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


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The amount of water being released into the lower Missouri River will be temporarily reduced because of recent heavy rains in southeastern South Dakota and northwestern Iowa. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it is reducing the amount of water being released from the Fort Randall and Gavins Point dams to allow area rivers to return to normal levels.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Flowers and decorations left on graves in several Des Moines city cemeteries must be picked up by the end of the month, or be thrown out by city workers. Des Moines Parks and Recreation staff will begin removing memorial decorations placed on gravesites in municipal cemeteries on Oct. 1. That means cemetery visitors have until Sept. 30 to collect any decorations they'd like to keep.

ELKHART, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation and other land trusts in Iowa will be harvesting prairie seeds this weekend in central Iowa. This Saturday, volunteers will be collecting seeds at the 154-acre Snyder Heritage Farm near Elkhart. The foundation, Foundation, Bur Oak Land Trust, Four Mounds Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa and Whiterock Conservancy are hosting the seed harvest.

(AP) - Police in an Iowa college town had repeated interactions with a troubled drifter in the weeks between his release from prison and his alleged killing of a star student golfer from Spain. Ames police reports show that 22-year-old Collin Richards struggled with drug and alcohol abuse, mental health problems and homelessness after he got out of prison in June. He is charged with first-degree murder in Monday's killing of Iowa State University student Celia Barquin Arozamena.

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