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Iowa governor declines to help house migrant children

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday said she has rejected a federal request to accept migrant children into the state, saying the need to find homes for them "is the president's problem." Reynolds told WHO radio that her priority is the health and safety of Iowans and ...

Iowa Supreme Court says it’s ready to handle redistricting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court issued a rare statement Thursday saying the court plans to take care of legislative redistricting if the Legislature isn't able to handle the task due to the delayed release of information by the U.S. Census. Iowa lawmakers have been uncertain ...

Officials verify that weak tornado caused Iowa damage

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A tornado that reached speeds up to 85 mph caused damage to homes at a Cedar Rapids mobile home park and left cuts on a child who lived there, the National Weather Service said Thursday. The damage happened about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Summit View Mobile Home ...

Charges filed against man who was shot by Waterloo officer

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A man who was shot by a Waterloo police officer after he threatened sheriff's deputies with what appeared to be a rifle or shotgun was charged Thursday with two counts of assault on a peace officer. Marcelino Alvarez-Victoriano, 44, was shot Wednesday after officers ...

Man gets 50 years for hit-and-run killing of Iowa instructor

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man police accused of intentionally running over and killing a local college instructor has been sentenced to 50 years in prison. Jason Sassman, 50, was sentenced Monday after being convicted in February of second-degree murder in the April 5, 2020, ...

Campers in Iowa state parks will pay more in fees this year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Campers looking to overnight in Iowa's state parks this year will pay more do so. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has raised camping fees at the state's parks this year for the first time in more than 20 years, The Gazette of Cedar Rapids reported. The ...

Cedar Rapids police ID man fatally stabbed at hotel

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Police in Cedar Rapids have identified a man fatally stabbed earlier this week at a local motel. Victor Huerta, 33, died from his injuries in the stabbing that happened around midnight Sunday in a Residence Inn guest room, police said Tuesday in a news ...

Union leader blames underfunding for Iowa prison killings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The leader of the union representing Iowa prison workers on Tuesday blamed Republican state political leaders and Iowa Department of Corrections officials for the death of two Anamosa State Prison workers two weeks ago, contending the state for years has underfunded ...

Jury delivers mixed verdict in Iowa robbery, police shootout

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — A jury has handed down a mix of convictions and acquittals for two Iowa men for a violent home-invasion robbery in 2018 that led to the fatal shooting of a third suspect by police. A Wapello County jury on Thursday found Michael Bibby, 35, guilty of the attempted murder ...

Arrest warrant issued for man in Mason City shooting death

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A person has been fatally shot in Mason City, and an arrest warrant has been issued charging a man with murder in the case, police there said. The shooting happened late Wednesday night, the Mason City Police Department said in a news release Friday. Officers called ...