No White House meeting on Medicaid for Branstad
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad is not scheduled to meet with President Barack Obama to discuss Iowa's low income health care proposal.
Spokesman Tim Albrecht says Obama and White House officials did not grant Branstad's request for a meeting while the governor is in Washington on Thursday.
The state has applied for a waiver enabling the state to receive more federal Medicaid money for the proposed Iowa Health and Wellness Plan, a new health insurance program that would cover up to 150,000 residents.
So far that waiver has not been granted. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services noted earlier this week that the department was eager to continue discussions with the state.
Iowa board awards millions for flood protection
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The state Flood Mitigation Board has awarded millions of dollars for flood protection projects in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and other Iowa cities.
The awards were announced Wednesday in Des Moines. The Iowa Legislature created the board to let cities use a portion of state sales tax revenue growth for flood-prevention projects. Up to $600 million is available through the program.
The Telegraph Herald reports Dubuque was awarded $98.5 million to help complete a 20-year, $200 million flood-prevention project. It will be the largest infrastructure project in the city's history.
Cedar Rapids, which was hit hard by flooding in 2008, was awarded $264 million total over 20 years. Officials say $8.5 million will be going to Iowa City and nearly $9.8 million to Coralville.
Des Moines police: Man who shot houses, cars dies
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man who fired dozens of rounds at houses and passing cars in a Des Moines neighborhood before exchanging gunfire with police has died.
Des Moines police say 38-year-old Steven Jon Vogel died Wednesday night.
Police say Vogel used two guns Wednesday afternoon to shoot about 100 rounds within 20 minutes on the city's south side. He hit seven houses and three cars and wounded a man who drove himself to a clinic and was later taken to a hospital for treatment of a grazing wound to his head.
Police say Vogel then exchanged gunfire with officers, who later found him in his backyard, not moving.
The officers, Lt. David Seybert and Officer Zachary McCarthy, will be placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.
DAY CARE PROVIDER-DEATH
Murder charge filed in death of Orange City girl
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa day care provider has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old girl she was watching in late October.
Sioux County Attorney Coleman McAllister says Rochelle Sapp has been arrested after test results confirmed the girl, Autumn Elgersma, died of blunt force trauma.
Sapp was initially charged with willful injury and child endangerment but on Oct. 31 when Autumn died McAllister dropped the charges. He says it was important to wait for a ruling on the cause of death and other tests.
He says Sapp was arrested Thursday. Her case is not yet listed in court records and it's unclear if she has an attorney.
Sapp initially reported Autumn had fallen but later said she threw her to the floor after becoming angry.
FAKE BANK ACCOUNTS
Iowa woman accused of opening fake bank accounts
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa City woman has been accused of opening two different bank accounts under fake names and stealing money.
Iowa City police say 32-year-old Tina White was arrested early Thursday.
Police say White opened an account with a fake Social Security number at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union in November 2011. She overdrew money and never repaid it. White is accused of doing the same thing at another bank in October.
In a separate case, White is also accused of stealing money from Hampton Inn while she worked there.
The Iowa City Press-Citizen says White faces a felony charge of second-degree theft and an aggravated misdemeanor charge of third-degree theft.
BOMB THREAT-INDIANOLA SCHOOL
Police say no bomb found at Iowa high school
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - No bomb was found at a high school in central Iowa after a threatening note was found in a girls' restroom.
Capt. Brian Sher of the Indianola Police Department says officers did a sweep of Indianola High School on Thursday and found nothing.
Classes were dismissed at about 11 a.m. The school's principal announced over the intercom that students who drove to school should leave. Students who ride buses were taken to Indianola Middle School where parents could pick them up.
Sher says authorities are still investigating who may have been involved. Classes are expected to resume Friday.
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