CRESTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities in Mexico say they found no signs of violence when they discovered the bodies of an Iowa couple and their two children in a condo in the Yucatan Peninsula. The Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office tweeted Friday that four bodies had been found in a tourist compound in Tulum. The office said "no signs of violence were found on the bodies or in the room." Authorities in Iowa say the family was reported missing by relatives early Friday, about a week after leaving for Mexico.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - From hog producers in Iowa to apple growers in Washington state and winemakers in California, farmers are expressing deep disappointment over being put in the middle of a potential trade war with China by the president many of them helped elect. After President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on products including Chinese steel, China responded Friday with a threat to slap tariffs on a variety of U.S. products, including pork, wine, apples, ethanol and stainless-steel pipe.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.9 percent in February. Iowa Workforce Development announced Friday the rate remained unchanged from January even as the number of unemployed residents dropped slightly to 47,900 people. The number of people with jobs increased by 500 and stood at about 1.6 million. Iowa's rate was tied with Maine and Wisconsin for the nation's sixth lowest. The national unemployment rate in February was 4.1 percent.
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Inmates from an eastern Iowa prison have spent weeks preparing to make their opera debut in New York City as part of a broadcast performance of Beethoven's "Fidelio." Heartbeat Opera invited the Oakdale Community Choir to perform the "Prisoner's Chorus" for its New York City live production in May. The production's director traveled to the prison Wednesday to record the choir. One inmate says any humanizing depiction of inmates is good for both them and the communities they'll re-enter.
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