DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flowers and decorations left on graves in several Des Moines city cemeteries must be picked up by the end of the month, or be thrown out by city workers. Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff will begin removing memorial decorations placed on gravesites in municipal cemeteries on March 1. Cemetery visitors have until Wednesday to collect any decorations they'd like to keep.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Republican tax overhaul is bringing most Americans lower income taxes but also is causing some state income taxes to rise, leading to extra revenue for state budgets. That's creating a dilemma for Republican lawmakers and governors who have long championed lower taxes as a core philosophy. Some are deciding to accept the extra revenue rather than reducing state taxes.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has denied an appeal filed by an Iowa farmer-turned-reality television celebrity charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Chris Soules asked the Iowa Supreme Court to dismiss the felony charge before it goes to trial but the court denied his request.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A prominent basketball coach has left his organization amid an Iowa criminal investigation into secret video recordings of nude teenagers. The Iowa Barnstormers of the Amateur Athletic Union announced Thursday that 42-year-old coach Greg Stephen was no longer with the traveling organization, where several prominent basketball players have been on the roster. Court documents show the Division of Criminal Investigation served a search warrant Thursday at Stephen's home in Monticello
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