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Flood update for the Iowa River

A new forecast for the crest on the Iowa River was issued by the National Weather Service Sunday morning. The river is expected to crest a foot above flood stage at
1-am Monday morning. Interests along North Center Street and Iowa Highway
14 on the north side of Marshalltown should pay attention. As of Sunday morning
a part of U-S 330 south of Albion had been closed because of flooding. Heavy rains
upstream on the river on Friday are to blame.
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MEA Candidates Forum held at the Marshalltown Public Library

Six of the eight candidates for Marshalltown School Board attended a Candidates Forum held Saturday by the Marshalltown Education Association at the Marshalltown Public Library in front of a crowd estimated at 50 plus people. Candidates Anne Paullus and Ross Harris had other committments and could not attend. Matthew Nevins is a teacher in the district and President of the MEA and moderated the event. Each candidate told about themselves, and answered questions about the MEA being an equal partner in improving the schools and also the idea of furthering community involvement.



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Iowa River goes up fast

The Iowa River in the Marshalltown area went up in a hurry after heavy rains
upstream. According to the National Weather Hydrology site the river Friday at
6pm stood at 11.04 feet, over the next 8 hours it climed better than five feet to
16.15 feet. As of Sunday morning it was at 18.84 feet with a predicted crest of
19.3. A Flood warning was posted that lasted until Monday.

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Flooding in the Albion vicinity

Heavy rains upstream on the Iowa river have forced authorities to close part
of Iowa 330. According to the state DOT website:

Between County Road E29 and County Road S75 (near Albion). The road is blocked because of flooding.

A detour is in operation.


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Marshalltown Company Celebrates 125th Anniversary

The Marshalltown Company celebrated 125 years in business with some commemorative events in Marshalltown. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Rassmussen says the company does business all over the world and dates all the way back to the
year 1890. Among the events was the unveiling of a large sand sculpture that was
kept under a tent for safekeeping due to rainy weather in Marshalltown. Celebrants were there from as far away as the country of Australia.


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Political news

U-S Representative Joaquin Castro who is from Texas will campaigning in Marshallown for Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Sunday afternoon at 12:45 p-m.The appearance will be at the Fisher Community Center at Marshalltown.


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Flooding in the region

The National Weather posted flood warnings for the Iowa River at Marshalltown and for the South Skunk River at Ames and also from U-S 30 to the Polk/Jasper County
line. Friday was a soggy day in part of Iowa, there were a couple reports of rain
as much as nine and eight inches worth. Flooding was reported in Grundy, Hamilton, Webster, Calhoun, Boone, Story, Hardin, Greene and Black Hawk Counties.
Marshalltown by comparison reported 2.01 inches of rain.The town of Dayton was the community that was most impacted by flooding.
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Funds missing at Casey

A state audit has discovered $300,000 in city funds missing in Casey, where a fire last summer destroyed City Hall and city financial records. The city's longtime clerk was fired last year and the audit says she told investigators she'd taken money that wasn't hers.
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David Stanley dies

David Stanley, a former Iowa lawmaker who helped start a tax reduction lobbying group, has died. Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine says Stanley died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the church on Sept. 26. Stanley was chairman of Iowans for Tax Relief, a lobbying group he helped create.
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Man dies in grain bin accident

An Iowa cooperative says one of its employees has died after entering a grain bin filled with soybeans. Farmers Cooperative Company in Farnhamville says Bret Steck entered the grain bin around 9 a.m. Thursday for routine cleaning. They say in a statement he became "engulfed" in soybeans before 11 a.m. yesterday.
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News from the University of Iowa

One of the four finalists to be the next University of Iowa president will be on campus Thursday for interviews. Marvin Krislov is president of Oberlin College in Ohio. Three other finalists will visit Iowa in the coming days as regents prepare to chooseSally Mason's successor next week.
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Ag news

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it will be a less profitable year for farmers as low grain, milk and hog prices cut into income. The USDA said in a report Tuesday the abundance of grain leftover from last year's crop and this year's anticipated harvest of the third-largest corn crop and second-largest soybean crop on record have kept prices below the cost of production.
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Mobile drivers license app tested by the DOT

The Iowa Department of Transportation employees have started testing a mobile driver's license app as part of a new pilot program.

