BC-IA--Iowa News Digest 3:15 pm, IA

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Iowa news at 3:15 p.m. All times Central.

The Iowa news editor is Scott McFetridge. If you have stories of statewide interest or breaking news, please email to apdesmoines(at)ap.org or call 800-453-2113. AP stories, along with the photos that accompany them, can also be obtained from http://w ww.apexchange.com. Reruns and technical assistance are available from the Service Desk, 877-836-9477.

TOP STORIES:

REPUBLICANS-SENATE

DES MOINES, Iowa — Republicans are struggling to recruit strong U.S. Senate candidates in states where the party has the best chances to reclaim the majority in Washington. By Thomas Beaumont. It's a potentially troubling sign that the GOP's post-2012 soul-searching could spill over into next year's congressional elections.

AP Photos WX107, RPMV102, GFX685, WX401, MIRO105, DCSA107.

UNEMPLOYMENT OFFICES-IOWA

DES MOINES, Iowa — Working at the Newton Public Library, Sue Padilla wishes there was more she could do to help people with limited computer skills who try to access state services at a do-it-yourself computer in the library. The Newton library is among roughly 1,000 spots throughout Iowa where people looking for work can file for unemployment, look for work or build resumes. By MacKenzie Elmer.

SHY BLADDER LAWSUIT

DES MOINES, Iowa — A woman who sought a job as an administrator at Iowa Methodist Medical Center is now suing the hospital, saying it failed to make accommodations for her shy bladder syndrome.

VA DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT

WATERLOO, Iowa — A federal agency has dismissed a discrimination complaint a department head filed against the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has closed a complaint filed against the supervisors in January by Bennie Spain, executive director of Black Hawk County Veterans Affairs.

EXCHANGES:

EXCHANGE-STRUGGLING SERVICE CLUBS

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The Sioux City Jaycees disbanded last year. With fewer than 20 members, the local chapter didn't have a choice. The Sioux City Journal reports other service organizations are trying to fend off the same fate while facing a struggle to attract younger members. Group leaders say people younger than 40 aren't interested — they're just too busy to join. Schedules filled with children's activities and careers keep them away. By Ally Karsyn, Sioux City Journal.

AP Photo IASIO102.

EXCHANGE-CRAFT SPIRITS

SWISHER, Iowa — At one time, Kolin Brighton's expertise would have best served him in the tradition-steeped stillhouses of Kentucky or Scotland. But here he was on a recent morning in a production facility in rural Johnson County, attaching "Iowa Corn Moonshine" tags to bottles of crystal clear, unaged whiskey. Across the room, beer churned in a large copper-pot still, extracting alcohol that trickled from a spigot. By Josh O'leary, Iowa City Press-Citizen.

ALSO MOVING:

— IOWA INMATE DEATH — The Iowa Department of Corrections says a 57-year-old inmate has died after serving more than 24 years in prison.

— WORLD FOOD PRIZE-YOUTH INSTITUTE — The World Food Prize Foundation will hold its second World Food Prize Youth Institute Monday to challenge Iowa students interested in science and agriculture to think globally.

— UPPER IOWA-PRESIDENT — Upper Iowa University in Fayette has hired an internal candidate to be its next president.

— FARM FATALITY — A central Iowa man has died after being crushed between two pieces of farm equipment.

— HOUSE FIRE ESCAPE — Six people in Cedar Rapids escaped a house fire without injury, and fire officials are now trying to determine what caused the blaze.

— UNIVERSITY THEFT — Dubuque police are investigating a report by Clarke University officials that someone has stolen more than $300,000 from the eastern Iowa school.

SPORTS:

FBN--DRAFT-PANTHERS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. —Carolina has selected Iowa State linebacker A.J. Klein in the fifth round of the NFL draft. The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Klein shared Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2011 with Oklahoma defensive end Frank Alexander, whom the Panthers drafted in the fourth round last season. By Sports Writer Steve Reed.

FBC--IOWA-CANZERI

IOWA CITY, Iowa— Iowa running back Jordan Canzeri has looked better than ever this spring in his return from an ACL tear in his knee. Canzeri's final shot at impressing the coaches will be Saturday at Iowa's spring scrimmage.

ATH--DRAKE RELAYS

DES MOINES —Hometown favorite Lolo Jones faces London Games rivals Dawn Harper and Kellie Wells in the 100-meter hurdles to close out the Drake Relays in Des Moines. By Luke Meredith.

AP Photos IACN119-120.

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