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David Stanley, former Iowa lawmaker, dies
MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) — David Stanley, a former Iowa lawmaker who helped start a tax reduction lobbying group, has died. Wesley United Methodist Church in Muscatine says Stanley died Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at the church on September 26th. Stanley, a Republican, was first elected to the legislature in 1959. He served several terms in both chambers between the 1960s and 1970s, eventually becoming Senate majority leader. Stanley was chairman of Iowans for Tax Relief, a lobbying group he helped create. He also held leadership roles for groups including National Taxpayers Union and United Marriage Encounter. Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement that Stanley was a "strong and effective" voice in the legislature. U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley issued a statement that said Stanley dedicated himself to reducing taxes for Iowa residents.

Iowa cooperative: Employee dies after entering grain bin
FARNHAMVILLE, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa cooperative says one of its employees has died after entering a grain bin filled with soybeans. Farmers Cooperative Company in Farnhamville says Bret Steck entered the grain bin around 9 a.m. Thursday for routine cleaning. They say in a statement he became "engulfed" in soybeans. Emergency responders removed Steck shortly before 11 a.m. Thursday. The company says Steck entered the bin with proper supervision. They say authorities will conduct an investigation.

Iowa official orders Texas company to pay back investors
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's insurance commissioner is ordering a Texas company to repay over $2 million he says was defrauded from Iowa residents. Commissioner Nick Gerhart announced Thursday that he had ordered Carson Energy, Incorporated to repay money to 14 Iowa residents. A news release says they were defrauded with "unregistered gas and oil investments." Gerhart's office seeks to protect people from fraud. The order names the Austin-based company and three current or former staffers. The company may request a hearing on the charges. Senior Vice President Michael Johnson says the accusations are false. He says the company will fight the charges and expressed confidence it would be resolved. According to the order, company representatives called prospective Iowa investors, touting a "low risk, high potential oil and gas project."

Iowa power cooperative to add solar panels to the state
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa power cooperative says it plans to add solar panels to the state to generate another source of energy. Central Iowa Power Cooperative said Thursday it plans to have the panels operational by the end of 2016. They're currently accepting bids for the work, which will determine where the panels are located and how much will be spent. CIPCO says the panels will be located on the ground. Officials expect to use at least 30 acres of land for the project, which may be split into several sites. Karen Morrow, a CIPCO spokeswoman, says generating solar energy is another way for the cooperative to provide clean electricity. Officials say they use resources including wind and hydroelectric.

Tulane administrator a finalist for president at Iowa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The University of Iowa says an administrator at Tulane University is the second finalist being considered to become president of the school. The UI announced Thursday that Michael Bernstein, senior vice president for academic affairs at the private New Orleans university, was among four finalists and would visit the Iowa City campus Friday. Earlier, the university announced Marvin Krislov, president of Oberlin College in Ohio, was a finalist. Two other finalists will be named soon, and the Iowa Board of Regents is expected to choose a successor for retired president Sally Mason next week. Bernstein has a doctorate in economics from Yale University, where he also received masters and bachelor's degrees. He has held his current position since 2007 and for 20 years worked at the University of California-San Diego.

Walker: 'We cannot afford to lose' in Middle East
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker says the United States would aggressively confront what he describes as "radical Islamic terrorism" should he be elected. The Wisconsin governor plans to lay out his foreign policy agenda Friday in a speech at The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina. The state hosts the South's first presidential primary next February, soon after Iowa and New Hampshire lead off the nominating contests. According to excerpts released by Walker's campaign, the candidate accused President Barack Obama of making Americans "passive spectators while the world descends into chaos." He also repeated his opposition to Obama's proposed nuclear agreement with Iran. The speech excerpts do not detail whether Walker wants to commit more American ground troops to the Middle East.

Trump, Cruz to hold joint event to blast Iran deal
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are planning to appear together at an upcoming Capitol Hill rally against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Trump announced the event during an appearance Thursday in South Carolina, saying it would be "in the next few weeks." Cruz aides confirmed Trump's statement. They say that the Texas senator invited Trump to join him at an event sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America. Congress is expected to begin debate on the accord when lawmakers return from recess September 8th. Trump, who leads most polls of GOP primary voters, called Cruz a "nice guy." Cruz has declined to criticize the front-runner for his controversial comments on immigration or any other topic.

Ben Carson gains support as the other political outsider
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Ben Carson's genial way of politicking is proving to be a draw for voters who like Donald Trump's status as an outsider but not his belligerence. The retired neurosurgeon is emerging in polls as a top-tier candidate in the Republican presidential field. But that rise is being eclipsed by the headline-grabbing Trump. The soft-spoken Carson jokes about how little attention his approach is getting. He addressed more than 2,000 people at a rally in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Thursday. And he's winning over some voters who see him as having a similar philosophy as Trump's but not his rough edges. A retired lab technician from Little Rock, Paul Wallace, says he's leaning toward backing Carson because "he says what he believes in without being brash about it."

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