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Court overturns gay bias verdict against ex-Iowa governor

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Overturning a landmark $1.5 million jury verdict, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that former Gov. Terry Branstad did not illegally discriminate or retaliate against a gay state official. The court found no evidence that Branstad had knowledge that then-Iowa ...

2 sentenced to prison for 2017 killing of Cedar Rapids man

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to decades in prison for the 2017 shooting death of a man whose body was found nearly four years ago in a Cedar Rapids alley. A judge on Tuesday sentenced James Phillips, 21, to up to 50 years in prison for the killing of 34-year-old ...

Iowa court: State may block abortion provider sex education

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's high court said Wednesday that the state may refuse to allow Planned Parenthood to conduct sex education programs funded by federal grants, reversing a judge's ruling last year that found the law unconstitutional. The Iowa Supreme Court found the 2019 law ...

US judge apologizes for ‘partisan’ comments on Trump pardons

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A federal judge in Iowa admitted wrongdoing and publicly apologized for comments ridiculing former President Donald Trump for issuing a series of pardons to well-connected Republican officials. Senior U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt made the remarks during a phone ...

Iowa woman sentenced to 8 years for vandalizing pipeline

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A woman was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for damaging valves and setting fire to construction equipment along an oil pipeline that crosses Iowa and three other states. Thirty-nine-year-old Jessica Rae Reznicek also was ordered to pay nearly $3.2 ...

Petroleum gas leaks after train derailment in Ames

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Cleanup continues after petroleum gas leaked from some train cars involved in a derailment in Ames, Iowa. KCCI-TV reports that about 27 cars derailed Thursday afternoon. A hazmat team was called to the scene to assist with cleanup. Ames Fire Chief Rich Higgins said there ...

Ruling limits safety-based drug testing at Iowa warehouses

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that employers cannot subject all warehouse employees to random drug testing by designating them as having "safety sensitive" jobs. In its 4-3 ruling, the court ruled that companies must consider the specific duties of each worker ...

Beef processing plant with 750 jobs planned in SW Iowa

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) — A newly formed corporation announced Friday it is planning to build a beef processing plant in southwest Iowa that would bring 750 jobs to the region. Cattlemen's Heritage officials said the plant would be built along Interstate 29 near the Mills-Pottawatomie County ...

Man convicted in 2019 shooting death at Burlington party

An Iowa man faces a mandatory life sentence after being found guilty Friday of killing another man during a confrontation at a Burlington house party. Diavontae Davis, 26, was convicted of first-degree murder in the Sept. 7, 2019 shooting death of Reynaldo "Rey" Villarreal. He will be ...

Muscatine County jury finds man guilty of killing girlfriend

MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — A Muscatine County jury on Friday found a man guilty of first-degree murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Jurors found David Hatfield guilty in the death of 18-year-old Kaitlyn Palmer, according to the Muscatine Journal. Prosecutors had said Hatfield shot ...