DES MOINES (AP) — A federal judge has denied the state's motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2012 law that made it illegal to get a job at a livestock farm through misrepresentation to conduct an animal cruelty undercover investigation.

The ruling was filed Tuesday. A coalition of public interest groups challenging the law called the ruling a big win.

The groups say Iowa's law violates their constitutional free speech and equal protection rights. The lawsuit names the governor and the attorney general.

Eric Tabor, Iowa's chief deputy attorney general, told The Des Moines Register that it's early in the case's litigation and declined to comment further.

Police ID Sioux City man whose body was found in burned SUV

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Sioux City authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found inside a burned sport utility vehicle.

Police identified the man Thursday as 41-year-old Matthew Fisher, who lived in Sioux City.

The fire was reported the evening of Feb. 18 in a SUV parked outside a residence.

The fire and death are still being investigated.

Sioux City textile company sold to Mexico-based manufacturer

SIOUX CITY (AP) — A family owned textile business in Sioux City has been sold to a Mexican-based company.

Jean and denim producer Grupo Siete Leguas closed on its deal Feb. 8 to acquire Aalfs Manufacturing Co. Siete Leguas is based in Lerdo, Durango, Mexico.

One of Aalfs' managing partners, Alex Rodawig, told the Sioux City Journal that Aalfs will be a subsidiary of Siete Leguas and that Aalfs' employees will continue doing what they're doing.

Aalfs has a U.S. workforce of about 100 — 40 of them in Sioux City. The combined company will employ more than 10,000 in the United States, Mexico and Nicaragua, produce up to 20 million pairs of jeans a year and export to more than 40 countries.

Rodawig described the companies as friendly competitors over the years.

Illinois governor's mansion to reopen to public in July

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois first lady Diana Rauner says the governor's mansion will reopen in July, more than a year after the beginning of an extensive renovation process.

Rauner spoke Tuesday at the Illinois Governor's Conference on Travel and Tourism in Chicago. She says the Executive Mansion in Springfield will reopen July 14 for public tours.

The reopening marks the end of a $15 million renovation that includes installing a new roof, HVAC system and entrance to the storied building. Rauner says the renovations ensure the mansion complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

She says the "decades overdue" renovation will improve the Springfield visitor experience while giving the Executive Mansion equal footing with other high-profile state government buildings.

The building has served as residence for Illinois governors for more than 160 years.

Suspect in north Iowa slaying ends standoff peacefully

CRESCO (AP) — Authorities say a man suspected of killing a woman in northern Iowa has been taken into custody, ending his standoff with officers.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation spokesman Mitch Mortvedt said Thursday that an Iowa State Patrol SWAT team sent to the Cresco home early Thursday morning negotiated a peaceful surrender.

Cresco officers had been dispatched around 1:30 a.m. to check a report of gunshots. Mortvedt wasn't sure how long the man kept officers at bay, nor could he say whether any shots had been exchanged.

The woman's body was found inside the home after the man gave up. Mortvedt says he can't yet release any names or provide other details.

Law enforcement had asked local schools to delay classes two hours as a safety measure.

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