Iowa

Man Charged With False Unemployment Claims In 3 States

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A California man has been charged with setting up fake businesses in three states, then using names taken from temporary visas issued to students to obtain more than $355,000 in unemployment benefits for nonexistent workers. Nikolai Monastyrski is charged in federal court in Iowa with wire and mail fraud related to the scheme that prosecutors…

22-Year-Old Iowa Weightlifter Dies After Barbell Drops On His Neck

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) – Authorities say a 22-year-old man has died after a barbell slipped from his grasp and crushed his neck at a gym in central Iowa. The accident occurred Monday morning at Elite Edge Transformation Center in Ankeny, about 10 miles north of Des Moines. A spokesman for the center, Mark Yontz, said Thursday that Kyle Thomson was…

Iowa Lottery Sales Reached Record High In 2016, Report Says

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new report says sales of Iowa Lottery tickets spiked in the budget year that ended June 30 and generated the most revenue in the program’s 31-year history. Backed by surging sales of instant-scratch and Powerball tickets, the Lottery brought in $366.9 million in total revenue, a $42 million increase from the prior year. A…

Ethanol Plant Opening In Iowa June 2018

IOWA – A new ethanol plant is set to open in southwest Iowa under an agreement between Cass County officials and a private company. The plant northwest of Atlantic is expected to bring at least 49 jobs to the area. Construction is set to begin in early next year, with the plan opening around June 2018. Elite Octane will spend…

Iowa’s 6 Electoral College Voters Back Trump

Iowa’s six Electoral College voters have cast their ballots for Republican Donald Trump. Trump won the presidential election in Iowa by nearly 10 percentage points over Democrat Hillary Clinton, but Monday’s Electoral College vote was watched more closely than usual because of a national effort to thwart Trump of the presidency by denying him the necessary votes. Electors in Iowa…

Iowa Senator Wants State Ban On Traffic Cameras

DAVENPORT, I.A. – An Iowa senator is optimistic the state Legislature will ban automated traffic cameras that he argues are primarily revenue sources for cities, but officials in Davenport say the devises have succeeded in reducing car speeds and preventing crashes. Republican Brad Zaun plans to push legislation to ban the cameras during the next legislative session. Zaun says many…