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A special investigation by the state auditor’s office has identified more than $6000 in improper spending by the former IT director for the University of Iowa athletic department. Patrick Delin resigned in early February. Auditors reviewed his expense reports from the past five years. The investigation found he made about $1600 worth of personal purchases […]

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, has introduced a bill with a Democrat Senator from New York to mandate in-person sexual assault prevention training for new members of the military. Ernst says this training would add to what’s already in place. “Those who are currently serving, they do undergo mandatory training when […]

The Memorial Day weekend is recognized as the start of the summer vacation season and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz is pleading with motorists to put their phones away and focus on the road. “It goes without saying that distracted driving is a serious problem on our roads,” Kurtz says. Distracted driving is blamed […]

A TV star from the late 1950s and early ’60s is returning to his hometown in northwest Iowa next month. Jerry Mathers, better known as “The Beaver,” was born in June of 1948 while his parents lived in Rock Rapids. His father was a teacher and coach at what was then Rock Rapids High School. […]

The University of Iowa baseball team hit three home runs in its Big Ten Tournament opener, but it was a Matt Hoeg ninth-inning sacrifice fly that lifted the fifth-seeded Hawkeyes to a 9-8 victory over fourth-seeded Maryland on Friday afternoon at Bart Kaufman Field. “I am proud of our guys, it was a hard fought […]

The Iowa State men’s basketball team will host Tennessee at Hilton Coliseum in the 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday, January 27. For the third straight year, all games will be played in one day with ESPN networks televising each game. Iowa State and Tennessee have met twice, splitting the previous meetings. This will be […]

A 20-year-old Arkansas man caught in Iowa will spend three decades in federal prison for seeking out a 12-year-old girl for sex. Authorities found Damien Perez of Fayetteville, Arkansas, living in the woods near Knoxville about a year ago. Investigators discovered text messages to the Iowa girl, along with photos she had sent to Perez […]

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says he has no problem with new Governor Kim Reynolds designating an “acting lieutenant governor.” Miller, a Democrat, released an opinion earlier this month that the state constitution does not give Reynolds, a Republican, the authority to name a new lieutenant governor after she became governor. “You know I am […]

A Des Moines man was arrested after his pickup struck a child on the city’s northwest side. It happened around 8 o’clock last night. Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek says the driver of the truck, 54-year-old Lawrence Patrick McKenzie, is now charged with serious injury by operating while intoxicated and first-offense OWI. “Through the […]

The man who Governor Kim Reynolds has named as her “governing partner” grew up in a small northwest Iowa town and credits former Governor Terry Branstad for igniting his interest in politics. Reynolds has given Adam Gregg the title of “acting” lieutenant governor due to the recent legal controversy over whether she has the authority […]

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