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Des Moines man sentenced for dismemberment killing of wife

Jul. 23, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man was sentenced Friday to up to 50 years in prison for killing and dismembering his wife last year. Datron Simmons, 33, must serve a mandatory 35 years behind bars before he's eligible for parole, the Des Moines Register reported....

Des Moines halts contract raise after racial remarks surface

Jul. 19, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Des Moines will no longer consider doubling the funding for a private security firm after a newspaper investigation revealed its top official had referred to local racial justice protests as “terrorism” and made denigrating remarks about Black activists. ...

South Dakota's Noem taking swings at potential 2024 rivals

Jul. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Long before the first presidential nomination contest of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early-voting states and trying to make friends in key places. Then there's Kristi Noem. ...

Family mourns boy who died after Iowa water ride accident

Jul. 18, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Family and friends are remembering the joy an 11-year-old boy brought to others before he was critically injured on a ride at an Iowa amusement park earlier this month and died the next day. Many of the more than 100 mourners grieving Michael...

Park planned at former Yonkers site in Des Moines

Jul. 17, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The site where the Yonkers department store burned seven years ago may soon become a park in downtown Des Moines. EMC Insurance, owner of the lot, said Friday that it plans to develop a neighborhood park that will include sports courts, public...

Removal of buildings at Superfund site to begin Monday

Jul. 17, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to begin removing buildings at a Des Moines Superfund site Monday. The Des Moines Register reports that removal of the buildings at the former Dico Inc. will help clear the way...

Pompeo: Afghan fight against Taliban 'a matter of will'

Jul. 16, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday he believes Afghan forces can secure the country as the U.S. withdraws, but success will depend on whether they have the will to put up a fierce fight against the Taliban. ...

Woman says her boat had problems before Iowa ride accident

Jul. 16, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A woman whose family went on an Iowa amusement ride shortly before an accident that killed an 11-year-old boy and critically injured his brother said Friday her boat also had problems floating properly and felt unsafe. Amber Estrada, 31, said the...

Des Moines water officials lift water-use restriction

Jul. 15, 2021 15:36 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the public water system for the city of Des Moines have lifted a call for customers to limit lawn watering by 25% as drought conditions have eased. Des Moines Water Works lifted that call on Thursday after implementing it last month...

EXPLAINER: Iowa wary of evictions as renter protections end

Jul. 15, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, has been the only tool keeping millions of...