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Funeral Home Staff Unzipped a Body Bag, Got Quite a Shock

Woman who'd been declared dead at Iowa continuing care facility was actually still alive

(Newser) - At least four people who were sure a woman with early-onset dementia at a continuing care home in Iowa had passed away didn't get it right, and the facility is now facing a hefty fine. ABC News reports on the incident out of Urbandale, where the 66-year-old in hospice...

2 Students Fatally Shot at Des Moines Outreach Center

Rapper Will Keeps also seriously injured in shooting at program he founded

(Newser) - An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting at a Des Moines educational outreach program that killed two students Monday. Preston Walls was also charged with attempted murder; the third victim, who was in surgery Monday night after being injured in the shooting, has been identified as Will...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

Prosecutors: She Tried a Bit Too Hard to Help Spouse Into Office

Iowa woman accused of election fraud, trying to help candidate—her husband—win his elections

(Newser) - Candidates for political office usually expect their spouses to back them up in their run, but one GOP contender's wife in Iowa may have gone a little too far in her zeal for his candidacy. The Des Moines Register reports that the Justice Department on Thursday announced charges against...

Goodbye to an American Said to Be the Nation's Oldest

Iowa's Bessie Laurena Hendricks has died at age 115

(Newser) - Bessie Laurena Hendricks was born in Iowa, and she died in Iowa, with more than a century sandwiched in between those two dates. A local funeral home delivers the news that the Lake City resident—thought to be the oldest person in the United States, per the Gerontology Research Group—...

No Sign of Bodies at Former Home of Alleged Serial Killer

Lucy Studey maintains she helped bury bodies on property where cadaver dogs registered hits

(Newser) - There's no evidence of a serial killer at an Iowa property where a woman claims she helped her father bury up to 70 bodies, officials say. After an exhaustive search involving "an array of experts representing several disciplines and significant assets to excavate, collect, and examine soil samples...

Cop Left K9 Partner in Truck for 22 Hours

Sgt. Dallas Wingate of Boone County, Iowa, resigned after death, could still face charges

(Newser) - A police dog in Iowa died in September after being left in a deputy's patrol vehicle for 22 hours. Court documents reveal the Boone County Sheriff's K9 known as Bear was found dead in the truck of his partner, Sgt. Dallas Wingate, who could face charges, around 8pm...

Teen Who Killed Her Rapist in Custody After Her Escape

Pieper Lewis, who fled from a Des Moines women's center, didn't go far

(Newser) - Pieper Lewis is back in custody. The 18-year-old Iowa sex trafficking victim who on Friday fled a Des Moines women's center where she was serving five years of probation for the killing of her alleged rapist was found in Des Moines and booked into Polk County Jail on Tuesday....

Iowa Teens Upset About a Bad Grade Allegedly Killed Teacher

It's the first time a possible motive has been revealed in teacher's slaying

(Newser) - Two Iowa teenagers killed their high school Spanish teacher last year because of frustration over a bad grade, prosecutors said Tuesday in court documents that for the first time reveal a possible motive. The documents were filed ahead of a hearing Wednesday where a judge will hear arguments on whether...

Donations Pour In for Girl Who Must Pay Accused Rapist's Family

Fundraiser for Pieper Lewis raised more than $200K in 24 hours

(Newser) - On Tuesday, teenage human trafficking victim Pieper Lewis was ordered to pay $150,000 to the family of her accused rapist, a 37-year-old Iowa man she stabbed to death in 2020. On Wednesday, a GoFundMe campaign set up to help her hit $150,000—and kept going, reaching $230,000...

Teen Who Killed Alleged Rapist Ordered to Pay Restitution

Pieper Lewis was a victim of human trafficking in Iowa

(Newser) - A teenage human trafficking victim who was initially charged with first-degree murder after she stabbed her accused rapist to death was sentenced Tuesday in an Iowa court to five years of closely supervised probation and ordered to pay $150,000 restitution to the man’s family. Pieper Lewis, 17, was...

This State's Health Care Ranks No. 1

Rhode Island tops WalletHub's list; Mississippi comes in last

(Newser) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that the average American spends more than $12,000 annually on health care—and that's not even counting the costs incurred by COVID. That's why it's beneficial, if possible, to set down roots in a place where you can...

Suspected State Park Shooter Was Camping With His Parents

There is still no motive in murders at Maquoketa Caves

(Newser) - "It's hard not to cry right now. I hope everybody gets a good night's sleep. We need it." So wrote Rob Green, the mayor of Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Facebook Saturday night in the wake of a triple murder at Maquoketa Caves State Park . Cedar Falls'...

Campers Slain at State Park Were Couple, 6-Year-Old

Boy, 9, survived the shooting

(Newser) - Update: The victims of a fatal shooting Friday in a Iowa state park were a Cedar Falls couple and their 6-year-old daughter, officials said, in what appears to have been a random attack. The bodies of Tyler Schmidt, 42; his wife, Sarah Schmidt, 42; and their daughter, Lula, were found...

She Won Big at the Casino. Her Drive Home Was Terrifying

Authorities say Iowa man ran woman's car off road, stole the $18K she'd just won

(Newser) - What should've been a night of celebration turned into a night of terror for an Iowa woman who'd just won $18,000 at an Iowa casino. One suspect has since been arrested. According to a criminal complaint, 30-year-old Timothy Spencer of Berwick witnessed the woman hit it big...

Visitor to Iowa Infected by 'Worst Parasite in the World'

Health officials testing lake in Taylor County after Missouri resident infected by brain-eating amoeba

(Newser) - A lake beach in southwest Iowa has been temporarily shuttered after a visitor from a neighboring state was infected by a rare but dangerous brain-eating amoeba. A Friday release from the Iowa Department of Public Health notes that the beach at Lake of Three Fires State Park is currently off-limits...

Man Fatally Shoots 2 Females Outside Iowa Megachurch

Then dies of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound

(Newser) - A man shot two females to death and then apparently killed himself Thursday night outside a church in Ames, Iowa, the AP reports. The man killed the two females in the parking lot of the Cornerstone Church, a megachurch on the outskirts of Ames, Story County Sheriff's Office Capt....

Lottery Winner: Clerk's 'Mistake' Paid Off for Me

Iowa's Josh Buster won $1M

(Newser) - An Iowa man says a miscue made by a convenience store clerk led to his $1 million jackpot. Josh Buster asked for five "easy-pick" plays at a store in West Burlington, but the clerk mistakenly printed just one, reports CNN . The clerk asked the 40-year-old chef if he wanted...

Biden to End Summer Ban on 15% Ethanol Gas

New strategy to lower gas prices to be announced Tuesday

(Newser) - President Biden on Tuesday will announce plans to allow the sale of gasoline containing 15% ethanol this summer in a bid to further lower prices at the pump , according to reports. Most gasoline sold contains up to 10% ethanol. The 15% ethanol blend, E15, costs 10 cents less per gallon...

Judge Tosses Senate Hopeful Off Ballot Over Signatures

Democratic frontrunner Abby Finkenauer calls the ruling in Iowa 'outrageous'

(Newser) - Republican Charles Grassley is favored to win his eighth term in the Senate no matter which Democrat he faces in the upcoming election. But his path to victory may have just gotten easier because of a court ruling against Democratic frontrunner Abby Finkenauer, reports CNN . A judge in Iowa ruled...

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