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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - A congressman from Iowa violated House ethics rules by failing to disclose a new company he owns. A business filing reviewed by The Associated Press shows Rep. Rod Blum was one of two initial directors of the Tin Moon Corp. when it was incorporated in 2016. House rules require members to identify all outside corporate positions they hold, but Blum didn't list his role. He says he wasn't involved in the company's operations.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa Senate Republicans have released a plan they say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes, though it's unclear how much support the measure has from other members of the party. The proposal, released Wednesday in a bill, would cut Iowa's corporate tax rates, including reducing the top rate from 12 percent to 7 percent. Individual tax rates would also be cut, including reducing the top rate from 8.98 percent to 6.3 percent. The measure phases out some tax credits.
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa oversight agency is asking two teachers accused of cheating and fraud to surrender their licenses. The Des Moines Register reports that the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners has scheduled June hearings for Ehren Wills and Kay Slusher, who teach at Keokuk Middle School in Keokuk. Wills is accused of submitting Slusher's work as her own while pursuing a master's online. Slusher is accused of completing assignments for Wills. Neither immediately returned messages Wednesday.
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A nurse who'd been convicted in a 2015 morphine theft case has been given probation in a second case involving painkiller theft. Court records say Cassandra Pierce, of Ottumwa, was sentenced Feb. 2. Prosecutors say she kept substantial portions of painkillers she'd signed out in May 2016 for three patients at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport. The records also say she was sentenced to probation after being accused of stealing morphine in August 2015 from a nursing home in Ottumwa
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