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DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad testified Friday in a civil trial that he didn’t try to pressure a state official to quit in 2010 because he is gay but because he wanted someone who shared his political views about the state’s needs.

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DES MOINES (AP) — Two psychiatric experts testifying in a lawsuit against the Iowa Human Services Department said the use of isolation and restraints at the state school for delinquent boys can cause them long-lasting psychological harm.

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OMAHA — The Mississippi River is dropping below flood stage along many of Iowa’s riverfront cities after nearly three months of record highs caused by melting snow and torrential rain.

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DES MOINES — Iowa leads the nation in the amount of human and animal waste it produces, and the management of animal manure continues to be a pressing environmental concern, according to a University of Iowa research engineer.

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is facing an unexpected challenge in meeting the needs of the many people affected by this spring’s widespread flooding and violent storms: a strong economy.

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IOWA CITY — Iowa’s court system has blocked public access to online records detailing Gov. Kim Reynolds’ 2000 drunk driving arrest, saying they inadvertently exposed her sensitive personal information for nine months.

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DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court Friday denied a request by the attorney for former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to stop a civil trial in which Branstad is accused of discrimination against a gay former state worker’s compensation commissioner.

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OMAHA — The surging Missouri River is being filled with more than twice the normal amount of water from an upstream reservoir so more flooding is likely, and the heavy releases may continue for months.

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has signed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill aimed at helping communities across the country bounce back from hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and fires.

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DES MOINES (AP) — The trial over allegations that former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad pressured an official to quit because he was gay has begun in state court and will center on whether the jury believes the Republican governor was influenced by his party’s anti-gay attitudes.

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On Tuesday, June 11, President Donald J. Trump will participate in a tour and deliver remarks at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy, LLC (SIRE) in Council Bluffs.

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The Iowa West Foundation has awarded Iowa Legal Aid a $15,000 grant for its community stabilization project, the agency announced recently.

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IOWA CITY — A secretary at Iowa’s school for juvenile offenders has been fired after using her job to purchase pain pills from a former student who later demanded monthly payments to keep quiet about the transaction, records show.

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DES MOINES — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds vetoed a measure Wednesday intended to stop the state’s Democratic attorney general from filing or joining lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s policies, but she did so only after gaining an assurance the state’s participation in such actions would end.

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The Western Iowa Development Association encourages residents of Carson, Crescent, Hancock, Macedonia, McClelland, Minden, Neola, Oakland, Shelby, Treynor, Underwood, and Walnut to take a survey on the betterment of their area and lifestyle through July 15.

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Council Bluffs hosts its first tattoo convention when the first annual Council Bluffs Tattoo Convention buzzes into Council Bluffs at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Mid-America Center.

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In celebration of National Small Business Week, a locally woman-owned construction company was named “Small Business of the Day” from the office of U.S. Senator Joni Ernst and the Senate Committee on Small Business Entrepreneurship on Thursday.

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NeighborWorks Home Solutions is hosting an open house Monday for the homes in the Walnut Grove subdivision completed by students enrolled in the Iowa Western Community College Construction Technology program.

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Sioux City will be the home of the second It’s $5 store in Iowa toward the end of May.

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The governors of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and the lieutenant governor of Kansas were in Council Bluffs Friday to meet with representatives of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency about flood recovery efforts.

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United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on Wednesday that Michael Anthony Santistevan, age 31, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge James E. Gritzner for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

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United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced on Wednesday that Kenneth Ryan Hartwell, age 32, was sentenced by United States District Court Senior Judge James E. Gritzner for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.