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SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Federal regulators say they are investigating the troubled Iowa trucking company linked to the 10 deaths of immigrants found in one of its trailers in Texas. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Pyle Transportation. The agency says its findings will be shared with Department of Homeland Security investigators, who are conducting a criminal investigation into the immigrants' deaths.
NORTH ENGLISH, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor has declined to charge a southeastern Iowa police officer in the shooting death last month of a North English man. Iowa County Attorney Tim McMeen said in a written statement Tuesday that an investigation showed Police Officer Blake Heller was justified in shooting 53-year-old Robin Blaylock on June 10. McMeen says Blaylock pointing a gun twice at officers and refused to obey officer commands.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A national report has found that Iowa is lagging behind much of the U.S. in foreign language instruction for K-12 students. The Des Moines Register reports the study was conducted by the American Councils for International Education and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. It says slightly more than 15 percent of Iowa's K-12 students were enrolled in a foreign language course in 2014-15. Iowa ranked 35th out of the 50 states and Washington, D.C., for such instruction.
ANAMOSA, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say a man convicted of two murders in northwest Iowa has died of natural causes. The Iowa Corrections Department said Tuesday that Paeng Saengaroun died Saturday afternoon at the age of 67. He was convicted in February 1997 of two counts of first-degree murder for killing his wife and father-in-law in Storm Lake.
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