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by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:25AM

WINTERSET, Iowa (AP) — A commission has recommended to the Iowa Supreme Court that a former prosecutor who beat a client that he'd had a sexual relationship with should be barred from practicing law for at least four years.

The Iowa Supreme Court's Grievance Commission also criticized Anthony Zane Blessum for his lack of remorse. Among other findings, the commission said in its recommendation to the Supreme Court that Blessum had neglected his duties for the client.

In March 2013 Blessum pleaded guilty to assaulting the woman on June 11, 2012. He was given seven days in jail, probation and was told to pay her nearly $7,000 in restitution. Blessum was Madison County attorney from 1987 through 1997.

Blessum's lawyer says Blessum was disappointed by the commission's findings.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : IowaMadison CountyWinterset
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:25AM

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Iowa prosecutors want to keep custody of a 53-year-old inmate so he can be committed for treatment of a sex disorder.

Bruce Baker, formerly of Waterloo, is being held pending a Sept. 23 trial date on the state's commitment proposal. The state says Baker suffers from sexual sadism and a personality disorder that makes him likely to commit more sex offenses.

Baker has remained in custody since he finished his prison sentence on July 14. He'd been imprisoned on kidnapping and sex abuse charges. Prosecutors say that in February 1991, while on parole for previous crime, Baker took a woman to his home in Waterloo, bound her with duct tape and raped her while displaying a knife.

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Location : IowaWaterloo
People : Bruce Baker
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:24AM

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is getting a temporary $600,000 exhibit that will include a simulation of a World War I trench.

The exhibit will open in April 2015. It will be the largest temporary exhibit the West Branch museum has hosted.

The exhibit will span 3,100 square feet and will use outdoor space.

The Hoover Presidential Foundation director said Wednesday he hopes visitors will gain a better understanding of war history and the president's humanitarian work.

The exhibit will also house a replica food relief ship that the staff plans to debut at the Iowa State Fair next week.

Officials say the new attractions will run through October 2015 or longer.

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Location : Iowa
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:24AM

STRAWBERRY POINT, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa government official says the state's plan to use goats to clear away vegetation is an initial success.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources supervisor Mike Steuck says the 60 goats have been munching away for two weeks at the Ensign Hollow state wildlife area near Strawberry Point. He said Wednesday that the goats have cleared more than three acres of giant ragweed, stinging nettles, wild parsnip, poison ivy and other undesirable species.

The animals were enlisted to graze seven of the 40 acres in the area. The DNR is paying the goat's owner $2,000 for the trail project, which includes the goats' return visit this fall.

Steuck says the success of the state's goat plan hinges on how much vegetation grows back by next year.

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Topics : Environment
Location : IowaStrawberry Point
People : Mike Steuck
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:23AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Department of Public Health says there have already been three reported cases of West Nile virus in the state, even though the disease usually is seen in early autumn.

The agency says cases have been reported in Clay, Monona and Woodbury counties. Mosquitoes carrying the virus also have been detected in central Iowa.

Officials say the best way to avoid the disease is to avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, use insect repellent and wear long-sleeve shirts and pants. They also encourage people to eliminate standing water, where mosquitoes lay eggs.

About 20 percent of infected people suffer mild to moderate symptoms, including fever, headache and vomiting.

Less than 1 percent become seriously ill, and people can die of the disease.

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Topics : Environment
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:22AM

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Legal concerns have forced the University of Iowa to suspend a promotion offering free tuition to five randomly selected students who purchased football season tickets.

Athletic director Gary Barta says he has decided to temporarily shutter the offer after questions were raised about whether it complies with state raffle laws.

Iowa says the free tuition package is worth roughly $8,000. The award also can be used to cover fees, books and related supplies for the upcoming fall and spring semesters.

The Hawkeyes also were planning prizes such as $500 in school supplies and $1,000 gift cards to a local grocery store chain in an effort to boost lagging student ticket sales.

Iowa has seen those numbers drop from 10,000 to roughly 7,000 in less than two years.

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Topics : Education
Location : IowaIowa City
People : Gary Barta
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:22AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Animal control officers removed 46 pet rats from a Des Moines homes but didn't charge the homeowners and let them keep a few of the rodents.

Des Moines Police Sgt. James Butler says the homeowners cooperated with authorities.

Animal control officers went to the southeast Des Moines home Monday after receiving an email tip.

Conditions in the home were poor and officers had to wear respirators, but the rats appeared well cared for.

The homeowners told police they started with a few rats but the rodents kept breeding.

Butler says city code doesn't limit the number of rats people can keep, so the homeowners weren't charged.

Officers took 46 rats and left five others behind. They encouraged the residents to separate the males and females.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : James Butler
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:21AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The University of Northern Iowa's athletic director says the school needs to make improvements to the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Troy Dannen says the renovations to the stadium will be part of a broader campaign that is "a couple of years" away.

Although it's too early to talk about costs, Dannen says renovations to the dome, opened in 1976, would be a "low eight-figure project."

Dannen says the stadium needs wider concourse areas, premium seating and larger restrooms. He noted there have been few changes to the dome since it opened, though $1.2 million is being spent on a scoreboard upgrade in the stadium and in the neighboring McCloud Center.

The dome's current seating capacity of 16,300 likely wouldn't change much.

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Location : Des MoinesIowaNorthern Iowa
People : Troy Dannen
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:20AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Member of a police dive team have discovered a stolen vehicle apparently submerged in a Des Moines lake for 16 years.

The Metro Area Dive Team was practicing Wednesday at Easter Lake when they found the submerged Jeep.

Officer David Chiodo says the vehicle clearly had been in the lake a long time. It was covered in grime and had lots of fishing lines and sinkers attached to it.

Police traced the vehicle to Carlisle, where a 1998 police report showed the vehicle had been stolen.

Police think it likely had been in the lake since then.

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Topics : Law_Crime
Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : David Chiodo
by KIX101.1 /1230 KFJB News Department posted Jul 31 2014 10:19AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Surveys show about 18 percent of adults in Iowa smoke regularly, but less than half that percentage acknowledge smoking when signing up for insurance with federally mandated forms.

Reports say when Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield used federally required language to ask applicants about their tobacco use, only 7 percent acknowledged smoking.

The Affordable Care Act doesn't allow insurers to charge more for customers with many health problems, but it allows higher fees for regular tobacco users.

CoOportunity Health, which also uses the tobacco language on its application forms, imposes a 49 percent surcharge on smokers in its individual insurance policies.

Only 5 percent of applicants acknowledge smoking, and CoOportunity chief operating office Cliff Gold says he's surprised the percentage isn't lower, given the charge.

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Location : Des MoinesIowa
People : Cliff Gold
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