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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa's governor has issued a disaster proclamation for four counties hit by tornadoes. The move by Gov. Kim Reynolds on Friday allows state resources to be used to help the cleanup after tornadoes swept through the state Thursday. The storms caused extensive damage in Lee, Marshall, Polk and Van Buren counties. Officials say 17 people were injured. Reynolds also issued an order Thursday that lets commercial drivers work longer hours if they're aiding in cleanup and recovery efforts.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The lawyer for a fired Iowa trooper says Facebook messages to a colleague that got him removed from duty and fired were "welcoming and friendly in nature" and not intended to harass. Attorney Molly Hamilton says Wade Karp will file a grievance seeking reinstatement to the Iowa State Patrol.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - For the second time this year, the Iowa Association of School Boards is facing criticism after one of its employees publicly supported a Republican elected official. A flyer for Rep. Walt Rogers' re-election campaign features association lobbyist Emily Piper praising him as a "true champion for education" who helped "pass some of the most significant and needed pieces of legislation I've ever seen." Association director Lisa Bartusek says Piper shouldn't have allowed her comments to be featured.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota is demanding $38 million from the federal government to reimburse the state for costs associated with policing large-scale protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed an administrative claim Friday against the Army Corps of Engineers, contending the federal agency allowed protesters to illegally camp for months on federal land in southern North Dakota. Corps officials have said the protesters weren't evicted due to free speech reasons.

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