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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz took away the managerial duties of his top aide in 2012 but allowed him to keep collecting a $126,000 annual salary for seven months. Schultz says he didn't want to let Jim Gibbons go because his wife was seriously ill. Four other workers in the office were laid off that summer.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Senate Government Oversight Committee investigating Iowa's executive branch has released a recording of an interview with a former worker at the Iowa Veterans Home. Lisa Purvis was interviewed more than two years ago and said the former head of the home in Marshalltown harassed workers and veterans. Governor Terry Branstad let David Worley keep working until he resigned last fall.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A renewed push for the medical use of marijuana has advanced in the Iowa Senate. A subcommittee has passed a measure that would allow people to use an oil derived from marijuana to treat chronic epilepsy. The form of marijuana that would be legalized can't be smoked and doesn't create a high.

MONTROSE, Iowa (AP) - A citizen's committee will study whether Lee County should consolidate work within the two county seats. The woman who organized the panel says she wants to end a 150-year feud between Keokuk and Fort Madison.

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