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Man charged with murder in shooting near Des Moines area bar

Jul. 13, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Detectives charged a man with murder Monday in the June 28 shooting death of another man outside a Des Moines area bar. Polk County sheriff's deputies charged Gordon Jerome Johnson, 35, with first-degree murder and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. Johnson, of Des Moines, was...

Number of Iowa abortions climb after plummeting for decades

Jul. 13, 2020 2:50 PM EDT

The number of women having abortions in Iowa climbed last year, a turnaround that critics blame on the state's controversial decision to withdraw from a federally funded family planning program. After decades of plummeting abortion numbers, the state last year recorded 3,566 abortions, which is 25% more than the...

Iowa sees biggest daily COVID-19 increase since late May

Jul. 10, 2020 5:52 PM EDT

Iowa on Friday registered its largest daily jump in coronavirus cases since May, leading health officials in the worst-affected parts of the state to warn people to take the threat more seriously and to stop congregating in bars and other places in large numbers. Among the 10 counties with the largest jumps was...

Iowa got free masks from Taiwan and companies, filings show

Jul. 8, 2020 5:06 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As Iowa faced a shortage of equipment needed to protect people from the coronavirus, the state received timely gifts from a foreign government and major corporations of nearly 1.4 million surgical masks. New disclosure filings show that the free masks came from the government of...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2011, file photo, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., tours the Competitive Edge plant with president David Greenspon during a campaign stop, in Clive, Iowa. A judge ordered probation Wednesday, July 8, 2020, for Greenspon, a well-known Iowa businessman with deep ties to the Republican Party, saying he failed to show genuine remorse for assaulting a woman at his home last year. Judge Michael Huppert rejected a request by Greenspon for a deferred judgment in the assault, which occurred at Greenspon's West Des Moines mansion last November. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall File)

Judge orders probation for Iowa businessman in assault case

Jul. 8, 2020 12:41 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge ordered probation Wednesday for a well-known Iowa businessman with deep ties to the Republican Party, saying he failed to show genuine remorse for assaulting a woman at his home last year. Judge Michael Huppert rejected a request by David Greenspon for a deferred judgment in...

Des Moines schools and Drake to build $19.5M stadium

Jul. 8, 2020 8:55 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines School Board voted to move forward on a nearly $20 million high school and middle school sports stadium in partnership with Drake University, despite pushback from some district patrons. On Tuesday, the city’s school board unanimously approved design and...

This July 2, 2020 photo provided by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa., shows Viet Tran. Prosecutors have filed a rare charge against Tran, a Black Lives Matter protester _ unauthorized dissemination of intelligence data _ for allegedly displaying and discussing a stolen Des Moines police document during an interview broadcast on a local television station. (Polk County Jail via AP)

Black Lives Matter protesters face rare leak charge in Iowa

Jul. 7, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors in Iowa have filed a rarely used leak charge against Black Lives Matter protesters accused of stealing a confidential police document and displaying it during a television news broadcast. Two protesters are charged with unauthorized dissemination of intelligence data, a...

Police identify fourth victim killed in Iowa crash

Jul. 7, 2020 5:55 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have released the name of the fourth victim of a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines. Des Moines police said Tuesday that the Polk County Medical Examiners Office has identified the victim as 23-year-old Zachary McBride, of Weaver. Police previously...

Police ID 3 of 4 people killed in fiery Des Moines crash

Jul. 6, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police have identified three of four men who died and a woman who was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines. Police identified those killed as the car’s driver, Ross Jacob Welsher, 22, and passengers Jordan Van Gundy, 22, and Jacob Lee Van...

4 men die, 1 woman injured in fiery Des Moines crash

Jul. 5, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four men died and a woman was injured in a fiery single-vehicle crash southwest of downtown Des Moines early Sunday. Des Moines Police said the crash happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on George Flagg Parkway near Water Works Park. The 2013 Volkswagen Golf caught fire after crashing...