MorphoTrust USA, the company providing the software for the app, announced the start of testing Wednesday. The pilot program involves state employees testing the app in various settings.

According to department director Paul Trombino, the agency is not ready to release the app for customer use. There is not set date for when the app could be released to the public.

The company says the Iowa department employees are the first in the nation to use its mobile driver's license software.


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Bow hunting allowed in Council Bluffs

The Council Bluffs city council has approved a two-month bow hunting season. Hunters with licenses will be able to take aim at wild turkeys beginning October 1 but they'll have to stay at least 500 feet from homes. Officials say there's been a turkey population boom in Council Bluffs.
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Minimum wage in Iowa City

Johnson County leaders will soon consider raising the minimum wage but the county's largest employer could be exempt. Attorneys for the University of Iowa say the state institution shouldn't be subject to the rule and will seek an opinion from the attorney general if the county board passes the increase.
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For the birds

Iowa State University is canceling classes for about 500 students at its poultry teaching and research farm. The university wants to minimize traffic to the farm south of the main campus in Ames to protect a flock of rare chickens from the bird flu. There are concerns the virus could return in the fall as wild birds migrate.
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Child survives 3 story fall in Des Moines

A 23-month-old child has survived a fall from a third-story apartment window in Des Moines.

Police, fire and medical personnel were dispatched a little before 1:30 p.m. Monday to check on reports that a child had fallen. Des Moines police Sgt. Mark Miller says the child apparently popped out the window screen before crawling or tumbling out. Sod and wood chips are on the ground below the apartment complex windows.

The child was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The child's name hasn't been released. Miller says it's unclear whether the child's parents or caregivers will face any charges.

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Political news

The Iowa chairman for Rick Perry's faltering Republican presidential bid says he is no longer part of the campaign as Perry seeks to keep his longshot effort alive on limited funds. Sam Clovis said Monday that he had stepped down as Perry's statechairman. The former Texas governor has stopped paying his staff. Clovis said he left because the campaign was in transition and because future compensation was uncertain.
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Incident in Iowa City

Authorities at the University of Iowa say a suspicious backpack left at the president's office did not contain dangerous materials. Police at the major public university say the Johnson County Bomb Squad made the determination following an incident Monday that involved a male. Authorities also used a K9 to conduct a sweep of two university buildings.
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Last go round for popular wooden maze

A popular wooden maze in northern Iowa will confound patrons for the last time this fall. After 15 years, Fort Custer Maze will close its gates in October. Owner Jack Kennedy, who will be 91 in November, says he's been maintaining the maze for more than 1,000 hours every summer and decided it's time to stop.
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State to help Ice Cream manufacturer

A state board has awarded the maker of Wells Blue Bunny ice cream $644,400 in tax incentives to help finance an expansion in Le Mars that is expected to create 19 new jobs. The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded the incentives to Wells Enterprises on Friday. The company plans to build a 12,000-square-foot addition to its ice cream plant in south Le Mars.
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Education news

Iowa education officials are close to adopting new computerized exams for students in the state's 336 school districts, but critics question whether the new tests are worth the cost. The state Board of Education is likely to drop multiple choice tests with paper answer sheets in favor of Smarter Balanced's adaptive computerized tests.
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Not a good summer for Iowa beaches

The number of Iowa public beaches affected by toxic algae blooms has reached a record this summer and public health officials say they are investigating nine cases of possible toxic exposure. Iowa Department of Natural Resources officials said Friday thestate has posted 27 toxic algae warnings this summer, a new record, ahead of the 24 warnings in 2013.
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News from the Iowa Utilities Board

The Iowa Utilities Board has adopted an order encouraging MidAmerican Energy to hold down costs on its $900 million project to build two more Iowa wind farms.

