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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 ...

School nurses may send kids home at first sign of illness

By TONY LEYS An AP Exchange story DES MOINES — Iowa’s school nurses have a message for parents: Expect your kids to be sent home more quickly this year if they seem even a little ill. “There have been a lot of kids I’ve sent back to class with a headache, and now I might send them ...

Iowa confirms first child death from COVID as schools reopen

IOWA CITY (AP) — A young child died due to complications from coronavirus in June, the first confirmed death of a minor in Iowa during the pandemic, the state health department belatedly announced Sunday evening. The Iowa Department of Public Health said the state medical examiner’s office ...

Trump campaign sues 3rd Iowa county over absentee mailings

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and Republican Party groups are suing a third Iowa county, seeking to invalidate thousands of absentee ballot request forms that have been returned by voters. The lawsuit against Woodbury ...

Trump promises storm recovery aid

DES MOINES (AP) — Kim Reem recounted Tuesday how the unusually powerful storm that tore through Iowa last week destroyed her Cedar Rapids home and laid waste to more than 100 large trees on her property. During a briefing at the airport in Iowa’s second-largest city, Reem, who heads a ...

Iowa state audit finds evidence of malfeasance in Clutier

DES MOINES (AP) — A special investigation into concerns of malfeasance in the east-central city of Clutier turned up more than $100,000 in improper and unsupported spending of public money and undeposited collections, state officials said. State Auditor Rob Sand said in a new report that the ...

Trump angling for votes with immigration talk

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Grappling for votes — and the spotlight — as Democrats hold their national convention, President Donald Trump targeted voters in key states and constituencies Tuesday and promised a pardon for Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement. Trump headed ...

Illinois woman killed in Mississippi River boat crash in Iowa

LeCLAIRE (AP) — Authorities in eastern Iowa are seeking information on a boat crash in the Mississippi River near LeClaire that killed an Illinois woman. The collision of a large black center-console boat and a blue and white 19-foot ski boat on the river happened Sunday evening, the Iowa ...

Trump signs Iowa disaster declaration, to visit Tuesday

By DAVID PITT Associated Press WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an emergency declaration that will supply federal money to help Iowa recover from an unusual wind storm that struck a week ago. “I’ve just approved an emergency declaration for Iowa, who had ...

Officials ID 2 killed in Missouri plane crash as Iowa couple

OSAGE BEACH, Mo. (AP) — Two people killed when a small plane crashed in central Missouri were a couple from Iowa, authorities said. The plane crashed Sunday afternoon near Grand Glaize Airport, killing Scott and Amy Lowe of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, according to a news release from Osage Beach, ...