Saturday, June 18, 2022

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated abortion ruling Friday. The court made it easier for lawmakers to limit or outlaw abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Democrat Deidre DeJear has chosen a running mate as she seeks to unseat Governor Kim Reynolds this fall. On Friday DeJear introduced Eric Van Lancker as the next potential Lieutenant Governor of Iowa. Van Lancker is currently serving as Clinton County Auditor, a position he’s been elected to four times.

APPANOOSE COUNTY, IA (IRN) – The body of an 84-year-old man was found Friday at Rathbun Lake. Two local fishermen discovered the man’s body floating approximately 15 feet from the shore. The fishermen dragged the body to the shore and called 9-1-1. The man had backed up his pickup to the boat ramp and launched a small fishing boat, presumably in preparation to fish. The pickup was still running and the boat had drifted approximately 100 yards across a small cove. The man was wearing a life jacket, and there is no evidence of foul play.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – A sweeping reform of Iowa’s bottle bill is now law. Gov. Kim Reynolds signed the bill Friday. Redemption centers will receive triple the amount of money from bottles and cans. Grocery stores will no longer have to accept them. Most of the changes take effect in January of 2023.

Friday, June 17, 2022

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court issued a highly anticipated abortion ruling today. The court made it easier for lawmakers to limit or outlaw abortion in the state, reversing a decision by the court four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.

POLK CITY, IA (IRN) – A body has been recovered after crews conducted a search for a man who went missing on Saylorville Lake. Authorities received a call at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday about an adult man who began to struggle, went under the water and didn’t resurface. First responders used jetskis, drones and boats during the search. The man’s body was recovered around 8 p.m.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The Iowa Supreme Court expects to issue a ruling on a 2020 abortion law that implemented a 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions. A lower court blocked the law last summer and the state is asking for the state’s high court to reinstate it.

AMES, IA (IRN) – An Ames company that makes specialty edible oils said Thursday it’s bought the Newton maker of Maytag blue cheese, with plans to expand production and add jobs. AgCertain Industries says it purchased Maytag Dairy Farms from Midwest Growth Partners, a West Des Moines private equity firm.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – International opera star Simon Estes is returning home to give his final goodbye. In honor of the Des Moines Metro Opera’s 50th anniversary, the company is hosting Estes’ final operatic performance. The show is planned for July, where the Des Moines Metro Opera will present the Iowa premiere of Porgy and Bess.

Thursday, June 16, 2022

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped for the fifth consecutive month to 2.7 percent in May – down from 3.0 percent in April and from 4.5 percent one year ago. The U.S. May unemployment rate remained at 3.6 percent.

HAMBURG, IA (IRN) – A sheriff’s deputy has died in a head-on crash in the southwestern corner of Iowa. The crash happened Tuesday along Highway 275 north of Hamburg. Austin “Melvin” Richardson, 37, was in his patrol car traveling north when it collided with a southbound farm combine. The combine was wider than the width of the southbound lane, with one of its front tires operating over the highway’s center line. Richardson’s car collided with that front tire, then rolled several times.

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (IRN) – A man was arrested in Cedar Rapids after police say he punched an officer in the face repeatedly early Wednesday morning. Officers responded to a harassment call, and found 34-year-old Ryan Floerchinger there and a foot pursuit ensued. Police said it ended when Floerchinger charged at the officer, knocking them to the ground. Police said the suspect then repeatedly punched the officer in the face, causing serious injury.

WEST DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – One person was injured in a panic after shots were fired during a carnival outside Valley West Mall on Wednesday. The shooting happened around 9:30 pm. Police say there was a disagreement in the crowd and a suspect pulled out a gun and fired into the air. No one was hit by gunfire, but police say one person suffered minor injuries after being trampled while people were running from the scene.

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – Osceola’s mayor has resigned. The city had been conducting an internal investigation into Matthew Stoll. It revolved around an incident from June 4 inside the clubhouse at the Osceola Golf Course. The city manager said it involved property damage and a physical fight. No criminal charges have been filed.

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

OSCEOLA, IA (IRN) – Osceola’s mayor is under investigation. The city manager says the city’s internal investigation into Mayor Matthew Stoll revolves around an incident earlier this month inside the clubhouse at the Osceola Golf Course. The manager says it involves property damage and a physical fight.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds held a news conference Tuesday to unveil a school safety plan. The plan includes a $100 million investment for both public and private schools, with $50,000 available for each individual school building in Iowa. The plan would also fund the Iowa School Safety Bureau, which will now provide assistance and tools, facilitate training, fund an emergency radio system and provide an app and website where Iowans can anonymously report concerns.

FAIRFAX, Iowa (KCRG) – Neighbors in Fairfax took to the city council about a 3,200-square-foot American flag that was erected by Fairfax State Saving Bank in May. Neighbors say the flag makes too much noise when the wind blows, and the light display illuminates their homes.

DES MOINES, IA (IRN) – The IHSAA announced that the boys’ high school wrestling state dual meets will not be taking place at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Instead, the dual meets will be held at Xtream Arena in Coralville for at least the next three years. The event will also be moved up two weeks from last year. It will now take place on Feb. 4 to coincide with the Iowa girls’ high school wrestling tournament, which will also take place in Coralville. The individual events will still take place at the Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines.

AMES, IA (IRN) – The purchase of the Renewable Energy Group in Ames by Chevron is complete. The transaction is valued at $3 billion. Chevron is part of the old guard of big oil companies now getting into renewables. Chevron is expanding biodiesel production plants here in this country, and around the world.