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Principal closes deal to buy Wells Fargo retirement business

DES MOINES (AP) — Principal Financial Group says it has closed its purchase of the Wells Fargo’s Institutional Retirement & Trust business. Principal said Monday it is beginning the integration of the Wells Fargo’s 401k, pension, executive deferred compensation, employee stock ...

Authorities: Man trapped under trailer died

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Authorities in southern Iowa’s Marion County say a man trapped under a trailer has died. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office says someone called 911 around 5:30 p.m. Saturday and said medical and other help was needed at a Knoxville address. First responders tried to ...

Police say toddler left in hot vehicle died at hospital

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Authorities say a 16-month-old girl died after being left inside a hot vehicle in northwest Iowa’s Sioux City. The Sioux City Police Department says officers dispatched around 4 p.m. Sunday found the toddler unconscious. The National Weather Service says the temperature ...

Survey suggests Midwest economic growth will continue

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy in nine Midwestern and Plains states was hampered in part by tariffs and flooding last month, but it should continue to grow over the next three to six months, according to a report released Monday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rose to 55.4 in ...

Court revives fired agent’s whistleblower claim

DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has revived a long-running lawsuit that claims a state agent was fired in retaliation for his complaint about speeding by the governor’s security detail. The court on Friday ruled that a judge erred in dismissing a whistleblower claim filed by ...

Iowa manager to retire after inquiry

IOWA CITY (AP) — An Iowa administrator will retire after criticizing a state investigation that found she created a hostile work environment for judges who rule on unemployment benefits disputes, records show. Iowa Workforce Development has for months sought to keep secret the details of the ...

Flood damage at least $2 billion along Mississippi

By JIM SALTER Associated Press ST. LOUIS — Repairs and cleanup following the prolonged flooding along the Mississippi River will cost more than $2 billion, an advocacy group for river communities said Tuesday. Heavier than normal snow melt in the late winter and frequent and heavy rains ...

Officials: Man drowned while swimming

ROCK VALLEY (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man drowned while swimming at a northwest Iowa campground. Rock Valley police say 31-year-old Anthony Boyenga went under the water Saturday afternoon while swimming with his children at the Rivers Bend Campground beach. A driver called to the ...

Construction of Le Mars-to-Sioux City trail set to begin in 2020

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Work on a proposed multimillion dollar trail connecting Sioux City and Le Mars is expected to begin next year. The Plywood trail, linking Plymouth and Woodbury counties, will cost an estimated $18 million and will span 16 miles, the Sioux City Journal reported. It’s ...

Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

WEST DES MOINES (AP) — Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said. The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported. Authorities ...

Branstad explains reason for trying to oust gay official

DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday in a civil trial that he didn’t try to pressure a state official to quit in 2010 because he is gay but because he wanted someone who shared his political views about the state’s needs. Branstad, a Republican who is now ...

Iowa removes OWI files that exposed governor’s personal information

By RYAN J. FOLEY Associated Press IOWA CITY — Iowa’s court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2000 arrest for drunk driving, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information. The records contained the governor’s Social ...

Iowa governor OK after chest pains prompt hospital trip

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was taken to a hospital after experiencing chest pains but has returned to work at the Capitol. The governor’s office released a statement saying Reynolds noticed chest pains early Thursday and was taken to a hospital emergency room “out of an ...

Authorities: Drunken man backed lawn mower over child

HAWKEYE (AP) — Authorities say a man was drunk when he backed a lawn mower over a 3-year-old girl in northeast Iowa’s Fayette County. First responders were sent to a home in Hawkeye a little after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday. Medics treated the little girl, and she was flown to Mayo Clinic in ...

Iowa trial begins over alleged discrimination by ex-governor

DES MOINES (AP) — Eight jurors will decide whether former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because he’s gay in a civil case that began Wednesday and is expected to call two other former governors to the witness stand. Branstad’s attorney, Frank Harty, ...

Iowa trial begins over alleged discrimination by ex-governor

DES MOINES (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in what is expected to be a monthlong civil trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay, a case Branstad’s attorney predicts will escalate into an “unhinged attack on the ...

Iowa attorney general seeks Catholic sex abuse records

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is asking Roman Catholic officials in Iowa to provide records on clergy sexual abuse so his office can launch a third-party review. Miller says Monday he’s sent letters to bishops in Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque and Sioux City seeking ...

Iowa Supreme Court upholds law ending rights for some unions

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s Supreme Court on Friday narrowly upheld a 2017 law that took away bargaining rights for many state employees, an early signal of the court’s new conservative majority solidified by two recent appointments by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds. In cases filed by the ...

Reynolds dropped from suit filed over alleged discrimination

DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds has been dropped from a lawsuit alleging that her predecessor and others in his administration singled out a former state official for a pay cut because of his political party or sexual orientation. The long-running lawsuit filed by former Workers’ ...

Attorneys general ask for veto of Iowa AG power-limits bill

DES MOINES (AP) — Current and former attorneys general from both major parties and several states are imploring Iowa’s Republican governor to veto a measure meant to prevent the state’s attorney general, currently a Democrat, from being able to file or join lawsuits challenging Trump ...