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Man with sword dies after being shocked by police

NEVADA (AP) — A man who was reportedly knocking on doors and carrying a sword died early Monday in Nevada, Iowa, after being shocked with a stun gun. Nevada police said officers were called at 2:44 a.m. to check reports of a man walking up and down a street, carrying a sword and knocking on ...

Iowa new positive coronavirus cases tops 26,000

DES MOINES (AP) — The number of new positive coronavirus cases has increased significantly recently as the state surpasses 26,000 positive cases and deaths are approaching 700, according to figures updated Monday. Data from the Iowa Department of Public Safety shows total positive cases ...

Woman faces obstruction, accessory counts in Iowa killing

IOWA CITY (AP) — Another arrest has been made in the April killing of an Iowa City man, police said. Iowa City police arrested Whitney Claybon, 30, on Saturday, accusing her of shuttling a suspect in the case out of town and lying to detectives regarding his whereabouts. Claybon is charged ...

­Vice President Mike Pence to visit Iowa this week

DES MOINES (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has announced he will travel to Iowa this week to meet with Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. The vice president also plans to tour recreational vehicle manufacturer Winnebago Industries and give an address to its employees on Tuesday. It will be ...

DM council advances ban on police racial profiling

DES MOINES (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has unanimously advanced a proposal to ban racial profiling by police in the wake of nationwide protests and civil unrest decrying racial injustice. Of the 45 people who spoke before they council in an online meeting Monday addressing the ban, ...

Iowa Republicans push bill to limit coronavirus liability

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES — Iowa Republican legislators are fast-tracking a bill that would give meatpacking plants, nursing homes and other businesses broad immunity from coronavirus lawsuits despite criticism that it would also enable them to ignore workplace safety ...

Flash flood watch issued for most of Iowa

DES MOINES (AP) — A flash flood watch has been issued for much of Iowa as the remnants of Tropical Storm Cristobal move north and collide with another storm system in the state. The National Weather Service issued the flash flood watch for Tuesday until midnight. As much as 4 inches of rain ...

2 women drown while tubing in NE Iowa

CLERMONT (AP) — Two women died Monday while tubing on the Turkey River in northeast Iowa. Sharon Kahn, 64, and Vicki K. Hodges, 44, both of West Union, drowned after going over a small dam in Clermont, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that ...

Iowa reports 602 COVID-19 deaths

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa health officials are reporting five more deaths linked to the coronavirus outbreak and 151 new cases of the disease caused by the virus. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 602 people have died with COVID-19 in the state and 21,589 cases of the virus ...

Man charged with first-degree murder in Iowa shooting

DES MOINES (AP) — A 21-year-old man has been arrested in a shooting death last week in Des Moines. KCCI-TV reports that Dayquawne Gates was booked Friday night into the Polk County Jail, where he is being held without bond. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old ...

Des Moines police called to suicide, decide case is homicide

DES MOINES (AP) — Des Moines police said Monday they are investigating the death of a man on the city’s south side as a homicide. Police were called about 5:40 p.m. to a home to investigate a report of a suicide. The officers who arrived found the body of an adult man but the death ...

Woman, 22, killed at protest in Davenport

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — A 22-year-old woman was killed early Monday in an apparently random shooting as she was leaving a protest against police brutality in Davenport, her relatives said. Italia Marie Kelly was one of two people fatally shot overnight as civil unrest ...

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst

By THOMAS BEAUMONT Associated Press DES MOINES — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst’s slip in approval ...

Iowa reports 533 virus deaths, 19,488 cases in the state

DES MOINES (AP) — State health officials say two more people died with COVID-19, so the state has had 533 deaths as part of the coronavirus outbreak. The Iowa Department of Public Health said Sunday that 19,488 people had tested positive for COVID-19, an increase of 245 since Saturday. ...

Des Moines police arrest dozens after using tear gas

DES MOINES (AP) — Police arrested more than two dozen people after using tear gas to break up a protest and stop vandalism near the Polk County Courthouse in downtown Des Moines. Live video from WOI-TV showed a small group of people spraying paint on the courthouse and breaking at least one ...

Police: Teen shot at Des Moines home dies from wounds

DES MOINES (AP) — A teen who was shot in the neck at a home over the weekend has died from his injuries, police said. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon in a home just north of the city’s downtown, the Des Moines Register reported. Ishmael Muhammad, 17, was shot just before 3 p.m. ...

DM woman charged after stabbing cat

DES MOINES (AP) — Police in Des Moines have charged a woman with animal torture after they say she stabbed her cat, then tried to drown it. Police learned of the attack after being called to an apartment around 2 a.m. Sunday for a report of an animal bite, the Des Moines Register reported. ...

Teen dead, another injured as truck flees

PROLE, (AP) — An 18-year-old driver fleeing a police stop died and his passenger was injured when their vehicle crashed into trees over the weekend, authorities in south-central Iowa said. Memphis Issac Kincade Pickett, 18, of Winterset, died in the crash and his passenger, 21-year-old ...

From farms to food banks

By JOSH FUNK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — As food banks have struggled to meet soaring demand from people suddenly out of work because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has been especially troubling to see farmers have to bury produce, dump milk and euthanize hogs. Now some states are ...