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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - A state official says the pending retirement of the Davenport school superintendent won't affect the state complaint filed against him. The state complaint against Superintendent Art Tate says the district broke state law by using money in a reserve account to pay for ongoing programming. Davenport officials have said some districts in the state can spend up to $175 more than Davenport per pupil, so the district used reserve funds to make up that difference for its students.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) - A northwest Iowa man accused of stabbing to death his 84-year-old grandfather plans to use a defense of diminished capacity. The attorney for 20-year-old Santos Rodriguez Jr. filed the notice Tuesday in Sioux County District Court. Rodriguez is accused of stabbing Luis Luevanos in his Rock Valley home on Oct. 29 and setting the man's house on fire.

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) - Authorities say a police chase that began in suburban Omaha and wound south through southwest Iowa ended with a crash and the arrests of two people. Bellevue police investigating a reported drive-by shooting Tuesday night say a man in a vehicle fired at officers early Wednesday and then fled into Iowa. Authorities say an Iowa trooper intending to join the chase was injured when his cruiser crashed. The vehicle being pursued crashed in northwest Missouri, and two occupants were arrested.

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A county board in northeast Iowa has approved a 35-turbine wind energy project despite strong opposition from many residents who live near the development. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the Black Hawk County Board of Adjustment voted Tuesday to give Washburn Wind Energy a special permit for the 70-megawatt project south of Waterloo. Washburn now needs to conduct required studies and apply for building permits for the $120 million project.

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