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4 Missouri River states unite to try to limit flooding

By GRANT SCHULTE Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri are joining forces for a study that will look for ways the states can limit flooding along the Missouri River and give them information about how wetter weather patterns could require changes in the way ...

Des Moines couple reports dog fought coyote in backyard

DES MOINES (AP) — State wildlife officials are urging central Iowa residents to be vigilant in safeguarding pets after a Des Moines couple reported their German shepherd mix dog was attacked by a coyote. The couple reported the attack happened Thursday night less than a mile from the Drake ...

Waterloo emergency warming center gets extension to Jan. 31

WATERLOO (AP) — Organizers of an emergency warming shelter in Waterloo have been given more time to operate while they search for another location that meets local fire codes. Waterloo Fire Chief Pat Treloar has given the shelter inside the Jubilee United Methodist Church Freedom Center ...

Iowa man arrested on vehicular homicide warrant

DUBUQUE (AP) — A Dubuque man has been arrested in Minnesota on a vehicular homicide charge related to a fatal motorcycle crash in August. Shannon Katka, 40, was recently arrested in Albert Lea, Minnesota, on a warrant charging him with vehicular homicide while operating under the influence, ...

Sale of Collins unit not expected to cut Cedar Rapids jobs

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — British-based BAE Systems will maintain a presence in the Cedar Rapids area after it completes a deal to acquire Collins Aerospace’s military GPS business, officials said. BAE announced Monday that United Technologies Corp. had agreed to sell the GPS business for $1.925 ...

Drug dealer who had pipe bomb and machine guns pleads guilty

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A drug dealer who sold cocaine and guns from his downtown Cedar Rapids apartment has pleaded guilty, federal prosecutors said. Raven Burkhow entered pleas last week to several charges, including conspiracy to sell drugs, use and possession of a firearm and possession of ...

Officials seek help finding who shot bald eagle found in Ankeny

ANKENY (AP) — Officials are asking for help in finding the person who shot a bald eagle found in Ankeny that later died. Ankeny police notified state officials after finding a bald eagle that was sitting on the ground at a busy intersection, according to the Iowa Department of Natural ...

Police release names of 2 people killed in Sioux City crash

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when the car they were in collided with a semitrailer in Sioux City. The crash occurred around 9:30 p.m. Sunday. The eastbound car didn’t halt for a red light at an intersection and collided with the northbound ...

Iowa wants expert review of pipeline expansion

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Iowa regulators want owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline to provide expert analysis to back up the company’s claim that doubling the line’s capacity won’t increase the likelihood of a spill, a requirement their counterparts in North Dakota haven’t ...

Reynolds creating bureau designed to avoid school shootings

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa will become the latest state to create an organization within state government designed to prevent school shootings under a plan announced Tuesday by Gov. Kim Reynolds. Reynolds said she’s creating a Governor’s School Safety Bureau within the Iowa Department of ...

Brandon man who left mother in feces-filled home is sentenced

BRANDON (AP) — A man whose elderly mother was found in a feces-filled house with 18 dogs in northeast Iowa has been given jail time and probation. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported that David Rogers, 61, was sentenced last week to a year in jail with all but 60 days suspended. He also ...

Defense asks to delay murder trial in Iowa student’s slaying

IOWA CITY (AP) — Defense lawyers for the man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts are asking a judge to delay his trial. Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera say they need to push back the Feb. 4 trial date so that they have time to appeal a judge’s ruling ...

Body of man in standoff found in fire-damaged home

WEST BURLINGTON (AP) — Authorities have recovered from a fire-damaged home the body of a man involved in a standoff with officers in southeast Iowa. The body of 62-year-old Michael Kartel was found in his West Des Moines basement around 8 p.m. Monday, said Police Chief Jesse Logan. It was ...

Trial set for woman accused of slayings, firing at officers

COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) — A February trial has been scheduled for a woman charged with the shooting deaths of two men and the attempted murders of two law officers in western Iowa. Pottawattamie County court records say April Montello-Roberts, 44, of Shenandoah, has pleaded not guilty to two ...

Nurses authorize union leaders to call strike

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Nurses have authorized their union leaders to call a strike at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center in Sioux City. At least two-thirds of nurses represented by the United Food & Commercial Workers Local 222 voted to authorize a strike. The authorization vote ended Monday ...

Woman who ran over bicyclist in parking lot takes plea deal

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A Central City woman accused of running over and killing a bicyclist has taken a plea deal. Melinda Lawrence, 61, took the deal before jury selection was to begin Monday in Cedar Rapids. She originally pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Under the agreement, she ...

Man asks judge’s leave for sword battle with ex-wife, lawyer

HARLAN (AP) — A Kansas man has asked an Iowa judge to let him engage in a sword fight with his ex-wife and her attorney so that he can “rend their souls” from their bodies. David Ostrom, 40, of Paola, Kansas, said in a Jan. 3 court filing that his former wife, Bridgette Ostrom, 38, of ...

Firefighters rescue 2 young girls from burning home

WATERLOO (AP) — Firefighters rescued two young girls from a burning home in Waterloo early Sunday morning. Waterloo Fire Battalion Chief Ben Petersen said the girls, ages 2 and 3, were taken to the hospital after the fire along with an adult man who escaped the home and a firefighter who was ...

Grant helps Sioux City Head Start program expand

By EARL HORLYK An AP Exchange story SIOUX CITY — ReVenna Castro-Silva may very well be a Rembrandt in the making. At the very least, the Sioux City girl is getting a head start in Fingerpainting 101, courtesy of an Early Head Start program recently begun on the Western Iowa Tech Community ...

School bus driver accused of sexual misconduct

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Cedar Rapids police have arrested a man suspected of sexual misconduct while driving a school bus. Thomas Williams, 57, was listed Tuesday as an inmate in the Linn County Jail. He faces charges of false imprisonment and sexual exploitation by a school employee. Court ...