Latest Des Moines News

Q&A: Next steps for Iowa teen sentenced for killing rapist

Sep. 15, 2022 08:31 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Donations are pouring in to help a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim who was ordered by a court to pay $150,000 to the family of a man she stabbed to death after he raped her. A GoFundMe campaign set up for Pieper Lewis has already raised more than $200,000...

Iowa teen who killed rapist sentenced, ordered to pay $150K

Sep. 13, 2022 21:30 PM EDT

A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family. ...

Iowa school district promises to end seclusion rooms use

Sep. 12, 2022 16:30 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The second largest school district in Iowa improperly and repeatedly shut students with disabilities in seclusion rooms and restrained them in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, federal authorities said Monday. The U.S. Department of...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Sep. 12, 2022 13:22 PM EDT

Dubuque Telegraph Herald. September 11, 2022. Editorial: Let’s give a warm Iowa welcome to Viking Cruises What began with conversations more than seven years ago and led to subsequent planning and discussion came to fruition this week when the community welcomed the...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Sep. 05, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

Des Moines Register. September 4, 2022. Editorial: Don’t let candidates hide the details of their views on abortion policy this year It’s important to determine and publicize exactly what freedoms Republican majorities would restrict. This weekend...

GOP candidates mask rigid abortion stances after Roe ruling

Sep. 02, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — During a primary debate in May, Iowa Republican Zach Nunn and his two rivals were asked to raise their hand if they thought all abortions should be illegal. “All abortions, no exceptions,” the moderator clarified. Nunn's left hand went up. ...

Man arrested in Iowa standoff charged with Omaha killings

Aug. 22, 2022 14:02 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man who was arrested last week after barricading himself inside an Iowa church has been charged in an arrest warrant with killing his grandmother and great grandmother in Omaha. Gage Walter, 27, of Omaha, was charged Friday with two counts of first-degree...

Trump’s long shadow keeps 2024 hopefuls from Iowa State Fair

Aug. 21, 2022 08:39 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz raised the roasted turkey leg like a sword in his Iowa State Fair debut in 2014, the up-and-coming conservative joining a half-dozen other Republican presidential prospects in strolling the Grand Concourse. Four years later, almost as...

Iowa council member countersues police over protest arrest

Aug. 17, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines council member is countersuing two police officers who took the unusual step earlier this year of suing several people who participated in a 2020 protest following a Minneapolis officer's killing of George Floyd. Councilwoman Indira Sheumaker's...

Nebraska suspect arrested after Iowa church standoff

Aug. 14, 2022 17:47 PM EDT

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — A suspect in a Nebraska double homicide was arrested after barricading himself inside an Iowa church alone on Sunday. West Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Heintz said 27-year-old Gage Walter of Omaha ultimately surrendered and was arrested after several hours of...