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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines has concluded that it was legal for Polk County to grant $844,000 to nine area Catholic schools. On Wednesday Bishop Richard Pates told The Des Moines Register there is "a legitimate question of legality" regarding publicly financed grants used to buy technology equipment for the schools. The diocese said Thursday that "providing this form of support that does not directly advance religion is entirely consistent with the law."

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Another person has been sentenced in connection with the distribution of a powerful synthetic opioid that led to the death of a Council Bluffs man. Federal prosecutors say 24-year-old Amalia Pandis, of Carter Lake, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl that caused death. Prosecutors say Pandis was part of a drug trafficking ring responsible for obtained fentanyl from a source in China and selling it western Iowa and eastern Nebraska.

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - Days of heavy rain is causing wastewater runoff from some cities and livestock facilities in northwest and north-central Iowa and threatens to shut down some municipal water wells. Ken Hessenius is supervisor of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Spencer field office. He says, so far, cities have able to meet the demand for safe drinking water. But flooding is causing many cities to prepare to shut down some of their wells if needed.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - A man who operated a western Iowa dog kennel where three dog carcasses and dozens of malnourished dogs and puppies were found has been charged with 40 counts of animal neglect. Thirty-five-year-old Dustin Young, who billed himself as a dog breeder and trainer, appeared in Pottawattamie County's District Court on Thursday to face the 36 simple misdemeanor counts and four serious misdemeanor counts.

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