WATERLOO (AP) — A developer and city officials are working to demolish an abandoned greyhound track in northeast Iowa and replace it with a business park.
The Waterloo City Council voted Monday to add the Waterloo Greyhound Park to the city's contract with Deer Creek Development. The move could allow for incentives to raze and redevelop the deteriorating structure, which has broken windows, graffiti and overgrown weeds. The track shuttered more than 20 years ago.
The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that the developer will need to cooperate with National Cattle Congress Inc. and the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, who are in a legal dispute over the property's ownership.
Deer Creek official Mike Youngblut is hopeful the groups can reach a solution, but "an infinite number of moving parts" complicate the process.
'Stand your ground' law opens jail door for slaying suspect
RED OAK (AP) — A judge has cited Iowa's new "stand your ground" law in granting immunity to a man accused of shooting to death an attacker.
The ruling filed late Monday ordered the release of 39-year-old Kevin Staley, who was scheduled to go on trial Tuesday. He acknowledged shooting 27-year-old Devin Davis, of Villisca, on Oct. 11 near downtown Red Oak.
The new law says law-abiding people don't have to retreat before using deadly force if they believe they're in danger.
Judge James Heckerman says in his order that Staley was ambushed in an alley by two men wearing hoodies and bandannas as they screamed and ran toward him. Staley pulled his registered handgun after he was knocked down and shot one who turned out to be Davis. They both ran off, and Davis collapsed and died a few moments later.
Woman denies allegations that she misused clients' funds
SIOUX CITY (AP) — A former support manager has pleaded not guilty to allegations that she stole from clients of a Sioux City organization that helps people with intellectual disabilities.
Court records say 29-year-old Jessica Rivera is charged with two counts of dependent adult abuse-exploitation. The records say she submitted the written pleas Tuesday in Woodbury County District Court. The records don't list a trial starting date.
Court records say that between January and July 2017, while she worked for Mosaic, Rivera made unauthorized purchases using gift cards or other funds from the clients and kept the items.
Iowa couple take plea deals in abuse of disabled woman
DES MOINES (AP) — An Iowa couple accused of inflicting chemical burns on a disabled woman in their care have taken plea deals.
Court records say 51-year-old Katrina Eubanks and 55-year-old Gary Eubanks, of Urbandale, are scheduled to be sentenced March 28.
Both had been charged with kidnapping, two counts of neglect of a dependent person and one count of abuse of a dependent person that resulted in injury. Prosecutors dropped the kidnapping charge in exchange for Katrina Eubanks' guilty pleas last week and dropped all but one count of neglect for Gary Eubanks' plea.
Police say Katrina Eubanks, a hired caregiver, bathed the 19-year-old woman in bleach and Epsom salt on May 28 in her home.
Police say the Eubankses did not seek treatment for her burns for days.
Des Moines airport limits taxi service to 1 company
DES MOINES (AP) — The Des Moines airport board has decided to limit taxi service to just one company.
The Des Moines Airport Authority Board unanimously approved a three-year contract Tuesday with Trans Iowa. Trans Iowa will be required to dedicate 15 cabs and 24 drivers to the airport.
Ride-sharing options will still be allowed.
Airport Executive Director Kevin Foley says limiting the service to one company is the only way the airport can ensure high-quality, consistent trips. He's said taxi operators have been violating airport rules by having too few drivers, driving damaged vehicles, charging minimum trip fees, failing to post fee lists and only accepting cash payments.
Other cab company owners say the contracted service is unfair to smaller companies trying to expand.
Adoptive brother taking plea deal in Iowa girl's death
ADEL (AP) — The adoptive brother of a 16-year-old girl who died of malnutrition in her family home has reached a plea deal with prosecutors.
Court records say a hearing is scheduled Friday for 22-year-old Justin Ray. The records don't outline the deal or how he'll plead. Ray's already pleaded not guilty to two counts of child endangerment and two of willful injury.
Police say he "drop-kicked" Sabrina Ray down basement stairs sometime between April 15 and May 1, leaving her unable to walk, talk, eat or drink normally.
The girl's body was found May 12 in the Perry home she shared with her adoptive parents, who have also been charged. The girl weighed just 56 pounds.
Illinois to get $1.7M from federal for anti-poverty programs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois will get $1.7 million in federal grants for six anti-poverty programs.
U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin said the money will pay AmeriCorps VISTA members to assist nonprofit organizations conducting the programs. The projects include recruiting donors and volunteers for a housing program, expanding education and workforce training for young people and improving access to health care.
Chosen projects include three in Chicago, one in the western Chicago suburb of Lemon, one in Peoria and one in Lawrenceville, in east-central Illinois.
The AmeriCorps VISTA members will work with the organizations to raise funds, recruit community volunteers and help manage local projects. The members will serve for one year and receive an educational scholarship for their work.
New plaque in Illinois House commemorates Obama 2016 speech
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — There's a new plaque at the state capitol in Springfield commemorating President Barack Obama's 2016 speech to lawmakers in the Illinois House.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the marker hangs behind the speaker's podium that Obama used to give the address in February 2016. The then-president asked lawmakers to set aside partisan differences and work to end Illinois' long budget impasse. Illinois lawmakers approved a budget last summer.
The black-and-gold plaque includes Obama's signature, a quote from Obama and the state seal.