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Think your home value is soaring? Talk to a farmer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Fourth-generation corn and soybean farmer Jeff Frank doesn't feel rich, but simply based on the skyrocketing value of his land in northwest Iowa, it's an apt way to describe him, even if he laughs at the idea. He lives in the same nearly century-old house, grows ...

Man admits to placing homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man accused of making and placing several homemade bombs in suburban Des Moines — including one that was found by an 8-year-old girl — pleaded guilty to federal weapons charges. Chad Williams, 47, of Johnston, pleaded guilty Thursday to possessing a firearm ...

Police say couple died in murder-suicide in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A couple found dead in their West Des Moines home were killed in a murder-suicide, police there said. Police were called to the home Wednesday morning to conduct a welfare check, and arriving officers found the bodies of Dana Fortugno, 52, and Justine Fortugno, ...

Former Iowa teacher charged in sex case involving student

RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) — A former southeastern Iowa high school teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee after police say he sexually abused an underage girl who was a student at the school. Justin David Rapier, 41. was arrested and charged Thursday, the ...

No charges for Cedar Rapids reserve officer who fired gun

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids police reserve officer who fired at a driver who hit him with his vehicle will not face criminal charges, Linn County Attorney Nick Maybank said Friday. Reserve Officer Scott Fruehling fired three times at a car driven by Eddie Ayers III, 26, on Dec. ...

Iowa man sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatal crash

ELDORA, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for causing a 2020 crash that killed three people by driving drunk and the wrong way on a rural highway. Spencer Bultman, 27, of Hampton, was sentenced Tuesday after he had pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular ...

Iowa COVID hospitalizations top 1,000 amid high virus spread

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Hospitalizations of people being treated for coronavirus infections in Iowa surpassed 1,000 this week as COVID-19 cases grow at the fastest rate since the beginning of the pandemic nearly two years ago. State data updated Wednesday shows Iowa surpassed 1,000 ...

Wisconsin man accused of fatal shooting arrested in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of killing his girlfriend and trying to kill his teenage daughter in a double shooting in Milwaukee has been arrested following an hourslong standoff in northeastern Iowa. Simone Hughes, 47, of Milwaukee, was arrested Wednesday morning at a ...

Groups ask Iowa Senate leaders to give reporters more access

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Free press advocates pushed Iowa Senate leaders Wednesday to change a policy that removed reporters from the Senate floor for the first time in more than 100 years and moved them to a second-floor public gallery where they can't interact with lawmakers. "By limiting ...

Trial of man accused of killing Iowa trooper to be moved

GRUNDY CENTER, Iowa (AP) — The trial for a man charged with killing an Iowa State Patrol trooper will be moved out of Grundy County but a new location for the trial has not been determined. Prosecutors did not resist a defense request for a change of venue for the trial of Michael Thomas ...

Sheriff: Teen burned in New Year’s Day cabin fire has died

JEFFERSON, Iowa (AP) — One of two teenagers badly burned in a New Year's Day cabin fire in west-central Iowa has died of his injuries, officials said. Harley McDonald, 15, died in an Iowa City burn unit, Greene County Sheriff Jack Williams said Sunday. McDonald and 14-year-old Lucas Oakes ...

Davenport library becomes Iowa’s first to hire social worker

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The Davenport Public Library has become the first in Iowa to add a social worker to its staff. The Davenport library hired Quinn O'Brian full-time in October, noting that some patrons sought information from librarians that reached well beyond what they're trained to ...

Cedar Rapids teen competent for trial in parents’ deaths

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A Cedar Rapids teenager charged with killing his parents with a knife and ax is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday. Ethan Alexander Orton, 17, is charged as an adult with two counts of first-degree murder. He was found covered in blood outside his home ...

Man arrested after car allegedly hit Cedar Rapids officer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities on Friday charged a Cedar Rapids man with hitting a police officer with his vehicle while he was fleeing from a traffic stop. Eddie Ayers III, 26, was arrested and charged Friday in the Dec. 17 confrontation. Investigators used video and other evidence ...

Iowa court: Parents have preference in child custody cases

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Parents must be given preference in regaining custody of their children in cases where other people have been caring for the kids through a guardianship, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. In a decision involving the case of a single mother and her child's ...

Girl fatally struck by police vehicle was headed to store

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) — A 12-year-old Iowa girl who was struck and killed by a police vehicle that was headed to an apartment fire had been on her way to a grocery store to buy snacks with a gift card she got for Christmas, her older sister said. Gracie Redd, 15, described Vana Marie Redd as ...

Iowa courts system seeks money to hire judges, give raises

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Chief Justice Susan Christensen on Wednesday called for a nearly 7% increase in the court system's budget for next year in hopes of increasing salaries and hiring judges, attorneys and other staff after a hiring freeze. Christensen made the budget proposals for ...

Des Moines police investigating fatal hit-and-run crash

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating a hit-and-run crash early Wednesday in Des Moines that left a man dead. Des Moines police were called about 2:40 a.m. to a report of a pedestrian who had been hit by a car on East Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. They found a man with ...

Iowa virus hospitalizations up 16% with 923 being treated

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of people being treated for the coronavirus in Iowa hospitals surged by 16% in the past week, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Public Health. The department reported 923 people in hospitals with COVID-19 infections, the ...

Decorah woman one of 10 winners announced for I Love My Librarian award

NEW YORK (AP) — Librarians aren't only loved for the books they recommend. This year's winners of the I Love My Librarian were cited for everything from their support during the COVID-19 pandemic to their participation in community baseball. On Monday, the American Library Association (ALA) ...