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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a 36-year-old Waterloo man accused of killing his former girlfriend. Shaun Hogan filed a written plea of not guilty yesterday to a charge of first-degree murder. Hogan is accused of killing 29-year-old Crystal Gaffney.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - Cedar Rapids has launched a pilot study aimed at preventing sewage from backing up into residents' basements. The $280,000 study is scheduled to be completed in the fall. City officials say some residents are struggling with sewage oozing from basement drains when there is a heavy rain.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A 27-year-old Sioux City man has been found guilty of killing two people and trying to kill another. Juan Nino-Estrada was convicted yesterday by a Woodbury County jury. Nino-Estrada was found guilty of shooting Michael Delgado and Yolanda Valdez to death, and wounding Luis Sanchez.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - The owners of a five-story furniture store in downtown Cedar Rapids plan to close after 125 years in business. Theresa Blair, advertising and commercial manager at Smulekoff's Home Store, says the business would close after an extended sale. The owners hope the store's 50 employees will continue working until the sale ends or the end of the year.

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