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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Forecasters say a major winter storm is expected to power through northeast and eastern Iowa. The National Weather Service's winter storm warning issued Friday morning calls for snow and sleet accumulations of up to 10 inches or more (25-plus centimeters) through Saturday afternoon as the system moves east.

CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - Officials say an eastern Iowa power plant will be closed six years earlier than scheduled. Alliant Energy said in a news release its M.L. Kapp Generating Station in Clinton will stop operation June 1. The plant was converted from a coal facility to natural gas in 2015. Its 2024 closing date was announced at that time. The plant's 21 workers were informed Wednesday of Alliant's decision.

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of killing a college basketball player in Oskaloosa says he was defending himself. Twenty-three-year-old Luke VanHemert is charged with second-degree murder, accused of stabbing to death 22-year-old Marquis Todd earlier this month. The Des Moines Register reports that VanHemert says in court documents that the stabbing of Todd "was an act of self-defense" but doesn't provide more details.

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A man accused of stabbing to death his grandparents in the Mason City home they shared will stand trial in October. Codie Matz has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder in the killings. Television station KIMT reports that a Cerro Gordo County District judge set the new trial date on Thursday. Last month, the 25-year-old Matz was found mentally competent to stand trial.

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