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Iowa's Braley, Ernst duel on abortion in debate
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst and Democratic opponent Bruce Braley have again sparred over abortion rights in their final debate. The Iowa congressman and the state senator participated in a conversational debate Thursday as part of their neck-and-neck race. Abortion has come to define the final weeks of the campaign to succeed Senator Tom Harkin. Ernst repeatedly stated that she believes life begins at conception and is in support of a constitutional amendment that would bestow rights of persons on fetuses. Braley says it would outlaw abortions. But Ernst says she might support a legal exception to save the life of the mother. Braley said he opposed late-term abortions beyond those to save the life of the mother, but declined to say when such a procedure would be too late.

Remains of Iowan killed in WWII returned to state
JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa National Guard says the remains of an airman who died nearly 70 years ago in Europe are being returned to Iowa. The Guard announced Thursday that through DNA testing, a team identified remains found near Allmuthen, Belgium, as those of Staff Sergeant Maurice Fevold. Fevold grew up in Webster County and graduated in 1941 from Eagle Grove High School. He joined the Army in 1943 and transferred to the Air Corps. He was the armorer-gunner of a B-26G Marauder bomber that was shot down December 23rd, 1944, the first day of aviation operations for the Battle of the Bulge. His remains weren't recovered until decades later. A memorial service will be Monday at Bruce Funeral Home in Fort Dodge with burial at Blossom Hill Cemetery near Badger.

Texas company plans Sioux City rail car facility
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A state agency says a Texas company plans to build a rail car maintenance and repair facility in Sioux City that would create 250 jobs. The Sioux City Journal reports Dallas-based TrinityRail Maintenance Services has requested $1.9 million in tax incentives for the proposed $29.5 million project. Plans call for a 150,000 square-foot complex. The Iowa Economic Development Authority will consider the request at a meeting Friday in Des Moines. To qualify for the incentives, the facility would need to pay workers at least $16.36 per hour.

Man in phony AIDS research case seeks trail delay
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Iowa State University researcher charged with falsifying data to make a developmental AIDS vaccine appear promising is seeking the third trial delay is as many months. The attorney for Dong-Pyou Han says in court documents filed Thursday he's reviewing tens of thousands of pages of documents that must be translated into Korean. Public Defender Joseph Herrold adds his client needs time to consider a plea agreement prosecutors have offered that could avert a trial. He is asking a judge to set a trial date for February that gives him more time to consider and negotiate a potential plea deal. Han, who is free on bond, has pleaded not guilty in federal court to four counts of making false statements in research reports.

Mason City truck driver dies in Plainfield crash
PLAINFIELD, Iowa (AP) — Authorities in Bremer County in northeast Iowa say the driver of a tanker truck has died after the truck collided with a car and rolled onto its top in a ditch. A sheriff's office statement says 37-year-old James Ruehlow of Mason City, died Thursday in the accident 2 ½ miles east of Plainfield at an intersection of a state highway and a county road. Ruehlow's cause of death isn't immediately clear. An autopsy has been ordered. The truck collided with a car driven by 16-year-old Nicole Manross, of Waverly. She is not injured. The accident closed Highway 188 for four hours and resulted in a diesel fuel spill from the truck into the ditch requiring cleanup.

Iowa woman avoids life sentence in toddler's death
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped murder charges against an Iowa woman who admitted to causing the head injuries that killed a three-year-girl at her in-home day care. Rochelle Sapp of Orange City pleaded guilty Thursday to involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment charges under a plea agreement in the death of Autumn Elgersma. Sapp admitted that she dropped the toddler to the ground and also admitted to multiple acts of child endangerment in prior months. Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge, which would've been a life sentence for Sapp. Second-degree murder would've required 35 years. Judge Edward Jacobson sentenced Sapp to an indeterminate sentence of up to 100 years. Drake University law professor Bob Rigg says the 34-year-old Sapp will serve "significant time" — likely around 15 to 20 years.

Dubuque building renovations to add apartments
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — More projects are underway that will add apartments in Dubuque's Millwork District. Officials say that the renovations on the Novelty Iron Works and Linseed Oil Paintworks buildings will add about 120 apartments to the neighborhood by the end of 2015. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports the Linseed Oil Paintworks building will be transformed into a 16-apartment complex. The apartments will keep the building's exposed brick walls and brick arch windows, but will be updated with modern amenities, including washers, dryers and energy-efficient appliances. The Linseed Oil Paintworks building project will cost about $5 million, while construction work for the Novelty Iron Works building will cost more than $33 million. Officials say that next month, 76 residential units and about 300,000-square-feet of commercial space will be ready for tenants.

Warriors beat Nuggets 104-101
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — James Michael McAdoo scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors rallied to beat the Nuggets 104-101 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory. Golden State's Klay Thompson added 18 points in the first NBA exhibition game in Des Moines since 1997. The Nuggets led by 13 heading into the fourth quarter. But the Warriors (4-0) retook the lead, 100-99, on Jason Kapono's 3-pointer with 1:47 left, and Harrison Barnes sealed it with a jumper with 6.8 seconds left. Wilson Chandler and Timofey Mozgov each scored 18 points for Denver (1-4), which dropped its third straight game. The game marked Barnes's return to his native Iowa. He finished with five points.

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