STATE NEWS: Judge rejects 'stand your ground' immunity in gunbattle case

DES MOINES (AP) — A judge won't provide immunity for a man who says Iowa's "stand your ground" law should protect him from prosecution following a Cedar Rapids gunbattle.

Michael Hodges Jr., of Cedar Rapids, and Zevon Johnson, of Urbandale, had both said the law passed last year made them immune from prosecution. Security video shows them exchanging gunfire Jan. 28 outside a downtown Cedar Rapids bar and restaurant. Johnson was wounded; Hodges was not.

The law says a person doesn't have to retreat before using deadly force if he or she thinks his or her life is being threatened.

Johnson has since pleaded guilty to a weapons charge and been given probation.

The Des Moines Register reports that Judge Patrick Grady rejected Hodges' request to dismiss his charges, saying the law lacks a procedure to determine whether Hodges should receive immunity before trial.

Northwest Iowa officials say person stuck in grain bin died

REMSEN (AP) — Authorities say a person trapped inside a grain bin has died in northwest Iowa.

Officers and medics were dispatched around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to a property about 5½ miles south of Remsen.

The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Wednesday that the person died in the bin before being reached by rescuers.

The person's name hasn't been released.

Deputies recover man's body from river in downtown Iowa City

IOWA CITY (AP) — Authorities have recovered a man's body from the Iowa River in downtown Iowa City.

Pedestrians on a bridge spotted the body amid tree branches around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Sheriff's deputies used boats to take the body to shore.

The body has yet to be identified. An autopsy has been ordered.

It's unclear how long the body had been in the river.

Sioux City detox center details being finalized

SIOUX CITY (AP) — Advocates for the homeless in Sioux City will likely seek government funding as they push for the establishment of a detoxification center to help those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction.

The Sioux City Journal reports that backers of the project told the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday that they could be requesting funds soon.

Matt Ohman is with the Siouxland Street Project, a coalition of community leaders seeking a solution to the city's homeless problem. He says details of what the facility are still being determined.

The Siouxland Street Project's top priority is to build a center where people detox from substance abuse until they're sober enough to enter an addiction treatment facility.

Ohman says the detox center could be opened within a year.

Ex-Iowa first lady Mari Culver diagnosed with breast cancer

DES MOINES (AP) — Former Iowa first lady Mari Culver has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will start treatment Thursday.

A family spokesman confirmed the diagnosis Tuesday.

Culver shared the news, first to friends and then publicly, to encourage women and men to seek regular screenings. She says in a statement that early detection improves the likelihood of a positive outcome.

She writes in a social media post, "I hope I am lucky — that it truly is early and my prognosis is good."

Her husband, Chet Culver, was Iowa governor from 2007 to 2011. She works as an Iowa assistant attorney general.

Officials fear algae toxin has tainted city water supply

GREENFIELD (AP) — Officials have urged people not to drink tap water in a southern Iowa community because they suspect an algae toxin has tainted the supply.

Greenfield Municipal Utilities announced on its Facebook page that microcystin was potentially detected in the drinking water and that a water sample had been sent to a lab Tuesday for testing.

The Des Moines Register reports that the toxin is produced by blue-green algae. A main source of Greenfield city water comes from Lake Greenfield, which has been experiencing an algal bloom.

Drinking water containing microcystin can result in abnormal liver function, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, numbness or dizziness.