Lawsuit against Planned Parenthood may proceed
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A federal appeals court says a former Planned Parenthood clinic director may go forward with a lawsuit against the organization, reinstating portions of the case dismissed in 2012 by a judge.
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says in Friday's ruling Sue Thayer has provided sufficient detail to try claims that Planned Parenthood's Des Moines affiliate unlawfully filed claims for Medicaid money for unnecessary quantities of birth control pills, pills dispensed without examinations and abortion-related services.
Planned Parenthood, which denies the allegations, has another chance for dismissal since the court sent the case back to a judge for further hearings on a procedural filing issue. The group's attorney did not immediately respond to a message.
Thayer filed suit in 2011 represented by the nonprofit Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom.
BUS BURNS-CEDAR FALLS
Riders scramble to safety when bus catches fire
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) - A public bus caught fire in Cedar Falls, forcing the driver and riders to scramble out of the vehicle as the rear burst into flames.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports seven riders were on the Metropolitan Transit Authority bus Thursday morning near the University of Northern Iowa campus when a rider noticed the fire.
Rider Tyler McKiney, of Waterloo, says the woman screamed, "Fire, fire, stop the bus."
The driver quickly pulled over and everyone rushed outside. The driver called for help on a CB radio, stretching the microphone cord outside to talk.
Cedar Falls firefighters extinguished the blaze, but it gutted the rear engine compartment.
Fire Chief John Paul Schilling says a fuel leak was likely to blame.
No one was injured.
Iowa police say arrested teen was uncooperative
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A 17-year-old has been arrested in Cedar Rapids after police say he was uncooperative during a shooting investigation.
Police say officers encountered the teen Friday morning as they investigated the sound of several gunshot rounds in a neighborhood. The teen had exited a house near another residence where an officer had investigated a bullet hole in a kitchen window.
Police say the teen was uncooperative and became combative. They did not elaborate.
The shooting investigation is ongoing. Authorities say damage has been found at other properties, but no injuries have been reported.
FATAL MOTORCYCLE CRASH
Iowa man riding motorcycle dies following crash
AMES, Iowa (AP) - A man riding a motorcycle has died following a crash in central Iowa.
The Story County Sheriff's Office says 52-year-old Benjamin Parsons, of Boone, was traveling on a Harley Davidson motorcycle Thursday night on Highway 30 near Ames when he left the roadway and was thrown from the bike. No others vehicles were involved.
Parsons was airlifted to a hospital in Des Moines, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
The crash remains under investigation.
CORALVILLE APARTMENT BLAZE
People injured in fire at Coralville apartment
CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) - At least two people have been hospitalized after a fire that damaged a Coralville apartment building.
The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Friday. Resident Michael Limam told Cedar Rapids television station KCRG that smoke had trapped several people inside. Limam says he and his wife were rescued by firefighters.
Paramedics treated several people for smoke inhalation. The building has 12 apartments.
The fire cause is being investigated.
Templeton Rye will add clarity of Indiana origins
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Executives at Templeton Rye say they will change labels on bottles of their celebrated whiskey to be clear the alcohol is distilled in Indiana, not Iowa.
Company President Scott Bush and Chairman Vern Underwood told The Des Moines Register the company would change its labels after the newspaper published a story in which industry experts questioned whether Templeton Rye met federal disclosure requirements.
Bush and Underwood also told the newspaper Templeton Rye was distilled in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, using a stock recipe and not one derived from the whiskey's prohibition era past.
Since it began selling Templeton Rye in late 2005, the whiskey has been a big seller in Iowa and has emphasized its colorful history in the state.
The company is working to build an Iowa distillery.
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