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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say witnesses kept a car driver from drowning in a ditch near Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. The accident was reported around 9:45 p.m. Saturday. Police say the driver lost control of his car. It grazed a road sign, struck a light pole and ran off the roadway into the ditch. Police say the car was submerged in waist-deep water, but witnesses who had rushed to help kept the driver's head out of the water.

MCINTIRE, Iowa (AP) - Organizers have raised about half the $10,000 needed for a veterans memorial in a tiny northern Iowa town. Vietnam veteran Marvin King is among those supporting efforts to erect a memorial in the Mitchell County community of McIntire, which has about 120 residents. King says: "We thought every other town has one; why not us?" The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the 20-foot-long limestone monument will include U.S. and Iowa flags.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds acknowledges growing more comfortable with her ascent to Iowa's job following her mentor's appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. Reynolds officially took over Wednesday from Terry Branstad, the nation's longest-serving governor. She had been a county official, state senator and lieutenant governor but says that until recently, she'd been reluctant to pursue the governorship.

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials hope to improve access to the Des Moines River with a plan that includes the removal of two dams. The Messenger reports that Fort Dodge city officials and Webster county officials held an open house Wednesday to review the Des Moines River and Lizard Creek Water Trails and Corridor Plan. The final report will be reviewed by city council in the coming weeks.

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