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Marion expanding airport runway, improving lights

MARION (AP) — Work has begun to expand the airport runway in the Cedar Rapids suburb of Marion. The Gazette reports a groundbreaking ceremony was held last week for the $1.7 million project. The work will widen the runway from 23 to 60 feet, meeting the standards of a basic service airport. ...

Mother of boy who shot himself gets probation, fine

DES MOINES (AP) — The mother of a 4-year-old boy who shot himself after finding an unsecured gun in her vehicle in Des Moines has been sentenced to a year of probation. Polk County court records say 28-year-old Rachel Rowe also was fined $315 and given a deferred judgment. Under a deferred ...

Women sent by Iowa to Wisconsin juvenile home settle isolation cell lawsuit

DES MOINES (AP) — The state of Iowa has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by two women once held at a state-run juvenile home for nearly $700,000. The Iowa State Appeal Board has agreed to the settlement which pays Laera Reed and Paige Ray-Cluney more than $170,000 each and their lawyers more ...

Authorities: 10-year-old killed in ATV crash

LAWTON (AP) — Authorities say the crash of an all-terrain vehicle killed a 10-year-old in northwest Iowa. The Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office says deputies and medics were sent about 3:20 p.m. Sunday to a residence a few miles west of Lawton. Details about what happened and the boy’s ...

Pat Grassley, grandson of US senator, to be Iowa Speaker

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa state Rep. Pat Grassley, the grandson of the long-serving U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, was chosen Monday to head the Iowa House leadership team as Speaker-Select. Pat Grassley was chosen by the GOP House caucus on Monday. He will take over ...

Unions sue USDA in effort to halt new pork processing rule

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees. The United Food and ...

Trial set for man whose property contained dead, live cats

DES MOINES (AP) — A November trial has been scheduled for a Polk County man charged after authorities removed nearly 200 cats from his property, which also contained nearly 200 cat carcasses. Polk County court records say 66-year-old Dennis Carlson has pleaded not guilty to animal neglect ...

Flash flood watches issued for parts of Nebraska and Iowa

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rain for parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa and issuing flash flood watches. The service says a slow-moving cold front will trigger thunderstorms and deluges. Up to 5 inches is expected Monday evening through early ...

Iowa House Speaker Upmeyer to resign, not seek re-election

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer says she will not seek re-election next year and plans to resign as speaker before lawmakers return in January. Republican lawmakers in 2015 chose Upmeyer to be the first woman in Iowa to hold the job as speaker of the House, the presiding ...

Iowa to pay nearly $500,000 more in Branstad case fees

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — A panel of top state elected officials approved on Monday nearly half a million dollars more to cover attorney fees for former Gov. Terry Branstad’s continued fight against a jury verdict that found he discriminated against a gay former state ...

Fast-moving water below dam on Iowa border creates dangers for fishermen

SIOUX CITY (AP) — The fast-moving water flowing out of Gavins Point dam on the South Dakota-Nebraska border will create dangerous fishing conditions on the Missouri River this fall. The Sioux City Journal reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is warning fishermen to take precautions and ...

Iowa man gets 5 years in prison in his girlfriend’s death

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A 28-year-old Iowa man has been sentenced to five years in prison for injuring his girlfriend and causing her death. KCRG reports that Cody Brown was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the June 2018 death of ...

Scott County program helps inmate learn bike repairs

By TOM LOEWY AP Exchange DAVENPORT — Monchay Russell did a long stretch of 2019 staring at the walls and floors inside Scott County Jail. That changed last week when the 19-year-old inmate spent five hours at the county’s annex on Tremont Avenue. Under the watchful eye of Officer Bo, ...

Blackout plates in demand

By NICK HYTREK An AP Exchange story SIOUX CITY — Never underestimate the appeal of a simple license plate design. Or maybe more accurately, the public’s dislike for the alternative. Or perhaps an owner’s desire to color-coordinate plates with his or her vehicle. Whatever the reason, ...

Police: Man in Des Moines street fatally hit by vehicle

DES MOINES (AP) — Police say a man who witnesses reported was sitting in a Des Moines street has been hit by a vehicle and killed. Police Sgt. Paul Parizek says the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday on Southwest Ninth Street. Medics arrived to find a 62-year-old Des Moines resident ...

Joensen ordained as Roman Catholic Des Moines Diocese bishop

DES MOINES (AP) — The Rev. William Joensen has been ordained as the 10th bishop to lead the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. The Des Moines Register reports that more than 1,500 parishioners witnessed the ordination Friday at St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines, the ...

Parts of I-680, I-29 in Iowa, Nebraska reopen post-flooding

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Portions of interstates in Omaha and across the Missouri River in western Iowa have reopened after being closed for several days for flooding. The Interstate 680 bridge spanning the Missouri River from Omaha to the Interstate 29 interchange in Iowa reopened Friday ...

Iowa home to 24.9 million pigs, a new record and up 6%

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa now has 24.9 million pigs on farms, a record number and up 6% from last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the figures Friday for the quarter ending Sept. 1. It showed Iowa farms have just over 1 million breeding pigs and 23.9 million market hogs, or ...

2020 Democratic hopeful Delaney replaces Iowa state director

By ALEXANDRA JAFFE Associated Press DES MOINES — Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney’s Iowa state director has left his 2020 campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Monica Biddix had been his state director since January 2019 but served on his campaign since June ...

Iowa man dies after crash in eastern Nebraska’s Sarpy County

GRETNA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say an Iowa man died after his car collided with another in eastern Nebraska’s Sarpy County. The collision occurred a little before 5:30 p.m. Friday on U.S. Highway 6 on the south side of Gretna. The Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office says an eastbound car ...