DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The government wants to change how most hogs slaughtered for meat in the U.S. are processed. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its proposals Friday. One proposed rule would allow pork processors to voluntarily enact a new inspection system and allows companies to set their own processing line speeds. The USDA says the proposed rules would streamline production without compromising food safety. Critics warn they could give companies too much control over food safety.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Two Dubuque men who robbed a bank in Maquoketa have been imprisoned. Court records say Gregory Stapleton was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids to 24 years for aiding and abetting the robbery and, in an unrelated case, for selling drugs and for possession of a firearm as a felon. Dante Rhodes was given nine years for the robbery. The two were ordered to pay more than $7,700 in restitution to Fidelity Bank and Trust.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa court records say a 79-year-old woman has been accused of stealing more than $346,000 from her sister who has Alzheimer's disease. The Des Moines Register reports that Jewell Davis, of West Des Moines, is charged with dependent adult abuse or exploitation. Court records don't list the name of an attorney for Davis. The records say Davis's sister lives in a Des Moines nursing home and that Davis had power of attorney over her sister's finances.
INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) - The state has told Warren County officials they must closed their troubled county jail by Feb. 2. The Iowa Corrections Department said in a notice issued Thursday that the state order "is the result of years of ongoing issues with the jail facility." Among its problems: failing a state fire marshal's inspection, inadequate water supplies, inmate escapes, mold, inadequate food storage, cleanliness.
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