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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. CDT


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa council has approved using a conservative law firm to defend the state in a lawsuit challenging a law that bans most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Executive Council of Iowa voted unanimously Monday to allow the Thomas More Society to represent the state in the lawsuit filed last week in state district court. The Chicago firm agreed to do the work at no cost to the state. Attorney General Tom Miller disqualified his office from defending the law.

WASHINGTON, Iowa (AP) - A woman has been convicted of child endangerment resulting in the death of her 17-month-old daughter in southeast Iowa. A jury found 29-year-old Ambrashia Chrzan guilty Friday. Chrzan and the father of little Avery McCoy, Anthony McCoy, were charged after the girl's November 2016 death in rural Riverside. She weighed just 11 pounds. An autopsy found that malnutrition and neglect significantly contributed to her death. McCoy's set to begin trial June 5.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Investigators have been looking for links between the fatal shooting of a man in Waterloo to two other shootings. Police say 33-year-old Gregory Walker died at a hospital after being shot at a home early Saturday morning. Police say three people were injured in the two other shootings, which occurred earlier Saturday. No arrests have been reported.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - Firefighters and others have been searching for a man who was reported to have fallen into the Mississippi River in Davenport. Searchers combed the area near the Lake Davenport Sailing Club, where the man was working on a boat Saturday morning. The man's name hasn't been released.

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