DAVENPORT (AP) — An eastern Iowa nurse who'd been convicted in a 2015 morphine theft case has been given probation in a second case involving the theft of painkillers.
The Des Moines Register reports that Cassandra Pierce, of Ottumwa, was granted a deferred judgment on Feb. 2 and sentenced to three years' probation. Under a deferred judgment, Pierce's conviction will be removed from her record if she successfully completes the terms of her probation.
Prosecutors say she kept substantial portions of painkillers she'd signed out in May 2016 for three patients at Genesis Medical Center in Davenport.
Court records say Pierce was sentenced to probation after making a plea deal in a case involving the theft of morphine in August 2015 while working at Vista Woods Care Center in Ottumwa.
Iowa Senate GOP says plan would cut taxes by $1B annually
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa Senate Republicans have released a plan they say would cut more than $1 billion annually in taxes, though it's unclear how much support the measure has from other members of the party.
The proposal, released Wednesday in a bill, would cut Iowa's corporate tax rates, including reducing the top rate from 12 percent to 7 percent. Individual tax rates would also be cut, including reducing the top rate from 8.98 percent to 6.3 percent. The measure phases out some tax credits that have gradually increased in recent years.
A Senate subcommittee will discuss the bill Thursday. The measure faces several legislative votes.
GOP Gov. Kim Reynolds released a tax plan recently that would cut individual taxes but doesn't address corporate taxes or tax credits, in part because of revenue shortfalls. House Republicans have indicated they support at least some portions of Reynolds' proposal.
Petition calls for separating LGBT materials in Iowa library
ORANGE CITY (AP) — Residents in northwest Iowa are fighting over a petition that calls on the public library to separate material dealing with LGBTQ issues and to request public input before acquiring such material.
The Sioux City Journal reports that some residents expressed support during a meeting Tuesday for the Orange City Public Library's inclusion of LGBTQ materials. Other residents shared reservations.
The petition was started by Terry Chi, an assistant professor of psychology at a local Christian liberal arts college. He says the petition isn't asking that the material be banned, only labeled and separated. He says there also should be a public discussion before new material is acquired.
Iowa Library Association's President-Elect Dan Chibnall says libraries tend to avoid special labels. He says people should have access to as much material as possible.
The library's board says its policy committee will review public input.