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Icy weather expected in Nebraska, Iowa on Thanksgiving Day
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Weather officials say freezing rain moving through parts of Nebraska and Iowa could produce ice accumulations and snow late on Thanksgiving Day. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning was in effect Thursday for portions of east central Nebraska, southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Officials say they expect significant icing and wind to result in power outages and dangerous traveling conditions overnight. The snow is expected to end by early Friday.

Judge recommends Iowa throw out 1of 4 Medicaid contracts
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An administrative law judge has recommended Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January. Judge Christie Scase says in a ruling Wednesday that Iowa should reverse its contract with Florida-based WellCare. The Des Moines Register reports the ruling is considered a "proposed decision." It's unclear how it will affect plans to let WellCare and three other companies run Iowa's $4.2 billion Medicaid program for the poor and disabled. The ruling says WellCare should have disclosed information early to state officials about fraud or mismanagement involving former executives. WellCare officials said in a statement it will challenge the ruling. Governor Terry Branstad said in a statement Wednesday his office is working to ensure things remain on schedule.

Refurbished snowflakes gracing Fort Dodge light poles
FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — Giant snowflakes have been refreshed and now grace light poles along six bridges in Fort Dodge. The Messenger reports that 80 of the refurbished holiday decorations were installed Tuesday morning. Inmates at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility joined several local organizations in the effort. They used 6,000 feet of electrical cord and 7,200 LED light bulbs for their work, which included stripping off the old garland. The workers welded any areas that needed repair, sandblasted the metal framework and then primed and painted before putting on the wiring and lights. An anonymous donor paid for the supplies.

Missing therapy horse found about a mile from Iowa home
COLFAX, Iowa (AP) — The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says a therapy horse missing since last week has been found. Denise Carroll told Des Moines television station KCCI that her family's horse, Buddy, was found Wednesday by Tom Colvin, executive director at the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. Colvin spotted Buddy in a field about a mile from the Carrolls' home. Carroll says Buddy was donated to help her and her husband and their children. The Carrolls care for several foster children with special needs.

Iowa man accused of starting fire that damaged 3 vehicles
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — A man has been arrested on suspicion of starting a fire in Cedar Falls that damaged three vehicles and a shed. Cedar Falls police say 30-year-old Nicholas Matthew Kollasch was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree arson and first-degree criminal mischief. Court records do not list an attorney. Police say fire officials responded early Thursday to a report of a vehicle on fire. Authorities found three vehicles and a nearby shed on fire. All three vehicles were completely destroyed and authorities considered the fire suspicious. Kollasch of Cedar Falls was arrested a short time later.

Man suffers gunshot wound to head in central Iowa
LAUREL, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are investigating what's been reported as an accidental shooting of a man in central Iowa. The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports that deputies were notified about the shooting around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday in Laurel. The man was taken to a Marshalltown hospital and then flown to a trauma center in Des Moines. His name hasn't been released. Chief Deputy Steve Hoffman of the Marshall County Sheriff's Office says three people who were in the house when the man was shot are cooperating with investigators.

Iowa teacher takes plea deal, gets probation
FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — A North Iowa Community School District kindergarten teacher accused of inappropriately touching a child has taken a plea deal. Online court records say 62-year-old Allen Twait, of Forest City, on Tuesday pleaded guilty to assault causing injury or mental illness. He originally was charged with lascivious acts with a child and indecent contact with a child. He was sentenced to two years of probation and fined $315. Twait also was granted a deferred judgment, which means his crime will be removed from his record if he successfully completes probation. A criminal complaint alleges Twait fondled a child under 14 last February, but that the incident was not alleged to have occurred at the school where Twait worked. Twait was placed on administrative leave after he was charged.

Man accused of burglarizing homes in Iowa City
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A man has been charged in connection to the theft of jewelry and electronics in at least two homes in Iowa City. Iowa City police say 22-year-old Bruno Campos Felipe was arrested Wednesday night. He faces first-degree and third-degree theft. Court records do not list an attorney. Authorities say a recent search warrant of Campos Felipe's home produced evidence linking him and another friend to several residential burglaries. One reported in June involved the theft of a video game console. Another reported in September involved the theft of a wedding ring valued at more than $8,000. The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports Campos Felipe told authorities he pawned some of the stolen items but he denied stealing them.

Judge says 3 men must pay for defrauding northern Iowa bank
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former bank vice president and two accomplices have been sentenced for defrauding a bank in northern Iowa. Sixty-two-year-old Richard Jones, of Emmetsburg, 68-year-old Michael Manning, of Milford, and 37-year-old Aric Manning, of Phoenix, were sentenced on Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. Prosecutors say that from November 2003 to March 2010, Jones used his position at Iowa Trust and Savings Bank to forge customers' signatures on fraudulent loan documents and direct nearly $476,000 to the Mannings and two other people. Jones was sentenced to 14 months in prison and told to pay more than $207,000 in restitution. Aric Manning was given a year and ordered to pay more than $58,000 in restitution. Michael Manning was sentenced to a day and ordered to pay nearly $27,500 in restitution.

No. 25 Iowa women defeat Wright State 83-77
CEDAR PARK, Texas (AP) — Chase Coley scored a career-high 22 points and Number 25 Iowa beat Wright State 83-77 on Thursday at the Lone Star Showcase. Coley was 11 of 16 from the floor and Alexa Kastanek was 6 of 9 from 3-point range for all 18 of her points. The Hawkeyes shot 49 percent to the Raiders' 34 percent in Cedar Park, outside Austin, Texas. Kim Demmings had 28 points but was only 1 of 9 from 3-point range. Emily Vogelpohl added 15 points while Antania Hayes had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Richelle van der Keijl 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Raiders (4-2) led by five in the second quarter before they were outscored 32-6, leaving the Hawkeyes ahead 51-30. Wright State was within 80-77 with a minute left but Demmings missed a long 3-pointer and Whitney Jennings made three free throws. Iowa is 5-0 for the second straight season and ninth time in program history.

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