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Donation

The author of the motion picture inspiring novel "The Bridges of Madison County" has donated an original manuscript of the best seller to the University of Northern Iowa. Robert James Waller's manuscript will be housed in a special collection at his alma mater.


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Politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump opened an attack Saturday on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, accusing the leader in recent polls in early-voting Iowa of running his state into financial trouble. Spurred on by a raucous audience of more than 1,000 at an Oskaloosa, Iowa high school, Trump said Walker has an advantage in Iowa because he's from a neighboring state but that the edge is undeserved because Walker has mismanaged Wisconsin's budget.
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BREAKING: Former Vining city clerk given sentence for embezzlement, might avoid

A former Iowa small town city clerk has been sentenced for embezzling over $32,000.

According to Connie Haughey of the Tama County Attorney's Office, 45-year-old Nanci Kay Parizek was sentenced on Thursday to five years of probation for stealing money from the City of Vining. Haughey said that if Parizek chooses to violate her probation, she could face up to 15 years in prison. The former Vining city clerk pled guilty back in April to charges of Theft in the First Degree and Felonious Misconduct In Office. The small town of Vining, Iowa is located east of Toledo. Its population in 2013 was 50, according to the United States Census Bureau.

A press release from the Tama County Attorney's Office noted that the Honorable Judge Sean McPartland granted suspended sentences for Parizek. She has also been ordered to pay over $8,600 back to the city. By law, Parizek won't have to pay the rest of Vining's losses, as an insurer will cover the inbalance.

Mayor of Vining George Bazal and City Council Member Fred Vore asked the court to incarcerate Parizek. She stole a grand total of $32,243.27 from the City of Vining over a five to six year period. The city has a budget of just $20,000 a year. The release stated that road improvements and other city projects were not undertaken because of a shortage of funds. Bazal, along with Vore, testified that Parizek seemed nervous when she was questioned about city money during council meetings.
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Hurdles to giving a youngster his medicine

A Dubuque woman says she has a state cannabis card allowing her to give an oil extracted from marijuana to her son, but she's not allowed to do so in his care center. Instead, Jennifer McFadden says she gives the oil to her 12-year-old son, who has severe epilepsy, twice a day in the facility's parking lot. She says the agency which operates the center says it can't allow the oil into the facility. She says the agency told her that federal authorities still consider it a strictly controlled marijuana product.
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Cruise ship fire at Clear Lake

About 100 people were evacuated safely when a fire broke out on a paddle wheel boat on Clear Lake. The fire was reported Thursday morning, just after the Lady of the Lake cruise ship had docked. About 100 people, including 27 from a care center, were evacuated to shore.
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Court news

An Iowa court says people can drink alcohol in their cars as long as they're parked on private property. The Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday a state law banning open alcohol containers in vehicles doesn't apply to people parked in private lots or driveways.
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Lawsuit in Waterloo against the police there

A Waterloo man who was shot by police is suing the city and two police officers in federal court. Jovan Webb was shot in April after police say he drove toward an officer following a disturbance at a nightclub. Webb denies that and says police used excessive force. A city attorney says the city will "vigorously" defend itself.
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Bird Flu news

Scientists have developed a vaccine strain that is 100 percent effective in protecting chickens from bird flu and testing is underway to see if it protects turkeys. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee at a hearing on Wednesday that the agency plans to quickly license it for widespread production if it is effective for turkeys. The USDA is seeking federal funding to stockpile vaccine nationally.
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A bug story on a bridge!

Iowa highway crews had to plow a bridge crossing the Mississippi River because of ankle-deep mayflies that swarmed the span. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the insects on Saturday night swarmed to the Savannah-Sabula bridge, connecting Iowa and Illinois. The bugs covered the bridge so thickly, and caused such slick conditions, that crews plowed the bugs off the lanes and applied sand for traction.
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Register editorial: "Trump get out!"

Iowa's largest newspaper says Donald Trump should get out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination. The Des Moines Register editorial says Trump is unfit to hold office or stand on the same stage as his Republican opponents. Tuesday in South Carolina, Trump read out the cellphone number of fellow candidate Lindsey Graham.
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Flags to half staff for the fallen at Chattanooga!

