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IOWA-GOP SENATE

5 Iowa GOP US Senate candidates will debate

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) - All five Republican seeking Iowa's U.S. Senate nomination will debate at Iowa Public Television's studios in suburban Des Moines.

College professor Sam Clovis of Sioux City, state Sen. Joni Ernst of Red Oak, retired business executive Mark Jacobs of West Des Moines, businessman Scott Schaben of Urbandale and former U.S. attorney Matt Whitaker of Clive are expected to participate in the 90-minute live broadcast, beginning at 7 p.m.

It's the first statewide televised debate for the candidates, who are vying to win 35 percent of the vote in the June 3 primary. If no candidate meets the threshold, a party convention will decide the nomination.

The Republican nominee will face U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley of Waterloo, the only Democrat seeking the seat held by retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.

BABY DIES-DES MOINES

Iowa teen faces charges in death of infant son

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A 17-year-old Iowa boy faces charges in connection to the death of his 4-month-old son, weeks after the baby was adopted then returned to his birth mother.

The teenager has been charged with neglect of a dependent person after he allegedly left the infant alone in an apartment Tuesday night. The baby was found unresponsive and pronounced dead at a hospital.

The Associated Press generally does not name juveniles charged with crimes.

The baby was cared for by adoptive parents until mid-March, when his birth mother changed her mind and sought his return. The Des Moines Register reports the adoptive parents learned of the infant's death from television news.

Police say more charges could be filed in the case. Additional information about the baby's death has not been released.

SECRETARY OF STATE-APPOINTEE

Emails show little work by Iowa official after cut

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - Records show a top aide to Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz conducted virtually no state business through email during his final seven months of employment.

The emails released Thursday by the Secretary of State's Office raise questions about what Schultz chief deputy Jim Gibbons was doing to justify his $126,000 salary from June 1, 2012 to Dec. 31, 2012.

Schultz said this week that he decided to eliminate Gibbons' job in May 2012, and allowed him to work from home in June. Gibbons sent no emails that month.

Schultz says he ordered Gibbons back to the office daily to serve "as a resource" from July until December - unless he found another job first.

Gibbons' final email was sent in October to a private accountant to discuss "an opportunity."

GREYHOUND RACING

Bill to end dog racing advances in Senate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A bill ending greyhound racing in Council Bluffs but allowing dog owners to operate a track in Dubuque has advanced to a full Senate committee.

Casinos in Council Bluffs and Dubuque, which spent $10 million subsidizing dog racing last year, say the industry is dying. The casinos have worked to end racing for years.

Under the bill, Mystique Casino in Dubuque would pay $7 million and Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs casino would pay $65 million into a fund.

Half of it would be used as a retirement fund for breeders and owners who stop racing. The other half would help the Iowa Greyhound Association lease the track in Dubuque.

Racing in Council Bluffs would end on Dec. 31, 2015.

The Senate Appropriations Committee will consider the bill Thursday afternoon.

AUDITOR-GRANGE TOWNSHIP

Former Iowa township clerk faces 2 counts of theft

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - A former clerk accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a Woodbury County township in northwest Iowa has been charged with theft.

Sioux City television station KCAU says 64-year-old Peggy Powell, of Hornick, faces two felony theft counts. Court documents say she stole more than $60,000 from Grange Township between 2006 and 2013. The thefts came to light after a state audit.

Auditors discovered that among the improper disbursements of township funds was more than $35,000 in ATM withdrawals and fees, some of which came from ATMs at casinos in Iowa and one in Nebraska.

A public phone listing for Powell couldn't be found. Her attorney didn't immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Thursday.

CASCADE TIME CAPSULE

E. Iowa students crack open forgotten time capsule

CASCADE, Iowa (AP) - Students used hammers to crack open a cornerstone laid in 1961 and peer into a time capsule from a now defunct eastern Iowa Catholic high school.

The Telegraph Herald reports construction crews in Cascade discovered the forgotten time capsule last fall while building a gymnasium at Cascade High School. The building was formerly home to Aquin High School, which closed and became Cascade High in 1976.

Students opened the cornerstone Wednesday during a school assembly. They removed a small metal box that contained copies of the Cascade Pioneer-Advertiser newspaper, religious relics, a rosary, coins from 1959 and school plans.

Five graduates of Aquin High joined the students for the capsule opening. They pointed to graduation photos and recalled the tumultuous times of the early 1960s.

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