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The Iowa news editor is Scott McFetridge. Barbara Rodriguez is on the desk in Des Moines. If you have stories of statewide interest or breaking news, please email to or call 800-453-2113. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://w Reruns and technical assistance are available from the Service Desk, 877-836-9477.



DES MOINES — The World Food Prize Foundation on Wednesday took the bold step of awarding this year's prize to three pioneers of plant biotechnology whose work brought the world genetically modified crops. The private nonprofit foundation, which is in part funded by biotechnology companies, refused to shy away from the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops that organic food advocates say are harmful to people and the environment. By David Pitt.

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WAUKEE — Two attacks by a hacker forced the city of Waukee to temporarily shut down its website.


JEFFERSON —Casino supporters turned in petitions Tuesday calling for a public vote on gambling in west-central Iowa's Greene County. A group called Grow Greene County submitted more than 750 signatures, far more than the roughly 460 verified signatures needed to force county supervisors to schedule a vote. An Aug. 6 election is expected.


— WRONG-WAY CRASH: The Iowa State Patrol says a man has died from injured he received in a crash on Interstate 80 in central Iowa caused by a wrong-way driver.

— DES MOINES SCHOOLS-CAMERAS: The Des Moines school district has approved the purchase of 182 additional security cameras.

— IOWA DAM DAMAGED: Heavy rain has been blamed for the partial washout of the Nora Springs dam in northern Iowa.

— OTTUMWA BLOCK RENOVATION: A grant will help Ottumwa improve the look of buildings on a downtown block.

— TRAIN DERAILMENT-EVALUATION: The Canadian Pacific Railroad says an evaluation shows no trace of fuel following a May derailment east of Charles City.

— POLICE CHIEF-INVESTIGATION: A northern Iowa police chief has been placed on paid leave pending a city investigation.

— DAUGHTER KILLED: A 51-year-old Ankeny man says shooting his 18-year-old daughter to death was an accident.

— AQUATIC SPECIES-IOWA: Iowa boaters will need to follow new laws designed to protect the state's lakes and rivers from non-native aquatic species.

— BIG FISH PRIZE: A Spencer man has caught a $1,600 walleye on Big Spirit Lake in northern Iowa.

— WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES-IOWA: Iowa's business development agency is hiring a nonprofit group to look for ways to turn around the state's last-in-the-nation ranking for women-owned businesses.



DES MOINES — For Calvin Smith II, sharing the same name and being the son of Calvin Smith carries a lot of weight. It's not easy following in the footsteps of a former world-record holder, world champion, Olympic medalist and Hall of Famer. That's why, at an early age, the son decided he wasn't going to be a 100-meter sprinter like his father, but make a name for himself in his own event, the 400, and on his own merits. By Pat Graham.



The AP, Des Moines

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