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Drake announces $5M gift for athletics, rural initiatives

Oct. 22, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake University has announced receipt of a $5 million donation that will support the school's athletics and help fund programs to benefit rural communities. The university said in a news release Tuesday that former DuPont Pioneer president and Drake University trustee Paul...

No. 20 Iowa gets new life in Big Ten West race

Oct. 22, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Nowhere did Wisconsin's stunning loss at Illinois reverberate more than in Iowa City. The upset gave the 20th-ranked Hawkeyes new life in the Big Ten West. In recent weeks, Iowa hasn't looked like a team that is ready to seize such an opportunity. The Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten)...

Attorney: 4 Iowa school districts to play $650K settlement

Oct. 22, 2019 1:17 PM EDT

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for a child who was sexually assaulted by a teacher at an Iowa school have announced a $650,000 settlement paid by four school districts. Spirit Lake attorney John Sandy says the settlement was agreed to by the school boards of Sibley-Ocheyedan, Sioux City, Akron-Westfield,...

Board of Iowa insurance pool rethinks out-of-state meetings

Oct. 22, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Board members of an insurance program for Iowa's municipal governments are rethinking their long-standing practice of holding public meetings at resorts in other states. Directors of the Iowa Communities Assurance Pool have faced criticism since The Associated Press reported last...

City council won't let mayor undo his resignation

Oct. 22, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

PEOSTA, Iowa (AP) — An eastern Iowa city council has accepted the resignation of their mayor despite his request that they let him remain in office. The Telegraph Herald reports that Larry Mescher quit in an email sent Oct. 13 to the Peosta council members. It was sent just days after a contentious council...

Hearing delayed for man charged in killing of Iowa student

Oct. 22, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

MONTEZUMA, Iowa (AP) — A hearing to determine whether key evidence can be used against a man charged in the killing University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts has been delayed. Cristhian Bahena Rivera is charged with murder in the July 2018 killing. Prosecutors acknowledged last week that officers didn't...

Man accused of stealing from baseball organization

Oct. 22, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

TIFFIN, Iowa (AP) — A former president of a baseball organization in eastern Iowa has been accused of stealing more than $30,000 from it. Linn County court records say 40-year-old Adam Henderson, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with theft. The records don't list the name of an attorney who could comment for...

2 men charged with murder in Des Moines slaying

Oct. 22, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say they've identified two suspects in the slaying of a man whose body was found in a homeless camp near downtown Des Moines. Police say they've charged 46-year-old Des Moines resident Yancy Freland and 26-year-old Bryan Norris, also of Des Moines, with first-degree...

Former Iowa mayor gets probation in marijuana case

Oct. 22, 2019 6:54 AM EDT

JAMAICA, Iowa (AP) — The former mayor of a central Iowa community has been given two years of probation after pleading guilty to marijuana charges. Guthrie County court records say former Jamaica Mayor LaDonna Kennedy was sentenced and given a deferred judgment Friday. Under a deferred judgment, her...

Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum

Oct. 21, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several days removed from a marathon Democratic presidential debate, Amy Klobuchar was still feeling an afterglow. On the debate stage, the Minnesota senator repeatedly hit Elizabeth Warren for failing to level with voters about how she would pay for her ambitious policy proposals,...