Iowa's governor has ordered that flags be lowered to half-staff at sites throughout the state in honor of the five servicemen killed last week in Tennessee. Gov. Terry Branstad called for the state-controlled flags to be lowered from Tuesday through Monday. President Barack Obama has ordered flags flown at federal buildings and grounds to be lowered to half-staff until sunset Saturday. The action honors the four Marines and one Navy sailor killed in a shooting last week in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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More bird flu news

One of the first Iowa turkey farms to get bird flu is getting nearing the time at which birds can be restocked but most of the 77 farms affected are still weeks away from introduction of new flocks. Iowa Department of Agriculture officials say all farms have been cleared of dead chickens and turkeys but disposal of manure, compost and other waste continued at 18 farms. All birds that died or were euthanized have been incinerated, buried or taken to landfills.
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Governor and military security

Gov. Terry Branstad is asking the Iowa National Guard to review security at its facilities in Iowa, in the wake of last week's shooting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Branstad asked Iowa National Guard Maj. Gen Timothy Orr to assess the protection for those working at the Guard's military facilities and recruitment sites. The Republican governor also plans to ask the federal government to review the protections at all military facilities.
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Court news involving the Lottery

A jury has convicted former lottery security official Eddie Tipton of fraud. The Norwalk man accused of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot in 2010 now faces up to 10 years in prison. He'll be sentenced in September. His lawyer is planning an appeal.
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Shooting in Des Moines

Des Moines police say officers have arrested a man in connection with a shooting downtown just blocks west of the Des Moines River. Reports of shots fired came in early Saturday, just after midnight. Responding officers say they heard three to six shots fired. No one was injured in the shooting. The suspect's name has not yet been released.
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Accident during RAGBRAI!

Authorities say two people participating in an annual bike ride across Iowa were struck and injured by an intoxicated driver.

According to police, Bruce and Barbara Blair of Hudson, Wisconsin, were riding a tandem bike early Sunday morning as part of The Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa — or RAGBRAI— when they were struck by 36-year-old Charryse Chavez of Sioux City.

Police say Chavez ignored an officer controlling traffic at an intersection and drove through. Sioux City Police Sgt. Jim Cunningham said Chavez was arrested about block away.

The victims were transported to a hospital, where Bruce Blair remains in stable condition. Barbara Blair was treated and released.

Chavez has been charged with a second offense of operating while intoxicated, failure to obey a police officer and having no insurance.

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More bird flu update news

The poultry farmers who lost millions of chickens and turkeys to the bird flu this spring are facing an uncertain future.The farmers aren't sure when federal officials will allow them to start rebuilding their flocks or whether enough birds will be available. Dave Rettig is president of Rembrandt Foods in Spirit Lake, Iowa, which lost 8 million egg-laying hens. Rettig says the disease decimated the egg industry and who knows if the disease will return in the fall when birds migrate again.
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Bird flu update

The Humane Society of the United States says a USDA proposal to respond to a future outbreak of bird flu by shutting off ventilation systems to barns instead of gassing or using foam to suffocate the birds is gruesome. In response, the U.S. Department ofAgriculture says it considers many factors when determining ways to euthanize large numbers of animals during a disease outbreak.
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Court news

Attorneys for a former lottery worker accused of rigging a Hot Lotto game have rested their case in the man's fraud trial. The defense for 52-year-old Eddie Tipton presented testimony Thursday for about an hour before resting their case. Closing arguments are scheduled on Friday.
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Des Moines teen arrested in shooting case

Police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal shooting last month at a Des Moines home. The 17-year-old boy is accused of shooting 16-year-old Terry Harris during a robbery. Investigators say Harris and the suspect knew each other.
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Dump truck accident at Waterloo

A collision of a dump truck and car in Waterloo left one man dead and three people injured. The crash happened Tuesday when a dump truck driven by 66-year-old Robert Stedman, of Waterloo, apparently ran a stop sign. The truck, which was loaded with gravel, pulled into the path of a car.
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Lottery trial update

A former lottery security chief testifying at his ex-coworker's fraud trial over a Hot Lotto winning ticket says the top threat to any lottery's integrity can be its own employees. The Des Moines Register reports Ed Stefan, a former chief security officer for the Urbandale-based Multi-State Lottery Association, says expert information technology employees with ill intentions can be dangerous. Stefan spoke Wednesday during the trial of 52-year-old Eddie Tipton, who faces two counts of fraud.
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No shocking in Van Meter after all

