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Iowa teens face hunting license suspension and fines for killing eagle

Two Iowa teens have been charged and will have their hunting licenses suspended after allegedly shooting an eagle last month. Poweshiek County Sheriff Thomas Kriegel said that the two 15-year-old boys had been charged with unlawful manner of conveyance (loaded gun), shooting a rifle from the roadway, prohibited hunting near…

Fire in chemical storage shed forces evacuation of entire Iowa town

(Reuters) – A fire in a storage shed for sulfuric acid forced the evacuation of an entire northern Iowa town of about 2,000 people Thursday, officials said. They said the fire started at about 7.30 a.m. CT in the shed at the municipal airport in Northwood. Four people living in…

Iowa State Fair ‘Butter Cow’ vandalized with fake blood

Fairgoers in Iowa are once again able to enjoy the iconic “Butter Cow” after animal rights activists vandalized it with fake blood over the weekend. According to a press release obtained by KCRG, Iowans for Animal Liberation said that the red paint they used to deface the statue “represents the…

$1 billion nuclear power project abandoned in Iowa

Plans for Iowa’s second nuclear power plant have been dropped by Mid American Energy. No design has been approved for the type of nuclear plant the company had intended, so they have let the idea go. It was reported that ratepayers will be refunded the $8.8 million they paid for…

One dead after tornado blitz through midwest U.S.

A powerful storm system churning through the US Midwest spawned tornadoes in the states of Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, destroying homes and killing at least one person, US media reported. Funnel clouds were reported Sunday in and near towns including Edmond and Shawnee, Oklahoma. In Shawnee, a twister smashed through…

Iowa Supreme Court rules same sex parents must both be listed on birth certificates

The Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Friday that the state must list both same sex parents on a child’s birth certificate, saying that not doing so violated the state’s constitutional right to equal protection under the law, according to the Associated Press. The court took on the case of…

Land prices rising even after year of record drought

American farmers may have suffered an historic drought last year, but the price of their land is skyrocketing. In Iowa, the US’s biggest producer of corn, the land prices jumped 24 percent in 2012 and and have gained 63 percent over the last three years, according to a study by…

Tornadoes kill five in Midwest

CHICAGO — At least five people were killed in Oklahoma after dozens of tornadoes swept through the Midwestern United States late on Saturday and early Sunday, leaving destruction in their wake, local media reported. CNN television said the five fatalities, which included two children, occurred in the northwest Oklahoma town…

Colbert: This is Gingrich’s ‘Titanic’ moment

Thursday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen recounted some of the turbulence currently roiling the GOP presidential field. In Iowa, state Republicans are reporting that Rick Santorum actually won the caucus there, robbing Mitt Romney of the chance to score a record three wins if he take South Carolina this…

What To Expect In Iowa Tonight

First, I (@pandagon) and Amanda (@amandamarcotte) will be offering up commentary on the Iowa Caucuses on Twitter tonight. Follow us for fun and hilarity and idle ruminations on how awesome it would be if a giggly-drunk Rick Perry showed up at Romney’s victory party and offered to weed his garden,…

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