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Missouri woman dies after golf cart overturns, Iowa passengers injured

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman died after she was ejected from a golf cart, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. Donna Young, 75, of Hollister was a passenger in an EZ Go Golf Cart that was traveling three miles south of Hollister on Saturday, The Springfield News-Leader ...

Food banks to the rescue

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE and JOSH FUNK Associated Press DES MOINES — As she inched ahead in her rusty Chevy pickup, Brianna Lordz bemoaned that engine problems had prevented her from making it to the last few drive-up produce giveaways organized by a Des Moines food pantry. But Lordz managed to ...

Iowa man killed in two-vehicle crash

CLAYTON COUNTY (AP) — An Iowa man died following a two-vehicle car crash Saturday morning in Clayton County, Iowa. The Iowa State Patrol says 23-year-old Cedar Rapids resident Jasmyne Jones tried to pass 72-year-old Byron Meyer, of Postville, in his utility terrain vehicle, KIMT-TV reported. ...

Iowa child dies after crashing UTV

LEON (AP) — A 3-year-old boy has died after driving a utility terrain vehicle into a parked trailer in southern Iowa. The boy had been riding in the UTV as a passenger with two relatives in Leon, The Des Moines Register reports. But the boy got into the driver’s seat after his two ...

Survey: Midwest economy improves despite pandemic, derecho

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The rural economy in Middle America showed improvement in August, despite the effects of a global pandemic and a rare devastating wind storm earlier in the month, according to a monthly survey of nine Midwest and Plains states released Tuesday. The overall index for the ...

Authorities identify preschooler fatally hit by car

JOHNSTON (AP) — Authorities in central Iowa identified a 3-year-old boy who was fatally hit by a car in a Johnston apartment complex parking lot over the weekend. Clayton Lloyd was killed in the Sunday afternoon accident, police in the Des Moines suburb said. Officers and medics were ...

10 more Iowa counties qualify for FEMA assistance program

DES MOINES (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved help for residents of 10 more counties that were damaged by an August windstorm, the state announced Tuesday. Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a news release that FEMA now says individuals and business owners in Benton, Boone, ...

Iowa woman dies in South Dakota ambulance crash

JEFFERSON, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have identified the person who died when an ambulance crashed on a South Dakota interstate. The Highway Patrol says 29-year-old Tonya Bruscher, from Brunsville, Iowa, was killed when the driver of the ambulance lost control of the vehicle on Interstate 29 ...

Iowa virus cases rise amid calls for masks, bar closures

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa continued to see significant transmission of the coronavirus on Tuesday with the state reporting more than 600 new cases and a federal report pegging Iowa with the nation’s highest rate of virus spread in the country. As of Tuesday morning, state health data shows ...

Feds want deal with North Dakota over pipeline

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. — The Army Corps of Engineers is recommending that the federal government negotiate a settlement with North Dakota for more than $38 million that the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. In a letter ...

Iowa Democrats file lawsuit over absentee ballot rulings

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to overturn court rulings last week that invalidated thousands of absentee ballot requests. The Democratic Party, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee filed the lawsuit after ...

Police: Homeowner fatally shoots man accused of break-in

PALO (AP) — A homeowner shot and killed another man suspected of breaking into his home before dawn Monday, sheriff’s officials in eastern Iowa reported. The incident happened shortly after 3 a.m. Monday, when several people called 911 to report that a man was trying to break into homes in ...

Iowa continues to post high confirmed virus case numbers

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa continued Monday to record a high number of new positive coronavirus cases as the state continues to struggle with spreading virus in several counties, including those with university campuses. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health showed 611 new positive ...

Hundreds march in Iowa in support of law enforcement

DES MOINES (AP) — Hundreds of people have participated in an Iowa march in support of law enforcement amid widespread demonstrations elsewhere over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. The Des Moines Register reports that the “Back the Blue” march began Saturday morning at ...

Des Moines raises $38 million with new one-cent sales tax

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines raised $38.1 million in the first year of a one-cent sales tax increase, but officials expect that to decline significantly in the next year because of the coronavirus pandemic. City officials said sales tax revenue will be down in the next year because the ...

Iowa virus numbers vary widely because of website problem

DES MOINES (AP) — The numbers on Iowa’s online coronavirus tracker varied widely this weekend because of a maintenance problem with the site. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported Saturday morning that 1,108 Iowans had died from COVID-19. Later in the day, the number of deaths fell ...

Patrol: 3 killed, 2 injured in central Iowa crash

ALDEN (AP) — Three people — including a child — died in a crash in central Iowa’s Hardin County, the Iowa State Patrol said Monday. The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Sunday on U.S. Highway 20 near Alden, when a pickup truck traveling the wrong way crashed into the sport utility ...

Woman killed in western Iowa crash was Omaha teacher

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A woman killed in a western Iowa crash last week was an Omaha elementary school educator, officials said. Cathy Vazquez, 56, of Omaha, was killed in the Friday evening crash in Crescent, television station KETV reported. Pottawattamie County investigators said Vazquez ...

Throngs of UI students at bars raise alarm

IOWA CITY (AP) — University of Iowa students and several bars in Iowa City are facing criticism after throngs of young adults were seen crowded together outside and within the venues — most without masks — just hours before in-person classes were to start Monday at the university and many ...

Plan calls for Iowa to close some highway rest areas

By MASON DOCKTER An AP Exchange story SIOUX CITY — All but one of the Interstate 29 public rest areas between Sioux City and Omaha could close, under an Iowa Department of Transportation plan that seeks to increase truck parking along the state’s interstate highways. Statewide, the IDOT ...