggling to meet the need for more English language teachers amid growing demand from students and stagnant state funding. Enrollment in English Language Learner programs, or ELL, has grown to more than 27,200 students in 2016. In Storm Lake, for ...

Two die, one hurt in Guthrie Center house fire

GUTHRIE CENTER (AP) — Two people were killed and another person critically injured in an early morning house fire in the central Iowa city of Guthrie Center. The Iowa Department of Public Safety says firefighters were dispatched at 12:27 a.m. Monday to the fire. Two people died in the fire ...

$20,000 invoice on second union lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has been billed more than $20,000 so far to fight a second lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law. An invoice provided Monday to The Associated Press shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines is seeking the money for its work in April ...

Reynolds decided on whether to choose No. 2 position

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s decided whether she will appoint a lieutenant governor when she replaces Gov. Terry Branstad, but she won’t disclose those details yet. Reynolds told reporters Monday her transition team has a plan in place, but the public will ...

Billboard urges Iowa senator to allow Trump-Russia probe

DES MOINES (AP) — A group has taken out a billboard ad down the block from Republican Sen. Charles Grassley’s Des Moines offices calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to allow an independent investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible ties to Russia. The digital billboard ...

Man pleads guilty in 2009 Iowa killing, sentenced to prison

IOWA CITY (AP) — A man who was convicted of killing an Iowa City landlord before having that ruling overturned has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Justin Marshall, 26, was sentenced Friday in Johnson County District Court. He also pleaded ...

Officials say 2 deputies injured when man ran from them

RIDGEWAY (AP) — Authorities say two northeastern Iowa sheriff’s deputies were injured when a man under arrest tried to escape. It happened Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after two western Iowa sheriff’s deputies were shot, one fatally, during a jail break there. The latest ...