In a 2-1 decision Friday, the board said it would allow MidAmerican to later increase rates by up to $1.61 million for every megawatt of electricity generated.

The investor-owned utility and the Office of Consumer Advocate had agreed on a higher cost cap of nearly $1.64 million per megawatt. For the 552-megawatt plan, the difference comes out to $16 million.

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Egg production numbers are down in Iowa

Iowa egg production in July rose slightly from the previous month but remained 44 percent below year-ago levels, the lasting impact of the bird flu which decimated the state's hen flocks. Iowa lost nearly 25 million egg layers in the bird flu outbreak that lasted from mid-April to mid-June. The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a weekly report Friday says Iowa produced 775 million eggs in July up 2 percent from June. That's the lowest monthly production since February 2002.
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Stagnant midwestern economy

A new survey suggests that the economic outlook for 10 Midwestern and Plains states is weaker than in previous months. The Rural Mainstreet Index sank to growth neutral 50.0 in August, from 53.4 in July. The survey indexes range from 0 to 100. Any score below 50 suggests decline in that factor in the months ahead. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were surveyed.
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Judge O'Brein passes on

A longtime federal judge in Iowa known for rulings that improved jail and prison conditions has died at age 91. Donald E. O'Brien died Tuesday at his home in Sioux City after an illness. He had continued working up until his death. President Jimmy Carter appointed O'Brien to the bench in 1978.
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Court news

Two former top aides to Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign have pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to buy the support of Iowa state Senator Kent Sorenson before that year's caucuses. Jesse Benton and John Tate were released after appearing Thursday in federal court in Des Moines. Trial has been set for October 5th.
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Political news from the State Fair

Rick Perry has told people at the Iowa State Fair he would secure the border with Mexico with more guards, fencing and air patrols. The former Texas governor says building a wall like the one Republican presidential rival Donald Trump proposes isn't the best way to halt illegal immigration.
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Man found dead in a semi truck

Authorities say they do not suspect foul play in the death of a North Carolina man found inside a semitrailer at an overnight lot in northern Iowa. The Floyd County Sheriff's Office says it received a report Tuesday night about a semitrailer parked for about five days at an overnight lot near a gasoline station in Floyd. Deputies found the body of 57-year-old Danny Mosteller, of Shelby, North Carolina, inside the vehicle. An autopsy has been ordered.
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Birds and eggs

No birds are on exhibit at the Iowa State Fair this year, as a precaution against the bird flu that ravaged the state's poultry industry this year. But Gov. Terry Branstad says that the industry is recovering. Iowa Egg Council Executive Director Randy Olson says he hopes egg operations will be back at full production next year.
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Pipeline controversy

Landowners fighting a proposed oil pipeline are arguing that the Iowa Utilities Board has no legal authority to give developers the right to use private property for the project. Their lawsuit says Dakota Access can't utilize the option because it's not an Iowa utility. Dakota Access wants to build a pipeline from North Dakota to Illinois.
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Medical news

The Iowa Medicaid program is planning to cut ties with a company that has managed mental health and substance abuse benefits for its members for two decades. Magellan Health, Inc. was one of six companies passed over when Iowa officials announced four winning bidders to operate the $4.2 billion Medicaid program. The Iowa Department of Human Services says Magellan's contracts would expire Dec. 31 and its services will be turned over to the new vendors.
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EAB detected in another Iowa County

Officials have confirmed emerald ash borer in a southwest Iowa county, and they say it's the furthest west the invasive insect has been spotted in the state. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship did not release additional information Tuesday about the discovery. To date, there have been confirmed cases of the beetle in 27 Iowa counties. Experts say emerald ash borer gradually kills ash trees. A statewide quarantine has restricted the movement of firewood out of Iowa.

