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Dubuque man, daughter team up to save neighbors from fire
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Dubuque man and his 11-year-old daughter combined to save two neighbors from a fire. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that Joshua Hentges and his family were watching television Monday evening when his daughter, Natalee, told him she saw flames coming from a home across a street. Hentges says he ran over and knocked on the neighbor's front door. No answer. The door was unlocked, so he went in and found a woman and her young daughter in a bedroom where flames were dripping onto the floor from burning curtains. He says he scooped up the girl, carried her out and then returned to awaken her mother. Fire Marshal Mark Burkle says Hentges' daughter did exactly the right thing in reporting the fire to an adult.

Iowa sex offender who lost election still faces abuse charge
CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says he won't dismiss a sex abuse charge filed against a convicted sex offender who received 14 percent of the votes in losing a Charles City school board election last month. Fifty-nine-year-old Doug Lindaman has already pleaded not guilty to allegations that he performed a sex act in 2011 on a 17-year-old boy without the boy's consent. Lindaman's trial is scheduled to begin Oct. 20. Before the election Lindaman said the charge was politically motivated. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Judge Christopher Foy ruled that most of the dismissal arguments Lindaman made pertain to the merits of the state's case. Foy says it's inappropriate for the court to comment on those issues now but also says Lindaman can raise them during trial.

Man pleads not guilty to separate Cedar Rapids slayings
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A 44-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he killed two other homeless people in Cedar Rapids in separate crimes earlier this month. Travis Standlee's attorney submitted a written plea on Tuesday. Standlee is accused of killing 56-year-old Raymond Ursino and 41-year-old Sharon Mead. Police say Ursino's body was found on the ground near a church on Sept. 5. Mead's body was found near a bus stop early on Sept. 11.

Iowa school bus driver quits midway through route
WAUKEE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa school district had to dispatch a second bus and driver to pick up students because the first driver quit midway through her morning route. The incident occurred Tuesday morning in Waukee. Waukee Community School District spokeswoman Nicole Lawrence says no students were endangered. The driver picked up some students and took them to school before returning the bus to the district lot. The second bus was sent out when district administrator learned some students had not been picked up. It's not clear what made the bus driver quit so abruptly. A representative for the district bus service contactor did not return calls seeking comment. The driver's name has not been released.

Legal experts support confidential juvenile court records
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two legal experts are recommending the court records of Iowa's convicted juveniles be confidential and unavailable to the public. Jerry Foxhoven, the executive director of the Neal & Bea Smith Legal Clinic, and Mike Sorci, head of the Youth Law Center in Des Moines, met Wednesday with a state task force studying justice policy reform. The group is expected to make recommendations within the next month on reforms in a variety of areas, including juvenile court records. The Des Moines Register reports that the men said confidential juvenile court records would help young people who have completed probation turn their lives around. Both of them recommended changing state law so juvenile court records remain confidential unless a judge orders them to be public.

Deere has tentative labor agreement with UAW workers
MOLINE, Ill. (AP) — Deere & Co. says it has reached a tentative agreement with the United Auto Workers union, which represents 10,000 Deere employees at 12 factories in three states. The Moline-based manufacturer of farm equipment and other motorized gear announced the agreement Thursday. The new contract replaces a six-year contract that expired Wednesday at midnight. The new contract is for six years and will be voted on by union members. It covers manufacturing employees at John Deere facilities in Davenport, Ankeny, Dubuque, Ottumwa and Waterloo, Iowa; East Moline, Moline and Milan, Illinois; and Coffeyville, Kansas. Terms of the agreement weren't released.

Grocery store closes in Garnavillo after nearly 40 years
GARNAVILLO, Iowa (AP) — A small city in eastern Iowa has bid farewell to a grocery store that had been the community's only market for the past four decades. Longtime customers stopped by Bob's Food Store in Garnavillo on Wednesday to say their goodbyes and offer well wishes to owners Bob and Verla Bente. Students from Clayton Ridge Middle School visited to drop off letters addressed to the couple. The Telegraph Herald reports that Bob Bente opened the grocery store in 1977 and moved it to a new building in 1984. Over the years, the Bentes had developed a close relationship with many customers, which made it more difficult to close. But the couple says they're looking forward to retirement. Garnavillo is a town of about 700 residents.

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