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News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Insurance Division has fined a Florida man and revoked his license, alleging he'd scammed people who were buying health insurance. The division says it ordered Covals Douze, of Coconut Creek, Florida, to pay fines and fees totaling nearly $44,000. Douze didn't immediately return a message Friday. The division says that, among other violations by Douze, people were told they were purchasing a health insurance policy but instead received a life insurance policy.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former Omaha Tribal Council member has been sentenced to five years of probation and told to pay more than $13,000 in restitution for misusing federal funds. Court records say Forrest Aldrich was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Omaha. Officials say the money came from Indian Health Service funds meant to provide health care to members of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska who reside on the Omaha Reservation in Macy in northeastern Nebraska and in western Iowa.

(AP) - Floodwaters have filled basements, home and business floors and closed streets and highways in northwest Iowa. The National Weather Service says the Little Sioux River is expected to crest Friday at just under 7 feet above flood stage in Spencer. Up to 7 inches also was reported in Hartley, where Mayor Rod Ahrenstorff says several inches fell earlier this week and then again Wednesday night into Thursday.

VINTON, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have cleared two eastern Iowa police officers who exchanged gunshots with a man. Benton County Attorney David Thompson says the officers were justified in using deadly force because they were confronted with a deadly threat. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 43-year-old Lyle Fowler shot toward two Vinton police officers sent to check his welfare on Sept. 7. The two officers fired back, but no one was wounded in the exchange.

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