DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Republicans have moved aggressively to block city and county government actions since winning control of both legislative chambers two years ago. That's left local officials frustrated but matches a trend seen in other states with single-party control. Legislators in Iowa last year overturned already-enacted minimum wage increases in three counties, and this year they passed an immigration enforcement law threatening local governments with the loss of funding if they refuse to comply.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Police say a child has died after being found in a Des Moines lake. Officers and firefighters were called to Gray's Lake on Saturday evening after a 6-year-old child was reported missing. The girl had been playing with her family, who thought she might be in the water. Police say firefighters started a search and quickly found the girl. They tried to resuscitate the child and rushed her to a hospital, where she died.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - The excess methane that Dubuque officials used to just burn at the city's wastewater treatment plant is now being converted into natural gas. The Telegraph Herald reports Dubuque was already using about 75 percent of the methane produced at the plant that was built in 2016 to power and heat the facility.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says sandbars along part of the Missouri River are again closed to protect the nests of endangered bird species. The Corps says endangered interior least terns and threatened piping plovers nest on sandbars between Ft. Peck Dam in Montana and Ponca State Park in Nebraska.
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