STATE NEWS: Body discovered in Mississippi River in eastern Iowa

KEOKUK (AP) — Iowa authorities say they've recovered a body from the Mississippi River in Keokuk.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that Lee County law enforcement officers pulled the body from the river shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The body was taken to an Iowa City hospital for an autopsy.

Keokuk Police Chief Dave Hinton says the death remains under investigation, but there's no threat to the public.

Hinton says police won't disclose additional details until after authorities positively identify the body. He did not say if investigators suspect foul play. It's not clear how long the body has been in the water or whether law enforcement has received any reports of missing people in the area.

Police: Eastern Iowa man set fire in hopes of being arrested

DUBUQUE (AP) — Authorities say an Eastern Iowa man set his apartment on fire in hopes of getting arrested.

The Telegraph Herald in Dubuque reports that 33-year-old Matthew R. Voseberg was arrested Wednesday evening on a first-degree arson charge.

Authorities say Voseberg was sitting on his apartment's front porch when they arrived. They say he told them he was in his apartment when he started thinking about where he could get "three hots and a cot."

Another resident in the building told authorities that Voseberg came to her apartment, said he had started a fire in his apartment and told her to get out.

Authorities say the fire caused about $7,800 in damage.

Voseberg faces up to 25 years in prison. Online court records did not say whether he has an attorney.

Flood hit more than 1,500 Des Moines-area properties

DES MOINES (AP) — An unofficial tally shows that more than 1,500 properties in the Des Moines area were affected by weekend flooding, and authorities expect that number to increase.

The Des Moines Register reports that officials still need to inspect many of the properties. Hundreds of residents were caught in Saturday night's storm that dumped up to 9 inches on the area and caused flash flooding. One man was killed when he left his stranded van and was swept away by flood waters.

A map released by Polk County emergency management officials shows 1,501 unconfirmed reports of damaged properties in Des Moines and its suburbs. Des Moines appears to have taken the brunt of the flood, with at least 655 homes reported to be affected.

Officials: Iowa Medicine board director on paid leave

DES MOINES (AP) — Officials say the executive director of a prominent Iowa health care regulating board has been placed on administrative leave, but they refuse to say why.

The Des Moines Register reports that Mark Bowden has been the executive director of the Iowa Board of Medicine since 2008. The board licenses physicians, and also has the authority to fine or suspend them for poor care or violating ethics rules.

Iowa Department of Public Health spokeswoman Polly Carver-Kimm confirmed Bowden's leave Thursday, but declined to offer other details.

Attorney general's spokeswoman Lynn Hicks says Bowden began his paid leave last week.

State records show Bowden was paid $114,312 last year. He could not be reached by the newspaper for comment.