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More political news

It'll be another congressional run, albeit a different district for Iraq War veteran Jim Mowrer. Mowrer announced today that he'll run for the Democratic nomination in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District. He ran unsuccessfully last year againstRepublican Rep. Steve King in the 4th District. The 3rd stretches from Des Moines to Council Bluffs and is represented by freshman Republican Rep. David Young.
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Carly Fiorina appears at the Iowa State Fair

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina says her fundraising has been climbing since the first GOP debate. The former technology executive was warmly received at the Iowa State Fair. She spoke from a political soapbox hosted by the Des Moines Register. Fiorina took questions from a crowd of hundreds.
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News from the governors office

Gov. Terry Branstad's administration will turn over management of Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program to four companies beginning Jan. 1. The Iowa Department of Human Services says Amerigroup Iowa; AmeriHealth Caritas Iowa; United Healthcare Plan of the River Valley; and WellCare of Iowa were selected after a bidding process. The companies will coordinate services for beneficiaries through networks of providers.
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Taco Bell cleared to reopen at Cedar Rapids

Health officials have cleared an eastern Iowa Taco Bell to reopen after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were cleaned up. The Linn County Health Department decided the restaurant was safe after two rounds of environmental testing, but the company hasn't decided when it will reopen.
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Plant closure at Denison

Officials are working to help Denison cope with the closing of a Tyson Foods plant there that employed about 400 people. Mayor Brad Bonner says that Tyson's announcement Friday was a surprise.
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Politics

In the state that launched the nation's first black president, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is making racial injustice a touchstone of his presidential campaign after facing disruptions from activists promoting the Black Lives Matter movement. During three days of campaigning in predominantly white Iowa, Sanders says he would fight institutional racism, address police brutality and criminal justice reform.
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Crop duster crashes

Authorities say the pilot of a crop-duster that crashed Wednesday in Sac County reported engine trouble. A man from Alta wasn't hurt when the plane went down in a cornfield two miles south of the Sac City Airport.
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Farm accident

Authorities say a 6-year-old boy has been flown to a Minnesota hospital after being injured in a farm accident in northern Iowa.

The accident occurred around 10:45 a.m. Thursday at a farm south of Colwell. Floyd County Sheriff Rick Lynch said in a news release that the boy was with his family when a load of hay shifted and knocked the boy off a wagon, which ran over the boy.

He was flown to St. Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. His name hasn't been released.


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Political news

Hillary Rodham Clinton has snagged a big endorsement as she brings her presidential campaign to the Iowa State Fair. Former Iowa Senator Tom Harkin is endorsing Clinton's bid for the Democratic nomination, writing that Clinton is "a fighter who has a record of getting things done."
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Farm facts

The government forecasts that Iowa farmers will harvest about three percent more corn this year than last. The latest update from the Department of Agriculture projects a crop of more than 2.4 billion bushels. The nation's crop could be slightly smaller than in 2014 but still would be the third-largest on record.
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School news

Four school districts in southeast Iowa have filed a lawsuit against an Indiana company, claiming that tablet devices sold to the districts are faulty. The Register reports the lawsuit was filed by attorneys representing the Albia Community School District, the Keokuk Community School District, the Van Buren School District and the West Burlington Independent School District. The districts say they bought nearly 3,000 tablets from CurriculumLoft, a Columbus, Indiana-based software company, in 2013.
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News from the State Fair Fair

The Iowa State Fair says the opening acts for singer Meghan Trainor's canceled grandstand performance will now be the main act for a free show. Fair organizers said Wednesday afternoon that Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon will perform August 22nd at the grandstand. The announcement comes one day after Trainor, the artist behind the hit "All About That Bass," said she couldn't complete her tour due to a vocal cord problem.
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School Superintendent reprimanded

State officials have suspended the Treynor schools superintendent for 30 days. They say Kevin Elwood shouldn't have let his son -- a registered sex offender -- work unsupervised as a school custodian. Elwood is also getting a letter of reprimand.
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The Governor`s biography

Gov. Terry Branstad is marking his record time in office with the publication of a book about his life. Branstad says the authorized biography will be available before the end of the year and coincides with his status this December as the nation's longest serving governor. Branstad says an Iowa foundation will handle proceeds from the book, and the money will be distributed to causes that Branstad says focus on historic preservation efforts.
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A snafu at the State Fair

The Iowa State Fair has been left with a big hole in its grandstand entertainment schedule because young pop singer Meghan Trainor says she can't complete her tour due to a vocal cord problem that requires surgery.

