DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Human Services is still trying to fix errors in its database of health care providers enrolled in a new state-funded family planning program. DHS Director Jerry Foxhoven said Wednesday the agency continues to have problems with a list that's supposed to help the public find services. Foxhoven added preliminary data indicates a drop in the number of people using family planning services under the state program. He cautioned some health care claims are still pending.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An investigator fired after complaining about speeding by the governor's state vehicle claims he faced harsher discipline than other employees because he embarrassed then-Gov. Terry Branstad. Former state agent Larry Hedlund was removed from duty in 2013 after he reported that an SUV in which Branstad and current Gov. Kim Reynolds were riding was speeding and complained that it was a hazard. His wrongful termination lawsuit is scheduled for trial in April.
SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - No charges will be filed in the shooting death of a man who broke into a home in Spencer. The Clay County Attorney's Office announced Wednesday that 26-year-old Andres Ramos was justified on Sept. 1 when he shot 30-year-old Nicolas Bandomo, who had broken into a home. Authorities say Bandomo, of Albert City, was prohibited from making contact with residents of the home by protection orders. Ramos, of Sibley, fired a single shot, hitting Bandomo. He died at a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, hospital.
BOONE, Iowa (AP) - A Boone woman has been charged with murder after police found a man stabbed to death in the house they shared. The Des Moines Register reports police charged 59-year-old Mary Myers with first-degree murder after she came to the Boone police station Tuesday night and said she'd stabbed 65-year-old Joe Wirth. Officers found Wirth dead with multiple stab wounds. Police think he died Sunday night. Police contend Myers tried to clean the house and had done laundry in the room where Wirth's body lay.
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