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Ex-Iowa prison guards accused of illegal drug use at work
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Four former prison guards at a maximum security penitentiary in eastern Iowa face charges after authorities say they used illegal drugs while armed at work. The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa said Tuesday that 29-year-old Garrett Barton, 29-year-old Ethan Darrow, 38-year-old Marques Maryland and 28-year-old Seth Vogel face different charges ranging from firearms possession to possession of controlled substances. Each man has agreed to plead guilty. Prosecutors say the men used illegal drugs while armed with assault rifles during guard tower duty at Anamosa State Penitentiary in 2014. Barton is also accused of smuggling cellphones to inmates and trading controlled substances with correctional officers. A fifth man accused of providing Barton with drugs faces a charge. He was not employed at the prison.

Des Moines man sentenced in overdose death of girl
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Des Moines man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for his part in the death of a 5-year-old girl, who overdosed on morphine. Deshaun Trombone pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment resulting in death and other charges in the death of Jayda Canada. She died on Oct. 7, 2014, and an autopsy showed morphine in her system. Trombone was the boyfriend of Jayda's mother, Tionne Bloodsaw, who also faces charges in the death. Police have said Trombone and Bloodsaw didn't purposefully give drugs to the girl but that pills were left within reach at an apartment in downtown Des Moines.

Ron Paul to testify at trial of 2012 campaign aides
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Three top officials with Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign claim political motivations are behind charges alleging they violated federal financial disclosure laws by secretly paying an influential Iowa politician for his endorsement. Federal prosecutors, however, say the men broke several federal laws when they concealed payments to former Iowa Sen. Kent Sorenson after he jumped from the Michele Bachmann campaign to the Paul campaign a few days before the January 2012 Iowa caucuses. Campaign staffers Jesse Benton, John Tate and Dimitrios Kesari are charged with conspiracy, falsifying records and falsifying campaign expenditure reports. Benton faces an additional charge of lying to the FBI and Kesari is charged with obstructing justice. Trial is scheduled for next Tuesday in Des Moines.

Clinton says she'll offer plan for 'Wall Street abuses'
DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton says she'll soon offer a plan to deal with "Wall Street abuses." In Iowa Tuesday, Clinton said that in the next week she'll have a proposal to "go after Wall Street abuses and rein in the too-big-to-fail banks and other institutions." Clinton has maintained strong ties to Wall Street from her time as a New York senator. Her chief primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has co-sponsored a bill to restore the Glass-Steagall law that once separated commercial and investment banking. Clinton says reinstating that law would not "go after" all the institutions committing abuses. In Iowa, she also spoke about supporting small business, spending on public infrastructure and providing more help to the poor.

Central Iowa firefighter loses home to fire
LEHIGH, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa firefighter has lost his home and everything in it to fire. The Lehigh house fire occurred Monday afternoon. Firefighter Cody Frazier was one of the first to respond, showing at his own house. No one was home at the time, and no one was injured. Lehigh Firefighter Jeff Huen says that by the time firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames. Huen says the cause of the fire is under investigation. Frazier declined to comment after the fire had been put out. Huen says the fire department is accepting donations for Frazier.

Council Bluffs officials: Interest shown in midtown building
COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) — Leaders in Council Bluffs say developers are showing interest in a large, long-vacant brick building in western Iowa city. Mayor Matt Walsh says plans are in the works to renovate the building located at South Sixth Street and 10th Avenue, which was part of a two-building operation by the International Harvester Company years ago. City Community Planning Department Director Don Gross says officials have talked about the project "in a conceptual way" and that details haven't been worked out. Neither Walsh nor Gross would reveal who is interested in revamping the building.

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