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Trump campaign sues key Iowa counties over absentee mailings

Aug. 13, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has sued two Democratic-leaning Iowa counties that are making it easy to vote by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, seeking to invalidate tens of thousands of voters' absentee ballot applications. The Trump campaign, the Republican...

Man arrested in mother's fatal beating in Cedar Rapids

Aug. 13, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Cedar Rapids man with first-degree murder and other counts in the fatal beating of his mother earlier this summer. George Alan Deason, 49, was arrested in July, shortly after his mother was found critically injured in her home by her daughter. Police...

More deaths reported in Iowa as virus cases top 50,000

Aug. 13, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More COVID-19 deaths have been reported in Iowa as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases topped 50,000 in the state. The state’s online virus tracker showed seven deaths reported Thursday morning from the day before, bringing the state’s total to 954. The site...

Annual Democratic Steak Fry fundraiser moves to drive-in

Aug. 13, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A signature annual fundraiser for the Polk County Democratic Party in Iowa will see a major change next month in the wake of a global coronavirus pandemic, with attendees preparing for a drive-in experience. The annual Steak Fry will be held at the Airplane Field at Des Moines Water...

Iowa Department of Transportation workers help with tree debris removal as grain bins from the Archer Daniels Midland facility are seen severely damaged in Keystone, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. A storm slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per hour on Monday, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and bursting grain bins still filled with tens of millions of bushels of last year’s harvest. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette via AP)

Iowa farmers assess losses after storm flattened cornfields

Aug. 13, 2020 12:10 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known as a derecho, slammed the Midwest with straight line winds of up to 100 miles per...

Mike Jacobis pushes a portion of tree trunk away as a neighbor helps on the ground in northwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. The tree, which fell in Monday's storm, fell and damaged Jacobis' porch and the roof over a second-floor bedroom and closet. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

'Kicked in the teeth': Devastation mounts from Midwest storm

Aug. 12, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The impact of a wind storm that tore through the Midwest continued to grow Wednesday, as widespread power outages kept businesses closed, limited communication, spoiled food and caused long lines at gas stations. The rare storm known as a derecho hit Monday, devastating parts of the...

Boy killed in personal watercraft collision on Iowa lake

Aug. 12, 2020 9:58 AM EDT

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A 14-year-old boy died in a personal watercraft collision on Clear Lake in north-central Iowa, officials said. The collision of the two recreational watercraft happened around noon Tuesday, according to a news release Wednesday from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. ...

Zach Johnson watches his tee shot on the seventh hole during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at TPC Harding Park Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Zach Johnson, normal guy from Iowa, wins Payne Stewart Award

Aug. 12, 2020 8:46 AM EDT

Zach Johnson had quick success after a long road to the PGA Tour. He won as a rookie and reached the Tour Championship in Atlanta, where one of the perks was attending a ceremony to watch Jay Haas accept the Payne Stewart Award. He remembers it being powerful, inspiring, motivating. It brought Johnson to tears 16...

Downed trees and other debris cover front yards in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a powerful storm moved through Iowa on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Liz Martin/The Gazette via AP)

Powerful storm leaves 2 dead, heavy crop damage in Midwest

Aug. 11, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of thousands across the Midwest remained without electricity on Tuesday after a powerful storm packing 100 mph winds battered the region a day earlier, causing widespread damage to millions of acres of crops and killing at least two people. The storm known as a derecho tore...

Iowa sheriff’s deputy dies in accidental off-duty shooting

Aug. 11, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

OTTUMWA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say an off-duty Iowa sheriff's deputy has died in an accidental shooting. The Ottumwa Police Department said in a news release that officers responded Tuesday morning and found that 35-year-old Brian Rainey had sustained a gunshot wound to his torso. WHO-TV reports that...