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Man Burns LGBT Kids' Books to Spite Pride Event

There may be legal action against Paul Dorr by the library where he says he got the books from

(Newser) - What was supposed to be a positive celebration of an LGBT community in Iowa was somewhat marred after a man recorded himself on Facebook burning LGBT-themed books (some of them children's volumes) he said he'd checked out of the Orange City Public Library. The Des Moines Register IDs... More »

Devin Nunes' California Dairy Farm Is Actually in Iowa

'Esquire' digs in, finds a lot of paranoia related to undocumented immigrants

(Newser) - One fact seems to emerge in every profile of Devin Nunes, the powerful GOP chair of the House Intelligence Committee and one of President Trump's staunchest defenders: As the familiar story goes, Nunes' family runs a dairy farm in California, and that farming background is central to his very... More »

Mollie Tibbetts' Suspected Killer Pleads Not Guilty

Trial date set for Cristhian Bahena Rivera

(Newser) - The man accused of murdering Mollie Tibbetts will stand trial in April. Cristhian Bahena Rivera on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder during his arraignment in Montezuma, Iowa. KCRG reports the 24-year-old waived his right to a speedy trial, and an April 16 trial date was set. He remains... More »

Murder of Golf Star in Broad Daylight 'Very Troubling'

Collin Daniel Richards is ordered held on $5M cash-only bail

(Newser) - In a Tuesday morning hearing that lasted just minutes, the man accused of killing a star Iowa State University golfer on Monday was ordered held on $5 million cash-only bond. Prosecutors described Collin Daniel Richards as homeless and the crime that took Celia Barquin Arozamena's life as "a... More »

Acclaimed Spanish Golfer Murdered on Iowa Course

Iowa State University's female athlete of the year died in assault: cops

(Newser) - A 22-year-old golfer headed for the height of her sport was instead murdered on the course. Wrapping up a civil engineering degree at Iowa State University, where she'd been named female athlete of the year, Spain's Celia Barquín Arozamena was found dead a short distance from her... More »

Boy Tries to Shoot Teacher. But the Gun Won't Let Him

12-year-old didn't realize the safety was on

(Newser) - Court documents say a 12-year-old Iowa boy pointed a gun at his teacher's face and pulled the trigger, but the safety was on. The boy allegedly entered a North Scott Junior High classroom on Aug. 31 with a .22-caliber handgun and ordered everyone to the floor before he tried... More »

Cops: Remains Are Those of Missing Iowa Teen

The cause of death hasn't been determined

(Newser) - Authorities in northeastern Iowa have confirmed the human remains found in a creek earlier this month are those of an autistic teen who vanished from his small hometown in April. La Porte City Police Chief Chris Brecher said Wednesday afternoon that the remains are those of Jake Wilson, the AP... More »

Fox's Mollie Tibbetts Coverage Has a Surprising Critic

Network's own Geraldo Rivera criticizes immigration 'spin'

(Newser) - The Mollie Tibbetts murder continues to emerge as a flashpoint in the immigration debate, even if some members of the Iowa student's family aren't happy about it, reports NBC News . The reason? US immigration officials say 24-year-old suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera was in the country illegally, though his... More »

Mollie Tibbetts Murder Suspect 'Not Who He Said He Was'

Employer says Cristhian Rivera went by another name for 4 years

(Newser) - One of roughly 10 employees at Yarrabee Farms in rural Poweshiek County, Iowa, the 24-year-old lived in a mobile home on the property, always showed up for work, and got along with his co-workers as he took care of the cows over the course of four years. It was only... More »

How Mollie Tibbetts Was Allegedly Abducted

Suspect says he 'blocked out' period of time

(Newser) - Cristhian Bahena Rivera, the 24-year-old man accused of abducting and murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts , has admitted following her as she went for an evening run—but claims to have blocked out key details. Rivera, who led investigators to where he had concealed her body in a cornfield,... More »

Mollie Tibbetts' Father Has New Theory on What Happened

He thinks his daughter knows the person who took her on July 18

(Newser) - The family of missing Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts hasn't really wavered on its position that they believe the 20-year-old is alive. On Tuesday, father Robert Tibbetts shared his theory on what may have happened with CBS News : He thinks Tibbetts may know whomever she's with. "I... More »

Reward Surges in Mollie Tibbetts Case

Offer now stands at $260K

(Newser) - The reward for the safe return of a missing University of Iowa student has ballooned to $260,000, per the AP . Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa said Sunday that relatives of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts believe she's alive but has potentially been kidnapped. The reward jumped nearly $100,000 since... More »

A Week After She Disappeared After a Late Jog, Little to Go On

FBI has now joined the case of missing Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts

(Newser) - State and federal agents are investigating the disappearance of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student who has been missing for nearly a week from her Iowa hometown. Volunteer searches for Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn were called off this week as the FBI and state investigators took over, Iowa Division of... More »

Woman, 20, Went Out for 10pm Jog and Vanished

Mollie Tibbetts was dogsitting with her boyfriend at the time

(Newser) - Mollie Tibbetts, 20, went out for a run on Wednesday night and hasn't been seen since. The University of Iowa student was dogsitting in Brooklyn, Iowa, at the time; her boyfriend was with her at the house, which is in an area largely comprised of farmland and fields. The... More »

5-Year-Old's Self-Penned Obit: 'See Ya Later, Suckas!'

The funeral of Garrett Matthias, who died of cancer, will include snow cones and bouncy houses

(Newser) - A funeral with snow cones, bouncy houses, fireworks, and a fiery burial ceremony straight out of Thor will be held Saturday in Van Meter, Iowa, and it's all the brainchild of the child who will be honored there. The Des Moines Register reports on the recent passing of 5-year-old... More »

Teen Murdered After ICE Sends Him Back to Mexico

Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco was 'really happy in Iowa,' mother says

(Newser) - An Iowa teenager was murdered in Mexico after being returned to his birth country by the US government, CNN reports. Manuel Antonio Cano Pacheco, 19, had DACA status, a family, and worked as a mechanic while attending high school. "He was really happy in Iowa," his mother says.... More »

Abortion Rights Groups Win Reprieve in Iowa

Judge agrees to temporarily block most restrictive abortion law in US, set to go into effect July 1

(Newser) - A judge agreed Friday to temporarily block the most restrictive abortion law in the country from taking effect in Iowa next month under an agreement between lawyers for the state and abortion rights groups. Attorneys for the state and Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a court hearing that they... More »

Iowa Just Became Ground Zero in Debate Over Abortion

Governor signs toughest law in the US, and opponents promise a court fight

(Newser) - Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday signed a law banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, or at around six weeks of pregnancy, marking the strictest abortion regulation in the nation. The move sets the stage for a lengthy court fight. The Republican governor signed the legislation... More »

Iowa Lawmakers Pass Bill That Would Ban Most Abortions

If signed, 'heartbeat bill' will be the nation's strictest abortion law

(Newser) - Iowa legislators on Wednesday passed a bill that would ban abortions as soon as a heartbeat is detected—meaning most women would not be able to get an abortion by the sixth week of pregnancy. The Des Moines Register says most abortions would be banned under the legislation; critics say... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

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