Trainor, a popular 21-year-old pop singer who scored a number one hit last year with "All About That Bass" says she's devastated.

Fair spokeswoman Mindy Williamson says the fair must find a replacement to fill a key Saturday night grandstand slot on Aug. 22. Traynor's show had sold 8,500 tickets.

Rockers Def Leppard and country artist Carrie Underwood have sold-out shows. Williamson says shows selling at least 10,000 tickets are considered sold out.

Country singer Reba McEntire's show on Aug. 16 has sold 9,778 tickets so far.


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Stories for haircuts

Children who read books to a local barber got a free haircut as part of a community event over the weekend in Dubuque. Courtney Holmes traded the haircuts for stories Saturday during the second annual Back to School Bash in Comiskey Park.
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Small aircraft crash at Dakota City

Authorities are investigating what caused a small helicopter-like aircraft to crash in Iowa, killing the pilot and injuring his passenger. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office says the gyrocopter was traveling near the small community of Dakota City around 7 p.m. Sunday when it crashed. Its wreckage was found in the front yard of a residence. The pilot, 58-year-old Larry Erickson, of Humboldt, was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Teen arrested in church burglary

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested in connection to a church burglary in Ankeny.

The juvenile was arrested on Aug. 4. According to a Monday news release, the 17-year-old faces charges of first-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary.

Police say Our Lady's Immaculate Heart Catholic Church was burglarized on July 27. According to authorities, most of the cash and checks that were stolen have been recovered.

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Financial shenanigans

An Iowa state auditor's report says a University of Northern Iowa secretary deposited personal and business checks in lieu of cash donations in an effort to collect personal and business tax breaks. Auditors foundmore than $3,000 in cash was collected but never deposited by Lori Shannon, a secretary with the Literacy Education Office.
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Financial shenanigans

An Iowa state auditor's report says a University of Northern Iowa secretary deposited personal and business checks in lieu of cash donations in an effort to collect personal and business tax breaks. Auditors foundmore than $3,000 in cash was collected but never deposited by Lori Shannon, a secretary with the Literacy Education Office.
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More political news

The Iowa Democratic Party's annual dinner celebration is getting a new name. The party's State Central Committee voted Saturday in favor of a resolution to change the name of the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, which was named for Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Both presidents were slave owners, and Jackson is known for the forced removal of Cherokee Indians from their land.
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Law enforcement colleague eulogized

Law enforcement officers from eastern Iowa gathered over the weekend to mourn the loss of a Black Hawk County sheriff's deputy who was killed in an off-duty traffic crash. 34-year-old Timothy Lee Petersen was laid to rest Saturday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Waterloo.
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BREAKING: Marshalltown man accused of burning two women to receive treatment

A Marshalltown man accused of setting his girlfriend, his girlfriend's mother, and their apartment on fire has been ordered to receive psychiatric treatment at an Iowa correctional facility.

According to Assistant Marshall County Attorney Sarah Tupper, 24-year-old Esperidion De Los Santos has received a psychiatric evaluation and now will receive treatment at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. Records indicate that De Los Santos is already at the facility.

