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Democrats could strip Iowa of opening spot in 2024 campaign

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrats are poised to strip Iowa of its traditional lead-off spot in the presidential nominating calendar in 2024, part of a broader effort to better reflect the party's deeply diverse electorate by allowing less overwhelmingly white states to vote first. The ...

Iowa abortion provider drops challenge to 24-hour wait law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Planned Parenthood officials in Iowa said Friday they have decided to dismiss their challenge to an Iowa law that requires abortion patients to wait 24 hours after their initial appointment to return to the doctor to get an abortion. The case was the center of an Iowa ...

Iowa officials confirm invasive insect found in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials are asking residents to keep an eye out for the spotted laternfly after recently confirming the finding of two of the invasive insects in central Iowa. As a young nymph, it is a black weevil-like bug with white spots but adds patches of bright red as ...

Gov. Reynolds names judge to Iowa Supreme Court

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds named David May to the Iowa Supreme Court on Wednesday, making her fifth appointment to the seven-member court. Reynolds chose May from among three finalists for a position that became vacant with the retirement of Justice Brent Appel. May had been ...

Iowa park where man killed couple, their daughter to reopen

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) — The eastern Iowa state park where police say a man killed three people and himself is set to reopen this week. Maquoketa Caves State Park will reopen for day use starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources said in a news release. A temporary ...

Trial for Iowa teen charged with killing teacher moved

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (AP) — A trial for a 17-year-old teen charged with murder in the death of a southeast Iowa high school Spanish teacher will be moved to Davenport, a judge ordered Tuesday. The judge ordered that the trial for Jeremy Everett Goodale be moved about 80 miles (128 kilometers) ...

Police recover body of girl who drowned in Raccoon River

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines police on Friday recovered the body of an 11-year-old girl who drowned in the Raccoon River after getting off an inflatable raft. Police said officers found the girl's body at 12:20 p.m., about two days after she entered the river. The girl had been in the ...

Iowa assistant AG sues Des Moines police over protest arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An assistant attorney general in Iowa is suing the city of Des Moines and its police chief over his arrest during a June 2020 racial justice protest, alleging he was tackled, pepper-sprayed and handcuffed for no reason. The lawsuit filed by Assistant Attorney General ...

Man sentenced to life term for killing of Iowa state trooper

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man was sentenced Monday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year during a standoff and shootout with police. The mandatory sentence was handed down a little more than a month after a ...

Iowa governor to pursue abortion restrictions in courts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday she will move to end most abortions in the state by turning to the courts and asking them to relax the legal standard used to evaluate restrictions and to reverse a decision that halted a ban as early as six weeks into a ...

Authorities identify man killed in Iowa grain silo collapse

YARMOUTH, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines County Sheriff's Office on Friday identified a man killed in a grain silo collapse as a 30-year-old resident of the small southeast Iowa city of Winfield. Rickey Ryan Kammerer was killed in the collapse of a silo Tuesday morning at the Agri-way Grain ...

Iowa man who accidentally shot Marine with air rifle fined

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 71-year-old Iowa City man who seriously wounded a U.S. Marine while shooting an air rifle at a squirrel has been fined $855 after pleading guilty in April to a misdemeanor. Philip Olson was issued the fine Thursday for violating an Iowa City ordinance prohibiting the ...

Bird flu outbreak waning but threat of virus lingers

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A bird flu outbreak in the U.S. that led to the deaths of more than 40 million chickens and turkeys and contributed to a spike in egg and meat prices appears to be waning, but experts caution the virus hasn't disappeared and worry another surge could take hold this ...

Sheriff: 9-year-old boy fatally hit by motorcycle in Iowa

MACEDONIA, Iowa (AP) — A 9-year-old boy died after being hit by a motorcycle in the small western Iowa town of Macedonia this week, authorities said. The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday along Macedonia's Main Street, the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil reported. The Pottawattamie ...

Democrat DeJear to run with county auditor Eric Van Lancker

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic governor candidate Deidre DeJear announced Friday that she had chosen an eastern Iowa county auditor as her running mate. DeJear said she chose Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker as her lieutenant governor candidate because he is "not only a true ...

Iowa Supreme Court: Abortion not fundamental right in state

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for lawmakers to severely limit or ban abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution. The court, now composed almost ...

Democrat DeJear faces challenge to unseat Iowa Gov. Reynolds

DES MOINES (AP) — After running unopposed in Iowa’s primary election, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds holds a huge fundraising edge over Democrat Deidre DeJear in a state that has become increasingly friendly to conservative candidates. DeJear, a 36-year-old businesswoman who also faced no ...

Iowa Democrat Franken will face Grassley in Senate race

DES MOINES (AP) — Democrat Mike Franken, a retired Navy admiral, will face Republican Chuck Grassley in the race for an Iowa U.S. Senate seat, winning his party nomination Tuesday over two competitors. Franken beat former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and physician Glenn Hurst and earned the ...

2 people and shooter die in shooting outside Ames church

AMES (AP) — Two people and a shooter died Thursday night in a shooting outside a church in Ames, authorities said. The three people died outside the Cornerstone Church, a megachurch on the outskirts of Ames, according to the Story County Sheriff’s Office. The church is near Interstate 35, ...

Man convicted of murder in killing of Iowa state trooper

WEBSTER CITY (AP) — A jury on Monday convicted a man of first-degree murder in the shooting death of an Iowa State Patrol trooper last year. Michael Lang, 42, was also found guilty of attempted murder and assaulting a police officer for his actions on April 9, 2021, that killed 51-year-old ...