Van Meter city officials are scrapping plans to let people pay $5 for a chance to shock one of them with a stun gun. The ACLU and other groups have criticized the raffle, which is intended as a police department fundraiser. Officials say they'll let the winner shoot a target instead.
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The Cow Manure Case

A judge has dismissed harassment charges that were filed against a Burlington woman after she admitted sending cow manure to a neighbor. Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers filed a motion to dismiss criminal harassment charges against Kim Capdevilia. The charges were filed after Capdevilia acknowledged to Burlington police that she paid a company to send the manure to her neighbor in December. The action was prompted by a dispute over a barking dog.
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Audit finds misspending

A state audit shows an Iowa correctional district linked to improper spending has misspent nearly $1.2 million in additional money. State Auditor Mary Mosiman says the improper disbursements from the Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services had a significant financial impact on the district over the years. The report says the bulk of improper disbursements came from payroll costs. More than $170,000 was spent on excess vacation and sick leave for some employees.
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Political news

Jeb Bush says new economic proposals from Hillary Rodham Clinton would not grow the economy or boost wages. The GOP presidential hopeful said in Sioux City that Clinton's new economic agenda is a "continuation of the Obama economics, which has been a complete disaster." Bush said he wanted to reform taxes and regulations to grow the economy. He said he wants people with part-time jobs to get full-time work if they want it.
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Court news

A Prairie City woman whose dog killed a four-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jena Wright was convicted of neglect, child endangerment and other charges in the fatal mauling of Jordyn Arndt, a girl she was babysitting at the time of the dog attack more than two years ago.
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Bird flu update

Gov. Terry Branstad has signed a proclamation aimed at extending clean-up efforts involved with the bird flu outbreak. Branstad signed a disaster emergency proclamation y for 18 Iowa counties adversely affected by bird flu. It is effective until Dec. 31 and extends a proclamation that was set to expire Wednesday. The proclamation is aimed at helping chicken and turkey producers with disposal and clean-up efforts on affected sites.
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News from the State Board of Regents

Students at Iowa's three public universities could see an unprecedented mid-year tuition hike, if the Iowa Board of Regents approves an increase for the upcoming spring semester. Late last year, the Iowa Board of Regents approved a freeze on tuition rates for the third consecutive year. But a regents spokesman says a state funding shortfall could lead to the mid-year increase.
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Good news for RACOM

The Black Hawk County Emergency Management Commission has unanimously voted to pick RACOM Communications as the vendor for an $8.7 million project to replace that countywide emergency 911 radio system. RACOM's proposal will be considered for approvalby the county's Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. If approved, construction is expected to take up to two years.
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Spruce up work for Terrace Hill

The backyard of Iowa's historic governor's mansion is about to get a major facelift, with a new reflecting pool and vintage style greenhouse. Jeff Boeyink, a former chief of staff to Governor Terry Branstad who heads up a fundraising effort, saysboth projects will be privately funded.
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Iowa cemetery developments indicates higher cremation rates

The completion of a structure with space to store funeral urns at an eastern Iowa cemetery highlights a trend toward cremation rather than traditional burials.

Work on a new columbarium recently finished at the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dubuque County. It's the cemetery's second columbarium, with the first being built in 2013.

According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the cremation rate in the United States was less than 4 percent in 1960. The rate has climbed steadily since then, surpassing 20 percent in the mid-1990s and reaching 40 percent in 2010.

The organization projects that 2015 will mark the first-ever year in which cremations will become more popular than traditional burials.

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UNIVERSITY CAMPUS TO CLOSE: Ashford says goodbye to Clinton site

Ashford University has announced that it will close its Clinton campus next year, surprising several leaders in the community who say they're sad to see it go.

The chairman of the school's board of directors said in a Thursday statement that the Clinton campus hasn't been able to resolve an ongoing enrollment shortfall. The school's online education center will continue and won't be affected by the closure.

The president and CEO of the Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce says that he's saddened over the university's plans to shutter the campus.

The university was one of Clinton's larger employers. Clinton Alderwoman Julie Allesee says she believes the departure of the university will have an impact on the city's economy.

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Community cards new aspect to Johnson County, to help immigrants

Johnson County is set to accept applications for and begin issuing community ID cards.

According to county officials, residents will be able to start applying July 17 for IDs.

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved creation of the ID program in April. It was proposed last year by Iowa City's Human Rights Commission and Ad Hoc Diversity Committee to help give access to local services to immigrants and others who do not have documentation required to obtain a state-issued ID.

Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert said he hopes that over 1,000 cards will be issued right away. The community cards will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children.

According to Weipert, the county's cost for the ID program is between $15,000 and $20,000.

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Troopers continue to face lawsuit after judge's ruling

A federal judge says two men may proceed with the lawsuit they filed after more than $100,000 was seized from them by two Iowa State troopers.

The judge rejected a dismissal motion by the troopers and Desert Snow, a company that trains officers on roadside searches. The judge said in his ruling Wednesday that the allegations are sufficient for a claim to move forward that the troopers and Desert Snow acted as part of a conspiracy to violate the rights of William Davis and John Newmerzhycky.

A trooper pulled over Davis and Newmerzhycky in April 2013 and accused them of not using a turn signal. The cash and a grinder with small pieces of marijuana were seized when their rental car was searched.

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Ankeny worker finds safe filled with money, police wait for owner

Police in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny are holding a safe filled with somebody's cash.

A construction company worker spotted the safe Tuesday morning in a field near the 1100 block of Southwest State Street in Ankeny. He turned it over to police.

Ankeny evidence technician David Billings says the safe is small enough to be carried by one person and says the money is packaged in a way that the owner can identify. Billings says officers are checking local cases of stolen safes.

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Iowa lawmaker tells teacher to 'quit whining', isn't sorry

An Iowa lawmaker says he doesn't regret telling a science teacher to "quit whining" in an email exchange over the state's public education funding.

Republican Sen. David Johnson of Ocheyeden says that his initial response to Vaughn Gross, a teacher at Waterloo West High School, was fueled by the lawmaker being "fooled" when responding to other messages from people via email and social media.

Gross says he emailed Johnson and 22 other Iowa senators to encourage them to support a special legislative session to vote for additional K-12 education funding. He says he was disappointed by Johnson's initial response.

Johnson says he "tested" Gross to make sure the teacher's email was sincere. The newspaper reports the men's discussion became more civil as their exchange continued.

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News from Iowa City

A former University of Iowa student is out of prison days after a judge overturned his conviction in a high-profile sexual assault case. Evan Pfeifer was released from custody in Iowa City after his father posted a $10,000 cash bond Wednesday, which a judge set a day earlier. The 22-year-old had been serving a 10-year term after a jury in November 2012 found him guilty of third-degree sexual abuse.
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Request for bird flu help denied

Governor Terry Branstad's request for a federal disaster declaration to respond to the bird flu outbreak has been denied. The governor had sought a major disaster declaration from President Barack Obama for the four counties most impacted by the virus. In a letter from federal authorities dated Tuesday, the request was rejected.
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Central Iowa Fair Queen named

A 17 year old girl from rural Rhodes was named the 2015 Central Iowa Fair Queen.
Shelby Sly is a student at West Marshall High School and bounced back from being
stepped on by her heifer earlier in the day to win the Queen`s Crown.
Lilly Fisher was named Miss Princess, Elaine Krause was named to the Central Iowa
Fair Hall of Fame.

Thursday is day number three of the six day long fair at Marshalltown.



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2016 PRESIDENTIAL RACE: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to visit Marshalltown

Another 2016 presidential candidate will be coming to the local area this summer.

Wisconsin Governor and Republican presidential hopeful Scott Walker is set to visit Marshalltown on Saturday, July 18th. Walker will also be visiting Ames earlier in the day. This information is according to Governor Walker's Iowa Communications Director Eric Woolson.

In an announcement made exclusively to the 1230 KFJB/KIX 101.1 news department, Woolson explained that an exact time and place for the event has not been nailed down. However, he did note that the appearance should take place sometime in the evening on the 18th.

Stay tuned here to kixweb.com and 1230KFJB.com…In the coming days we hope to be able to give you complete details on Governor Walker's upcoming visit to Marshalltown.
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News from Iowa Falls

An Iowa Falls woman has been sentenced to almost two years in prison for stealing from the bank where she worked. Teresa Kobriger pleaded guilty after she was charged with embezzling from Iowa Falls State Bank over a four-year period. She's been ordered to make more than $181,000 restitution.
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Inmate sneaks out of Iowa State Penitentiary.

Authorities say an Iowa inmate managed to escape from one of the state's most secure cells by sneaking through the building's piping and onto the roof. The Iowa Department of Corrections SAYS Justin Kestner escaped early Sunday from a building onthe Iowa State Penitentiary complex in Fort Madison. He was living in a unit for disruptive maximum-security inmates who are typically confined 23 hours per day. Hours later, he was captured near Geneseo, Illinois.
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Hit and run accident near Logan under investigation.

