Iowa News

Loss of airplane control blamed for candidate's crash
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Federal investigators say the loss of airplane control in bad weather likely caused a 2014 crash that killed a Dubuque physician who was running for the U.S. Senate. The National Transportation Safety Board report says no mechanical problems with the plane were found to have caused the Oct. 13, 2014, accident in which 59-year-old Doug Butzier died. He was returning to Dubuque from a campaign trip and flying his single-engine Pipe Malibu on instruments because the bad weather prevented a visual approach to the Dubuque airport. Butzier missed on his initial approach and was circling for another attempt when his plane struck some trees. The board report blamed the crash on "the pilot's loss of airplane control while attempting to fly a missed approach procedure in instrument meteorological conditions."

Iowan accused of trying to kill mother sentenced to 45 years
ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — A 25-year-old Pella man accused of trying to kill his mother at her Elkader (ehl-KAYE'-dur) home has been given 45 years in prison. Brandon Thoma was sentenced Tuesday. Thoma pleaded guilty to attempted murder, burglary, theft, and assault on a jailer. Police say he broke into Theresa Thoma's home Nov. 10, punched and kicked her, pushed her down a flight of stairs and attempted to choke her with a shovel. Her husband returned from work several hours later and found her badly injured. Rory Thoma says she still requires therapy in recovering from her injuries.

Around 175 jobs lost as Terex closes Iowa crane plant
WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — About 175 workers have lost their jobs with the closure of the Terex crane plant in the northeast Iowa city of Waverly. The company announced Tuesday that it is moving production of cranes and boom trucks to its Oklahoma City plant, where it has made multimillion-dollar upgrades to handle the new load. About 100 Iowa workers lost their jobs immediately. The remaining 75 jobs will be phased out. Terex says it will keep its accounting offices in Waverly. Waverly City Administrator James Bronner says state and local economic development resources will aid the displaced workers and their families. The company says the Waverly operation was established in 1941 by brothers Vern and Wilbur Schield. The operation became part of Terex Corp. in 1987.

Heavy rain, tornado, damaging winds reported in central Iowa
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thunderstorms that spawned at least one suspected tornado have flooded streets and low-lying fields in much of central Iowa. Rainfall of up to 5 inches was reported in several spots Tuesday. Lightning strikes touched off a small fire at a Des Moines apartment building and set off fire alarms at another. Trees were toppled and tree limbs were downed in several communities. A wind gust of 63 mph was recorded four miles north-northeast of Anita. The National Weather Service says a law enforcement officer reported seeing the tornado three miles west of Albia a little after 3 p.m., but the sighting hasn't been confirmed. No injuries have been reported. Sunny skies are expected Wednesday throughout the state, and the National Weather Service has issued warnings or watches for excessive heat.

Tom Vilsack: A rise from orphanage to Cabinet secretary
MT. PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) — Tom Vilsack's political story already reads like a modern Horatio Alger tale: a humble beginning at an orphanage in Pittsburgh followed by a rise to governor of Iowa and then to the nation's secretary of agriculture. Back in Iowa last weekend, Vilsack declined to acknowledge whether he's being considered for another celebrated chapter — as running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. With his Midwestern ties, experience in elected office and policy record in Washington, Vilsack could bring some key advantages to the Democratic ticket. His family ties to the Clintons date back to 1972 when his late brother-in-law worked with Hillary Clinton.

Iowa officials investigating Delaware County fish kill
RYAN, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is investigating the cause of a fish kill in northeastern Iowa. The department says in a news release Tuesday that someone fishing in Buck Creek near Ryan reported the fish kill over the weekend. Upon investigation Monday, staff found both dead and live fish in the stream. The kill affected mostly minnows, shiners and chubs, but also suckers, rock bass and sunfish. The department estimates there could be thousands of dead fish. The fish kill is spread over about 8 miles of stream. No source of the kill has yet been identified, but it appears the fish died around the middle of last week.

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