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Officials Worry Over Rise in Unvaccinated Children

Officials Worry Over Rise in Unvaccinated Children

Iowa officials are concerned over the increase in parents choosing not to vaccinate their children. The parents received vaccination exemptions in the 2012-13 school year for nearly 8,000 children. That’s more than triple the number from 12 years ago. While the figure represents less than 2 percent of all Iowa children, health leaders say they’re

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Officials: Iowa Motorcyclist Hit Squad Car

A motorcyclist in northeast Iowa faces several charges in connection to a speeding pursuit that ended with a damaged squad car. The Bremer County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that 20-year-old Alexander Carl Buss, of Tripoli, has been charged with several counts including eluding police, excessive speed and driving on the wrong side of the highway.

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UPDATE: Clive Man Charged With Murder in Trail Death

A Clive man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 21-year-old whose body was found near a recreational trail. Police say 49-year-old Stephen Jonas was arrested Sunday night following a second interview about the death of Zachary Michael Paulsen. Paulsen’s body was found Saturday morning near the Clive Greenbelt Trail, lying

Owner, Company Plead Guilty to U. S. Contract Fraud

A Nebraska businessman and two construction companies he controlled have pleaded guilty to criminal charges, admitting to a scheme to obtain millions in contracts intended for disabled veterans. Ram Hingorani pleaded guilty to major program fraud Friday, under a plea agreement expected to resolve a long-running case in federal court in Des Moines. Midwest Paving

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O’Malley PAC Sending Staffers to Other States

A spokeswoman for Maryland Govenor Martin O’Malley’s political action committee says about two dozen staffers are being sent to several states, including New Hampshire and Iowa. Lis Smith, a spokeswoman for O’Malley’s PAC, said Monday the move is part of the Democratic governor’s push to elect more Democrats this year. She says they will be

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Documents: Iowa Mom Used Feeding Tube on Girl

Court documents say a western Iowa woman accused of lying about her daughter’s cancer diagnosis inserted a feeding tube into the girl’s nose and stomach. The 30-year-old Leatha Slauson, of Atlantic, did not have medical training to properly insert the medical equipment. Police later confiscated it. Police say Slauson told her community that her 5-year-old

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Officials Say Nearly $1M Carp Barrier Working

Officials say they think a nearly $1-million electronic fish barrier has succeeded in stopping invasive Asian carp from the Iowa Great Lakes. The fish first swam into the lakes during flooding in 2011. They had previously been kept out by dams on the Little Sioux River in Harrison County and near Linn Grove. The Asian

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University of Iowa Student Reports Sexual Assault

A University of Iowa student says she was sexually assaulted in a residence hall just a few days before the start of the fall semester. The female student told officials she was the victim of nonconsensual sexual contact by an acquaintance in a residence hall Friday. The student contacted officials Sunday. UI spokesman Tom Moore

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Iowa Firm Thrives with Concrete Security Barriers

A northwest Iowa firm is prospering by creating concrete security barriers for government buildings and other projects. Petersen Manufacturing’s custom-made concrete planters and benches help keep office buildings and theme parks nationwide safe. The company began nearly 101 years ago when founder L.T. Petersen invented an automatic livestock watering appliance that was popular with farmers


Iowa Couple Sentenced for Social Security Fraud

An Iowa couple has been sentenced for improperly collecting nearly $50,000 in disability benefits. U.S. Attorney Nicholas Klinefeldt’s office says 45-year-old Robert Alexander and 38-year-old Maureen Alexander were both sentenced last week. Robert Alexander had told the Social Security administration that he hadn’t been able to work since 2008 because of a disability. Prosecutors say