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State OKs Tax Credits for Tama Meatpacking Plant

TAMA, Iowa (AP) - State officials on Friday approved tax credits for developers to reopen a long-closed meatpacking plant in Tama that would eventually employ about 600 workers. The Iowa Economic Development... Read More »

Iowa Farmer Produces Clean Energy With Cow Manure

STOCKTON, Iowa - A Scott County farmer is finding a new cash cow these days. That’s because his 2,400-strong herd is producing clean energy. Turns out, there’s money in manure. At this Stockton, Iowa,... Read More »

Economist Says IRGC Made Correct Decision on Cedar Rapids Casino

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A Creighton University economics professor said the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission was correct in rejecting a casino for Cedar Rapids. And he said the city's location makes it a... Read More »

Police Identify Man Killed in Iowa Falls Standoff

IOWA FALLS, Iowa - Authorities have released new details and the name of the man who police shot and killed during a standoff in Iowa Falls Thursday. The state Department of Public Safety says it happened... Read More »

New Spring, New Construction Season On I-380

CEDAR RAPIDS - It's as near-nightly ritual along one portion of the northbound lanes of Interstate 380. A driver in a truck, alongside the highway, waiting for a specified time to push ahead, corral the... Read More »

Church Hopes to Keep Congregate Dining Site in Ely

ELY, Iowa - ELY, Iowa - A Linn County church is trying to save a congregate dining site in Ely from closure. Earlier this month, Horizons Meals on Wheels announced budget cuts were forcing the closure... Read More »

Dubuque Racing Association Says I.R.G.C Helped Dubuque Dodge a Bullet

DUBUQUE, Iowa - When Members of The Dubuque Racing Association s learned Dubuque's two casinos would not lose money to a Cedar Rapids casino, they felt like they dodged a bullet. Members of the Dubuque... Read More »

Women Discuss Role In Politics At University Of Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Women from across Eastern Iowa met Friday to discuss their role in politics. The event is being held in the old senate chambers in the Old Capitol building, a place where many men once... Read More »

Herbert Hoover Museum Opens First Lady Exhibit

WEST BRANCH, Iowa - A new exhibit titled "America's First Ladies" opens Saturday at The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. The exhibit features more than 50 items from first... Read More »

Dubuque Students Flood Twitter for Ethiopian Town

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A group of 7th grade students spent much of their time between and after classes posting messages to social media sites Thursday. Every one of more than 1,300 tweets by students at Washington... Read More »

Prosecutor Says 6 Felon Voting Cases Will Proceed

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor pursuing several cases against felons charged with voting illegally says an Iowa Supreme Court ruling shouldn't impact them. Assistant Black Hawk County Attorney Linda... Read More »

Iowa Sex Offender Gets 18 Years for Child Porn

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man twice convicted of child sex offenses have been given 18 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Prosecutors say 49-year-old Kevin Ammerman, of Clarion,... Read More »

Two Minnesota Residents Want Iowa City Police To Return Cash

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Two Minnesota residents want the Iowa City Police Department to return their money. The Iowa City Press-Citizen says Tiffani Barber and Kearnice Overton, of St. Paul, Minn., last... Read More »

Building Destroyed In Iowa City Fire Valued At Just Under $1 Million

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The building destroyed in the Tuesday afternoon fire in Iowa City was valued at just under $1 million, but the total cost of that fire will likely be much more. “Building contents will... Read More »

Iowa Jobless Rate Rises To 4.5 Percent

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's unemployment rate climbed to 4.5 percent in March as more people entered the labor force. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate was up from 4.4 percent in... Read More »

USDA Ordering Farms To Report Pig Virus Infections

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The federal government is starting a new program to help monitor and possibly control the spread of a virus that has killed millions of pigs since showing up in the U.S. last year. The... Read More »

Tiffin Woman Accused Of Stealing $80,000 From Coralville Business

CORALVILLE, Iowa -- A woman is accused of stealing more than $80,000 from her employer. According to the Coralville Police Department, from June 2011 through November 2013, 30-year-old Brittany E. Willman... Read More »

Medal of Honor Recipient Credited with Saving Iowan's Life

CEDAR RAPIDS — Kain Schilling of Palo said Thursday he owes his life to a soldier whose bravery will be recognized with the Medal of Honor next month at the White House. Schilling, 27, said former Army... Read More »

New Outdoor Field at UI to Open this Year

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A new outdoor field for the University of Iowa's marching band and other programs is scheduled to open this year. The $16 million project includes an indoor turf field and support... Read More »

Police Searching for Escaped Inmate in Urbandale

URBANDALE, Iowa - Police are seeking an escaped inmate who was last seen in the area of 73rd Street and Hickman Road in Urbandale. A Code Red alert was issued to people in the neighborhood about 5:40... Read More »

Handgun Found During Waterloo Traffic Stop

WATERLOO, Iowa -- Waterloo police recovered a stolen handgun during a traffic stop Friday morning. According to police, officers with department’s Violent Crime Apprehension Team made a traffic stop in... Read More »

Maurice Harden Sentenced to 25 Years for Attacking Officer

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Maurice Harden, 19, had nothing to say in his defense before the judge revoked his probation and sent him to prison for 25 years. Sixth Judicial District Ian Thornhill said he agreed... Read More »

Kingston Village Developers Disappointed By Casino Vote

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Developers in the Kingston Village neighborhood are disappointed to hear the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission’s vote. They said without a casino, development would slow down. They... Read More »

Branstad Denies Influencing Hiring Decision

DES MOINES – The outgoing leader of Iowa’s Public Employee Relations Board alleged Thursday he was pressured by Gov. Terry Branstad’s top aides to hire an administrative judge who would be pro-employer... Read More »

