Farmers get weather break but crops remain behind schedule

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in Iowa finally got a break in the weather last week to catch up on planting, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the state remains significantly behind average seasons in crop development.The USDA reported Monday that Iowa farmers have now planted 93% of the corn crop, about three weeks behind the five-year average.For soybeans, the Iowa crop is 70% planted, about 17 days behind the average for this time of year.last_img

Man charged with hate crime for attack on transgender woman

first_imgSEATTLE (AP) — A 23-year-old Woodinville man with a hate crime for attacking a Seattle transgender woman because of her sexual orientation.King County prosecutors on Monday charged Anthony Del-Toro with malicious harassment and felony harassment. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest and set bail at $100,000.In a probable cause affidavit, a Seattle police detective wrote that Del-Toro went to the woman’s south Seattle apartment on Jan. 10 and two co-workers engaged in a sexual activity. Del-Toro later became upset when he discovered her bus pass from before she became female. The victim is transgender and identifies as female.Charging documents say he punched her in the face and threatened her. She fled to another area of the apartment complex. When she returned, she found TVs and other items in her apartment broken.Prosecutors say Del-Toro’s criminal history includes a conviction for animal cruelty in 2012 and two assault convictions.last_img read more