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Iowa Jury Apparently Agrees Killer Was Afraid

Teenager is convicted on lesser charges in shooting deaths of 2 students at alternative school

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager was found guilty on Thursday of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the deaths of two students he shot at a Des Moines alternative school earlier this year. Preston Walls, 19, had been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths, but jurors found him guilty of lesser charges....

What a New Iowa Poll Tells Us About the Race

Trump has a big lead, though not as big as in national polls, suggesting hope for rivals

(Newser) - Former President Trump holds a gargantuan lead over his Republican rivals in national polls. But critics of Trump say we should ignore the national polls and instead focus on those from places such as Iowa where the campaign is currently in full swing. Well, a major poll from Iowa is...

Having a Baby Soon? One State Outranks the Others

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list, while Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - If your future plans include starting a family and you're open to a move (or wondering whether your current location is ideal), WalletHub has some insights. The site looked at all 50 states and the District of Columbia, not only on the issue of costs tied to having a...

This Is the Best State in America for Health Care

Minnesota tops WalletHub's list, with West Virginia coming in last

(Newser) - Health care in the US before COVID was already a prime political topic—and after the pandemic hit, it became even more so. WalletHub wanted to see which states offered the best, most affordable services, so it looked at all 50 states and Washington, DC, using more than 40 metrics...

Motorcycle Crash, House Fire, Cancer: This Is a Bad Day

Iowa's Wendy Hansen is trying to keep in mind the silver lining of that diagnosis

(Newser) - It's one to remember when you think you're having a rough day: Earlier this month, Wendy Hansen of Iowa lost her home to a fire, crashed her motorcycle while racing to said fire, then was diagnosed with cancer while being treated for the injuries in that motorcycle crash,...

Abortion Will Soon Be Essentially Banned in Iowa

Republicans pass 'heartbeat' bill governor has promised to sign

(Newser) - Iowa's Republican-led Legislature passed a bill banning most abortions after roughly six weeks of pregnancy during a marathon special session Tuesday that continued late into the night. Gov. Kim Reynolds immediately said in a statement she would sign the bill on Friday, the AP reports. The bill passed with...

1 of 2 Iowa Teens Who Beat Teacher to Death Sentenced

Willard Miller gets life with possibility of parole after 35 years

(Newser) - The first of two Iowa teenagers who pleaded guilty to beating their high school Spanish teacher to death with a baseball bat was sentenced Thursday to life with a possibility of parole after 35 years in prison, the AP reports. A judge sentenced Willard Miller after a sentencing hearing that...

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Chris Gloninger of Iowa's KCCI says messages last year left him with PTSD

(Newser) - Meteorologists around the world are facing increasingly aggressive pushback due to their coverage on climate change, with some cases turning outright abusive . Now, the chief weather forecaster at Iowa's KCCI is stepping down from his post for just such a reason. Chris Gloninger, a Regional Emmy winner for his...

Stuart Residents Spot Problem With New Water Tower

Town's name was misspelled on one side

(Newser) - Residents of Stuart, Iowa, say it was the talk of the town last weekend: The town's new water tower had STUART painted on one side—and START on the other, which faces a highway. "A lot of people saw it from the interstate and started to complain about...

3 Bodies Recovered in Iowa Building Collapse

Injured resident is suing city, building owners

(Newser) - The bodies of three men have been removed from the site of a collapsed six-story apartment building, the police chief in Davenport, Iowa, announced Monday. "We don’t have any other information at this time that there are any additional people missing," Chief Jeff Bladel said. Branden Colvin...

As Heartbroken Son Graduates, Dad's Body Is Pulled From Rubble

2 people remain unaccounted for in Davenport, Iowa, building collapse

(Newser) - The body of one of the three people who remained unaccounted for last week after an Iowa apartment building partially collapsed was recovered Saturday—the same day his son graduated from high school. "He’s proud of me. He is the reason I was even able to have enough...

8 Republican Candidates Roll In for Iowa Rally

All, minus Trump, speak at senator's yearly event

(Newser) - Amid plates of sliced pork, statement-making leather ensembles and piles of political T-shirts, eight Republican presidential hopefuls descended on Iowa on Saturday to pitch themselves to voters and—in Mike Pence's case—hop on a motorcycle. The former vice president and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were among the White...

She Didn't Give Up on Her Wife: 'I Don't Feel Like She's Gone'

Spouse details Quanishia White-Berry's rescue, including amputation, from debris in Iowa building

(Newser) - A resident pulled Monday from the apartment building that partially collapsed in Davenport, Iowa, the day before was only able to be yanked from the rubble after doctors amputated her left leg above the knee. It took hours for surgeons and first responders to rescue Quanishia White-Berry, reports the Quad-City ...

Teen Who Killed Alleged Trafficker Is Resentenced

Pieper Lewis, who could have faced 20 years, again receives probation

(Newser) - A teenage sex trafficking victim who fatally stabbed the man she accused of abusing her was resentenced Wednesday to probation, telling an Iowa judge that she now has a support system to help keep her on track. Prosecutors agreed that Pieper Lewis should continue her probation rather than be incarcerated....

Days After Building Collapse, 3 Residents Still Missing

They lived in the apartment building in Davenport, Iowa

(Newser) - Three residents of an Iowa apartment building that partially collapsed on Sunday are still unaccounted for, police said Thursday. Earlier this week, authorities said five people were missing, but Davenport Police Chief Jeff Bladel said two have since been accounted for and are safe, per the AP . One moved out...

In Campaign Kickoff, DeSantis Has Fighting Words for Trump

In Iowa speech, Florida governor says 'I'm going to fight back' against his main GOP presidential rival

(Newser) - Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped into Iowa on Tuesday for the first time as a Republican presidential candidate and stepped up to former President Trump, vowing to "fight back" against Trump as the GOP's 2024 campaign enters a new phase. Until now, the 44-year-old Republican governor whose slogan...

Amid Demolition Talk, Residents Remained in Collapsed Building

2 women rescued Monday in Davenport, Iowa, including one in critical condition

(Newser) - A ninth person was removed from a partially collapsed apartment building in Davenport, Iowa, on Monday, more than 24 hours after rescue efforts began. Footage showed 52-year-old Lisa Brooks speaking to protesters from an upper-floor window of the six-story building after city officials claimed the search and rescue operation had...

Apartment Building Just Collapsed With People Inside

Officials won't yet say if everyone made it out, or whether anyone was killed

(Newser) - Rescue operations were underway Sunday evening after part of an apartment building collapsed in the eastern Iowa city of Davenport, the AP reports. Authorities have not said whether anyone was killed. Authorities said people were treated for injuries at the scene but did not detail how many. CBS 2 Iowa...

Police: 'Multiple' Victims After Stabbing Near College Campus

Authorities are seeking a suspect in attack near University of Iowa

(Newser) - Authorities are searching for a suspect after they say "multiple" people were stabbed early Saturday near the University of Iowa campus. Per ABC News , it's not clear what the victims' conditions are. A spokesperson for the Iowa City Police Department wasn't able to verify the victims were...

Iowa Braces for Flooding, and Yosemite Closes Down

Warmer temperatures are causing flood threats across the US after a strong winter

(Newser) - Parts of the US endured a fierce winter with heavy snow. Now that temperatures are warming up and snowpacks are melting, the second part of that double whammy is here—flooding.
  • Yosemite: NPR reports that Yosemite National Park will close from Friday through at least May 3 because of flooding.

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