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Bird flu outbreak wanes but virus threat persists
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – An outbreak of bird flu in the United States that has killed more than 40 million chickens and turkeys and contributed to a spike in egg and meat prices appears to be abating, but experts warn that the virus has not gone away and fear that another surge may set in this fall. The Department of Agriculture is not ready to say the outbreak is over, but some state agriculture and industry officials are optimistic the end is near as warm weather spreads Across the country. The cost of the outbreak is still being calculated, but the USDA has already approved $793 million in additional funding this year.
Sheriff’s deputy killed in southwestern Iowa head-on crash
HAMBURG, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Fremont County sheriff’s deputy died in a head-on crash in the southwest corner of Iowa. The sheriff’s office says in a press release that the crash happened early Tuesday afternoon along Highway 275 north of Hamburg, killing Deputy Austin “Melvin” Richardson, 37. . Investigators say Richardson was in his patrol car traveling north when it collided with a southbound combine. An Iowa State Patrol report says the combine was wider than the width of the southbound lane, with one of its front tires running above the center line of the freeway . Patrol says Richardson’s car collided with that front tire and then rolled several times.
Heat wave keeps Midwest and South in sticky grip
CHICAGO (AP) — People are flocking to pools, beaches and cooling centers in a swath of the Midwest and South stretching from northern Florida to the Great Lakes as a heat wave pushed temperatures up in the 1990s and beyond and may have caused the deaths of at least two people in the Milwaukee area. The National Weather Service has maintained an excessive heat warning through Wednesday evening for most of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, which have been dealing with sticky humidity and soaring temperatures since Tuesday . And the heat advisory in place for the Midwest and South extended to coastal South Carolina, covering an area that is home to about a third of the nation’s population.
EX-OFFICER SEXUAL ABUSE
Ex-Iowa cop pleads guilty to sexually abusing girl
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A former eastern Iowa police officer has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl while on duty last year. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations said in a news release that Andrew Patrick Denoyer, 24, pleaded guilty in Scott County District Court on Tuesday to three counts of third-degree sexual assault. Denoyer faces up to 30 years in prison when sentenced on July 29. His arrest in September came a day after he resigned as an Eldridge police officer and four days after law enforcement launched an investigation into allegations that Denoyer had sexual contact with a young girl from 14 years old in May 2021 while on duty.
APPEALS FOR MURDER DENIED
Iowa judges reject appeals from 2 men sentenced to life for murder
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that two Des Moines men who were sentenced to life in prison without parole for murders committed when they were teenagers must remain behind bars . James Dorsey and Fernando Sandoval have been trying for decades to have their convictions and sentences overturned. This time the lawyers argued that their clients should not have been tried as adults because the crimes were committed when they were 18 and 19 years old. State law states that once a person turns 18, they face all penalties under the law. Justice Christopher McDonald, who wrote the two majority opinions, acknowledged that the 18th birthday could be an arbitrary place to draw a line, but said a line has to be drawn somewhere.
EPA FUNDING-WATER QUALITY
EPA to give $60 million to 12 states to help reduce water pollution
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government said it will distribute $60 million among 12 states that have waterways that flow into the Mississippi River to help them control agricultural runoff and other pollution that contribute to a dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. The money comes from the infrastructure law President Joe Biden signed into law in November, the Environmental Protection Agency said. Radhika Fox, EPA deputy administrator for water, made the announcement Friday alongside Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig in Des Moines. The money will be distributed over the next five years in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
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