Appeals Court Upholds Protest Restrictions at State Capitol

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In a free speech ruling, an appeals court has upheld restrictions on the public’s ability to protest overnight on the Iowa Capitol grounds. Attorney Sally Frank said Monday the decision was a blow for free speech and assembly, pledging an appeal to the Iowa Supreme Court. Frank represents Basil Hill, one of two dozen Occupy Iowa protesters arrested for trespassing in 2011 for staying on the Capitol grounds after an 11 p.m. closing time. To hold protests overnight, groups need advanced permission from the Department of Administrative Services. Frank argued protesters’ free speech rights should trump the restrictions. Continue Reading

No Wrongdoing in IDPS Handgun Investigation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Safety says internal investigations into the purchase of hundreds of handguns that were later returned has found agency employees did nothing wrong. In a Friday afternoon news release, the department announced the results of its internal investigation and said officials would make no further comment at this time. The investigation began in April after officials told employees to turn in nearly 800 newly issued Smith & Wesson handguns after some officers raised concerns about their functionality. The department didn’t specify the handgun problems. Three officials were placed on paid administrative leave during the inquiry. On Friday, the department said no “illegal or improper activities” occurred in purchasing the guns and no department policies were violated. Continue Reading

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Clinton Woman Selected as Miss Iowa

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new Miss Iowa has been chosen to represent the state. Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Wiebers of Clinton won the title Saturday night at the pageant in Davenport. Wiebers was Miss Clinton County going into the state competition. She will now represent Iowa in the Miss America pageant in September. Wiebers called winning the Miss Iowa title unbelievable. Continue Reading

Family Remembers Girl Killed in Coralville Mall Shooting

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Friends and family are remembering the positive attitude exuded by the 20-year-old woman who was shot and killed in an eastern Iowa shopping mall. The Des Moines Register reports more than 100 people gathered Sunday outside the children’s museum where Andrea Farrington worked to remember her. The Cedar Rapids woman was fatally shot Friday in the Coral Ridge Mall. Officials have charged 22-year-old Alexander Matthew Kozak of North Liberty with first-degree murder. Museum director Deb Dunkhase says Farrington was an amazing, energetic person who cared about her co-workers and the kids. Continue Reading

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One Person Shot After Gunman Opens Fire At Coralville Mall

Information from the Iowa City Press Citizen

At least one person has been shot during an incident at the Coral Ridge Mall in Coralville. A witness says a mall security officer who had been fired earlier in the day shot a teenage girl Friday night at the Mall. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that several shots rang out in the food court area near the carousel entrance about 7:30 p.m.

Ryan Ross, who works at a mall kiosk, said he recognized the shooter as a security officer in his mid-20s who had been fired earlier in the day. Ross said after he heard the shots fired, the shooter went past him. “He made eye contact with me, I saw the gun and he sprinted off” down the main corridor of the mall, Ross said. Continue Reading


Iowa Supreme Court: You Have the Right to Remain…Drunk on Your Front Porch

The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled the front porch of a private residence is not a public place. The ruling comes in the case of a Patience Paye of Waterloo who was charged in 2013 with public intoxication after coming out onto her front porch to talk with police about a fight she had with her boyfriend. Paye appealed the conviction, saying her front steps were not a public place. The Supreme Court had ruled 12 years ago that the front steps and common hallway of an apartment house are public places because access is required by everyone. In this ruling the justices say while people can use Paye’s front stairs to approach her home for limited purposes — like selling a product or to borrow a cup of sugar — allowing them to do so is not a general invitation to the public to use the steps. Continue Reading

No New Bird Flu Cases in Nearly a Week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa. That has farmers, scientists and government officials hopeful the worst outbreak of bird flu in the U.S. is winding down, though they know it doesn’t mean the outbreak is over. Farmers are finishing the disposal of turkey and chicken carcasses, disinfecting the barns and preparing to restock with new birds. And scientists trying to develop an effective vaccine, determine how the H5N2 virus evaded biosecurity measures and to establish what can be done to prevent a repeat. The first turkey barn that was infected in Minnesota is restocking, and Iowa officials say they hope to begin to do the same in several weeks. Continue Reading

Several Iowa Rivers at Flood Stage

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Flood warnings have been issued for several Iowa rivers following heavy rainfall in many parts of the state. The National Weather Service warnings continued for the Iowa River at Marengo, where the water was nearly 2 feet over flood stage on Friday morning. And warnings have been continued or extended for the Des Moines, Raccoon and North Raccoon rivers. The Des Moines River was expected to reach 2.5 feet above flood stage by Friday evening in Des Moines. Police in Cedar Rapids report that officers and other emergency workers responded to more than 20 vehicles stranded on flooded streets. Continue Reading


Iowa GOP Cancels Straw Poll

What would happen if you planned a huge party and none of the guests of honor agreed to show up? Iowa Republican Party leaders faced that dilemma since no one in the GOP’s huge field of presidential hopefuls had agreed to participate in the Iowa Straw Poll — so the event has been cancelled. Iowa G-O-P chairman Jeff Kaufmann met by phone with members of the party’s state central committee early Friday to cancel the event. “If you do not have candidate interest, you do not have the financial dollars to actually even break even,” Kaufmann said immediately after the decision was made. “…We set the table and they didn’t come to dinner.” Continue Reading