STATE NEWS: Webster County buys old FAA tower to improve radio coverage

FORT DODGE (AP) — Webster County has acquired an old Federal Aviation Administration tower that the county will use to improve radio coverage for emergency responders in the southern half of the county.

The Messenger reports that the 340-foot-tall tower near Harcourt was bought Tuesday for $1 from the federal government, and the nearly 6 acres of land under it cost $46,000.

Sheriff Jim Stubbs says a new tower would have cost $300,000, plus the cost of the land.

Investigators focus on 5 areas in search for Iowa student

BROOKLYN (AP) — Authorities investigating the disappearance of an Iowa college student are focusing on five areas in and near her hometown.

Twenty-year-old Mollie Tibbetts was last seen July 18, jogging in Brooklyn in central Iowa.

The areas of interest are: her boyfriend's home in Brooklyn; a carwash; a truck stop; a farm more than 3 miles from downtown Brooklyn; and another farm more than 6 miles away.

Special agent Rick Rahn of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says officials hope mentioning those areas will jog residents' memories. Investigators have asked anyone who was in any of those five areas when Tibbetts disappeared to remember that evening and leave tips on a website.

Crime Stoppers of Central Iowa says a reward fund has grown to more than $366,000.

Mom says she found infant son unresponsive in bathtub

BAGLEY (AP) — Authorities say an 11-month-old child died after being left alone in a bathtub in west-central Iowa.

The Guthrie County Sheriff's Office said in a Tuesday news release that first responders were called to the home in Bagley around 8:20 p.m. Friday. The release says they failed to resuscitate the boy.

His mother told deputies that while bathing her son she left him unattended for a short time. She says he was lying unresponsive in the bathtub when she returned. The two were alone in the house when the incident occurred.

Authorities are trying to determine how long she left him and for what reason. No charges have been announced.

3 people hospitalized after Cedar Rapids building blaze

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — Authorities say three people were taken to a hospital after a fire at an apartment building in Cedar Rapids.

Firetrucks were dispatched just after 2 a.m. Wednesday. The Cedar Rapids Fire Department says firefighters and police officers used ladders to help residents escape out a window on the third story.

Three residents were taken to a hospital. Their names haven't been released.

The fire cause is being investigated.