News Minute: Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 2:40 p.m. CDT
MARION, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa city has adopted a new ordinance regarding public demonstrations, months after receiving a warning from a civil rights group that said its old law violated free speech rights. The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa says the Marion City Council passed the new ordinance Thursday night. The ACLU learned in January that Marion police had kept a man from holding a sign in September supporting a presidential candidate while standing on a public sidewalk, citing city law.
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - An armed Nebraska inmate who escaped and was captured in western Iowa will not fight extradition back to Nebraska. Eric Scott agreed during a court hearing Friday in Council Bluffs to be sent back to Nebraska to face charges related to the escape. Officials say the 37-year-old Scott was being transported by a Dodge County Sheriff's Deputy in an unmarked government car on Wednesday when he gained control of the car and fled.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - It's the first day of fall, but residents in Iowa and Nebraska shouldn't break out those sweaters and boots just yet. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for most of Iowa, covering most of the eastern two-thirds of the state. The advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. Friday. The weather service has also issued a hazardous weather outlook for Nebraska and western Iowa.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - An eastern Iowa county supervisor says he'd like to see a public discussion about whether his county should have a different namesake. Johnson County Supervisor Rod Sullivan tells the Iowa City Press-Citizen he's not necessary advocating for a change, but he'd like to see what the public thinks about naming the county after a different Johnson. Sullivan suggests the county could instead be named after President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson or civil rights leader James Weldon Johnson.
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Rep. Tom Sands, a Republican lawmaker in the Iowa House, says he won't seek re-election in November. Sands, who represents Wapello in eastern Iowa, announced Thursday he will withdraw his name from the general...
An armed Nebraska inmate who escaped and was captured in western Iowa will not fight extradition back to Nebraska. Eric Scott agreed during a court hearing Friday in Council Bluffs to be sent back to Nebraska to face...More >>