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After Attempt to Save Bees, a Superweed Thrives Instead

Pigweed inadvertently spread in seed mix, could take years to eradicate

(Newser) - A herbicide-resistant weed strong enough to damage farm equipment has been spread on acres of conservation land in states like Ohio, Texas, Indiana, and Illinois under government programs, reports Illinois Farmer Today . Palmer amaranth, or pigweed—which the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes is "one of the most prolific and... More »

Ex-Insider Allegedly Rigged Lottery Drawings to Win Millions

Eddie Tipton is tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states

(Newser) - A former head of lottery security tied to potentially rigged drawings in five states is facing new charges in Wisconsin, NBC News reports. According to the Des Moines Register , six charges were filed against Eddie Tipton on Thursday. They include racketeering, theft by fraud, and computer crimes, Fox 6 News... More »

Trump Makes 2 New Big Picks for His Team

President-elect wants Gen. John Kelly for DHS, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad for China ambassador

(Newser) - Add two more names to the "Trump administration" list. The president-elect has named his pick for Homeland Security secretary, as well as for the US ambassador to China. For DHS: retired four-star Marine Gen. John Kelly, sources close to the transition team tell the AP . Kelly, who oversaw Gitmo,... More »

Alleged Cop Killer Ordered to Move Out of Mom's Basement

Scott Greene found guilty of elder abuse hours before officers were killed

(Newser) - Scott Greene, the man suspected of killing two Iowa police officers Wednesday, had been ordered to move out of his mother's basement and was having serious money troubles, CBS News reports. In mid-October, 66-year-old Patricia Greene was jailed for allegedly hitting her 46-year-old son in the face during an... More »

Man Suspected of Killing Cops Felt Police Violated His Rights

Scott Greene also appears to have a problem with black people

(Newser) - Police say the man suspected of killing two Iowa officers early Wednesday has what the AP calls "a history of racial provocations and confrontations with police." The Des Moines Register reports court records show 46-year-old Scott Greene was charged with resisting a pat down in April 2014 after... More »

Suspect in Custody After Ambush Killings of 2 Iowa Cops

Scott Michael Greene accused of shooting officers in their cars

(Newser) - Two police officers in the Des Moines area were shot and killed while sitting in their patrol cars in two separate attacks overnight, and police now have a suspect in custody, reports the Des Moines Register . He is identified as Scott Michael Greene, a 46-year-old white male. Authorities say he... More »

Iowa Arrests Voter Fraud Suspect

Cops say Republican voted twice

(Newser) - A rare voter fraud suspect has been arrested in Iowa, though Donald Trump is unlikely to accuse her of trying to rig the election: Terri Lynn Rote, who was arrested Thursday on suspicion of voting twice, is a registered Republican, the Des Moines Register reports. Police say the 55-year-old cast... More »

Neighbors Sue to Stop House That Looks Like Stadium

Couple wants to build 7,500-square-foot replica of University of Iowa stadium

(Newser) - Iowa City residents are suing to stop a couple from building a 7,500-square-foot home that's also a replica of Kinnick Stadium, home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes, the AP reports. The home would feature brick siding and a press box just like the actual football stadium. According... More »

Iowa Man Says He Won't Have to Pay for Child That Isn't His

But Joe Vandusen isn't done fighting Iowa's sticky child-support law

(Newser) - Public support and a crowdfunding effort have apparently helped an Iowa man emerge victorious in a child support case that he initially pegged as a "joke." Per WQAD , Joe Vandusen found out last week he'd won his appeal with the state's Department of Human Resources in... More »

Teachers Who Sexually Abuse Students Avoid Prison in Iowa

Despite a law making prison time mandatory, according to investigation

(Newser) - Iowa teachers who sexually abuse students are getting off with probation despite a state law making at least some prison time mandatory. A Des Moines Register investigation discovered at least seven teachers received no prison time for sexually abusing students over the past five years.Two teachers who sexually abused... More »

Man Dies in 'Freak Accident' After 'Sucker Punch'

His fiancée calls it a 'freak accident'

(Newser) - A 32-year-old father of two is dead after a "sucker punch" to the head ruptured a blood clot on his brain that no one was aware of, his family tells WHO . Fiancée Lindsey Engquist calls it a "freak accident." According to the New York Daily News... More »

Top 10 College Towns in US

California's got three; Iowa has two

(Newser) - Business Insider , with help from Niche, has a list of the top 30 college towns in the US. That's based on cost of living, the real-estate market, diversity, access to amenities, crime rates, and more. To qualify as a college town, places had to be home to a... More »

Woman Killed When Partygoers Fire Homemade Cannon

Things went very wrong

(Newser) - Authorities say an eastern Iowa woman was killed when a homemade cannon exploded at a backyard gathering, the AP reports. Davenport television station KWQC-TV reports that 55-year-old Lori L. Heims of Edgewood was flown to an Iowa City hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The Delaware County Sheriff's Department... More »

Iowa Rep Tries to Keep Harriet Tubman Off $20, Fails

Steve King called move to swap in Tubman for Andrew Jackson 'racist,' 'sexist'

(Newser) - It was announced in April that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but at least one Iowa lawmaker says it's "racist" and "sexist" to even consider adding a woman of color to US currency. "It's not about Harriet Tubman,... More »

Iowa County Freaked Out by Mystery 'Men in Black'

They just stand around on local roadways in black trenchcoats—then disappear

(Newser) - Law enforcement officials in Muscatine County, Iowa, are scratching their heads over reports streaming in about a group of men in black trenchcoats who've been spotted along the side of the road, in the road, and even in people's yards, KWQC reports. The so-called "men in black"... More »

First Elected Official Quits GOP Over 'Bigot' Trump

David Johnson compares Trump's campaign to that of Hitler

(Newser) - The first elected official to leave the GOP over its presumptive nominee compares Donald Trump's campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler and says he won't stand idly by anymore. Iowa state Sen. David Johnson, 65, who has served in the Iowa Legislature for 18 years, changed his... More »

For Teen Killers, Iowa Bans Life Without Parole

Court says they should have a chance for rehabilitation

(Newser) - Life without parole is now off the table for juveniles convicted of first-degree murder in Iowa, reports the AP . In a 4-3 ruling Friday, the state Supreme Court says such sentences equal cruel and unusual punishment because predicting young people's "future prospects for maturation and rehabilitation" is impossible... More »

A Big Milestone for World's First Surviving Septuplets

Iowa's McCaughey siblings just graduated from high school

(Newser) - Alexis, Brandon, Joel, Kelsey, Kenny Jr., Natalie, and Nathan have graduated from high school, NPR reports. If their first names don't ring a bell, perhaps their last name will: They're the McCaughey kids, the world's first known set of surviving septuplets, and they accepted their diplomas from... More »

Iowa Girl, 13, Dies in Freak Hammock Accident

A brick column collapsed on top of her

(Newser) - A middle school in Des Moines, Iowa, is mourning one of its most promising students, who died in a freak hammock accident on Saturday. Police say 13-year-old Peri Sagun was killed when she joined her 16-year-old sister in a hammock that had been strung up between a tree and a... More »

Cops: Woman Tries to Flush Baby Down Hospital Toilet

She then allegedly left it in a trashcan

(Newser) - A 22-year-old woman allegedly tried to flush her newborn baby down a toilet before abandoning it in a trash can at an Iowa hospital on Mother's Day, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. According to the Gazette , Ashley Hautzenrader delivered the baby into a toilet in a hospital bathroom Sunday... More »

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