Regional News

Great Lakes cleanup to continue 5 years under legislation

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A wide-ranging Great Lakes cleanup program will continue an additional five years under newly enacted legislation that funds water projects around the nation.Congress gave the bill final approval over the weekend. It authorizes spending $300 million on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative through 2021, although separate yearly votes will be needed to secure the money.

Regents to receive audit of Iowa State president's flights

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Regents is expected to decide whether to take action against Iowa State University President Steven Leath for his use of university airplanes.During a special meeting Monday afternoon in Ankeny, the board is scheduled to receive the results of an audit that scrutinizes all flights Leath has taken during his five-year presidency.Regents are then expected to go into closed session to evaluate Leath's job performance.

US judge rejects Green Party's Pennsylvania recount case

A federal judge is rejecting a Green Party-backed request to recount paper ballots in Pennsylvania's presidential election, won by Republican Donald Trump, and scan some counties' election systems for signs of hacking.The rejection by U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond on Monday is the latest roadblock to a Pennsylvania recount.

Mason City officials working to create new bike trail

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Mason City officials are working with a foundation to buy five miles of abandoned railroad line and build a paved trail through the heart of the northern Iowa city.The Globe Gazette ( ) reports the High Line Bike Trail would run north to south through the city, and would have trails leading to Clear Lake and the Lime Creek Nature Center. The trail could be ready for some use within five years.

3 Iowa cities to leave regional bus service system

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three small Iowa cities are dropping out of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority because of limited use and concerns the bus service doesn't reach their communities.The Des Moines Register ( ) reports that Carlisle, Mitchellville and Polk City are the three cities that have notified DART of their intention to withdraw from the bus service system.

Inver Grove Heights police chief to resign under agreement

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The police chief in Inver Grove Heights who has been on paid leave since April while being investigated for possible wrongdoing is to resign under a separation agreement reached with the city.Larry Stanger was accused of tipping off the owner of a Prescott, Wisconsin, auto-detailing business that the business would be searched for stolen vehicles.

Juror Facebook posts could impact $2 million jury verdict

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A juror's Facebook posts during a federal civil rights trial could jeopardize a $2 million verdict awarded to a man who claimed he was illegally strip-searched by a Milwaukee police officer.Jurors last month found that former officer Michael Vagnini had violated Willie Newman's civil rights during a 2010 arrest.

Hunters find man's body under bridge in southwest Iowa

FREMONT COUNTY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating after deer hunters discovered a man's body underneath a highway bridge in southwest Iowa over the weekend.KETV reports ( ) the hunters found the body under a U.S. Highway 2 bridge in Fremont County's Waubonsie Access Wildlife Management Area.The Fremont County Sheriff's office says the death appears suspicion and an autopsy is planned.The identity of the dead man wasn't immediately clear.

Police look for whoever briefly took car with 2 kids inside

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Police in Des Moines are looking for whoever briefly stole a car from a driveway with two young kids inside.KCCI reports ( ) the incident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday.An alert was issued after a woman found the car with her 2- and 3-year-old kids missing. The woman told police she left the kids in the car while she ran into the home to grab something.