U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton spent his Wednesday afternoon at Jethro’s BBQ ‘n Bacon Bacon in West Des Moines. He didn’t come for the food: The Arkansas conservative came to help Iowa Sen. Zach Nunn launch his campaign’s veteran coalition, offering his support in the race against incumbent U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne. It’s not the senator’s […]

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A northwest Iowa facility that captures biogas from cow manure began leaking when it was first filled in January, but its operators ignored indications of the leak and filled it further, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. An estimated 376,000 gallons of manure mixed with water leaked from a manure digester near Rock […]

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Republican congressional candidate Zach Nunn, a U.S. Air Force commander, took no position Wednesday when asked at a campaign event about legislation pending in Congress to expand health care for military veterans exposed to toxic “burn pits” in the Middle East and to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. “I haven’t seen the bill,” Nunn, […]

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The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Iowa continues to hover near 4,000 per week but hospitalizations have fluctuated and reached a new recent high, according to state and federal data. There were 190 people infected by the virus who were receiving inpatient treatment at Iowa hospitals on Wednesday, according to U.S. Department of Health […]

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If elected Iowa governor, libertarian candidate Rick Stewart says he plans to resolve gun violence and the mental health crisis by legalizing psychedelic therapy.  To do so, Stewart says he would work with the Iowa Legislature to eliminate every drug law in the state. Until he garnered support, Stewart said he would issue a pardon […]

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(HIGHLAND PARK, Ill.) -- The 21-year-old suspect in the July Fourth parade mass shooting in Highland Park, Illinois, was charged Tuesday with seven counts of first-degree murder.

Seven people were killed and at least 38 people were injured when the suspect, Robert "Bobby" Crimo III, allegedly opened fire on marchers and revelers, according to police. Eric Rinehart, the Lake County State Attorney, told reporters he will request a judge to hold the alleged gunman while the investigation continues.

If convicted, the suspect faces up to life in prison without parole.

"I want to emphasize that there will be more charges. We anticipate dozens of more charges centering around each of the victims, psychological victims, [and] physical victims," Rinehart said.

"We will seek the maximum sentence against this offender. Not because we seek vengeance, but because justice and the healing process demand it," the state attorney added.

The update in the investigation came after a seventh victim died Tuesday from injuries sustained in Monday's mass shooting.

Jacki Sundheim; Nicolas Toledo-Zaragoza, 78; Stephen Straus, 88, and Katherine Goldstein, 64, have been identified as victims of the massacre, as well as Irina McCarthy, 35, and Kevin McCarthy, 37, whose 2-year-old son, Aiden McCarthy, survived the attack.

Authorities believe the massacre had been planned for weeks, and they say more than 70 rounds were fired from the gunman's high-powered rifle, which was similar to an AR-15.

The suspect is accused of opening fire from a roof of a business, which he accessed from a fire escape ladder, police said.

Police said Crimo wore women's clothing during the shooting to apparently allow him to hide his facial tattoos and blend in with the crowd to flee.

"Following the attack, Crimo exited the roof, he dropped his rifle and he blended in with the crowd and he escaped," police said Tuesday. "He walked to his mother's home, who lived in the area, and he blended right in with everybody else."

It appears Crimo bought the rifle legally in Illinois, police said.

Police said they are looking to talk to a witness who is believed to have seen Crimo drop the rifle behind a red blanket immediately after the shooting.

Crimo bought five guns overall, including two rifles, over the last year or so, police said.

No motive is known, police said. When asked by reporters if the gunman targeted anyone specifically, police said the "shooting appears to be completely random."

The suspect -- who was apprehended Monday evening after an hours-long manhunt -- is answering questions from investigators and has made statements taking responsibility for the attack, according to multiple law enforcement sources.

In 2019, a family member reported that Crimo said he was going to "kill everyone" at the home, police said Tuesday. Authorities confiscated knives, a dagger and a sword at the time, police said.

There was no information that he possessed any guns at that time and there was no probable cause for arrest, police said.

Later Tuesday, the Illinois State Police released more information regarding the fallout from that incident.

