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Iowa Teen Hurt in Fatal Park Ride Accident Leaving Hospital

A teenager who was critically injured in an Iowa amusement ride accident that killed his younger brother last month was expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday, the family’s attorney said. David Jaramillo, 16, planned to leave Blank Children’s …

Train Derailment Prompts Evacuation of Iowa Town; 2nd Crash in Minn. Under Investigation

SIBLEY, Iowa (AP) — Thick black smoke billowed into the air Sunday after a train derailed in northwest Iowa, prompting authorities to evacuate part of a small, nearby town. It was the second derailment involving a Union Pacific train last …

Repairs Ongoing to Iowa Streetlights Damaged by August Storm

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Months after a derecho tore through Iowa, thousands of streetlights still need to be repaired in the Cedar Rapids area. Mayuri Farlinger, the director of operations for Alliant Energy in the region, did not have an …

Auto Property Claim Volume Still Low, But Storm Damages Pushed Numbers

Motorists who are hunkering down because of social distancing are continuing to file fewer collision claims, but a rash of windstorms, hailstorms and wildfires in August may bring total auto property damage claims numbers almost to normal levels if the …

Iowa Farmers Assess Losses After Storm Flattened Cornfields

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers across a wide swath of Iowa are dealing with the heartbreaking aftermath of a rare wind storm that turned what was looking like a record corn crop into deep losses for many. The storm, known …

Court Rejects Extra Premiums For Carrier That Paid Exempt Claims

A workers’ compensation insurer cannot charge an employer an extra $1.7 million in premiums for the risk presented by employees who were exempt from coverage under Iowa’s workers’ compensation law, a federal appellate court ruled Monday. The 8th Circuit Court …

Western Iowa Community Finds Flood Recovery a Long Process

HORNICK, Iowa — For a year now, every time Bob Nelson hears a flood watch has been issued, he’s up and out the door, no matter the time of day, checking on creeks and the West Fork of the Little …

Iowa Town Working to Buy More Homes in Flood Plain

BETTENDORF, Iowa — The city of Bettendorf has been awarded a $2.2 million federal grant that, coupled with state and city contributions, will make $2.95 million available to buy out up to 22 homeowners in the flood plain along Duck …

Wrongful Firing Suit Leads to $377K Settlement in Iowa

Iowa has settled a case with a state worker who had sued after being fired from the Polk County Clerk of Court’s office in 2004. The Des Moines Register says the state agreed to pay Tina Lee more than $377,000 …

2 Plead Guilty in Iowa to Defrauding AIG, Face Decades in Prison

Former Iowa resident Christina M. Pender and California resident Robert K. Taylor have pled guilty to defrauding insurance company AIG out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa announced. Taylor also …