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Mother-in-Law Goes Undercover, Catches Son-in-Law

Iowa man was soliciting teen boys online

(Newser) - The wife of an Iowa man got suspicious and ultimately discovered her husband had been soliciting teenage boys online—and he's now going to prison, thanks in part to his mother-in-law. Ryan Mitchell Budde, 34, promised his wife he would stop posing as a 15-year-old virgin online and asking... More »

Buttigieg Plan: Free College for Families Under $100K

Sound Bend mayor lays out economic blueprint

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg wants to help low-income families with free college tuition, free childcare, and expanded tax credits, according to a $2.1 trillion economic plan announced Friday. The plan includes free tuition at four-year public colleges for families earning up to $100,000, reduced tuition for those earning up to... More »

Man: My Life Sentence Is Done Because I've Already Died

Benjamin Schreiber's heart stopped 4 years ago, but 2 courts aren't buying his claim

(Newser) - A prisoner in Iowa serving a life sentence for murder says he has fulfilled that life sentence and should be released—because he "died" in 2015 while in the hospital, meaning the life that his original life sentence was based on ended four years ago. The Des Moines Register... More »

Krispy Kreme Finds Student's Resale Scheme Unpalatable

Jayson Gonzalez would buy them in Iowa, sell them in Minnesota

(Newser) - An enterprising Minnesota college student who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that he then sold to his own customers in the Twin Cities area has been warned by the confectionary giant to stop. There have been no Krispy Kreme stores in Minnesota for... More »

Iowa Man Killed Wife After She Set Up Bank Meeting: Cops

He used her credit card to pay off a debt the day after her funeral

(Newser) - An Iowa City man has been charged with first-degree murder more than six months after his wife of 42 years, University of Iowa Health Care administrator JoEllen Browning, was found stabbed to death in their bedroom. There was no sign of forced entry. No murder weapon was found and Roy... More »

Inadvertent Pipe Bomb Killed Woman at Gender Reveal Party

Shrapnel struck victim in the head

(Newser) - Family members planning a memorable way to make a gender reveal announcement at an Iowa party —and on social media—inadvertently built a pipe bomb that killed Pamela Kreimeyer. Marion County Sheriff's Office issued the results of its investigation Monday into the death, the Des Moines Register reports.... More »

Woman Killed After Gender Reveal Party Goes Wrong

Police say Iowa woman was hit by flying debris

(Newser) - An Iowa woman is dead after a gender reveal party went very wrong. The Marion County Sheriff's Office says they received a 911 call around 4pm Saturday stating that somebody had been badly injured in an explosion at a home in Knoxville, around 40 miles southeast of Des Moines,... More »

Family's Basement Has Been Filling With Blood for Weeks

A downside to living next door to a meat locker

(Newser) - If you're dealing with a basement water leak this fall, thank your lucky stars. As the Des Moines Register reports, an Iowa family has it much, much worse, having discovered "five inches of animal blood, fat, and tissue from a neighboring meat locker had seeped into the basement... More »

Science Teacher on Leave After Greta Thunberg Comment

'Dont have my sniper rifle'

(Newser) - Matt Baish is a science teacher at Iowa's Waterloo West High School, but he apparently doesn't like the science that Greta Thunberg is promoting—and he's now been placed on administrative leave over an online comment. The Des Moines Register reports that, in advance of a visit... More »

Iowa Teen With Punishing Past Is the New 'It' Girl

But Ugbad Abdi is embracing her modeling career and cultural role

(Newser) - From war-torn Somalia to middle America to fashion runway—it isn't exactly a time-worn path. And teen model Ugbad Abdi seems just as surprised. "Everything that has happened so far to this moment, it's like, all a dream come true," she says. "I always get... More »

Reporter Exposes Beer Guy's Tweets. Then, a Twist

Des Moines Register under police watch as investigation rolls

(Newser) - A 24-year-old Iowa man asked people to Venmo him money for Busch beer and ended up raising more than $1 million for a local children's hospital. Then came a twist in that feel-good story: Carson King on Tuesday publicly apologized for years-old racist tweets uncovered by Des Moines Register... More »

Verdict In on Corn Rake Murder in America's Heartland

Hog farmer Todd Mullis convicted of killing wife Amy in Iowa

(Newser) - An Iowa hog farmer on trial for murdering his wife has heard his fate. CNN and the Washington Post report that Todd Mullis was found guilty of first-degree murder by a jury Monday in a Dubuque County courtroom, despite his initial claim that Amy Mullis died in November 2018 after... More »

An Affair, Then Murder on an Iowa Hog Farm

Prosecutors allege Todd Mullis killed wife Amy in November

(Newser) - On Nov. 10 of last year, an Iowa man called 911 around noon. Todd Mullis said he sent his 13-year-old son to check on his wife, and the boy found Amy Mullis in a shed at their Earlville hog farm with a corn rake impaled in her back. She was... More »

Funeral Home to Nearly 100 Families: Uh, Hello?

Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines is trying to unload people's ashes

(Newser) - An Iowa funeral home is calling on families to pick up the unclaimed cremated remains of nearly 100 people that it has been keeping in a locked closet for years, some since the mid-1990s, the AP reports. Lanae Strovers, of Hamilton's Funeral Home in Des Moines, told TV station... More »

Feds Pull Crop Tour Staff After Threat From Farmer

'The safety of our employees is our top priority'

(Newser) - Trouble in the heartland for the Trump administration? The Department of Agriculture says it pulled all of its staff from a tour of corn and soybean fields in the Midwest after a credible threat was made against an employee. Sources tell Reuters that the threat was made in a phone... More »

Iowa Will Host Its First MLB Game, in the Most Perfect Spot

8K-seat stadium will be built before next August at the site where 'Field of Dreams' was shot

(Newser) - There won't be Angels in the outfield, but there will be Yankees. The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed, reports the AP . Major League Baseball announced Thursday that... More »

Missing Worker's Body Was in Supermarket for 10 Years

Iowa man was trapped in gap behind freezer units

(Newser) - Workers removing old freezer units from a former supermarket in Council Bluffs, Iowa, earlier this year made a horrifying discovery: the body of a worker who vanished almost a decade earlier. Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, 25, was reported missing Nov. 28, 2009, after he became upset and ran out of his... More »

He Died With No Descendants, Now Has 33 'Kids'

'Dale's Kids' honor frugal Iowa carpenter who changed their lives

(Newser) - Dale Schroeder died in 2005 with no descendants, though 33 Iowans who never knew the man now consider themselves "Dale's Kids." It's a heartwarming tale that began when the unmarried Schroeder—who worked as a carpenter in Des Moines for 67 years—walked into his lawyer'... More »

Ousted Iowa Official Really Had a Thing for Tupac Shakur

Jerry Foxhoven was told to resign day after he sent Shakur-themed email to 4,300 workers

(Newser) - The director of Iowa's social services agency was a huge fan of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, and he frequently let his subordinates know it. Emails obtained by the AP show that Iowa Department of Human Services Director Jerry Foxhoven routinely sent messages to employees lauding Shakur's music... More »

Student Debt Is the Worst in These 10 States

Going to school in South Dakota could leave you with a big tab by graduation

(Newser) - One of the "hot-button" issues in the upcoming presidential election is how students will pay for their education, WalletHub notes—and to put things in geographical context, it's analyzed the numbers to see which states have the most and least student debt. The site looked at a dozen... More »

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