Authorities say they're investigating a fatal hit and run in western Iowa. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says authorities found 50-year-old Charlotte Anderson dead on the side of the road Saturday night. She was located near a mile marker on Highway 127 on the north side of Logan. DCI says an Iowa State Patrol trooper located a suspicious vehicle in the area Sunday morning that appeared to have front end damage consistent with evidence at the scene, but additional information was not provided.
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Woman killed at Iowa truck stop

Authorities have released the name of a Tennessee woman who was killed in an accident at an eastern Iowa truck stop.

Davenport police identified the woman as 74-year-old Mary LeMay, of Centerville, Tennessee.

Police say she was guiding her husband as he was trying to park a recreational vehicle at the truck stop on Saturday. Police Capt. Brent Biggs says the RV went out of control and struck LeMay and then struck a car full of children. Several of the were treated at the scene for scrapes and bruises.

LeMay's husband was taken to a Davenport hospital for evaluation. His name hasn't been released.


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Iowa 2 year old drowns in Wisconsin

An Iowa girl has drowned during a family gathering on a Wisconsin island on the Mississippi River. The Grant County Sheriff's Office says 2-year-old Bryle (BRIGH'-lee) Morgan of Waterloo, Iowa died early Sunday at an Iowa City hospital.
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Incident at Council Bluffs

Council Bluffs Police say a bullet someone fired into the air wounded a 7-year-old boy who was watching fireworks with his grandparents. When the boy started crying and complaining about shoulder pain Saturday night, his grandparents initially thought he'd been hurt by fireworks. But while treating the wound, the boy's grandmother discovered a .223 caliber bullet in the wound, which was about ¼-inch deep. The boy was treated at a local hospital and released.
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Bird flu update

The federal government has announced plans to step up monitoring of wild birds for avian influenza this fall to provide an early warning of any resurgence of a disease that devastated poultry farms in the Upper Midwest.The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued plans Thursday aimed at minimizing the impacts on domestic poultry flocks if any bird flu viruses return or mutate in migrating waterfowl and other wild birds.
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Govenor uses veto power

Governor Terry Branstad has vetoed $55.7 million in one-time education funding as well as a bipartisan deal to keep two state mental health institutes open. Branstad announced the vetoes late yesterday afternoon, as he approved a slew of budget bills. The fate of the two mental health institutes — in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda — was hotly debated. After Branstad sought to end funding for the facilities, lawmakers reached a deal to keep the Mount Pleasant center open and to seek a private provider to run the other.
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Audited!

A state audit has found major problems with how some Iowa state agencies spent millions of dollars on information technology contractors. The report has uncovered cost overruns, a no-bid contract and questionable relationships between agencies and IT firms. In one case, two top Revenue Department officials went to work for a state contractor before a mandatory two-year waiting period was up.
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Mental health facilities clse down

Two Iowa mental health institutes have been closed and about 80 workers have gotten layoff notices. Governor Terry Branstad is still reviewing whether to approve a legislative compromise to continue funding the facilities in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda. There are no patients at either one.
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Business news about JBS

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Incorporated. JBS USA, a division of Sao Paulo, Brazil-based JBS, and Cargill said yesterday they have signed an agreement for the $1.45 billion transaction. JBS entered the U.S. pork market in 2007 and sells products under the Swift brand names.
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News from the Governors office

The former police chief in Des Moines has been named the new director of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Judy Bradshaw has been assistant director since she retired from the Des Moines Police Department last year. Governor Terry Branstad says Bradshaw has the "leadership, knowledge, temperament and communications skills" to lead the academy.
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News from the State Fair

Organizers of the Iowa State Fair are pairing the event's famous butter cow sculpture with another butter piece celebrating the Monopoly board game. Officials say the accompanying piece, which changes every year, will this summer celebrate the game's 80th anniversary. The Iowa Star Fair is scheduled Aug. 13-23 in Des Moines.
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Weather news

A disaster proclamation has been issued for 18 Iowa counties affected by recent severe weather. The proclamation allows the state to help residents impacted by a tornado that hit parts of Wapello County on June 20. The proclamation also helps residents affected by other severe weather and flooding in Iowa in late June.
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