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Recent articles by Anna:

'Michelle Martinko, forever 18': Trial begins for man accused in 1979 death of Cedar Rapids teen

A jury of nine women and six men was seated late Tuesday afternoon after two days of jury selection narrowed a group of more than 100 potential jurors down to 15. → Read More

'I'm hoping for forgiveness': Des Moines man pleads guilty to killing homeless man with car in 2019

A 22-year-old Des Moines man has pleaded guilty to killing a homeless man in January 2019 with a stolen car. → Read More

Acting chief justice warns decision to terminate incarcerated father's rights could harm Iowa's minority community

The Iowa Supreme Court's ruling outlined a journey of addiction for both parents, one ending in sobriety, the other leading to time behind bars. → Read More

Gov. Kim Reynolds names Cedar Rapids attorney Dana Oxley to Iowa Supreme Court

Gov. Kim Reynolds has named Cedar Rapids attorney Dana Oxley to the Iowa Supreme Court bench, filling a seat left vacant following Chief Justice Mark Cady's death in November. → Read More

Man requests 'trial by combat' with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife

Kansas man David Ostrom asked an Iowa court to give him 12 weeks' notice to "source or forge" a katana and wakizashi for a duel. → Read More

Acting Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice David Wiggins announces March retirement

The acting chief justice of Iowa's Supreme Court announced his retirement plans Friday. → Read More

Ankeny woman takes home Iowa Lottery prize ahead of Christmas

An Ankeny woman won $100,000 Monday as part of the Iowa Lottery's "$1,000 Loaded" scratch game. → Read More

Iowa Supreme Court rules crimes on Meskwaki Settlement not involving tribe members should be prosecuted by state

Crimes committed on Iowa's Meskwaki Settlement not involving tribe members should be prosecuted by the state, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday. → Read More

Authorities: Polk County Courthouse burglary similar to break-in by men hired by judicial branch to test security in neighboring county

The historic Polk County Courthouse was burglarized Monday in an incident similar to that in Dallas County involving men hired by the state's judicial branch. → Read More

Men arrested for breaking into Dallas County Courthouse after judicial branch hires them to test 'vulnerability' of court records

Two men arrested for breaking into the Dallas County Courthouse on Wednesday told law enforcement that the state judicial branch had sent them. → Read More

Meet Blank Park Zoo's slick new addition, then help name her

Blank Park Zoo just welcomed a new pup into its seal family. → Read More

Ames Boys and Girls Club staff member charged with showing porn to children at work

A staff member at the Ames Boys and Girls Club has been arrested after allegedly showing pornography to children while at work, police said. → Read More

Iowa Lottery: $50,000 Powerball prize from Pleasant Hill purchase expires soon

The winner of a $50,000 lottery prize purchased in Polk County has until Sept. 3 to claim their money, lottery officials said. → Read More

Ames police search for armed robbery suspect who tied up store clerk

Ames police are searching for a man they believe robbed and fled a convenience store in Ames early Monday after tying up the clerk on duty. → Read More

Iowa Lottery closes recent fiscal year with record $390.9 million in sales

The Iowa Lottery totaled a record $390.9 million in annual sales in the lottery's 2019 fiscal year, up 5.4 percent from last year. → Read More

Man tries to abduct teen running in Council Bluffs, police say

A 15-year-old girl told police in western Iowa that a man tried to abduct her while she was running. → Read More

Urbandale police investigating shooting that injured man

Urbandale police are investigating a weekend shooting that injured a 21-year-old man, officials said. → Read More

Illinois woman charged with human trafficking, pimping at Des Moines-area hotel

An Illinois woman has been arrested for allegedly setting up prostitution meet-ups at a Des Moines area hotel. → Read More

Man charged in weekend crash that killed Des Moines motorcyclist

A 23-year-old from Des Moines has been charged in a motorcycle crash that killed one man over the weekend, police said. → Read More

Rollover crash leaves 2 dead just south of UNI campus

Two people were killed in rural Black Hawk County after the vehicle they were in rolled multiple times, officials report. → Read More