"No one, including family, was willing to move forward on a complaint nor did they subsequently provide information on threats or mental health that would have allowed law enforcement to take additional action. Additionally, no Firearms Restraining Order was filed, nor any order of protection," state police said.

State police said Crimo told authorities "no" when asked if he felt like harming himself or others, and that his father "claimed the knives were his and they were being stored in the individual's closet for safekeeping."

"Based upon that information, the Highland Park Police returned the knives to the father later that afternoon," Illinois State Police said Tuesday night.

At the time of the incident, the alleged gunman didn't have a Firearms Ownership ID (FOID) card; however, two months later, he applied for one at the age of 19, state police said.

"The subject was under 21 and the application was sponsored by the subject's father. Therefore, at the time of FOID application review in January of 2020, there was insufficient basis to establish a clear and present danger and deny the FOID application," state police said.

The suspect passed four background checks when purchasing firearms, state police said -- in June 2020, twice in July 2020 and in September 2021. The only offense included in his criminal record "was an ordinance violation in January 2016 for possession of tobacco," state police said, adding that they have "no mental health prohibitor reports submitted by health care facilities or personnel."

The alleged gunman is believed to be linked to social media posts that discuss or depict acts of violence, including shooting people, a law enforcement source briefed on the case told ABC News.

Online posts include a video showing what appears to be a portion of the same parade route where the shooting took place.

In a video posted more than a year ago to his YouTube page, the suspect is shown in what appears to be a depiction of the aftermath of a school shooting.

The alleged gunman had been living with his uncle, Paul Crimo, but the two barely interacted beyond exchanging hellos, Paul Crimo told ABC News.

Paul Crimo said he last spoke to his nephew the evening before the shooting and said he was shocked to learn about his alleged involvement.

He described his nephew as quiet and respectful and said the 21-year-old never mentioned firearms.

A representative for Township High School District 113 confirmed to ABC News that the suspect attended Highland Park High School from Aug. 26, 2015, to Aug. 24, 2016, but couldn't provide more details.

Rinehart told reporters there was no application to get a court order to take away the suspect's weapons following his past allegations.

However, he emphasized that the state's "red flag" laws, under which a family member can ask a judge to take a person's firearms away if they think they pose a risk, keep communities safe and pushed for a bigger awareness of those laws.

"We must vastly increase use of the Illinois red flag law," he said.

Rinehart also called for a ban on assault rifles.

"Studies have shown that mass shootings like what happened yesterday went down during those 10 years, we should have that same ban in Illinois, and beyond in the entire country," he said, to applause from the crowd.

The state attorney said the investigation is ongoing and asked anyone with information or footage from the scene to call his office.

The mass shooting broke out when the suburban Chicago parade was about three-quarters of the way through Monday morning, authorities said.

Revelers fled in panic, leaving behind empty strollers, overturned chairs and half-eaten sandwiches.

When the gunfire erupted, parade-goer Zoe Nicole Pawelczak grabbed her dad and started running through the sea of people.

"I saw multiple people slaughtered," she told ABC News.

"Everybody is crying. We ended up making it behind a corner and we hid behind a dumpster. This man was there with his two very young children and he had put them in the dumpster for safety," she said.

Pawelczak said the man wanted to leave to find his other son, and asked her to watch the two children in the dumpster.

"So I watched his kids for him," she said. "They were like, 'What's going on?' And I was like, 'It's just fireworks, it's OK,' just trying to keep them calm."

Dr. David Baum was watching his grandson, daughter and son-in-law march in the parade when the gunfire began.

"Bodies were horribly, horribly, horribly injured from, you know, guns and bullets that were made for war -- not for parades," Baum said of some of the victims.

"The paramedics went quickly and assessed the damages -- saw bodies that were blown apart and put a blanket over them quickly. And then went on to try and help other people," he told ABC News. "These are injuries that nobody should have to see."

"A lady told me, 'Are you ok?' I told her yes. And she goes, 'But you're hurt, you're bleeding,' and that's when I looked at my foot and my shoe was full of blood," Lorena Rebollar Sedano told ABC News. "I mean, I'm telling you, we were right there - we were like the target for the gunshots."

