Here’s the latest State News from Radio Iowa:

Iowans are starting to see locally-grown strawberries appearing in their grocery stores’ produce aisles and at farmers markets. Tammy Stotts, spokeswoman for the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says many strawberry growers across the state are predicting a bumper crop, though there had been some concern several weeks ago. “When you have those warm temperatures early […]
A special investigation by the state auditor’s office has identified more than $6000 in improper spending by the former IT director for the University of Iowa athletic department. Patrick Delin resigned in early February. Auditors reviewed his expense reports from the past five years. The investigation found he made about $1,600 worth of personal purchases […]
Investigators are working to determine the cause of Thursday’s fatal apartment building fire in Des Moines. Three people were killed in the afternoon fire in the Eddy building on the capitol city’s historic Polk Boulevard. Three other residents were hurt, one critically, and a firefighter was injured. The four-story brick building reportedly failed an inspection […]
Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Red Oak, has introduced a bill with a Democrat Senator from New York to mandate in-person sexual assault prevention training for new members of the military. Ernst says this training would add to what’s already in place. “Those who are currently serving, they do undergo mandatory training when […]
The Memorial Day weekend is recognized as the start of the summer vacation season and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Vince Kurtz is pleading with motorists to put their phones away and focus on the road. “It goes without saying that distracted driving is a serious problem on our roads,” Kurtz says. Distracted driving is blamed […]