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OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the 16-year-old student and the bus driver who were killed when a school bus caught fire in western Iowa. Investigators say no one else was on the bus when the fire erupted around 7 a.m. Tuesday southeast of Oakland. Investigators say the bus caught fire after it backed out of a farm driveway and into a ditch. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday said she would keep U.S. Rep. Steve King involved in her gubernatorial campaign while condemning a comment he made on Twitter that criticized diversity. Reynolds made her comments after Iowa Democrats called on her to drop King as a state co-chair in her campaign after he tweeted Friday, "Diversity is not our strength." Reynolds said Tuesday she can disagree with the Republican congressman from Iowa even while he remains involved in her campaign.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The former administrative clerk in the Poweshiek County sheriff's office has been charged with theft after a state audit found nearly $7,000 in missing money. State criminal investigators announced the charges against Megan Lynne Strong on Tuesday, hours after State Auditor Mary Mosiman released a report showing missing deposits mostly from gun permits.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Iowa City police say they have charged a 30-year-old man with first-degree murder in a fatal attack last month on his father. The Press-Citizen reports that Flannery Huston Kennedy-Meier was arrested Nov. 13 after police were called to a residence and found 63-year-old Mark Meier injured. Officers say Kennedy-Meier, of Iowa City, had hit his father in the head with a weapon, causing a skull fracture and brain bleed. Meier died of his injuries on Dec. 4.

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