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


ALBIA, Iowa (AP) - A man is scheduled to start trial again Monday, a week after a mistrial was declared at his first murder trial. Patrick Thompson is accused of starting the May 15, 2017, fire that killed his 12-year-old stepsister and her 16-year-old cousin in Guthrie Center. The judge declared the mistrial after someone loudly discussed the case with prospective jurors. The trial had been moved to Decatur County because of pretrial publicity. The trial beginning Monday is being held in Monroe County.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa (AP) - Residents of a northwest Iowa town say they're being overwhelmed by the stench from a nearby rendering plant. An Emmet County official says Estherville residents have filed more than 300 odor complaints against the Central Bi-Products plant. Emmet County Supervisor Jeff Quastad says the odor from the plant smells "like death, like rotting flesh." The county Board of Supervisors has decided to pursue fines against the plant for violating its use permit.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A woman has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the slaying of a Des Moines man. The Des Moines Register reports that 36-year-old Crystal Purdy entered the pleas Friday to burglary and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony. Her plea deal calls for her to testify against others involved, including 46-year-old William Burton II. He's pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in the fatal shooting of Cody Channon.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids officials will be considering additional flood protection measures as the Cedar River rises. The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest Tuesday at 5½ feet above flood stage. Additional measures could include earth-filled barriers and earthen berms and closing off the storm sewer system to prevent floodwater from backing into the system.

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