Latest Iowa News

Tennessee Dems push to move up presidential primary

Feb. 18, 2020 6:04 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee would be the first state in the nation to hold a presidential primary, freeing it from having to compete for attention on Super Tuesday, under a new bill. Democratic state lawmakers touted the need for the change on Tuesday, arguing that the Volunteer State has a more...

Officials help passengers off a plane to waiting vehicles at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Neb., on Monday, Feb 17, 2020. American citizens who were on a cruise ship off Japan's coast who were at high risk of being exposed to the novel coronavirus were taken to the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus after landing. (Z Long/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Why treat people exposed to virus in Omaha? Why not?

Feb. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Of all places, why are 13 people potentially exposed to a viral outbreak being treated and observed in Omaha, Nebraska? Because nearly 20 years ago, a few doctors, public health experts and officials realized that nearly no one was meeting a national need for such specialized care...

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg embraces Hannah Brown at the Nevada Black Legislative Caucus Black History Awards brunch Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Pete Buttigieg's next test: Winning over minority voters

Feb. 18, 2020 2:32 PM EST

So far, Pete Buttigieg has made it look easy. The once little-known former mayor of a midsize Midwestern city vaulted over a former vice president and several U.S. senators in the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire presidential primary. The 38-year-old's fresh face, intellect and turn-the-page message won votes...

Police: Man forced woman to watch 'Roots' for racism lessons

Feb. 18, 2020 1:39 PM EST

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man is accused of forcing a woman to watch the nine-hour miniseries “Roots,” threatening her and telling her the episodic drama would make her better understand her racism. Robert Noye, 52, is charged in Cedar Rapids with harassment and false imprisonment....

Man gets 11 years for drunken driving crash death of cousin

Feb. 18, 2020 12:46 PM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa man has been given 11 years in prison for the drunken driving death of a cousin last year. The Sioux City Journal reported that Darrick Toel was sentenced Monday. He'd pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide while driving recklessly and to operating while intoxicated....

Man accused of pushing co-worker off bin found in Mexico

Feb. 18, 2020 11:30 AM EST

HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — A man accused of pushing a co-worker off the top of a grain bin in southwest Iowa has been found in Mexico and returned to the United States, authorities said. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release Tuesday that Pedro Andrade, 37, was located last week outside Medina, Mexico,...

Review: Iowa agency didn't act soon enough on starved teen

Feb. 18, 2020 9:40 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than three years after the starvation death of a 16-year-old girl in West Des Moines, an Iowa investigation says state workers didn't act soon enough on child-abuse reports about her and her siblings and didn't identify or contact important witnesses. An emaciated Natalie Finn...

Man who shot at officers pleads guilty to gun, drug charges

Feb. 18, 2020 7:28 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man who opened fire on officers serving a warrant pleaded guilty to federal gun and drug charges. Randall Comly, 52, is scheduled to be sentenced June 12 in U.S. District Court in Des Moines. He pleaded guilty this month to possession of methamphetamine for sale and two...

Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) steals the ball from Iowa State guard Prentiss Nixon (11) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Dotson's 29 points lead No. 3 Kansas past Iowa State, 91-71

Feb. 17, 2020 11:50 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Devon Dotson had watched Iowa State torch the nets in Allen Fieldhouse long enough, so the do-everything Kansas guard began raining down 3-pointers and getting to the rim in what started out as a one-man scoring showcase. The rest of the third-ranked Jayhawks eventually followed his...

Operations manager at Iowa DOT named agency's new director

Feb. 17, 2020 5:20 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The operations manager at the Iowa Department of Transportation has been named the agency's permanent director. Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday she appointed Scott Marler, a 22-year veteran of the department who has worked in traffic operations, highway project development, regulatory...