Crimo was at large for hours after the shooting. After police released an image of Crimo and his car Monday evening, he was spotted driving and led police on a brief pursuit, authorities said.

He was stopped at U.S. Highway 41 and Westleigh Road in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he surrendered, according to police.

A second weapon, also purchased legally by Crimo, was found in the car, police said.

On Tuesday evening, Steve Greenberg, an attorney representing the suspect's parents, released a statement from the couple saying their "hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to everybody."

"We are all mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, and this is a terrible tragedy for many families, the victims, the paradegoers, the community and our own," the statement read.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he "surged Federal law enforcement to assist in the urgent search for the shooter."

"Members of the community should follow guidance from leadership on the ground, and I will monitor closely as we learn more about those whose lives have been lost and pray for those who are in the hospital with grievous injuries," Biden said.

He noted that he recently signed into law the most significant gun control legislation in decades, adding, "But there is much more work to do, and I'm not going to give up fighting the epidemic of gun violence."

Vice President Kamala Harris gave a passionate speech during the the National Education Association's annual meeting in Chicago Tuesday night, condemning the violence at the parade.

"We need to end this horror. We need to stop this violence. And we must protect our communities from the terror of gun violence. You know I've said it before, enough is enough," she said.

She later visited the site of the shooting with Mayor Nancy Rotering, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider and state Sen. Julie Morrison.

An impassioned Illinois Gov. J. B. Pritzker said, "It is devastating that a celebration of America was ripped apart by our uniquely American plague. A day dedicated to freedom has put into stark relief the one freedom we as a nation refuse to uphold: the freedom of our fellow citizens to live without the daily fear of gun violence."

"I'm furious that yet more innocent lives were taken by gun violence. I'm furious that their loved ones are forever broken by what took place today. I'm furious that children and their families have been traumatized," he said. "While we celebrate the Fourth of July just once a year, mass shootings have become our weekly -- yes, weekly -- American tradition. There are going to be people who say that today is not the day that now is not the time, to talk about guns. I'm telling you there is no better day and no better time than right here and right now."

"Our founders carried muskets, not assault weapons. And I don't think a single one of them would have said that you have a Constitutional right to an assault weapon with a high-capacity magazine -- or that that is more important than the right of the people who attended this parade today to live," the governor added.

Representatives of the gun reform group March For Our Lives, founded by survivors of the 2018 high school mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, said in a statement, "Just three weeks ago, young people organized a March For Our Lives in Highland Park, along with communities across the country."

"We are grieving for the horrific loss of life in Highland Park, and the carnage brought on by a high-powered rifle," they said. "We wish eternal peace for those who were murdered, and we will fight like hell for the living."

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is among the leaders reacting to the nation's latest mass shooting, tweeting, "Not even a parade on the Fourth of July celebrating our nation's independence is immune from our nation's gun violence epidemic. Tomorrow, I will sign seven sweeping commonsense gun safety bills into law. We cannot wait."

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement that the U.S. must "address the epidemic of targeted gun violence, including the development and implementation of new community-based models of prevention and intervention."

"The Department of Homeland Security will redouble its work in this critical area and help lead the effort to prevent violence," he vowed.

ABC News' Josh Margolin, Pierre Thomas, Aaron Katersky, Alex Perez, Jack Date, Will Steakin, Jeff Cook, Will McDuffie, Caroline Guthrie and Adisa Hargett-Robinson contributed to this report.

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The U.S. military budget is the largest in the world, and by a wide margin. The Biden administration recently submitted a defense budget of $773 billion for fiscal 2023 – which is more than the combined budgets of the next 10 highest-spending countries combined. While the size of the defense budget, and exactly how and […]

Corn and soybean plants have continued to suffer in some parts of the state from lots of heat and little moisture, especially in far northwest Iowa where drought conditions have worsened, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. Large areas of Plymouth and Woodbury counties are in “extreme” drought, a recent U.S. Drought Monitor […]

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The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continue to investigate what appears to be a murder-suicide in and near Lovilia.

