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Police: 4 family members shot, killed in West Des Moines

Jun. 16, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Relatives discovered the bodies of four family members, including two children, with gunshot wounds at their home in central Iowa, police said. The bodies were discovered Saturday morning at the home in West Des Moines, The Des Moines Register reported . Authorities identified...

Rain leaves veggie farmers struggling with no aid in sight

Jun. 16, 2019 11:38 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Like farmers throughout the Midwest, this spring's torrential rains turned Andrew Dunham's land into sticky muck that set him back nearly a month in planting his crops. Unlike other farmers, though, Dunham won't get a piece of a $16 billion aid package to offset his losses and he...

In rural Iowa feud, sheriff won't honor small town's arrests

Jun. 13, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

DURANT, Iowa (AP) — An unusual circumstance let a speeding drunken driver avoid a trip to jail after her recent arrest in this small eastern Iowa town: the sheriff isn't honoring arrests made in Durant. Saying he cannot rely on the truthfulness of officers in the farming community of 1,800 people about 165...

Woman accused of binding kids' hands and feet gets probation

Jun. 12, 2019 11:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines woman accused of binding her children's hands and feet to keep them under control has been sentenced to two years of probation. Court records show that 38-year-old Jessica Henderson also was fined $625 during her sentencing last week. She had entered Alford pleas to...

Trump, Biden trade barbs amid dueling Iowa campaign visits

Jun. 11, 2019 9:49 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden spent Tuesday trading insults — sometimes almost simultaneously— as they stumped across Iowa in split-screen moments that could preview a ferocious fight ahead if the two face off for the presidency next year. The back...

The Latest: Biden: Trump wants to rewrite presidency limits

Jun. 11, 2019 9:14 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump and Joe Biden visiting Iowa (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says President Donald Trump is trying to dismantle the limits on the presidency. The former vice president said Tuesday that in the 2020 election, voters...

Netherlands vegetable seed developer wins World Food Prize

Jun. 10, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A seed developer from the Netherlands credited with introducing high quality disease-resistant vegetable seeds to more than 60 countries including the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia was awarded the 2019 World Food Prize on Monday. Simon Groot, a sixth generation seedsman, began...

White House hopefuls target Trump for anti-LGBTQ policies

Jun. 8, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic White House hopefuls on Saturday attacked President Donald Trump as harmful to LGBTQ Americans and promised if elected they would not just restore gay rights but expand them. Speaking to a crowd gathered in front of the Iowa State Capitol as part of the Des Moines gay...

Iowa Supreme Court refuses to stop Branstad trial

Jun. 7, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has denied a request by the attorney for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to stop a civil trial in which Branstad is accused of discrimination against a gay former state worker's compensation commissioner. Branstad and two former staffers were sued by...

O'Rourke campaigns with wife, looks to boost female support

Jun. 7, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Beto O'Rourke stumbled with women from the start, featuring his wife sitting silently in his presidential campaign launch video and joking repeatedly about being a part-time parent. But with his campaign at risk of stalling, O'Rourke is attempting to improve his standing with female...