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Man Fatally Buried Under Corn After Grain Bin Malfunction

Door suddenly opened and he was buried

(Newser) - An Iowa county supervisor is dead after what the Des Moines Register calls a "bizarre" accident outside a grain bin near Missouri Valley. Russ Kurth, who was elected to the Harrison County Board of Supervisors in 2014, was investigating the new bin Tuesday morning because corn was leaking from... More »

One Dead From Carbon Monoxide Poisoning at Iowa Church

The church was being heated by a gas-powered unit in an unvented basement

(Newser) - Authorities say one person died and 14 more were hospitalized after breathing carbon monoxide at their church in Iowa, where a gasoline-powered generator was running in the unvented basement to provide heat and lighting. The AP reports that medics and police officers found several people with headaches and breathing difficulties... More »

This State Has the Highest Cancer Rate

It's Kentucky, with Delaware and Louisiana trailing

(Newser) - Cancer may be the second leading cause of death in the US, but its effects across the country vary widely. Kentucky, for example, sees 514 cancer diagnoses per 100,000 people, the highest rate in the nation. New Mexico, on the other hand, has the lowest rate at 370 per... More »

Parents Charged in Death of Baby Found Rotting in Swing

4-month-old had maggots in clothing, skin

(Newser) - Authorities have charged an Iowa couple with murder in the death of their 4-month-old son, whose maggot-infested body was found in a baby swing in the family's home, the AP reports. Twenty-year-old Cheyanne Harris and 28-year-old Zachary Koehn were arrested Wednesday on charges of child endangerment and first-degree murder... More »

Candidate Interrupts Fundraiser to Maybe Save a Life

Andy McGuire takes break from running for Iowa governor to perform CPR

(Newser) - Well, that's one way to earn a vote. The Des Moines Register reports Andy McGuire, one of seven Democratic candidates for governor of Iowa, was hanging out at the Polk County Streak Fry fundraiser on Saturday when she heard someone shouting for a doctor. McGuire, a physician, headed for... More »

Cops: Mom Left 4 Kids Home, Went to Europe

Iowa's Erin Macke charged with child endangerment

(Newser) - An Iowa woman departed on a European vacation on Sept. 20 but allegedly left some rather important articles behind: her four kids. Erin Macke, 30, is accused of child endangerment after she allegedly left her kids home alone while she traveled to Germany. After receiving a call from the father... More »

Trump Says He Doesn't Want 'Poor People' to Lead Economy

He holds 'victory lap' rally in Iowa

(Newser) - President Trump spoke to 6,000 supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday night at a gathering that strongly resembled one of his raucous campaign rallies—right down to whistle-blowing protesters and chants of "Lock her up" when Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned. In what is being widely described... More »

Iowa Congressman Has Rough Day Over Health Care Bill

Rod Blum cuts off interview, then faces a hostile town hall

(Newser) - Iowa Rep. Rod Blum has become the temporary lightning rod for anger about the health care bill that just passed the House . The Republican congressman had a double whammy on Monday when he abruptly cut short a TV interview—see the video —and then faced a hostile town hall... More »

Bachelor Chris Soules Jailed After Fatal Crash

He allegedly fled after his truck hit a tractor in Iowa

(Newser) - Former Bachelor Chris Soules is in custody after what police describe as a fatal hit and run in Iowa Monday night. Police say Soules, 35, was driving a pickup truck that collided with the back end of a tractor around 8pm near Aurora, reports KWWL . Both vehicles landed in a... More »

5 Best and Worst States for Retirees

Thinking Florida? Think again

(Newser) - Think Florida is the ideal spot to retire? There are far better, according to Bankrate . The Sunshine State came in only at the No. 17 spot on Bankrate's list of the best states for retirees, based on cost of living, quality of health care, crime, weather, and other factors.... More »

Iowa Sues Over 'Drinkable Sunscreen'

Osmosis claims its product is equivalent to SPF 30

(Newser) - The state of Iowa thinks a company's claim that people can protect themselves by drinking sunscreen is a bunch of hooey. In a consumer fraud lawsuit filed in Polk County District Court, Attorney General Tom Miller argues that Colorado-based company Osmosis has been selling what it claims is the... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

City in Iowa Has Plan to Bring Back the Bees

The plan is 'critical to the future of both pollinators and people'

(Newser) - One city in Iowa is rolling out the red carpet for bees in order to save the human race. The Gazette reports the population of pollinating insects has been cut in half over the past 70 years, and that spells trouble for humans who enjoy having food to eat. Part... More »

'Fierce' Carnivore Documented in Iowa After 150-Year Absence

The fisher probably wandered over from Minnesota

(Newser) - It's no Bigfoot sighting, but it'll do. KCCI reports a fisher has been documented in Iowa for the first time in 150 years. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources , fishers are carnivores related to the weasel and otter and are "known for their fierceness."... More »

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 »

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