A proposed pipeline that would transport liquid carbon dioxide from ethanol plants in Cedar Rapids and Clinton would span about 90 miles in up to five eastern Iowa counties, according to a preliminary map of the project. Wolf Carbon Solutions, a Canadian company that has operated one of North America’s largest carbon pipelines, wants to […]

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(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) -- A Florida law banning abortions after 15 weeks is back in place Tuesday, after a state court judge had ruled the law violated the state's constitution. The state then filed an appeal of the judge's decision, which automatically suspended the judge's decision under Florida law.

The Center for Reproductive Rights, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Florida, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the law firm Jenner & Block, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of Florida abortion providers, said they plan to file a motion to reinstate the temporary hold on Florida's 15-week abortion ban and they will continue to work to permanently ban the law.

"The law, which has been in effect since July 1, has already had devastating consequences on the health and futures of Floridians by forcing them to continue carrying pregnancies against their will," the Center for Reproductive Rights said in a press release.

Judge John Cooper had granted a temporary hold on the abortion ban, saying that the Florida state constitution grants explicit protections for the right to privacy, that do not exist in the U.S. Constitution, and that the Florida Supreme Court has established that this grants protections for a woman's right to get an abortion.

Florida's 15-week ban grants exceptions for abortions if the pregnancy poses a risk to the mother's life and if the fetus has a fatal anomaly, but does not grant exceptions for rape or incest.

Cooper had signed the temporary hold Tuesday morning, which had allowed abortions in the state up to 24 weeks.

The ruling comes as states scramble to create their own abortion laws after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a landmark case which had established a federal protection for the right to an abortion.

At least 12 states have ceased nearly all abortion services. The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive health research and policy institute, lists Florida as one of 26 states expected to ban abortions after Roe was overturned.

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The Albia FFA Chapter recently competed in several summer Career Development Events (CDEs). Members participated in Agronomy, Floriculture, Horse Judging, Livestock Judging and Veterinary Science.  

 DES MOINES — Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Education today awarded  $1.5 million in competitive grants through the Career Academy Incentive Fund to prepare more high school students for success in college, postsecondary training and the workforce.

Schools are no longer able to mandate vaccines, unemployment benefits last 10 fewer weeks, and Iowans can be charged with elder abuse starting Friday, July 1, as many of laws from the Iowa Legislature’s 2022 session take effect.

LOVILIA, IOWA – On Sunday, July 3rd, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office received specific information regarding an alleged homicide that had taken place days prior in Lovilia. Information indicated a rural location in Monroe County where a body was believed to be located. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa DNR responded to the area described and discovered a deceased female.

A mental health counselor from Fort Dodge has agreed to the indefinite suspension of her license due to allegations of improper conduct with a client. Heather Sayer, who practiced in the Fort Dodge area and now lives in Colorado, was charged by the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science with failure to comply with regulations related […]

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Iowa school officials are concerned a new “parental choice” law will interfere with district funding and their ability to plan yearly budgets, which they say will ultimately affect students. Students attending Iowa public schools now have the option to open enroll into any district at any given time of the year. When students leave, over […]

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The candidates for Iowa secretary of agriculture offer sharp contrasts in terms of their priorities and assessments of the greatest challenges facing farmers. The state’s incumbent secretary of agriculture — Mike Naig, a Republican — touts his administration’s work in the past four years to expand markets for farmers to sustain the industry’s status quo, […]

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With Iowa Republican leaders likely to restrict access to abortion in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this past month, a potential legal battle over access to abortion pills is brewing.

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With Iowa Republican leaders likely to restrict access to abortion in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this past month, a potential legal battle over access to abortion pills is brewing.

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With Iowa Republican leaders likely to restrict access to abortion in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this past month, a potential legal battle over access to abortion pills is brewing.

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With Iowa Republican leaders likely to restrict access to abortion in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this past month, a potential legal battle over access to abortion pills is brewing.

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With Iowa Republican leaders likely to restrict access to abortion in the state following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade this past month, a potential legal battle over access to abortion pills is brewing.

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WEST DES MOINES —Hy-Vee Inc. announced Friday it is “voluntarily withdrawing all varieties and all sizes of its Hy-Vee Potato Salad and Mealtime Potato Salad” due to a presumptive positive microbial result on the line on which the potatoes were processed.