Tupper said that the case against De Los Santos cannot proceed until his treatment is complete. De Los Santos faces two counts of Attempted Murder, one count of Arson in the First Degree, two counts of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury, and one count of Assault Causing Serious Injury. The charges stem from an incident on January 14th, which, according to witnesses, started with a domestic disturbance.
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News from the Governor`s office

Governor Terry Branstad's attorneys are asking a judge to toss out a lawsuit seeking to force him to reopen mental health centers in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant. Iowa's largest public employees union and 20 Democratic lawmakers say closing the facilities was illegal because the state is required to operate them.
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Two beaches closed at Saylorville

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says two beaches at Saylorville Lake are closed due to a blue-green algae bloom that could be harmful to people and pets. The corps oversees the lake 11 miles northwest of Des Moines and announced the beach closings today.
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Crop dusting incident under investigation

Authorities are investigating the shooting of a crop-dusting plane in northern Iowa. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says the plane owned by Steier AG Aviation was hit in a wing flap while spraying a field in Fairfield Township last Friday morning. The pilot returned to Steier's landing strip in Whittemore.
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New from the Iowa Legislature

Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen says he's leaving the Legislature after next year. Paulsen says he will not seek re-election in 2016 and will step down from his leadership post at the start of next year's legislative session. The Hiawatha Republican has been in the House for 13 years.
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Court news

A jury has awarded nearly $12 million to an Indianola woman who says her former co-workers at a toy company subjected her to graphic sexual comments and other harassment. Danielle Rennenger is a former employee of ToyQuest in Indianola, a division of Manley Toys Direct, a subsidiary of Hong Kong-based companies. Rennenger filed her lawsuit in 2010.
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Complaint over music in school

The Iowa Board of Education is set to consider a family's complaint over a public school choir singing religious music. The parents, whose daughter recently graduated from the New Hampton Community School District, say the choir inappropriately endorses Christianity by performing songs.
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Taco Bell meth lab discovery prompts arrests of Dubey, one other man

Authorities say two men have been arrested after the remnants of a methamphetamine lab were found inside a Taco Bell in eastern Iowa.

The Cedar Rapids Police Department says officers found two men outside the restaurant early Tuesday. One identified himself as a Taco Bell employee.

Officers entered the closed restaurant and found meth lab remnants in a utility area.

The men were identified as 31-year-old Christopher Adam Matous and 56-year-old Kent Jerome Duby. They were arrested and charged with conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine. Matous faces additional charges including meth possession. Court records do not list attorneys who could comment for the men.

Taco Bell says in a statement that one of the men was an employee who's now fired. They say the restaurant will be sanitized before it reopens.

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Car owners to appeal speeding ticket case

The attorney for seven car owners who claimed in a federal lawsuit the city of Des Moines violated their constitutional rights by fining them for speeding with an automated camera on Interstate 235 plan to appeal a judge's dismissal of the case. Des Moines attorney Jim Larew says his clients plan to take Friday's dismissal by a federal judge to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The judge said the cameras, which take pictures of speeding cars and mail a citation to the car owner with a civil fine attached, do not deprive drivers of any fundamental liberty.
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Political news

Donald Trump's corporate website is the target of a cyberattack, which comes the same day Gawker has published a cell phone number for the billionaire Republican presidential candidate. Trump aides confirmed that hackers were able to access non-public pages inside Trump.com and post a tribute to comedian Jon Stewart. Company officials describe the episode as a "non-event" and a prank that compromised none of Trump's corporate information.
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The latest Iowa court news

An attorney for a man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old woman inside an Iowa mall says he wants his client's upcoming trial to be moved to a different county. Peter Persaud says he will file a motion for a change of venue for 22-year-old Alexander Kozak's trial. Kosak has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Andrea Farrington.
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Sheriffs deputies hurt while on call in Des Moines

Authorities say three Polk County sheriff's deputies were injured while trying to arrest a Mississippi man in Des Moines. Authorities say the deputies were called to a BP gas station shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday on a report that two intoxicated males were harassing the store clerk.
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Pizza man in trouble with the law

A Coralville man has been arrested and charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a pizza restaurant he managed. 32-year-old Samuel Rainey is charged with first-degree theft. Police say Rainey was a night manager at Domino's Pizza, wherehe was responsible for making night deposits.
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State politics

Iowa elected officials pride themselves on working in a politically divided government that still gets things done. But after a combative budget process, capped with several vetoes by Governor Terry Branstad, some are questioning how well the system is working. Democratic Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal says relations between Branstad and lawmakers are near "an all-time low."
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