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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A state agency has selected a private insurance company to join two others in providing health coverage under Iowa's privatized Medicaid program. The Iowa Department of Human Services confirmed Monday that Iowa Total Care, a wholly-owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based Centene, will provide coverage beginning in July 2019. Agency spokesman Matt Highland says the company will undergo a readiness review over the next year and more information will become available later.

WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) - The Waukee school district has reached another settlement with an employee who filed a lawsuit claiming he was forced to resign after reporting improper conduct by the chief operating officer. The Des Moines Register reports the district on Monday paid a $175,000 settlement to Nicholas Bavas, who resigned as operations manager. He filed a lawsuit in June, claiming he was forced to quit after reporting conduct to investigators by chief operating officer Eric Rose.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Plans going before the Des Moines City Council include turning an empty downtown lot into expanded corporate offices and demolishing a nearby building to make room for a residential tower. The Des Moines Register reports that City Council will consider a preliminary development agreement Monday with EMC Insurance Companies. The agreement would give tax increment financing to EMC in exchange for a $24 million minimum investment.

MOORLAND, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor says an Iowa state trooper was justified in fatally shooting a man during a gunbattle near Fort Dodge. The Webster County attorney's office said Friday that Trooper Justin Parman reasonably believed the use of deadly force was necessary to defend himself or another. Authorities say Parman came upon Joshua Ewing and a woman on a rural road April 29, arguing near a vehicle. The department says Ewing pointed a handgun at Parman, and the two exchanged gunshots.

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