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Jacqueline Donahue of Hazleton, right, buys la Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Jackpot winner in $730M Powerball, none in Mega Millions

Jan. 21, 2021 1:33 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — There has been a jackpot winner in the $730 million Powerball, the first to get the top prize in months. Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players had another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night with a $730 million Powerball prize was on the line. The winning ticket was sold...

Jacqueline Donahue of Hazleton, right, buys la Mega Millions lottery ticket at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (Mark Moran/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Next up: $730M Powerball prize after no Mega Millions winner

Jan. 21, 2021 12:08 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to math and bad luck, lottery players will have another shot at a giant jackpot Wednesday night as a $730 million Powerball prize is on the line. The Powerball jackpot is the fifth-largest ever, and it will come only a day after nobody won the even-larger Mega Millions prize,...

Man sentenced for having Molotov cocktail at Omaha protest

Jan. 20, 2021 6:24 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Iowa man who had a Molotov cocktail with him during a social justice protest in Omaha in May was sentenced Wednesday to 2.5 years in federal prison. Steven Fitch, 25, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced for being in unlawful possession of a destructive device, U.S. Attorney Joe...

Central Iowa man charged with murder in nephew's death

Jan. 20, 2021 5:51 PM EST

ADEL, Iowa (AP) — The uncle of a central Iowa man who was shot to death inside a vehicle in Adel has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing. Mark Mash, 37, of rural Adel, was also charged Wednesday with control of a firearm by a domestic abuser, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office...

Des Moines police ID pedestrian killed in December crash

Jan. 20, 2021 3:32 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines have finally identified a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run last November as a Des Moines resident whom neighbors reported they had not seen in weeks. Police had struggled to identify the man, who was not carrying ID when he was found critically injured in the...

Ex-Iowa sports radio host sentenced to prison in fraud case

Jan. 20, 2021 2:50 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines sports radio host was sentenced Wednesday to more than three years in federal prison for swindling at least eight people out of about $1.5 million. Marty Tirrell, 60, was sentenced in Des Moines’ federal court to 41 months and ordered to pay more than...

Pork exec gives $25K to Iowa governor; company got virus aid

Jan. 20, 2021 2:48 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An owner of a large pork production company that disproportionately benefited from an Iowa coronavirus aid program recently donated $25,000 to Gov. Kim Reynolds' campaign, a new disclosure report shows. Mary Ann Christensen, board member of Christensen Farms and part of the family...

Iowa posts 62 virus deaths, total reaches nearly 4,400

Jan. 20, 2021 2:15 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa public health officials posted an additional 62 deaths on Wednesday as the state death total reached 4,394. Iowa had the 17th highest per capita death count in the nation and the second highest seven-day average positivity at 33% behind Idaho, according to researchers at Johns...

Iowa City Council OKs $12M financing for downtown project

Jan. 20, 2021 12:39 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa City Council has approved more than $12 million in tax increment financing for a downtown development designed to revitalize and preserve the character of the city's Pedestrian Mall. The council unanimously approved the financing Tuesday, the Gazette of Cedar Rapids...

Iowa-Maryland women's game postponed because of inauguration

Jan. 19, 2021 11:20 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The women's basketball game between No. 7 Maryland and Iowa, scheduled for Thursday night, has been postponed because the Hawkeyes don't want to travel with the inauguration being held one day earlier. Iowa was scheduled to fly into Baltimore-Washington International Airport on...