Decorah Woman Dies After Weekend Crash

DUBUQUE, Iowa - A Decorah woman died Thursday after crash in Dubuque late Saturday. Dubuque police pulled over 22-year-old Alexandra Benson on Jackson Street. Police discovered there was an active warrant... Read More »

Governor Branstad Signs Radon Bill into Law

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Education must gather information from schools about whether they are testing for radon gas under a bill Gov. Terry Branstad has signed into law. Branstad... Read More »

Experts Say Iowa Suspect Competent for Trial

LOGAN, Iowa (AP) - Two psychiatric experts say an 18-year-old suspect is competent to stand trial on a charge that he killed his 5-year-old foster brother in western Iowa's Harrison County. The two University... Read More »

Parklets Return to Downtown Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A mid-April cooldown didn't stop one sign of Spring from going up in downtown Cedar Rapids. On Thursday, crews installed two parklets along 3rd St. SE. The platforms take the place... Read More »

WATCH: Mayor Ron Corbett Talks About What's Next Following Casino Announcement

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Mayor Ron Corbett says he was "shocked" by Thursday morning's decision by the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission to reject the proposal for a casino across from downtown. "I certainly... Read More »

Man Shot, Killed on Front Porch During Standoff

IOWA FALLS, Iowa — A man has been shot and killed by law enforcement officers during a standoff in Iowa Falls Thursday. Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright said the man was held up in his home... Read More »

Riverside "Relieved" By Cedar Rapids Casino Rejection

IOWA CITY, Iowa - News that a Cedar Rapids casino proposal has been rejected is spreading fast through Riverside, home of the Riverside Casino. "It's a good day for Riverside," said Jerry Murphy, owner... Read More »

Embattled Law Enforcement Academy Official to Retire

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The assistant director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy will retire after facing months of criticism for making inappropriate sexual and threatening remarks to female cadets and... Read More »

Racing & Gaming Commission Denies Sioux City Casino's Appeal

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has rejected a Sioux City riverboat casino's challenge to renew its gaming license, and has set July 1 as the deadline for the gambling... Read More »

Group to Study Future of Annual VEISHEA Celebration

AMES, Iowa (AP) - A task force has been formed to determine if an annual celebration at Iowa State University should continue in the future following a large crowd disturbance near campus. University... Read More »

No Dice: Commission Rejects Linn Co. Gambling License

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - The five-member Iowa Racing & Gaming Commission did what it could to continue the suspense and drama late Thursday morning by allowing the two commissioners whose votes were most... Read More »

Iowa Board Boss Cites Hiring Pressure from Administration

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board says aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration. The Des Moines Register... Read More »

Commission to Announce Decision on Linn County Casino Today

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - In a matter of hours, the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will announce if Cedar Rapids should have a casino. The announcement is expected late this morning but could come as... Read More »

Firefighters Quickly Contain Coggon Apartment Fire

COGGON, Iowa - The Coggon Fire Department responded to a reported fire at the apartments at 620 3rd Avenue E at 1:19 a.m. Thursday. When crews arrived, they found moderate smoke coming from Apartment 4.... Read More »

Insurance Agency Probed for Overbilling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Insurance Division is investigating an insurance agency that's accused of overbilling thousands of government employees for health care coverage. The Des Moines Register... Read More »

Agribusiness Report: April 17

DES MOINES, Iowa - On the April 17 Agribusiness Report: Four years ago, Iowa Code created a special trust fund that helps protect and enhance water quality and natural areas of the state. But, since the... Read More »

Cedar Rapids Woman Looks to Reality Show to Lose Weight

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - She's severely overweight, but thinks a reality TV show could help her get healthy. Charity Pierce, of Cedar Rapids, weighs 765 pounds. She said she's always been a heavy person,... Read More »

2 Arrested in Keota for Conspiracy to Make Meth

KEOTA, Iowa - Two people are in the Keokuk County Jail for conspiracy to manufacture more than 5 grams of meth. Officers from several law enforcement agencies in southeast Iowa served a search warrant... Read More »

Iowa City Coach Honored for Work With Special Olympics Athletes

IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City coach received a special honor last weekend for his work with Special Olympics athletes. The E-C Special Olympics named Joe Taylor its 2014s "Coach of the Year." Taylor... Read More »

Cedar Crossing Casino Supporters Unsure on Eve of Vote

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - No one in the Cedar Rapids delegation Wednesday night — on the eve of Thursday morning’s crucial meeting of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission — said they were sure they knew... Read More »

Official Says Sioux City Deer Population Dropping

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say the number of deer in Sioux City is dropping, but it's unclear whether the city ban on feeding deer and other wildlife should be credited for the decline. In 2012... Read More »

Branstad Supports Health Insurance Extension

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says Iowa has agreed to a federal recommendation that will allow thousands of residents to hang onto health insurance policies that don't meet the requirements... Read More »

Jones Co. Sheriff: Gun Permits Should Require Mental Health Records

JONES COUNTY, Iowa - Earlier this week, investigators said Aaron Scott's bad break-up likely triggered a shootout with a Maquoketa police officer on April, 1. Prosecutors say Scott fired nearly 20 shots... Read More »

UI Wants to Name New Residence Hall After Former Regents President

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The University of Iowa wants to name its new west campus residence hall after Mary Louise Petersen, an alumnus, longtime donor and former president of the Board of Regents. The Board... Read More »

Iowa Court of Appeals Orders New Sentencing in Dubuque Shooting

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's appeals court has ordered a new resentencing hearing for a man convicted of robbery and shooting a Dubuque police officer. The Iowa Court of Appeals filed an opinion Wednesday... Read More »

Benton County Teen Arrested for School Threats

VINTON, Iowa - A Benton County teen faces charges in connection with threats at Benton Community High School in Van Horne. On Tuesday the district sent out an email to parents and students about a handwritten... Read More »

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