Friday, November 9, 2012

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State officials are asking residents of Vinton in eastern Iowa to boil their drinking water or use bottled water because of positive samples for coliform and E. coli bacteria.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issued the advisory on Friday. It will remain in effect until tests show the water is safe to drink.

Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth and food preparation until further notice.

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A 38-year-old man has been sentenced by a federal judge in Sioux City for using a child in pornography.

Federal prosecutors say Dana Gleaves, formerly of Sioux City, was sentenced Wednesday to 17½ years in prison. He'd pleaded guilty in August to one count of sexual exploitation of a child.

Gleaves admitted that, between June 2010 and June 2011, he persuaded a person under the age of 18 to engage in sexually explicit conduct so Gleaves could produce pornography.

Gleaves must serve supervised release for life after he leaves custody and must register as a sex offender.

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The U.S. Agriculture Department has lowered its predictions for some drought-stunted crops in Nebraska and neighboring Iowa, according to a report released Friday.

The USDA's Agricultural Statistics Service said that, based on Nov. 1 conditions, it expects a Nebraska corn crop of 1.27 billion bushels. That's down more than 2 percent from the October forecast and 17 percent below last year.

The yield was forecast at 139 bushels an acres, which is 3 bushels less than last month and 21 less than a year ago.

The Nebraska corn acres to be harvested for grain were listed at 9.15 million, which is 5 percent less than a year ago.

In Iowa, a corn crop of 1.90 billion bushels was expected, which is down more than 1 percent from October and down 19 percent from last year.

The Iowa corn yield was expected to hit 139 bushels an acre, which is 1 bushel less than the October figure.

The Iowa corn acres to be harvested for grain were listed at 13.7 million acres, the same as 2011.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Republican Party says a special nominating convention has chosen Charles Schneider to run in a special election for Senate District 22 in suburban Des Moines.

The nominating convention chose Schneider in the second round of balloting Thursday night.

Schneider is a lawyer who serves on the West Des Moines City Council. He will run against Democrat Desmund Adams, a Clive resident who owns an executive recruiting and human resources firm.

A special election will be held Dec. 11 because incumbent Republican state Sen. Pat Ward died Oct. 15 of breast cancer.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Officials say more Iowa university undergraduate students are pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and math.

The enrollment in those study areas at Iowa's three state universities has risen 37 percent in the past 10 years.

The Governor's STEM Advisory Council — STEM for science, technology, engineering and math — has been raising awareness in school districts around the state about science-related careers.

The Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/PykrRX) that the officials say interest from female students is partly driving the growth. Growth in those career areas also has been linked to the economy, as students seek careers in promising fields.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/http://www.gazetteonline.com/

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