Iowa

Sioux City Council Considers Police Body Cameras

SIOUX CITY – Police officials have told the City Council that it would cost more than $97,000 to outfit Sioux City officers with body cameras. Chief Doug Young and Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said Thursday the money would cover software and hardware costs for 87 cameras. Councilman Pete Groetken, who retired with nearly 38 years of police experience, says the cameras…

Iowa Reports Rising Number Of Flu-Related Deaths

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa authorities say at least 25 influenza-related deaths have occurred since Oct. 2, including 11 reported to the state last week. The Iowa Department of Public Health said in a news release Friday that all but one of the people who died had underlying conditions or contributing factors. The department says the deaths included 19…

Federal Agency Traces Listeria In Blue Bell Product To Iowa

BRENHAM, Texas (AP) – Federal inspectors have confirmed that listeria found in a brand of Blue Bell ice cream, prompting another recall of its products, originated with a third-party supplier. The Houston Chronicle reports that the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter last month to Iowa-based Aspen Hills detailing the company’s failures in preventing contamination. The contamination that…

Iowa GOP Lawmakers Prepare To Defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa Senate is preparing to vote on a bill that would pass up millions in federal dollars in order to stop contributing a small amount of state funding toward Planned Parenthood. The Senate debate Thursday could stretch for hours. Republicans who hold a majority will likely approve the bill, sending it to the GOP-led…

Company: The Size Of Iowa Diesel Pipeline Spill Overestimated

HANLONTOWN, Iowa (AP) – Pipeline officials say far less diesel fuel than feared spilled from a broken pipeline in north-central Iowa. Magellan Midstream Partners officials initially estimated that nearly 139,000 gallons spilled when the pipeline broke near Hanlontown on Wednesday. But the company told the Mason City Globe Gazette Monday that it has reported a new estimate of nearly 47,000…

Iowa Governor: Won’t ‘Second Guess’ Trump’s Travel Ban

DES MOINES (AP) – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad says he won’t “second guess” President Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries despite growing criticism on its rollout. Branstad declined to answer questions Monday on whether he supported the ban or its weekend implementation. It caused confusion at airports around the country and involved the detainment of individuals with legal…

Iowa Panel OKs Bill That Would Ban Traffic Cameras

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa legislators are moving forward with a bill to ban traffic enforcement cameras, despite concerns from police that it could increase crashes. A three-person Senate Judiciary subcommittee unanimously approved legislation Wednesday that would remove traffic enforcement cameras from Iowa roadways. It now moves to the full Judiciary Committee. At the meeting, several Iowa police chiefs…

On Last Day, Obama Cuts Prison Terms Of 12 Inmates From Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) – President Obama has shortened prison sentences for a dozen inmates from Iowa who are serving time on drug manufacturing and dealing charges. In his last act in office, the president Thursday commuted the sentences for 360 federal inmates convicted on drug charges. The list includes 12 former Iowa residents whose terms were each shaved by…

Ice Threat Lingers For Some Midwest States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A few states in the Midwest again are on alert for icy conditions. While the weekend’s storm caused travel issues in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, some meteorologists acknowledged it fell short of dire forecasts. Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa are expected to see a mix of rain and freezing rain on Monday. Strong storms moved…

Hy-Vee Recalls Store-Branded Candy Packages

DES MOINES (AP) – The Hy-Vee food store chain has recalled store branded candy distributed to 242 stores in eight states after learning an ingredient from another company could be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee says a milk powder ingredient used in chocolate coating has the potential for contamination and the candy’s manufacturer, Palmer Candy Co., announced…

MidAmerican Announces Sites For 2 More Iowa Wind Farms

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – MidAmerican Energy has announced that it will build a wind farm in Boone and neighboring Greene counties and another in Mahaska County. The company said in a news release Thursday that the two will be the first built as part of its Wind XI project. The Beaver Creek project in Boone and Greene counties will…

Handgun, Ammunition Found In Des Moines Police Shooting Suspect’s Truck

DES MOINES – Authorities found a loaded handgun and 151 rounds of handgun and rifle ammunition inside the pickup of a man accused of killing two Des Moines area police officers. Court documents filed last week say investigators also found more than 600 rounds of rifle and handgun ammunition at the home of Scott Greene. He’s pleaded not guilty to…

Hy-Vee Partners With Mark Wahlberg To Raise Money For Heroes

Wahlberg makes an appearance in Des Moines to discuss his new movie and promote Hy-Vee’s Homefront initiative

WEST DES MOINES – On Monday, Hy-Vee, Inc. rolled out the red carpet to honor first responders, veterans and military members for a private screening of the new film, “Patriots Day.” Hy-Vee partnered with actor and producer Mark Wahlberg to show the movie to local heroes as part of a fundraiser for the company’s Hy-Vee Homefront initiative. The movie, which…

Branstad Pushes New Plan To Defund Planned Parenthood

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says his priorities for the new Iowa Legislature include removing state funding for Planned Parenthood and prohibiting public workers from bargaining for their health insurance. Branstad highlighted his plans Tuesday during his annual Condition of the State address. It’s expected to be his last address before he becomes ambassador to China. Branstad…

USDA Chooses Hy-Vee To Join In Online Food Stamp Program

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has chosen West Des Moines-based Hy-Vee to participate in a program that will let food stamp recipients shop for groceries online. Hy-Vee is one of seven retailers that will participate in the two-year pilot program, which will begin this summer. The USDA says it hopes to expand access to…

Facebook Selfie With Gun Lands Convicted Felon In Prison

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A Des Moines man who grew up in a Chicago area that struggles with gangs will continue serving five years in prison after posting a selfie on Facebook with a gun and ammunition, bragging about gang ties. Christopher Payne-Owens, who is 25, appealed his July 2015 conviction on possession of a firearm by a felon…

Branstad: It ‘Makes Sense’ For Iowa To Consider Voter ID

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad says it “makes sense” for Iowa to consider legislation that would require voters to show identification when casting an election ballot. The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday that such a requirement would ensure voters are valid and aren’t voting in more than one state. State officials do not track voter fraud statewide,…

Iowa Traffic Deaths Jumped In 2016, Department Says

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say traffic deaths jumped to at least 400 last year in Iowa. The Iowa Transportation Department says the figure is nearly 27 percent higher than the 316 traffic deaths recorded in 2015. It’s also the highest figure since the 411 in 2008. The department says the 2016 month with the most deaths was October, with…

Fitness Experts React To Iowa Weightlifting Accident

22 Year Old Died After Barball Slipped From Grip, Landing On Neck

Kyle Thomson, 22, was bench pressing 315 pounds at the Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankey, Iowa Monday morning. Authorities say the barbell slipped out of his hands, landing on his neck. Officials say he later died in a Des Moines hospital. Paul Keizer, General Manager of D1 Sports Training in Sioux Falls, said accidents, such as losing grip on…