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Rare Central newt found in eastern Iowa during field trip

IOWA CITY (AP) — Some Iowa City Community School District students snagged an interesting find on a recent nature field trip: a rare Central newt. Kids normally net an assortment of turtles, frogs and snails during the annual School of the Wild field trips in eastern Iowa. Fifth-grader Brody ...

Hancock County to consider 5,000-head hog confinement

CORWITH (AP) — A 5,000-head hog confinement has been proposed in north-central Iowa’s Hancock County. Grey Owl Farms VI has filed an application to build the hog confinement about four miles east of Corwith. The animals would be kept in two deep-pit buildings. The Hancock County Board of ...

Keokuk memorabilia sought for depot museum open house

KEOKUK (AP) — The Keokuk Union Depot museum area is now displaying depot artifacts and history. People have already donated many items that will be displayed in the depot’s new cases. Community members are invited Saturday morning to bring memorabilia, or just stop by to visit, during an ...

Sioux City man sentenced to 50 years for stabbing death

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A Sioux City man found guilty last month of second-degree murder for the stabbing death of another man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Sioux City television station KTIV reports that 48-year-old Elias Wanatee was sentenced Thursday in Pottawattamie County for the ...

Documents: Iowa has spent $55,000 so far on lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has spent $55,000 so far defending itself against a lawsuit challenging a new collective bargaining law. An invoice reviewed this week by a state council shows the Belin McCormick law firm in Des Moines charged the amount on behalf of four lawyers and a ...

Legal team: Soules acted reasonably after crash

IOWA CITY (AP) — Former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules “acted reasonably” after he rear-ended a fellow Iowa farmer by calling 911 and trying to resuscitate the man, his new legal team said Thursday. Soules is charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, a felony that ...

Marijuana advocates say Iowa program too limited

DES MOINES (AP) — A medical marijuana oil program approved by the Iowa Legislature might not offer much help to patients with qualifying medical conditions, but advocates say it’s at least a step in the right direction. The measure approved by lawmakers in the final hours of the ...

‘Bachelor’ star charged in deadly Iowa crash

IOWA CITY (AP) — Chris Soules, an Iowa farmer who starred on “The Bachelor” two years ago, was arrested Tuesday after authorities say he caused a traffic accident that killed a fellow farmer and fled the scene. Soules, who was portrayed as a wholesome country boy looking for love on ...

Ames woman gets prison for stealing nearly $500K

OGDEN (AP) — An Ames woman who pleaded guilty to theft after prosecutors say she stole nearly half a million dollars from her mother-in-law has been sentenced to prison. Myrna Hockemeier, 66, was sentenced Monday to up to 10 years in prison. In exchange for her plea, state prosecutors ...

Senate committee sets hearing for Branstad ambassador post

DES MOINES (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee has scheduled a hearing to consider Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s nomination as ambassador to China. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced Tuesday it will hold a hearing May 2 to discuss Branstad’s nomination. A spokesman for the ...

North Dakota kids pen letters of support to bullied Iowa teen

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Students in North Dakota penned letters of support for a girl who’s been bullied after moving to a new school in Iowa. A 2016 study shows one in five students, ages 12 through 18, say they’ve been bullied. Abigail Hatfield joined that statistic when she moved from ...

Iowa man gets life for hacking 3 to death with machete

ADEL (AP) — A 25-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for hacking to death his girlfriend, her teenage daughter and their landlord with a machete in central Iowa. The Des Moines Register reports that Carlos Hernandez-Ventura was sentenced Friday, a month after being found guilty ...

Veterans Home leader to run veterans affairs

DES MOINES (AP) — A top leader of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown is returning to her old job of running veterans affairs. Jodi Tymeson will serve as executive director of the Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs beginning May 1. Gov. Terry Branstad made the announcement ...

Prosecutor denies charge is vindictive

DES MOINES (AP) — A prosecutor is denying allegations that a fraud charge filed against a former Iowa judge is retribution for her efforts to challenge Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration. Assistant Polk County Attorney Jaki Livingston says her office was unaware of former Administrative ...

Documents: Uncle chained up teenage runaway

PEOSTA (AP) — The parents and uncle of a 13-year-old Iowa boy and frequent runaway are accused of padlocking a weighted chain around his waist to him to keep him home, according to court documents. Michael and Cynthia Kobusch, both 49, and her brother, Jeffrey Merfeld, 50, who all live in ...

Iowa Legislature OKs most budget bills

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Legislature has approved most bills needed to finalize the roughly $7.2 billion state budget, an indication that adjournment is near for the session. The Republican-controlled chambers have voted in support of several budget bills over the span of days that address ...

Bill eliminating research center heads to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — A budget bill that would eliminate a longtime research center at Iowa State University is headed to Gov. Terry Branstad. The Republican-controlled Legislature approved an agriculture-related budget bill this week that eliminates the Leopold Center for Sustainable ...

ISU ROTC accuses cadet of making up sex assault claim

IOWA CITY (AP) — Iowa State University’s military training program has expelled a promising cadet, accusing him of falsely claiming that he was sexually assaulted during an altercation that left him hospitalized. The cadet testified that during a July 4 bonfire near his family’s lake ...

Legislature OKs firework sales, sends bill to Branstad

DES MOINES (AP) — Expect a few more pops and flashes this July Fourth thanks to a final vote Tuesday on legislation allowing fireworks sales in Iowa. The bill approved 56-41 by the Iowa House would legalize consumer-grade fireworks, including bottle rockets, firecrackers and roman candles. ...

Iowa lawmakers approve 20-week abortion ban

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa legislators sent Gov. Terry Branstad a measure Tuesday that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks of pregnancy and impose a 72-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure, a move highlighting the state’s conservative shift since the November election. The ...